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January 2, 1986 | Jim Murray
Well, I guess the good old American farmer is in worse trouble than we thought. A bunch of corn-kickers from Iowa came out to the big city for New Year's and got shucked again. They came out with the egg money and blew it on the wrong shell again. They're going home, so to speak, with a deed to the Brooklyn Bridge and a watch that loses an hour a day and turns green on their arm. It's getting embarrassing. Another defeat for home cooking and mom's apple pie. Quiche is better for you.
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January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Now that the Oscar nominations have been revealed, the heart of Oscar season is upon us. And as we lead up to the big night on March 2, it might do us all some good to step away from the insistent and unceasing Oscar prognosticating and try to remember the great moments from Oscars past that have played best on TV. Yes, it may have been thrilling the year that movie you really loved won. But unless the speech was delivered by Roberto Benigni in...
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December 19, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT
As expected, the smash-hit comedy "City Slickers" vaulted up the Billboard magazine rental chart to No. 5. It might get a chance for at least one week on top, possibly toppling "Backdraft," before being muscled out by "Terminator 2," which hasn't charted yet but should be No. 1 by the beginning of the year. "Hudson Hawk," the box-office stiff starring Bruce Willis, climbed up two notches to No. 10, but according to some retailers, it's not likely to get much higher.
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October 3, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although they're huddled close, the tens of thousands of cattle are remarkably quiet. The cowboys traversing the blocks-long boardwalk above hear only the occasional bellow below. In familiar hats, jeans and boots, the men ? and some women ? make their way toward the bustling auction arena. Some come to the Oklahoma National Stock Yards just to watch the bustle of cattle, but most come, checkbook in hand, to bid and to buy. This has been going on in Oklahoma City for 100 years, since cattlemen began bringing their critters to market here.
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April 27, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
Three-year-old Samantha Thomson of Simi Valley got to see something Sunday that suburbanites don't see every day--sheep being sheared. "The jacket is coming off," observed Samantha, as herdsman Bill Langer completed the job of shearing a 120-pound sheep. "It's funny watching her reaction on something like this," said Linnea Thomson, Samantha's mother.
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June 21, 1990 | ANDREA ADELSON, Adelson is a Glendale writer
Less than two miles from the hubbub of Hollywood Boulevard is an outpost of the Old West that transforms city slickers into High Plains drifters, at least for an evening. Every Friday about 5 p.m., scores of wanna-be cowboys skip out of work early and shed their suits and high heels to experience a slice of Los Angeles most people believe disappeared long ago. They've come for supper and a 10-mile ride on horseback across Griffith Park that begins at Sunset Ranch, 2.
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August 29, 1993 | from Associated Press
For $1,000 a head, Wes McKinley and Dean Ormiston take city folks on a five-day cattle drive across the prairies and through the canyons of the Comanche National Grasslands in southeastern Colorado. The Western epic "Lonesome Dove" and Hollywood's "City Slickers" gave the real-life ranchers the idea. And, as they soon found out, there are a lot of well-heeled dudes who want to play cowboy.
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November 11, 2006 | Myrna Oliver, Special to The Times
Jack Palance, the leather-faced, gravelly voiced actor who earned Academy Award nominations for "Sudden Fear" and "Shane," and who finally captured the Oscar almost 40 years later as the crusty trail boss in the 1991 comedy western "City Slickers," has died. He was 87. Palance, who had been in failing health with a number of maladies, died Friday of natural causes at the Montecito home of his daughter Holly, family members said.
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May 20, 1995 | TOM RAGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whoops of "Whoa, Nellie!" and "Get 'em on up!" rang out Friday as 60 wrangler wanna-bes herded 100 head of cattle four miles through canyon terrain from San Juan Capistrano to the rodeo grounds here. From Oso Parkway through the Chiquita Canyon, across Antonio Parkway then alongside the distant Foothill Transportation Corridor, doctors, real estate agents and homemakers alike--assisted by a few cow dogs--successfully brought the herd home, zigzagging through wilderness and brush.
