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June 2, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Other inventors might spend their nights dreaming up a better mousetrap, but Marion Ruggles and Bill Nussbaum needed something they could sink their teeth into: a project with some meat; a gadget that really cooked. They also wanted a product that would fit their disparate personalities, and there are precious few things that a one-time dune buggy maker and a transplanted Queens native could possibly manufacture and market--together.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2011 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The Sunstar is in an Oxnard boatyard, up on screw jacks under a canopy of sun-beaten tarps. The orange wheelhouse is peeling, with scraps of plywood standing in for missing window panes. The blue of the hull is scuffed off along the angles . Spots of fiberglass are coming off in brown lesions. The Herzik brothers are hunkered down in the hold, sanding the corners of two new gas tanks they built of plywood and fiberglass. Terry is the captain, 64 years old, solid, broad-shouldered, a bit craggy from the years of sun and sea. Doug is 61, leaner, smoother, with blond-gray hair and hooded, slightly wary eyes.
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NEWS
March 31, 1995 | NANCY KAPITANOFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Nancy Kapitanoff writes regularly about art for The Times.
We can't get away from our childhoods. Sometimes this is a good thing. Los Angeles artist Jacqueline Dreager was born into a family of special-effects experts. Her father and two uncles worked for, among others, movie legend Cecil B. DeMille. "I grew up in my garage with my father, not with my mother at the sewing machine," Dreager said. "My uncle gave me tips on how to use fiberglass that you could never learn in school."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2011 | Steve Harvey, Only in L.A
It wasn't the type of celebration commonly held for a naive flying rodent and a not-so-smart antlered creature. Yet there was Los Angeles County Sheriff Peter Pitchess on that September day in 1961, presiding with actress Jayne Mansfield over the unveiling of a 15-foot-tall fiberglass statue of cartoon characters Rocket J. ("Rocky") Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose on the Sunset Strip. TV Guide reported that the publicity stunt, heralding the debut of "The Bullwinkle Show" on NBC, drew "5,000 milling, screaming, caterwauling celebrants" outside the offices of the critters' creator, Jay Ward Productions.
REAL ESTATE
June 25, 1989 | A. J. HAND
Hardly anyone buys a new roof because he wants to. One does so because he is forced into it by an old roof that is wearing out and possibly beginning to leak. When the time comes--about once every 15 years for the average asphalt (or composition) shingle roof--you should certainly make the most of the "opportunity." Don't automatically replace your old shingles with exact copies of the old ones. Spend a little time investigating options that include the actual style and construction of the shingle, as well as colors.
REAL ESTATE
May 9, 1993
In your article headlined "Face Lifts for Aging Pools," (April 4) the statement, "If the application of the material isn't perfect, the Inter-Glass material can eventually delaminate, or peel away from the sides of the pool," is erroneous. Inter-Glass is a specialty fiberglass pool and spa coating and is a registered trademark of American Chem-Tech Inc. Inter-Glass is not to be interchangeably with the generic term fiberglass. Inter-Glass is installed using a patented application process that helps prevent the delamination sometimes found with other fiberglass products, even those from companies who claim to use the so-called "new technologies.
HOME & GARDEN
August 3, 1996 | JOHN MORELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Q. We have a deck covered by an awning. Over the past year, mold has formed on the last six to eight inches of material before it reaches the bottom fringe. I tried washing a small portion with water and bleach, but that didn't work. Is there anything else that can be done? S.L.G. Huntington Beach A. While an awning can be a great accent to the look of a home, it also easily collects dirt and provides a great environment for mold and mildew to grow, especially in beach areas.
NEWS
April 13, 2004
Re "Mad Dance on the Water" (April 6): My friends and I paddled plastic Hollowform slalom kayaks in the early 1970s. I was a neophyte, but some of my friends went into new areas of the river and did outrageous tricks in plastic kayaks. These places and tricks would be impossible in a rigid fiberglass kayak. All of this happened before commercial outfitters and whitewater shops opened along the river in Kernville. Ken Rogers Beverly Hills
HOME & GARDEN
February 6, 2010
Celebrated as one of the pioneers of midcentury biomorphic modernism -- objects based on living organisms -- Vladimir Kagan has long been a designer with a futurist streak. At 82, he is still hard at work, posts on Facebook and Twitter and even writes his own cheeky blog at vladimirkagan.com. One recent post featured his photos of, and ruminations on, urinals and sinks. Kagan recently premiered his first works in fiberglass: a crescent-shaped lounge chair, above, and an anvil-like ottoman made with the help of Ralph Pucci International, which also manufactures fiberglass mannequins designed by fashion designer Anna Sui, Parisian interior decorator Andrée Putman and fashion illustrator Jeffrey Fulvimari.
