August 19, 2013 |
Becky G vividly remembers what she calls "my little mini midlife crisis. " It happened seven years ago, when she was 9. At the time, her family had been forced to move into her grandparents' Inglewood garage after losing its Riverside County home. Money was tight. Her dad was stressing out. And her mom was "really scared. " That's when Becky had an epiphany. "I did have this moment of realization of, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to do with my life?'" she says. "Just feeling like I had to get my act together, even though there was really nothing to put together yet. " Today, the biggest challenge facing the preternaturally ambitious Mexican American teen isn't getting her act together.
August 1, 2013
Re "Pastime always is his present," Column One, July 29 What a great article on Dodgers scout George Genovese. I met him about 10 years ago when he spotted my then-17-year-old nephew at a park throwing and hitting. Genovese gave him some fielding tips and a lot of baseball knowledge in about half an hour. My nephew and I will always be grateful for his willingness to share what he knew. I'm glad he's still going strong at 91. Al Sheahen Sherman Oaks ALSO: Letters: San Diego's clueless mayor Letters: Environmental injustice in L.A. Letters: The evolution of racial prejudice
April 9, 2013
Re "Packing and preaching," Column One, April 5 So pistol-packing preacher James McAbee - whose law enforcement mother shot herself (twice), eventually leading to her death - proudly carries weapons without safeties, with a round chambered, in public and around his minor children. And he teaches gun safety? And of course he's right when he says it's wrong to blame the tool for a shooting. Indeed, guns don't kill people; carelessness does. Terry Snyder Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Nukes and Iran's leaders Letters: Rat poison and human health Letters: Parents who care, gay or straight
September 30, 2012
Re "A way of life withers," Column One, Sept. 26 How disappointing on two counts. First, the subject of your Column One blatantly violates Los Angeles' gas-powered leaf blower ordinance; second, The Times is apparently so entirely ignorant of the 13-year-old ban as to illustrate the front-page story with a photo perpetuating the use of the infernal and illegal machines. William Campbell Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Pension perspective Letters: Some clarity on pot policy Letters: Freeway noise -- get used to it
January 24, 2011 |
Walking through the doors of a crowded San Francisco bar, Kristin Curtin was all business. Her eyes moved from face to face before coming to rest on a pretty young woman chatting up a male patron. "You could just tell the way she was interacting with him that he was mesmerized. There were hundreds of people in that pub, but she just captured my attention," recalled Curtin, a freelance casting producer. She gave the woman her business card and a pitch about why she might want to try out for a new NBC reality show that combines love and adventure.
October 22, 2010 |
A middle-aged man in a neon orange polo shirt and baggy blue gym shorts sat at a conference table in West Hollywood one recent afternoon interviewing a prospective ghostwriter. "It's called 'Redemption,'" said Aaron Tonken, the man with the story to tell. "It's going to be big. " When Tonken was marched off to federal prison six years ago in a charity fraud scandal that embarrassed a slew of A-list celebrities, it was difficult to imagine him returning to Hollywood, let alone persuading a major literary agency to shop a book and movie deal about his life.