YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsFamily Circle

Family Circle

November 16, 2003 | Michael Kazin, Michael Kazin is the co-author of "America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s." He teaches history at Georgetown University.
Nearly every reader of a certain age has heard about the Weathermen, that wild fragment of the New Left that brought the '60s to a violent close with street fights, bombings and jailbreaks. The group went underground in the early 1970s and slowly dissolved. In 1981, a handful of dead-enders got mixed up in a robbery in Nyack, N.Y., that killed two police officers and the guard on a Brink's truck.
In the "stucco wasteland" of Poway, one family had had enough of the isolation, the self-imposed but socially mandated nightly retreat behind the alarm system and the automatic garage-door opener. They lived in a house with a two-car garage, a wet bar--and no front porch. They scarcely knew their neighbors, their mail carrier, or the kids who delivered pizza or the newspaper. Feverishly, they dug up the front yard and installed a courtyard, a sort of outdoor living room.
Gayle Stafsky and Glen Eichenblatt worked about as hard as a couple could to become parents, enduring years of infertility treatments and failed pregnancies before eventually adopting a baby boy. Now they're laboring just as diligently to ensure that they and 2 1/2-year-old Benjamin stay in close touch with his biological mother. "We . . . feel she's a part of our family, inexorably," Eichenblatt said.
November 9, 2000 | LYNN O'DELL
Todd von Sprechen didn't just ride for someone in this year's MS 150 Bay to Bay Bike tour, he rode with someone. His father, Lloyd, who has multiple sclerosis, occupied the back seat of Todd's tandem bike. As a result, Lloyd's Lagers, a team of 61 riders clad in yellow, black and purple jerseys, churned down the coast from Newport's Back Bay to San Diego's Mission Bay on Oct. 7 and 8, and set a team fund-raising record of $73,000 along the way. Todd set an individual record of $20,150.
October 2, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics? If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative causes, the latter to liberal. In either case, you're wrong. The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson. The son of Greek immigrants, Peterson, 86, served as Commerce secretary under President Nixon, then became chairman and chief executive of Lehman Bros.
March 6, 1989 | DONALD P. MYERS, Newsday
Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould, four months pregnant with her fifth child, throws up in the bathroom as the sun goes down. "Morning sickness, day and night, with all my babies," she says when she's finished. "It's a cross I have to bear." Her fourth child, 9-month-old Austin, crawls on the kitchen floor with the Shetland sheep dogs. Her first child, 14-year-old Ryan, skateboards in the street outside.
September 22, 1989 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
He knew his first name was Steven. But emotionally he never really came home and privately he couldn't become whole because publicly he was always Steven Stayner, an abduction victim, someone in a miniseries, one missing kid among tens of thousands on flyers and milk cartons who, miraculously, a decade ago, did return alive and apparently well. "When he came back he was a jolly kid, a jokester, happy-go-lucky," said Sandy Hawkins, a friend with the seniority of any natural aunt.
December 25, 1987 | Mike Downey
It is Christmas in Hawaii--macadamia nuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Lord nipping at your nose--and the Farr family is present and accounted for. Mel Farr Sr., the former UCLA star and Detroit Lion, played tennis all morning in the hot sun, then zonked out for a long sleep, and now he is sitting on a sideline bench at Aloha Stadium, wielding a small camera, making home movies of UCLA's football practice. His wife is alongside him. So is one son, Mel Jr.
July 22, 1986 | BETH ANN KRIER, Times Staff Writer
In the last decade, the business world has provided increasing avenues for consumers to check their health without the intervention of doctors: do-it-yourself pregnancy tests, at-home colon cancer checks, digital blood pressure monitors, biofeedback machines and more. But some of the most precise and revealing health tests--those dealing with blood--generally have been unavailable to consumers.
Los Angeles Times Articles