January 9, 2010
I read with great interest your piece devoted to the selection of performers for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ["The Genesis of a Progressive Rock Trend?," Jan. 1, by Mike Boehm]. As pointed out, there is clearly an inconsistency and bias in the decision-making process, which has left many deserving artists overlooked year after year. I agree that the Fifth Dimension are well worthy of consideration and clearly the Monkees' extreme commercial success combined with their teen idol reputation seems to work against them, though in a fair and balanced world they would have been admitted years ago. However, the Hall of Fame board is particularly guilty of a boy's club mentality that passes over female talent as if they are second-class citizens.
March 4, 2012
If you go Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Blvd., Las Vegas; http://www.pinballhall.org . Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Closed major holidays. Free admission.
February 6, 2010
50 Years ago Monday (Feb. 8, 1960), construction began 2 1/2 Miles of sidewalk adorned with stars 10 million Visitors last year 1st star Producer Stanley Kramer 2,400th star Singer Roy Orbison, installed Jan. 29 200 Empty stars to be awarded (with room, of course, for more) 12-15 Entertainment legends picked by committee each year to receive stars $25,000 Sponsorship fee for star installation and upkeep Source: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
June 3, 2009 |
News flash from across the pond: Becoming an overnight sensation can be hazardous to your health. You would think the legacy of Princess Di would have left a more permanent imprint about the hazards of celebrity, but no. It recently claimed two more victims. First, 10-year-old Hollie Steele was flash-fried by the spotlight, followed by Susan Boyle, whose brush with fame literally put her in the hospital (or "in hospital" as the English inexplicably put it).
July 8, 2009 |
The culture of celebrity giveth and the culture of celebrity taketh away. If you don't believe it, just look at Sarah Palin and Michael Jackson. The collective preoccupation with celebrity may have originated in Jackson's entertainment milieu, but its dynamic of relentless scrutiny and remorseless -- frequently cruel and satiric -- comment now dominates much of our political journalism as well.
March 4, 2013 |
Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis, 32, was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Monday. Hingis won 15 major titles, including nine in women's doubles and one in mixed. The first came at Wimbledon in women's doubles in 1996, at the age of 15 years, 9 months, making her the youngest Grand Slam event champion in history. Also elected on Monday were Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. Hingis, who retired in 2007, spent a total of 209 weeks ranked No. 1 in her career.