November 24, 2012 |
The artist who painted the mural that greets drivers entering the little town of Welch in West Virginia's coal fields added the figure of Ed Shepard at the last minute. Ed, as everyone calls him, is a fixture in town. He has manned his service station for 62 years. Plain-spoken, self-educated, and blessed with a remarkable memory, at 89 Ed is a seemingly endless source of knowledge about Welch and surrounding McDowell County. McDowell County used to dig more coal than anywhere else in the country.
August 13, 1995 |
Phil Harris, the bandleader who became famous by portraying himself as a flashy, hard-drinking musician on the old Jack Benny radio show, died late Friday. He was 89. His wife of 54 years, former actress Alice Faye, and daughter, Phyllis Harris, were at his side at their Rancho Mirage home, said family spokesman Jewel Baxter.
December 20, 1995 |
Welcome, Northwestern. We want your coach. We've got this situation, see. Maybe you could help. At UCLA, we are in serious need of a football coach who can take his team to the Rose Bowl, and I don't mean only for home games. You purple people, you have such a coach. Could we have him, please? The guy's name is Gary Barnett, and I believe we should do everything possible to persuade him to leave Northwestern for UCLA.
June 21, 2001 |
Architect Larissa Sand was designing the San Francisco restaurant B44 when she faced the problem of imparting deep color to glass light fixtures that she was making. "You can't tint Pyrex; you can't get brilliant colors. What we had in this restaurant was a modern, very mechanical language. We wanted strong color that wasn't art glass," said Sand, principal of South Park Fabricators, the San Francisco firm that designs and makes furniture, lighting and other architectural elements. The solution?
HOME & GARDEN
September 16, 2004 |
Hand-blown glass is to Murano, Italy, what movies are to Hollywood. But like a blockbuster that has spawned too many imitations, Murano -- baroque shapes and Byzantine busyness in deep jewel tones -- was looking tired. That is, until La Murrina was founded in 1968 by a group of master glass blowers on the island of Murano.
February 16, 1999 |
John A. "Jaki" Byard, eclectic jazz pianist, composer and teacher who recorded with such luminaries as Charles Mingus and Rahasaan Roland Kirk, has been found shot to death. He was 76. Byard was shot in the head Thursday in his home in Queens, N.Y., which he shared with his two daughters. The family said no shots were heard, and a police investigation is continuing. His life and his music paralleled the evolution of jazz.
HOME & GARDEN
May 19, 2001 |
Fluorescent light fixtures are more efficient and cheaper to run than incandescent. But some fluorescent fixtures buzz or hum, and they take a long time to start when temperatures fall much below balmy. If your fixtures have these problems, a failing ballast--the component that gives the lamps the power boost they need to start--might be the cause. If the light flickers or won't work at all, the ballast is probably shot.
July 8, 1990 |
Bill Cullen, genial game show host and panelist who was a popular fixture on "I've Got a Secret" and "The Price is Right," died Saturday at his Bel-Air home from complications resulting from cancer. He was 70. Cullen died at 5:25 p.m. of heart failure brought on by a months-long battle with lung cancer, said George Spota, Cullen's manager. Cullen's wife, Ann, was at his bedside when he died.
February 7, 1999 |
The Senate impeachment trial began Saturday with prayers and words of remembrance for Raymond Scott Bates, a legislative clerk killed by a driver Friday night. Bates, 50, was known for his deep-voiced intonation of the roll call during the impeachment trial. "Senators come and senators go, but Scott has been a fixture in this Senate for the last 30 years," said Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.). Senators stood for a moment of silence. Bates' seat below that of U.S. Chief Justice William H.
January 29, 1995
Subcontractor Gary Vandal started making small parts for motorcycles several years ago in a bid to break away from the declining aerospace business. For MCM, Vimco built a special fixture that holds the tubing for the motorcycle frame in place while it is being welded. "What all of us who have worked with MCM hope is that they get big enough to be a big client," he said. "It's exciting to see small companies pulling together to have a good U.S. product for the market."