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March 18, 1990
If they haven't been able to determine conclusively where Columbus first landed after 498 years, what makes us think it can be done in the next two years? The Americanized name of Columbus is Columbo--and it would take a detective with the latter's skills to solve this mystery. Instead of celebrating Columbus' 500th anniversary of landing in the Americas in one of three probable locations (San Salvador-Watling Island, Samana Cay or Grand Turk), why not just celebrate it in Columbus, Ohio, as at least the founders of this city admired this great explorer enough to name itself after him. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN, Cypress
December 22, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
MÁLAGA, Spain - When I was 8 years old, I wanted to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. Sixty years later - gender, age and vocation notwithstanding - I finally got the chance. As I packed to meet the Star Flyer on the southern coast of Spain in October, my one worry was whether this modern clipper would live up to my childhood dreams. Live up to? Oh, my. It trumped them all, starting at the moment I saw it. The Flyer was tied up at a palm-shaded pier in Málaga - long, slim white hull; four tall masts gleaming in late-day sun; sails furled and waiting.
Christopher Columbus is popularly credited with discovering North America. But who discovered him? That question is at issue in a U.S. District Court suit filed Wednesday, pitting "Superman" movie producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind against director Ridley Scott. They claim that Scott, one of Hollywood's hottest filmmakers, stole their idea for a project based on Columbus' life after they considered hiring him as the film's director.
October 15, 2013
Re "Curiosity set sail with Columbus," Opinion, Oct. 13 Far from being the cause of prying the European imagination loose from the church, Christopher Columbus' voyages were the consequence of established European curiosity and technology. The interaction with the Muslim world in the 11th and 12th centuries brought back to Europe mathematics, medicine and the knowledge of Greek philosophy. Fibonacci's "Liber Abaci" dates to 1202, and the Polo family (of which Marco is but one member)
The return of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria apparently will not be stalled by bankruptcy proceedings. Producers of "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery," a film to be distributed later this year by Warner Bros., have averted a possible involuntary bankruptcy petition, sources said Tuesday.
October 11, 1992 | HERBERT GLASS
Among the noteworthy musical byproducts of the Columbus quincentennial are recordings of a pair of all-but-unknown operas on the subject of the "discovery" of America. One is by an all-but-unknown composer, the Italian Alberto Franchetti (1860-1942); the other is by Manuel de Falla, a composer whose great worth we are only now beginning to realize.
June 1, 1991 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
There are bitter and sweet ironies in the multimillion-dollar project that Hollywood filmmaker Robert Abel is directing in the back reaches of the empty and once elegant Ambassador Hotel grounds. The Ambassador is past tense. Abel's work is emphatically future. He has turned the leased Bungalow H into a central point for an international multimedia history project that began last July. Abel's year-old Synapse Technologies, Inc.
February 9, 1992 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer
Is this any way to start a marriage? The groom refuses to leave Barcelona, the bride is wedded to New York, and Valentine's Day nuptials this week in Las Vegas are awash in excess. Then again, the Statue of Liberty and Barcelona's Christopher Columbus monument have been courting too long to turn back now. The couple's engagement was officially announced back in 1986 by then-New York Mayor Edward Koch--who admitted he "didn't even know they were dating"--and the partying hasn't stopped since.
June 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
In a lengthy tirade on his Web broadcast Wednesday, Glenn Beck came to the defense of embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen, describing her past use of the N-word as a “violation of political correctness, nothing more” and suggesting that she was the victim of “McCarthyism.” Although Beck acknowledged that as an employer the Food Network was well within its rights to dismiss Deen, as it did Friday, he used her predicament to warn viewers about...
May 3, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The first European renditions of Native Americans, made shortly after Christopher Columbus returned from his first trip to the Americas, may have been discovered under layers of grime on a neglected fresco at the Vatican. The tiny figures of naked men dancing with feathered headdresses have been discovered in a fresco of the resurrection of Christ in an apartment once used by Pope Alexander VI, a member of the Borgia family. Closed off for centuries by later popes seeking to distance themselves from the notoriously corrupt Borgias, the room stood empty, and the fresco, completed in 1494 by the artist Pinturicchio, was allowed to accumulate dust.
February 1, 2010
Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log: They . . . brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells.
June 2, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A contemporary copy of a letter Christopher Columbus wrote while returning from the New World will be offered for sale at the Antiquarian Booksellers Assn. book fair in London this month, its price tag set at $900,000. The eight-page document, known as the "Epistola Christofori Colum" (Columbus Letter), is a Latin translation of a letter he wrote to his royal Spanish sponsors, Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castile, on his return voyage.
May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Scientists said Friday that they had confirmed that at least some of Christopher Columbus' remains were buried inside a Spanish cathedral, a finding that could help end a century-old debate over the explorer's final resting place. DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers could contradict the Dominican Republic's competing claim that the explorer was laid to rest in the New World, said Marcial Castro, a Seville-area historian and high school teacher who devised the study that began in 2002.
May 20, 2006 | Kirkpatrick Sale, KIRKPATRICK SALE is the author of 12 books, including "The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy," republished by St. Martin's Press this month.
IT WAS 500 years ago today, in a small house in Valladolid, Spain, that the man known then as Cristobal Colon (and to us today as Christopher Columbus) gathered around him his two sons, one of his brothers, some seafaring comrades and his seven servants and gave himself over to the last rites of the Catholic Church, knowing he was about to die. At the age of 55, the man who had changed the world more than any other European, before or since, departed it.
May 18, 2006
I'm sure that I'm not the only one who was struck by the following sentence in the article on the search for the national origin of Christopher Columbus: "Of course, the fact remains that Columbus wasn't the first to step on what became American soil. The Irish, Vikings and maybe even the Chinese got here earlier" (Opinion, May 15). Indeed, others got here much earlier, thousands of years before anyone arrived on a ship from across the Atlantic or Pacific. These travelers also stayed, and in so doing also changed history, even though they're still thought so insignificant that they are routinely erased from even the parentheses of the master narrative so tiresomely recounted in your newspaper.
May 15, 2006 | Martin Dugard, MARTIN DUGARD is the author of "The Last Voyage of Columbus."
IN A SCENE straight out of the television show "CSI," Spanish forensic scientists spent the first few months of this year taking DNA samples from citizens of the Catalan region of Spain and southern France, seeking to answer one of history's greatest unsolved mysteries: determining the true identity of Christopher Columbus. The investigation is being led by Dr.
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