CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2011 |
Growing up in Modesto, Benjamin J. Palmer enjoyed playing soprano bugle. So he thought of joining the Marine Corps in hopes of becoming part of its elite drum and bugle corps. Instead, he became a Marine Corps specialist in air command and control and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Palmer was three weeks into a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan and just three days shy of chalking up a quarter-century with the Marines when he was shot and killed May 12 inside an Afghan civil order police compound in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on the Pakistani border.
November 10, 1996 |
A 1995 light comedy set in an amoral setting, adapted from the Elmore Leonard's novel. At the center of it all, an island of calm with every hair carefully razor cut, is Chili Palmer, a hard guy with a soft heart. John Travolta (left) plays him as a Mafioso Cary Grant in a black leather coat, and the fit is perfect. Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito (right) and Rene Russo (center) co-star (Showtime Monday at 8 p.m.).
February 23, 2005 |
Heineken, the Dutch brewer that hired Brad Pitt to star in a commercial during this month's Super Bowl, has signed "Pulp Fiction" actor John Travolta to promote its namesake brew in a new ad as the company strives to spur U.S. sales growth. The commercial will be a play on Travolta's role as former gangster Chili Palmer in "Be Cool," the sequel to the 1995 comedy "Get Shorty," Heineken Chief Financial Officer Rene Hooft Graafland said.
March 4, 2005 |
Ten years ago, the amusing "Get Shorty," based on the Elmore Leonard novel, introduced John Travolta as Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark and movie fan, who on a trip to L.A. became convinced the motion picture business was a snap compared to wheeling and dealing in the underworld. Palmer is back in "Be Cool," and although Travolta is as smooth as ever, the picture is a bust, a grimly unfunny comedy with no connection to reality, and worst of all, running on and on for two dismal hours.
June 2, 1991
GET SHORTY by Elmore Leonard (Dell: $5.99). Miami loan shark Chili Palmer's former occupational skills come in handy when he makes a career change to tinsel- town deal-maker. RUSH by Kim Wozencraft (Ivy: $5.95). Fictionalized account of the author, a former undercover narc agent, and her partner/boyfriend taking their work home with them. HAMMERHEADS by Dale Brown (Berkley: $5.95). Government disbands usual drug-enforcement agencies and relies on the tactics of an elite Prohibition squad.
May 9, 2002 |
Because of his performance in a trial Saturday night, Lonely Moon Sign is the 2-year-old to beat in the $361,000 Kindergarten FuturityMay 18 at Los Alamitos. Owned by Jesus and Sandra Soto and trained by Donna McArthur, the son of Royal Quick Dash proved his debut win last month was no fluke by winning his trial by 13/4 lengths in 15.44 seconds for 300 yards, making him the fastest of 10 qualifiers for the Kindergarten.