June 25, 2009 |
It's the final countdown -- again -- for Casey Kasem. The radio legend will wind up his "American Top 40" spinoff programs, "American Top 20" and "American Top 10," on July 4 -- a date of significance: He created the franchise on July 4, 1970. "Hosting various versions of my countdown program has kept me extremely busy, and I loved every minute of it," Kasem, 77, said in a statement. "However, this decision will free up time I need to focus on myriad other projects." But that famous voice (he also provided the vocals for Shaggy on the "Scooby Doo" cartoon series)
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December 3, 1998
Like many others, I was saddened to learn of Flip Wilson's passing (Nov. 26). Few people know that Flip was an authority on the Arab American poet, Khalil Gibran. Flip participated in fund-raisers across the country, speaking about Gibran and quoting from "The Prophet," helping raise the money to establish the Kahlil Gibran National Park in Washington. He will be missed. CASEY KASEM Los Angeles
January 29, 1996
Character actor Terrence Beasor's defense of the use of stereotypes ("Stereotypes: A Time-Honored Tradition," Counterpunch, Jan. 8) is a great example of the complacent rationalizing that perpetuates this practice. Laila Lalami pointed to "Father of the Bride, Part II" and other film examples of current anti-Arab stereotyping. In replying to her, Beasor asks us to accept stereotyping as "an old and honored form of shorthand on the part of writers . . . not based on racial, ethnic or gender bias."
June 7, 1993
The Times has to be commended for publishing "No Magic in 'Aladdin's' Offensive Lyrics" (May 17) by Casey Kasem and Jay Goldsworthy. Arab-Americans, as other ethnic groups, feel offended when they hear lyrics and see scenes that denote Arabs and their culture and tradition. It is time for writers and producers to stop offensive slurs against Arab-Americans and other ethnic groups. After all, "Aladdin" is an Arabic name meaning "loftiness of religion." JOSEPH R. HAIEK, Publisher Arab-American Almanac and the News Circle Magazine
March 27, 1993
Nobody could have said it better than Mike Downey ("He Won't Ride Off Into the Sunset") about Jim Harrick and his three-year contract extension. Jim has had to put up with more "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" than Hamlet, and more mud slung in his direction than a Presidential or mayoral candidate. Yet he perseveres and does what a coach should do on behalf of his team. Three cheers for three more years. CASEY KASEM Los Angeles
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January 11, 1992
Casey Kasem, our local friend of the PLO, smugly tendered some advice to the counsul general of Israel here in Los Angeles, by lecturing the Israelis, "The way to have good neighbors is to be one" (letter, Dec. 24). It's quite clear that Kasem and those like him have not been successful in carrying this message of good neighborliness to their Arab brothers in the Mideast. The Arabs have been trying to exterminate the state and people of Israel from the day the latter became a state some 43 years ago, by means of war, terrorism against noncombatant civilians and Israeli kids in their cribs, and even against non-Israelis like Americans and American allies.