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August 21, 1994
Congratulations, Martin Bernheimer, for the first time I agree with you ("Monster Concert Afterthoughts," Aug. 7). You were too kind to Tibor Rudas, the promoter. Rudas disappointed my husband and me greatly by locating his Luciano Pavarotti one-night performance on Oct. 22, 1992 at the San Diego Sports Arena. The location seemed "iffy" but Pavarotti was a sure thing, so we went. The sound was horrible and expensive tickets placed us well to his side and above his left cheek. This year, when we found out the "Three Tenors" were coming to L.A., we had mixed emotions: Dodger Stadium?
October 24, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER
This should be the best of times for the Kings. The club is off to one of the best starts in its history. It had raced into the early Smythe Division lead before Tuesday's game against the Calgary Flames. The Kings also began play Tuesday having allowed the fewest goals of any club in the NHL. The Kings? Fewest goals? Adding to the excitement surrounding the Kings' fast start is Wayne Gretzky's assault on the 2,000-point plateau. Hockey has never seemed more popular in the Southland.
June 29, 1986 | Associated Press
It's a little early to compare the resurgent San Francisco Giants to the Miracle Mets of 1969, but look at the standings. It's the end of June, nearly midseason, and the Giants have been at or near the top of the National League West every step of the way. When was the last time an NL team lost 100 games or finished in the cellar one year and won a pennant the next? Hint: It wasn't the New York Mets, who finished next-to-last in 1968. Answer: It never happened.
October 30, 2010 | T.J. Simers
I am just so proud of our terrible team. I can't believe I almost skipped this contest to go to the Oregon- USC game. Talk about inspiring. As crummy as the UCLA Bruins have been this season, they deserve so much credit for not getting blown out again. They can actually tell their friends this week ? because most everyone wasn't at the Rose Bowl on Saturday ? they came within a touchdown and a two-point conversion of tying Arizona. Arizona goes home thinking it probably lost, beating a crummy team like UCLA by so little.
November 24, 2002 | Amanda Jones, Special to The Times
I can't hope to compete with hard-core journalists when it comes to tales of front lines, terrorists, drug lords, pestilence, natural disasters, marauding beasts and psychopathic guides. My stories are feeble by comparison. I've only ever imperiled myself through blind gullibility, outright stupidity or the overconsumption of alcohol -- whether it was me or someone else doing the imbibing.
Now is the winter of their discontent, made the more forlorn by the forecast that it's going to be a long one. The hawk still blows cold off Lake Michigan but the Bulls, the last American sports dynasty, and the only one this place ever knew, are gone, returning one by one as members of someone else's team, like Phil Jackson with the Lakers tonight. Every day, it seems, brings a new indignity. The Bulls start this, their second season of rebuilding, 2-26.
October 27, 1985 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
San Diego Symphony, SYMPHONY HALL. In 1984, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra was practically bankrupt. But on Saturday, the symphony will celebrate the opening of its new multimillion-dollar home and the kickoff of an exciting new season. This week, the people and events that came together to save the symphony will be profiled in articles in Part II, View and Calendar.
May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
September 27, 1987
We went to see "Big River" at the stunning new Performing Arts Center and thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle, the acoustics and the lush splendor of the theater. However, it is deplorable that half the seats were unoccupied. I asked an attendant, and she verified my guess. Of course it is expensive--$70 for the two of us in the second tier. But why not give those empty seats to senior citizens, who deserve a break living on social security. One call to a senior citizens center would cause a lot of happiness and entertainment for an appreciative audience.
August 10, 2005
I learned with great sadness about David Shaw's passing ["He Savored Life With Grace and Gusto," Aug. 3]. I enjoyed his wit, outspokenness and depth of knowledge. So many of his articles made me think, laugh His columns were the kind that I occasionally forwarded to friends and family for further discussion. I wish I had known him personally so that I could have made him a simple meal and enjoyed one of his fabulous bottles of wine! I will miss his columns and insight, and I send my deepest sympathy to his family and colleagues.
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