November 17, 2002
The "problem" with two men kissing on screen will lessen as it becomes more common. Already on television, the initial shock at the male love scenes on "Queer as Folk" and "Six Feet Under" has subsided into a ho-hum attitude, similar to the response to male buttocks on "NYPD Blue." Just give it some time and stop making a big deal about it. Joseph Cooper Santa Barbara
February 20, 2013 |
It would be hard to overstate Jerry Buss' impact on the Lakers empire. The 30-year-plus owner of the NBA franchise, who died Monday at age 80, oversaw an era in which the team averaged a championship almost once every three years and injected some purple and gold into L.A.'s Dodger blue blood. Not surprisingly, The Times' print edition on Tuesday was filled with articles on Buss, both on the front page and in the Sports section. The coverage online has also been exhaustive. But for some readers, The Times' coverage was overkill.
March 5, 2005 |
Phil Jackson and Laker owner Jerry Buss had dinner earlier in the week at Buss' Playa del Rey home, where they talked about Jackson's recent trip to Australia, relived a few old times and perhaps buried a hatchet or two. One important question did not come up. "They did not discuss the coaching situation," Laker spokesman John Black said. Jackson was there with his longtime girlfriend, Laker executive Jeanie Buss, Jerry's daughter.
July 11, 2009
It's comforting to know that someone is worried about Jerry Buss. Here is a guy who owns the NBA champions, is a multimillionaire, and dates any starlet he wants, but Mike Bresnahan is wringing his hands in fear that Buss may wind up in the poor house if he pays Lamar Odom $10 million next year. Of course that would be $4 million less than what Odom got this year and Bresnahan forgets to mention that Buss made more than $6 million when the Lakers sold their two top draft picks a couple of weeks ago. If you think losing Trevor Ariza hurt the team, just think of where the Lakers would have been without Odom when Andrew Bynum went down the past two years.
February 23, 1986
I could not help but take notice of Evelyn Keyes' article on the screen kiss, and David Kolpacoff's subsequent letter taking issue with Keyes' description of male and female head positioning during the early days of cinema osculation ("Ah, the Good Old Screen Kiss," Jan. 19). As author of "The Book of Kisses" (Dembner Books/W. W. Norton), I came across just about every kind of kiss imaginable during my 13 years of research. Kisses in films were indeed usually enacted with the man in a "superior" position, and the man was also frequently taller than the woman.
October 26, 2005 |
As Phil Jackson stood in the glare of TV camera lights in mid-June, he gave his reasons for returning to coach the Lakers. The lure of the game. The challenge of a beleaguered roster. The girlfriend.