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March 22, 1986
Hey, USC! You fired the wrong coach. All last football season I heard a growing chorus of alumni and fans yelling: "Toss Tollner." Never have I heard anyone, including myself, suggest that Stan Morrison be removed as head coach. Before Coach Morrison resigned, you should have replaced some of the basketball players who insist on acting like NBA professional crybabies, instead of students who are at USC to get a quality education as well as athletic expertise. We're glad Morrison was still willing to stay at Heritage Hall.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
"Cry-Baby," the musical based on John Waters' film spoof of teen life in 1950s Baltimore, will cut short its Broadway run on Sunday after 45 previews and 68 performances. The musical -- with songs by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan -- was shut out at the Tony Awards after receiving four nominations, including best musical. It premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2007, then opened at New York's Marquis Theatre on April 24 to unenthusiastic reviews and disappointing box office.
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SPORTS
June 14, 1986
The Boston Celtics the greatest basketball team of all time? C'mon! The only claim they can make with any legitimacy is that they are a mirror image of Red Auerbach--big, white, egotistical crybabies. It's unfortunate that Bird's brilliance adds a tainted luster to the classless bunch. STEPHEN RYAN Fullerton
SPORTS
May 6, 2008 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Papa John's pizza, responding to threats of a regional boycott of its chain, is offering large, one-topping pizzas for 23 cents to Cleveland-area customers Thursday as homage to Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Last Friday in Washington D.C., the pizza company sponsored T-shirts with James' jersey No. 23 and the word "Crybaby" over it, in place of the name.
MAGAZINE
April 11, 1993
What's left for this generation? How about the fantastic inheritances that will come in tax-free living trusts to our "Mattel Generation" babies--those kids who only knew good times provided by a generation that worked hard, didn't get in debt by abusing credit cards and learned to save in order to provide a college education for their crybabies. MADELEINE HIDALGO Glendora
OPINION
June 3, 2005
Re "Improper Handling of Koran Confirmed," May 27: Having worked in Saudi Arabia, which prohibits one from bringing one's own Bible in the country for personal use, I have wondered about alleged abuse of the Koran. Just who has been so kind as to provide these Korans and for us to allow their use (and abuse)? This is a privilege they should be thankful for. Instead it's another cause to complain. What a bunch of crybabies! Marilyn von Kuhlberg Upland
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1985
What kind of people read Sunday Calendar anyway? I'll tell you who, a pack of wimpering, whining crybabies, that's who. Judging by the letters you print weekly, your readers care far more about seeing their sniveling complaints and unworthy names in print on your back pages than they care about art , which is the supposed purpose of Calendar. It's become a regular free-for-all for these frustrated crybabies who cannot opine or pontificate on anything more stimulating or relevant in life than the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, the Cosmic Significance of E.T.'s jewelry or those unlucky enough to bear resemblance to Charles II!
SPORTS
February 26, 2005
I just loved reading yet another article about corporate crybabies like Nissan's director of sports marketing, John Gill ["Luxury Event Became a Lemon," Feb. 23]. It doesn't matter to Gill that his company had its name spoken and product shown on national television and plastered in newspapers all over the country for five days. Two days after the event, they get an article in the Los Angeles Times with a quarter-page picture of a scoreboard that features its name prominently. Now they are getting another mention in Sports Viewpoint and this guy still wants a refund?
SPORTS
October 6, 1990
I would like to answer Harold P. Weber's letter, which appeared in Viewpoint on Sept. 29. You must not forget that the Dodgers are victims of games where they blow big leads and lost. Take the classic one against Philadelphia. Dodgers up, 11-3, in the ninth inning. Three outs later, Philadelphia 12, the Crybabies 11. Games ends that way, too. The Dodgers were their own worst enemy all season. The Padres couldn't help the Dodgers fight their way out of a paper bag against the Phillies that night.
