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September 22, 1996 | Roger Kahn, Roger Kahn wrote "The Boys of Summer" and "The Era." He covered the Brooklyn Dodgers for the New York Herald Tribune
Jackie Robinson and I became friends in the spring of 1952, friends almost by default. He was 33 years old--already heroic and despised. Walter O'Malley, the president of Robinson's employer, the Brooklyn Dodgers, warned me that "this Robinson is the most shameless publicity seeker I've ever met." Alvin Dark, shortstop for the New York Giants, said Robinson "reminds me of Hitler." The press . . . oh Lord, the armies of the press.
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BUSINESS
September 1, 1996 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the roar of tractors and the aroma of fresh-cut lumber, home builder Paul E. Griffin III surveyed his newest project with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. The fifth-generation construction executive would soon start selling homes at his Park Lane development in Simi Valley, and the results could determine whether his fledgling company survives. But more than just money is tied up in Park Lane. There's also family pride.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After being blacklisted as a suspected communist in the early 1950s, actor Will Geer packed up his family and went into exile in the mountains of Topanga. Geer did not find regular work as an actor for a decade, though he later found fame as Grandpa on TV's "The Waltons." More than 40 years after the Hollywood blacklist, Ellen Geer has memorialized her father's struggle with " . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1995 | LISA RESPERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sara Chitjian sat at a table at the Los Angeles Public Library surrounded by 90 years of memories. There were photos of Chitjian's family in Mexico City, where they settled before moving to California, and pictures of her father's store in East L.A. Other photos showed a joyous family picnic with two generations pausing long enough for a group portrait. In another, a young Chitjian sits on a pony wearing her cowboy hat and an impish smile.
BOOKS
December 4, 1994 | Sonja Bolle, Sonja Bolle is the editor of the Times Book Review.
Everything about this time of year drives a person to disgust or despair over the amount of stuff we all have--and by stuff I mean material possessions, not mental baggage. What to offer as a gift to the person who already owns every item known to man? (A donation card? Don't you hate getting those notices yourself? Don't you wish people would give to charities in silence?
NEWS
August 29, 1994 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winning the Little League national championship requires more than ability from the players and coaches. Tolerance and understanding, dedication and determination are equally important. And a strong dose of humor doesn't hurt, either. Northridge players and coaches virtually lived together for two months, practicing every day from the last week of June until the World Series championship game Saturday. The team became a family, with each member contributing.
NEWS
April 19, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Louis, 32, human resources and industrial relations manager Mercia, 30, teacher Juanita, 4 Chris, 2 Kotie, 56, Louis Botha's widowed mother * Home: Amsterdam, Eastern Transvaal * Politics: Leaning toward National Party * Background: Descended from Dutch, German and French Huguenots who arrived in 17th Century. * Louis Botha: "White South Africans, Afrikaans- or English-speaking, are extremely unsure .... about the future....
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