CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1991
Your summary (World Report, Jan. 8) of a Canadian professor's argument that the United States might be planning a secret attack on Canada--our long-term ally--has, indeed, surprised many of us in the Pentagon. Nothing could be further from the truth. The United States and Canada remain firm friends, as evidenced by our joint effort, with approximately 25 other nations, to meet the aggression of Iraq's Saddam Hussein against Kuwait. Floyd Rudmin, professor of law and business at Queen's University, recently wrote in a Canadian scholarly journal that the home of the relatively young 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, N.Y., close to Canada, suggests the United States might be planning to invade Canada to cut communication between Quebec and Ottawa.
July 22, 2010 |
An interesting report this week on a 2009 case of anthrax after a drumming circle event, from our friends at the government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The spores were blown up as the drummers pounded away on animal-hide drums. Though this way of spreading anthrax may sound odd, animals and their hides are well known as a source of anthrax-spore exposure; anthrax infections among livestock are common enough that researchers of the bacterium have even used genetic typing of spores in dirt to map historic cattle-driving trails in the Western United States.
February 19, 2006
As a lifelong drummer, I read with great interest Dan Neil's column on the death of the drum solo ("The Big Bang," 800 Words, Jan. 22). I've never been a big fan of drum solos. Any overlong solo or soulless display of proficiency (on any instrument) borders on braggadocio and pretension. I also think audiences tire of overly long drum solos simply because there is no melody. Brevity may be the soul of wit, as the saying goes, but it is also the soul of a good drum solo. David Zimelis Los Angeles While neither a drummer, musicologist nor music critic, I've always been an ardent rock fan. I agree with Neil's praise of Charlie Watts and his remarks on the decline of rock concert intimacy, but I adamantly disagree with his and Neil Peart's take on Ron Bushy's landmark work in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."
October 17, 2009 |
Fifty years after he rocketed to the international stage with "The Tin Drum," Gunter Grass is still surprised at the overnight success of his tale of World War II as told through the eyes of a stunted boy and his toy instrument. Grass -- who turned 82 Friday -- paused when asked the reason for the book's global appeal during an interview in the central German university town of Goettingen. "Perhaps because it's a good book," he quipped. His pivotal work has been translated into about 40 languages.
July 22, 2012 |
Wanted: Accomplished musician for touring rock band. Minimum 25 years' professional experience. Ideal candidate has at least two Top 40 hits, maximum four from the 1960s or '70s; '80s may be acceptable. Plays one or more instruments -- not drums. Compensation: to be determined. Fringe benefits: playing with a Beatle. Not that Ringo Starr ever had to place an ad in the Recycler, but that's the gist of what the ex-Beatle has called for every couple of years when he gets the itch to hit the road with his All-Starr Band, which wrapped up its five-week U.S. tour Saturday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
April 12, 1989
The World Boxing Assn. super bantamweight title fight between champion Daniel Zaragoza and challenger Paul Banke, scheduled for April 25 at the Forum, has been postponed because of a damaged ear drum suffered by Zaragoza.