CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2004 |
Lenore Benson, a former executive director of Fashion Group International, a 6,000-member organization that promotes women in fashion and provides educational and networking activities, has died. She was 80. Benson died Sept. 1 at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center of acute pancreatic disease, longtime friend James Watterson told The Times.
May 16, 1998
Born Dec. 12, 1915, in Hoboken, N.J., to Italian immigrant parents; inherits predilection for bel canto singing style. 1933: Pursues singing career after attending Bing Crosby concert; works locally in clubs and bars. 1935: Wins first prize on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour," resulting in concert and club dates with Major Bowes traveling show, plus occasional radio dates. 1939: Gains widespread attention from New York radio appearance; becomes big-band vocalist with Harry James.
March 25, 1986 |
Associated Dry Goods, parent of the 23 J. W. Robinson department stores in Southern California, on Monday named Tom L. Roach as Robinson's chairman and chief executive to replace Michael Gould, who resigned. Roach, 42, has been chairman and chief executive of Associated's Denver Dry Goods division, known as the Denver--a chain of upscale stores similar to Robinson's--since 1979.
July 13, 1986 |
When Bruce A. Gimbel brought his young California bride, Barbara Poulson of Long Beach, to this retailing mecca after World War II, she spotted a few medieval tapestries and chairs scattered among the usual merchandise at his family's department store. These were remnants of a fabled event in 1941, when Bruce's father, Bernard, bought William Randolph Hearst's multimillion-dollar art collection and offered the entire lot for sale on Gimbels' fifth floor in Herald Square.
HOME & GARDEN
April 18, 1998 |
Collectors have different names for many of their favorite collectibles. "Head vases," "lady head vases" and "figural planters" all refer to the same florist containers that were popular from the 1950s through the '70s. Most of the vases were imported from Europe or Japan and sold to florists and gift shops. Manufacturers called such vases "figural planters."
August 17, 1996 |
World-class athletes. Visitors from the White House. Computer glitches. Sound familiar? Less than two weeks after the Olympic caravan pulled out of town, competition began Friday--before considerably smaller crowds--for the 1996 Summer Paralympic Games. About 3,500 disabled athletes from 127 countries are competing in the same venues as the Olympians for 10 days in what organizers call the second-largest sporting event in the world.