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June 25, 1992 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for The Times Orange County Edition.
This ever happen at your house? You knock yourself out preparing one of those big, damn-the-grocery-bill family dinners hoping to spark some of that magical, intergenerational bonding those folks in the Kodak ads seem to enjoy so much. But somewhere between the pot roast and Aunt Lila's Famous Shortcake, reality sets in. As soon as great-grandma starts reminiscing, your kids recall a pressing date with the VCR and beat a quick retreat to the living room.
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December 12, 1991 | DALLAS M. JACKSON
'It's pretty, but is it Art?"--Rudyard Kipling Can't make it to the auction at Sotheby's or Christie's to ante up $82.5 million for a Van Gogh or $78.1 million for a Renoir? The Museum Company in the Brea Mall may be the ideal alternative. Art lovers, from the connoisseur to the novice, from the dabbler to the collector, can find great works of art at one-millionth of the price of an art auction.
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December 4, 1991 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Plans for a science center were unveiled this week by local museum representatives, who envision an ambitious, $37.5-million project along the lines of a western Smithsonian Institution full of exhibits, including a mock-up of the space shuttle, a huge ant farm and giant-screen theater in downtown Santa Ana.
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August 20, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
"Discovery U."--a.k.a. the Discovery Museum of Orange County--held a "class reunion" Saturday that brought 150 guests to the museum's sprawling Santa Ana grounds. Dressed down in rolled-cuff Levis and other '50s gear, party-goers circled silent auction tables during cocktail hour, sat for buffet dinner at dusk, then bopped to their feet, waving pompons while Sha Na Na stormed through an hourlong concert of nostalgic tunes.
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August 9, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Santa Margarita High School student Kelly Crean's wavy brown hair was literally standing on end Thursday morning as Discovery Museum officials used a Van de Graaff generator to send a positive charge straight through the giggling teen-ager. The 30-second demonstration, which Crean described as "rad," highlighted a one-hour press conference to announce plans for the museum's ambitious, $37.
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March 15, 1991 | ZAN DUBIN
Officials at the Discovery Museum of Orange County, a hands-on historical facility, on Thursday reportedly selected a site on Main Street in downtown Santa Ana to build a long-planned science learning center. The museum board agreed to locate the science center in the Bowers Museum District "next to the Bowers Museum, subject to working out terms of the agreement with the city of Santa Ana," said a source who would not be named. Santa Ana city officials could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | CORINNE FLOCKEN
A taco joint and ho-hum industrial parks are hardly what you'd expect to see when time traveling. Unless, of course, your journey takes you to Santa Ana's Discovery Museum. At the 11-acre facility, you step back nearly 100 years to Orange County's infancy--a time when orange groves, not mini-malls, dominated the landscape, and fun-seeking families gathered around the Victrola instead of the VCR.
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August 15, 1990 | PAMELA MARIN
The Discovery Museum of Orange County was the site of a picnic fund-raiser Saturday night, highlighted by an alfresco after-dinner concert by the Kingston Trio. "Who's that?" asked Bob Howard's twentysomething children as he and his wife, Cleva, headed for the 11-acre museum compound in Santa Ana. Before your time, said Howard, a Newport Beach developer and museum board president. "Gosh, that made me feel old."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Her days are usually filled with surveys, charts and demographics. But on Saturday, 28-year-old Tonya Todd left the corporate life behind and found herself digging weeds, contending with bugs and fighting allergies--all in the name of community service.
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