June 3, 1989 |
C. L. R. James, the Marxist philosopher, cricket scholar and international activist whose elegant yet simplistic style produced literary works ranging from a book on the Haitian revolution to a biography of Herman Melville, has died at his London home. The Associated Press reported Friday that he died Wednesday at age 88 in south London's primarily black Brixton District. He reportedly had a chest infection. In an obituary published Friday, the London newspaper The Independent called him "probably the most versatile and accomplished Afro-American intellectual of the 20th Century."
January 9, 2002
I was lucky to have worked for Peter Hemmings at the Los Angeles Opera, where he was founding general director (obituary, Jan. 4). His brilliance, artistic taste, creativity and deep love of opera were equaled by his kindness and dedication to his staff and to the community of Los Angeles. His commitment to children led to the Los Angeles Opera becoming an international leader in opera education. I shall never forget the vision of this elegant and aristocratic gentleman attending operas about teenage immigrants or inner-city cricket teams performed by his beloved resident artists and schoolchildren at Manual Arts High School, or watching him squeeze into pint-sized auditorium seats at 168th Street Elementary.
January 26, 1987 |
Doug Burton, the veteran Australian photo-journalist who runs the America's Cup lab at the media center, was driving to work this morning when he stopped to pick up a couple of young hitchhikers. "They had a bloody funny accent, so I asked 'em where they were from," Burton said. "They said 'Noo Yawk. We're trying to get to Fremantle to watch the Super Bowl.' " Burton did not know how to break the bad news to them.
December 11, 1987 |
Some marked the occasion with champagne toasts, others gathered around bonfires and cheered, and at least one group set free a flight of peace doves. All were hailing the signing of a treaty at the Washington summit to eliminate U.S. and Soviet ground-launched intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Governments around the world Thursday welcomed the treaty as a step toward further and more meaningful reductions in nuclear arsenals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2004 |
Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages. Was Snow White's eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket's initials in "Pinocchio" a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?
November 17, 1985
It continues to amaze me that people write letters to be published when they know absolutely nothing about the subject in question. For your records, the wicket in cricket can be either the three stumps as you described in your recent letters, or the playing surface between each set of stumps. Being an outdoor sport, the condition of the playing surface varies. When the condition of the wicket is difficult for the batsman to play on it is known as a "sticky wicket." Take it from one who is English, who loves the game of cricket and who can still "bowl a maiden over."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1990 |
When my son was little we built a cricket house to test whether insects had any value when it came to predicting earthquakes. Experiments dealing with the subject were being conducted at the time in what was known as Red China. I felt those of us in what was called the Free World should get in on the action too. The cricket house had wire-mesh windows and even an interior doorway in which a tiny creature could cower if its instincts so directed.