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In his foreword to "Hillinger's California" (Capra Press, 284 pages, $16.95), comedian Bob Hope says the author "has left no California stone unturned--save a few golf courses which are worthy of note." But who needs golf when you've got the "moaning cave" of Calaveras County and a booming, shrieking, sighing, singing sand dune in San Bernardino County? For 46 years, from 1946 to 1992, Charles Hillinger roamed the country as a reporter and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times.
December 6, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL
Award-winning author and journalist Charles Hillinger, who for 45 years wandered the world documenting thousands of real-life human-interest tales for the Los Angeles Times, will be signing his latest book today at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Ventura. The writer will sign copies of "Hillinger's California: Stories from All 58 Counties," beginning at 5:30 p.m. "California is my home . . . has been since 1937," comedian Bob Hope writes in the book's foreword.
March 7, 1993
Richard E. Meyer's visit with that wonderful cast of characters that call Loving County, Tex., home was fascinating ("West of Pecos," Jan. 31). As a Times writer out on assignment, I strayed through that stretch of emptiness five years ago. Mattie Thorp, mentioned in the piece and now 88, was running the county's only gas station then, as now, and as she has been for the last 33 years. When I was there, she was chairman of the county Democratic Party but had her gas station plastered with pictures of Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Feminist attorney Gloria Allred says that the Greater Los Angeles Press Club has unceremoniously dumped her from a spot at its annual Headliner's Award Dinner out of fear she would embarrass another headliner--Cardinal Roger M. Mahony. Allred, a vocal abortion rights advocate, said the Press Club extended--then abruptly retracted--an invitation for her to appear at the Nov. 13 affair with Mahony, who opposes abortion.
March 31, 1991 | CHARLES HILLINGER
It started beyond the power lines in the hills and hollers of West Virginia, in hamlets like Looneyville and Odd. It was my first trip for "Charles Hillinger's America," and at Odd, I visited a teacher from the Long Wanted School, so named because people waited so long for it. I also went to the only place in America where a mountain was made out of a mole hill: Mountain, W. Va., changed its name from Mole Hill in 1949. What an incredible odyssey.
October 12, 1990
In "Hot Little High School in the Land of Fire" (Oct. 7), Charles Hillinger points out that some of the students who attend Death Valley High School in Shoshone make a round-trip ride of 120 miles per day in 115- to 120-degree heat in a bus without air conditioning. I think this is a disgrace. I would like to know just why the California Lottery can't provide an air-conditioned bus. Why can't some affluent bus company or organization provide an air-conditioned bus? Tell me why the millions of dollars from the California Lottery can't be used to buy an air conditioner for a bus or air-conditioning units for the hot San Fernando Valley classrooms.
April 15, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER
The golden spider monkeys, African pygmy goats, Eurasian fallow deer, exotic reptiles and snakes are being traded for native Florida animals or sold. Eventually, all the non-native species will be gone except for Lucifer, a 25-year-old hippo that will live out his life here. The exotic animals for 20 years were part of the menagerie at Homosassa Springs Nature World, a commercial nature theme park on the Gulf Coast 70 miles north of Tampa. But the theme park is no more.
When John Bowman first arrived in this city in 1921, the 10th University of Pittsburgh chancellor had trouble finding someone who knew the location of the school. So a few years later, Bowman built the tallest school building in America to make sure everyone in Pittsburgh would know exactly where the university was.
October 1, 1989 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
"What time is it?" Joseph Malkevitch called across the room to his wife, Nina. A dozen people turned around and laughed. It did seem like an odd question at the National Assn. of Watch and Clock Collectors Museum. "There are 10,000 clocks and watches in this museum and you're asking me the time?" said Nina Malkevitch with a laugh. "But none of the clocks and watches have the same time," replied her husband with a sigh. Malkevitch was right.
September 29, 1989
Re: "Scrapple--The Way To a Philadelphian's Heart," Sept. 24, by Charles Hillinger. Excuse me, Mr. Hillinger, but "scrapple" is much more prominent than you think and goes farther than just Pennsylvania. I'm from Ottawa (pop. 5,000) in northwest Ohio, and all through my childhood I ate scrapple with apple butter on it for breakfast before school. However, we didn't call it scrapple. It actually has various names--"liver pudding," "pan pudding" and, in a German influence, "pan hausen.
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