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April 21, 1994 | Anne Michaud, Times staff writer
An overweight woman in a blue suit sits on a sofa and talks about how unhappy she is with her body. Five seconds later, as she rises from the sofa, she magically drops to an average weight. "Now, this is what I call a waistline," she says. So goes an ad for the LiteLife weight-loss system. It was created by the Cunningham Group in Costa Mesa using "morphing" techniques pioneered by the movie "Terminator 2" and "Star Trek" spinoff "Deep Space Nine."
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April 21, 1994 | Anne Michaud, Times staff writer
An overweight woman in a blue suit sits on a sofa and talks about how unhappy she is with her body. Five seconds later, as she rises from the sofa, she magically drops to an average weight. "Now, this is what I call a waistline," she says. So goes an ad for the LiteLife weight-loss system. It was created by the Cunningham Group in Costa Mesa using "morphing" techniques pioneered by the movie "Terminator 2" and "Star Trek" spinoff "Deep Space Nine."
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June 9, 1999
* Scott Seybold has been named chief financial officer of Panavision Inc., effective immediately. Seybold, 42, has more than 18 years of senior-level financial management experience in companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion, including Allergan Inc., among others. Most recently he was director of corporate planning for Harman International Inc. Panavision, based in Woodland Hills, designs and manufactures high-precision movie camera systems. * Commercial real estate broker E.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2000
Longtime Sony TV executive Andrew J. Kaplan was named chief executive of Hollywood Stock Exchange, an entertainment Web site that lets visitors trade mock shares in celebrities, films and music. Michael Burns and Max Keiser will remain co-chairmen of the company. Kaplan's most recent position at Sony was executive vice president of its Columbia TriStar Television Group. * Marinus N.
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April 4, 2001
* Merisel Chief Financial Officer Timothy Jenson was appointed president and chief executive of the El Segundo-based software distributor. Jenson replaces turnaround specialist David Sadler, who was hired last July to help the struggling company. Sadler will continue with the company as a consultant. Sadler restructured the company's U.S. and Canadian operations and oversaw the downsizing of the U.S. distribution business.
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March 23, 2008 | Lizzie Skurnick, Lizzie Skurnick edits Old Hag, a literary blog. Her reviews have appeared in several publications, including the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times Book Review.
The Making of Second Life Notes From the New World Wagner James Au Collins: 274 pp., $25.95 -- Second Lives A Journey Through Virtual Worlds Tim Guest Random House: 280 pp., $25 -- For a brief and extraordinarily peculiar 10 minutes, I was a member of Second Life. Like all newbies, after downloading the hefty software, I was directed to an orientation area, where I chose an "in-world" name and an avatar.
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November 11, 2002 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Bob Dobry may be the most watched airplane pilot in Southern California. For nearly two decades, he has flown above crowded beaches, parade routes and even the World Series, towing banners that hawk everything from fish tacos to the L.A. Kings. But until the city of Huntington Beach tried to restrict his banner-towing business -- complaining it was noisy and a visual blight -- Dobry was a fairly anonymous businessman, an unseen pilot hauling messages seen by thousands up and down the coastline.
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March 1, 1996 | HENRY CHU MARC LACEY and NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the race to succeed Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) in the northeast Valley, public safety ranks among the top issues for voters alarmed by the increase of violent crime. So it's no surprise that the Democratic candidates in the district emphasize their strong anti-crime stands, nearly all of them trotting out incidents from their personal pasts to support their point.
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November 16, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
On an angular corner where the historic Hennepin theater district meets the glistening glass and stone of a rebuilding inner city, an incongruous scene occurs each morning at 7:30. Yellow school buses roll up. They come nine at a time, park nose-to-tail in a gritty alley and unload their cargoes of children from eight suburban school districts and one urban system.
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July 25, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The American Cancer Society said Thursday that substantial revisions must be made to the pending $368.5-billion tobacco settlement if it is to achieve the key goals of reducing tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease and death. "The American Cancer Society supports the right settlement--but this is not that settlement," said George Dessart, the organization's chairman.
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