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Lee E. Blair, artist and Disney animator who had the rare distinction of winning an Olympic gold medal for watercolor painting, has died. He was 81. Blair died of heart failure in Santa Cruz on June 19. The Los Angeles native won his gold medal in 1932, the first year the Olympics were staged in Los Angeles, for a watercolor of a rodeo. The painting was donated to a high school and has since been lost.
February 28, 2008
In 1951, New York City designer Cynthia Sargent moved to Mexico City and with her husband, Wendell Riggs, founded the weekly Bazar Sabado craft market in San Angel and opened a factory to make hooked rugs and woven textiles. Mixing the vibrant palette and Moorish motifs of Mexican design with a midcentury modernist flair, Sargent's rugs were a hit with designers such as Jack Lenor Larsen as well as tourists and remained in production even after her death in 2006.
February 4, 1989
The difference between ice hockey and soccer: In soccer, the thugs are in the stands, and in ice hockey, the thugs are on the ice. MARSDEN A. THOMPSON Los Angeles
October 11, 2009 | Ed Park, Park is a founding editor of the Believer and the author of "Personal Days: A Novel." His Astral Weeks column appears monthly at
The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard J.G. Ballard W.W. Norton: 1,200 pp., $35 Readers anxious about reading "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" -- now appearing in the U.S. for the first time -- may care to approach it in the form of a simple word game. Ballard, who died this spring in London at age 78, wrote prolifically in and out of the science fiction genre, and the pleasures of this book are as plentiful as its mass is intimidating. The guide below (inspired by the format of Ballard's do-it-yourself espionage narrative "The Beach Murders")
December 8, 1992
President Richard von Weizsaeker recently reminded his fellow citizens that a key reason democracy failed in Germany in the 1920s was that there simply weren't enough German democrats around to support it. It has become especially clear in the last few weeks that a lot of ordinary Germans are determined that this devastating experience, which led first to the triumph of Nazism and ultimately to Germany's wartime destruction and division, won't be repeated in the 1990s.
October 4, 2009 | Phil Zimmerman
"So what are you having for breakfast this evening?" asked the waiter, while pouring Sauvignon Blanc into tiny white ceramic cups typically used for hot tea. As I reviewed the menu, I could feel the stranger next to me at the communal table leaning over my left shoulder. "You should really try the Burmese fish stew," said the woman with bright bleached blond and pink hair. "It's absolutely to die for." Welcome to one of the latest quirky restaurants to hit the dining scene in San Francisco, a city known for its culinary excellence and a style all its own. Of course, you can always visit the usual spots such as the Slanted Door.
April 18, 2001 | PAUL GUTIERREZ
Darren Dreifort avoided being linked with Barry Bonds--Terry Adams was not as fortunate. The Dodger reliever will forever be mentioned with the future hall of famer after giving up Bonds' 500th home run Tuesday night--a two-run, eighth-inning shot that gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 41,059 at Pacific Bell Park. With the Giants trailing, 2-1, and Bonds on deck, Rich Aurilia led off with a triple to right-center against Adams.
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