SPORTS
July 25, 1992
So Darryl Strawberry thinks he might sit out the rest of the season to rest his aching back. Maybe the Dodgers should send him to Albuquerque to sit. I understand that the dry air and heat have great recuperative powers. Or better yet, he can sit on his paycheck for the rest of the season. The Dodgers raised ticket prices to help pay for the players-crybabies on the field. Because the overpaid players aren't producing, maybe as a good-will gesture the Dodgers will offer rebates to the fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
First "Hairspray," now "Cry-Baby." The musical version of John Waters' film about high school life in Baltimore, circa 1954, will open April 24 on Broadway. The show, which premiered last year at the La Jolla Playhouse, focuses on a bad boy who falls for a good girl. James Snyder stars in the role that Johnny Depp played in the 1990 movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
"Sweet and innocent" is not a label one associates with John Waters, the enfant terrible of cult cinema who first made his name in the early '70s with gross-out flicks celebrating every sallow hue of perversion. Not even the mellower, mainstream version of his style, which emerged in the late '80s with "Hairspray," could be described in this cheery vein.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2007 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
To an inventory of bare necessities a big song-and-dance musical requires for a rehearsal -- upright piano, sprung floor, athletic tape, bottled water -- the cast of the new musical "Cry-Baby" can add one essential provision: breath mints, and lots of them. "I had some bad onions on my burger," confesses lead actress Elizabeth Stanley by way of explanation for a handful of Altoids, which her costar, James Snyder, will be grateful she's popped when they embark on their next, er, duet.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The La Jolla Playhouse will stage the world premiere of the theatrical version of John Waters' 1990 cult film musical, "Cry-Baby," as part of its 2007-08 season, announced Wednesday. The musical, which producers hope will move to Broadway, features a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan and lyrics and music by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger. It had originally been slated for a February opening at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
OPINION
June 3, 2005
Re "Improper Handling of Koran Confirmed," May 27: Having worked in Saudi Arabia, which prohibits one from bringing one's own Bible in the country for personal use, I have wondered about alleged abuse of the Koran. Just who has been so kind as to provide these Korans and for us to allow their use (and abuse)? This is a privilege they should be thankful for. Instead it's another cause to complain. What a bunch of crybabies! Marilyn von Kuhlberg Upland
SPORTS
February 26, 2005
I just loved reading yet another article about corporate crybabies like Nissan's director of sports marketing, John Gill ["Luxury Event Became a Lemon," Feb. 23]. It doesn't matter to Gill that his company had its name spoken and product shown on national television and plastered in newspapers all over the country for five days. Two days after the event, they get an article in the Los Angeles Times with a quarter-page picture of a scoreboard that features its name prominently. Now they are getting another mention in Sports Viewpoint and this guy still wants a refund?
SPORTS
December 13, 1986
Well, the inevitable occurred when Ted Tollner was fired. As a USC alumnus, I regret to see such a fine man of class, dignity and ability leave this so-called legendary football program. Ted Tollner is a great football coach and a finer man than all the classless USC crybabies together. The fact is, USC dominance and one-team dynasties are obsolete. Mr. Tollner cannot throw the football for an inept quarterback, nor can he play defense for a porous secondary. The shame does not rest on Tollner, nor on the team, but in the manner the true USC fans react to a little adversity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2003 | Carol Pogash, Special to The Times
Renee Walker hadn't been concerned about her son's sex education class until the October night of his 12th birthday. While at an Italian restaurant, he sipped a soda, placing the wet straw cover on the tip of his dinner plate. Then he told his parents something odd -- that the shriveled paper reminded him of the seaweed that he had learned is inserted into a woman's cervix to soften it before an abortion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2003 | Carol Pogash, Special to The Times
Renee Walker hadn't been concerned about her son's sex education class until the October night of his 12th birthday. While at an Italian restaurant, he sipped a soda, placing the wet straw cover on the tip of his dinner plate. Then he told his parents something odd -- that the shriveled paper reminded him of the seaweed that he had learned is inserted into a woman's cervix to soften it before an abortion.
SPORTS
April 28, 2001
The XFL just wrapped up its first season. I believe it was a successful venture. I know sportswriters and late-night comedians thought it was a big flop, but I don't see it that way. Maybe the TV ratings slipped because people were expecting something different, but it was nothing more than smash-mouth football. I enjoyed watching players from major college teams play for rent money. These players would try their hardest each game just to get a $2,000 bonus for winning. There were no million-dollar crybabies.
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