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April 5, 1992
In "Bent on Comfort" (by Aaron Betsky, March 1) about an architect's chair design, the author is, of course, entitled to his opinion when he described weaving plywood strips as "simple," the contrived design as "elegant," sitting on it as "comfortable" and its "as little as $300" price "affordable." However, when he compares such a difference-for-difference's-sake attempt to the serious classical designs of the Shakers, Thonet, Alto and the Eameses, I beg to register my protest against such pretension and ignorance.
September 27, 2013 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will see a changing of the guard at the top position of its board of directors. David Bohnett, the L.A. technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, is stepping down this month from his position as the orchestra's board chairman, a role he's held for the last five years. He will be succeeded by Diane B. Paul, a retired lawyer and orchestra board member since 2009. The orchestra said that Paul was elected to the position at a board meeting Friday and that her appointment is effective Tuesday.
March 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Tennis player Bernard Tomic made a strange request of the chair umpire during a changeover in his match against David Ferrer at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday: Can you please ask my dad to leave the stands. A television camera picked up the exchange after Tomic held serve to go up, 3-2, in the second set. "He's annoying me. I know he's my father, but he's annoying me," Tomic says. "I want him to leave as soon as possible. " An obviously surprised chair umpire responds "If you tell him to leave what will happen?"
August 26, 2009 | Tina Susman
If there is a ground zero in the war to make New York more pedestrian-friendly, it is Times Square. And if there is a weapon of choice, it is a collection of chairs plunked in the middle of what used to be the city's most traffic-choked intersection. David Letterman has scorned them, taxi drivers have cursed them and some of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's critics have called them just plain silly. "It's so patently stupid," City Councilman Tony Avella, who is challenging Bloomberg in the November mayoral election, said of the idea of setting up a pedestrian mall on Broadway.
May 1, 1986
UCLA has established an endowed chair in Italian literature and culture to bring to the campus internationally known experts to teach classes and give public lectures. The chair is named for Charles Speroni, late founder and first chairman of UCLA's Italian department.
October 4, 1986
The other day I saw a chair on the San Diego Freeway. About the South Bay curve. It was a perfectly nice chair. An upholstered wingback. It was upright too. Not upside down or sideways like you'd expect. Just sitting there like someone had just gotten up to change the channel. Had it flown off the back of an open truck? Was the rest of the load already at the new house? Was the wife saying "Harvey, where the hell is the tweed wingback? Did you forget to load it? Jesus, now we'll have to go all the way back to Santa Ana to get it."
October 30, 2011 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the romantic drama "Like Crazy," Anton Yelchin plays a college kid with a knack for making furniture who gives his British-born sweetheart (Felicity Jones) an unusual gift of love: a chair. Given the special role the chair plays in the film, it comes as no surprise that its creators, Dakota Witzenburg and Chad Petersen, have been perfecting its design since 2003. "I've always been that do-it-yourself type of person," said Witzenburg. "I really like nice things and prefer quality over quantity.
February 28, 1987 | Associated Press
Several pounds of plaster molding dropped from a ceiling in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's office on Friday, landing on the chair where the governor often works, officials said. Schaefer was in another office at the time.
May 5, 1994
Assemblywoman Martha M. Escutia (D-Huntington Park) has been named to chair a new Ways and Means subcommittee that will oversee California's multibillion-dollar transportation system. The appointment by Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) will put Escutia in charge of a subcommittee with jurisdiction over the California Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol and the departments of transportation and motor vehicles.
May 25, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
"Prolonged sitting is not what nature intended for us," says Dr. Camelia Davtyan, clinical professor of medicine and director of women's health at the UCLA Comprehensive Health Program. "The chair is out to kill us," says James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Most of us have years of sitting experience, consider ourselves quite good at it and would swear that nature intended us to do it as much as possible. PHOTOS: 17 ways to fight the inertia, step by step But unfortunately, a good deal of data suggest that we're off our rockers to spend so much time on our rockers - as well as the vast variety of other seats where we're fond of parking our duffs.
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