NEWS
January 13, 1989
Forty firefighters battled a blaze at a Pacoima warehouse about 45 minutes Thursday night before putting it out, authorities said. The fire at the Accent Insulation Co. building in the 9300 block of North Remick Avenue near Branford Street was reported at 8:41 p.m., said Greg Acevedo, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. Part of the one-story building's roof collapsed in the fire, Acevedo said.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Some vehicles defy easy classification. Take the plug-in electric Peraves E-Tracer, headed for California roads next year. Balanced on two wheels and operated with a throttle, it's similar to a motorcycle. But it's also fully enclosed in a Kevlar fiberglass shell. FOR THE RECORD: E-Tracer electric vehicle: An article in the Nov. 13 Business section about the Peraves E-Tracer, a plug-in electric vehicle, gave the wrong unit of measure for the power rating of its AC induction motor.
HOME & GARDEN
February 6, 2010
Celebrated as one of the pioneers of midcentury biomorphic modernism -- objects based on living organisms -- Vladimir Kagan has long been a designer with a futurist streak. At 82, he is still hard at work, posts on Facebook and Twitter and even writes his own cheeky blog at vladimirkagan.com. One recent post featured his photos of, and ruminations on, urinals and sinks. Kagan recently premiered his first works in fiberglass: a crescent-shaped lounge chair, above, and an anvil-like ottoman made with the help of Ralph Pucci International, which also manufactures fiberglass mannequins designed by fashion designer Anna Sui, Parisian interior decorator Andrée Putman and fashion illustrator Jeffrey Fulvimari.
HOME & GARDEN
September 19, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
In 1949, Steve Gainey's father and grandfather started manufacturing pottery with equipment they purchased from Pacific Clay Products' closed Inglewood factory. From the original product line of dog dishes and crockery, Gainey Ceramics evolved into an architectural pottery maker, specializing in decorative tile and commercial plant containers for the indoor-outdoor "plantscaping" industry. A third-generation pottery-maker, Gainey figures his La Verne company is one of the last continuously operating ceramic manufacturers around.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2009 | Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
The gates of Neverland Ranch. The crystal right-hand glove worn in the video for "Billie Jean." An arcade's worth of video games and a small army of fiberglass butlers and other figures once scattered about to make the mansion feel less lonely. These are just a few of the 1,390 lots of Michael Jackson's belongings now on the auction block in Beverly Hills.
NEWS
May 4, 2008 | Laurie Goering, Chicago Tribune
Dorji, a house painter with close-cropped black hair, draws his bowstring, hooks his thumb on his cheek and takes aim at what appears an impossible target: an 11-inch-wide slip of wood dug into the soil 460 feet away -- deeper than center field. He lets his finger slip and the arrow streaks down the field, raising a puff of dust when it hits the earthen bank just behind the target. He has missed. "His wife keeps beating him! That's why he's getting weaker and weaker!" taunt his friends, gathered in a grove of willows along the rocky Pachu River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2006 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Chris Herman's clients want luxury and space in their coastal getaways. They want expansive kitchens with granite countertops and bathrooms bathed in marble. Giant flat-screen televisions are standard, as are fine custom woodwork in the master suite and Italian-leather sofas in the salon. Herman isn't a real estate agent hawking ocean-view mansions.
SPORTS
October 15, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dennis Conner, seeking support in his campaign to inspect New Zealand's unique--and unbeaten--fiberglass boat, today called for an urgent meeting of the 13 challengers from six countries to urge organizers to take core samples of the 12-meter boat designated KZ7. The issue is being compared to the New York Yacht Club's attempt to have Australia II's winged keel ruled illegal in 1983.
SPORTS
December 9, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Dennis Conner lost to arch-rival Tom Blackaller in the America's Cup challenger trials Monday, but the two remain allies in their suspicion that New Zealand's fiberglass KZ7 boat is illegal. Conner got into a heated exchange with a New Zealand reporter over the issue at the post-race press conference. First Blackaller said: "I think the Lloyd's scantling requirements for fiberglass are probably flawed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Bill Kirschner, who developed the first commercially viable fiberglass skis in the United States and founded K2 Corp., which became the major ski brand in the nation, has died. He was 87. Kirschner, who was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 2001, died April 22 of pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery in a Seattle hospital, said his son, Bruce.
OPINION
August 7, 2005 | Diane Winston, Diane Winston, Knight professor of media and religion at USC, can be reached at dianewin@usc.edu.
OK, CLASS, question for the day: Is the Pope Catholic? Oops, my bad. Let's start again: Are Mormons Christian? If you asked the protesters picketing the recent opening of a new Mormon temple in Newport Beach, the answer would be "no." "Have a nice day," yelled one demonstrator. "It's going to cost you your soul." It's been a while since the world's fate seemed to hinge so thoroughly on what people think of each others' religious beliefs.
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