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July 25, 1998 |
He's big, he's pink, and he stands on a wooden leg. Meet the Realmingo! Just when you thought there were enough pink lawn ornaments in your neighborhood, Don Featherstone, father of the original plastic pink flamingo, is reaching into the millennium with a life-size and more lifelike companion to his 41-year-old classic. "We've lived on our glory all these years," the affable Featherstone says with a smile. "It's time for something new." Featherstone, president of Union Products Inc.
March 8, 1998 |
Of all the cultural puzzlements I encountered when moving as a seventh-grader from the Bronx to eastern North Carolina in 1953, the most curious was the way my new friends and neighbors would say that they couldn't get the "John Brown'd" thing to work or that they would be "John Brown'd" before they'd do something they didn't like.
February 16, 1998 |
Eating disorders are among the most perplexing ailments of the psyche. Theories are offered and published regularly by the experts who treat the many young women (and some young men) with anorexia and/or bulimia. Marya Hornbacher's personal account of her long battle provides another window through which to contemplate these mysterious illnesses. Hornbacher, a freelance writer whose original, prize-winning essay published in Minneapolis/St.
October 5, 1997 |
When was the last time you thought of a drive-in movie screen as Moby Dick? No need to answer. This flying leap of the imagination is taken by Larry Baker in "The Flamingo Rising," a first novel that dares mix the Icarus, Oedipus and Earhart myths, risks a Romeo and Juliet update, plunders Dante, references the Bible, rewrites movie history and inside-outs the American past. Yet Baker's book is far from pretentious; it's one of the more endearingly adept debuts to come along in a while.
April 10, 1997 |
Hollywood likes to bathe in the glow of its glorious past--and make some money while it is at it. So, over the past few months, such films as the "Star Wars" trilogy and "The Godfather" have been re-released. Now comes another classic from the past: "Pink Flamingos." Yes, the movie that Variety called "one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made" has been cleaned up, in a matter of speaking, to celebrate Friday's 25th anniversary of its original release.
January 16, 1997 |
Flamingo Coast has to be the most relentlessly tropical restaurant ever to hit Orange County. The former Player's has been extensively renovated and now splits the stylistic difference between a Miami Beach nightclub and the lobby of the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The foyer and interior are dense with tropical fronds and silk flowers, the carpets are rain-forest tones of black, gold and green. There are fake pink flamingos on the columns and on the mock Tiffany lamps by the stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1997 |
The $6-million cost was chump change compared to modern times, with half-billion-dollar, eye-popping mega-resorts sprouting on the Las Vegas Strip. But the opening of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's Flamingo Hotel just over 50 years ago forever changed the face and fortunes of this desert gaming mecca. And it marked the beginning of the end for the famous mobster who spent a crime-filled life evading the law, but could not escape his own kind.
October 17, 1996 |
On the south bank of the Missouri River in Kansas City, Mo., the Flamingo Casino--a $110-million riverboat gambling hall--was expected to have opened by Labor Day weekend to throngs of gamblers eager to try their luck at the floating version of Las Vegas. But the glittering Flamingo Casino and its 800 workers have remained idled for weeks after running aground on a local controversy that has proved an embarrassing and costly episode for its owner: Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corp.