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September 6, 1991 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So many dairy cows are born into the world each year and so precious few attain movie stardom. Norman the Jersey calf was just another pretty face in the herd at a Tulare auction last year when livestock man Jack Lilley purchased the rights to him for a paltry $200. Within a month, Norman had his first picture deal, a co-starring role with Billy Crystal in "City Slickers."
TRAVEL
August 15, 2010
Thank you for the security reminders, which apply to anyone, not just solos ["Safety Tips for Traveling Alone" by Terry Gardner, Aug. 1]. My wife and I are experienced travelers in our 60s who have been to Europe several times. We think there are security issues in Europe that the travel industry is in denial about.  While we were taking a local train from Brussels to Bruges, Belgium, on our last trip to Europe, a thief sneaked into the seat behind us and grabbed my wife's purse and jumped off the train at the next stop.
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August 8, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nearly two decades have passed since tough-as-nails trail boss Curly Washburn hurled insults at the three "City Slickers" who invaded his turf, a Colorado cattle ranch, in search of a Wild West adventure. The 1991 movie, which earned Jack Palance a supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of Curly, the crusty cattleman, spurred an increase in dude ranch vacations as urban and suburban cowboys tried their hands at riding, roping and herding cattle. I thought I might like riding the range too. But my interest waned when I realized I'd have to sleep in the dirt — and pay for the privilege.
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September 19, 2009 | SUSAN CARPENTER
There are certain phrases I never expected to utter in my lifetime. Things like, "Excuse me if I don't shake your hand. Mine's covered in horse urine." Or, to my son, "When you're finished with dinner, clear your plate and feed the scraps to the worms." Yet those are exactly the sorts of things I've found myself saying in the months I've been an urban farmer. A year ago, I didn't have a vegetable garden. I had a couple of lemon trees, but I'd given up on potted plants, having killed every rooted thing I'd attempted to nurture on my back deck.
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November 11, 2006 | Myrna Oliver, Special to The Times
Jack Palance, the leather-faced, gravelly voiced actor who earned Academy Award nominations for "Sudden Fear" and "Shane," and who finally captured the Oscar almost 40 years later as the crusty trail boss in the 1991 comedy western "City Slickers," has died. He was 87. Palance, who had been in failing health with a number of maladies, died Friday of natural causes at the Montecito home of his daughter Holly, family members said.
FOOD
March 8, 2006
WHAT a sheer delight, Russ Parsons' article on beans, lamb, cowboys and his own past ["Beans Again? Gussy 'Em Up!" March 1]. Thank you. The article was well received and is being shared with very special foodie friends way beyond L.A. CLAUDIA SHAMBAUGH Irvine
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May 14, 2005
Regarding the May 7 letter from Frank Borzilleri griping about the L.A. Angel moniker: I can't decide if it's ironic or hypocritical to be an Anaheim resident complaining to an L.A. newspaper about the name change. Frank Collier Long Beach
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January 6, 1991 | DAVID WALLACE, David Wallace frequently contributes to Calendar.
It's cold, and a raw wind is blowing in the first drops of what will soon become a serious storm. The horizon and nearby mountains are fast disappearing into a uniform gray blur as a film crew, shivering under orange Day-Glo ponchos, watches a grizzled cowboy on a quarter horse named Jolson (for its black face and white mouth), pick his way carefully down an arroyo in the badlands 30 miles north of Santa Fe.
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May 12, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
At the reins of a team of Clydesdales, Craig Underwood posed for photos with a posse of suburbanites and city slickers before taking them on a wagon ride around his farm in eastern Ventura County. This isn't exactly where he thought his career would lead. His family has farmed in these parts for four generations, raising vegetables for markets around the world. But today, the 62-year-old grower is pushing a cash crop of a different kind.
NEWS
April 10, 2005 | Susan Gallagher, Associated Press Writer
Roger Lang says he was an "absolute novice" about what it truly meant to be a Montana ranch owner when he used some of his Silicon Valley millions to buy an 18,000-acre spread here. Now, seven years later, Lang has advice for others desiring a big slice of Big Sky Country, where owning a ranch has gained a certain cachet from celebrity buyers such as Ted Turner, Tom Brokaw and David Letterman.
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