November 16, 1988 |
Jean-Yves Thibaudet: The name sounds so cultured, so refined, so decidedly, inescapably, well, French. But Thibaudet says the French connection "drives me crazy." "People think I can only play French music," the young pianist said in a recent phone interview from his home in Washington. "They put a sticker on you--is that how you say it?--'You're a specialist in French music.' I don't like that. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989
An alleged drug distributor, arrested after 17 years as a fugitive, admitted Friday that he was one of those accused of involvement with a 1962 heroin case made famous by the Academy Award-winning movie "The French Connection." Stanton Garland, 60, identified himself to U.S. Magistrate Charles Eick in Los Angeles. Prosecutors and a fingerprint expert were on hand in the courtroom to prove his identity if he denied it. Deputy Federal Public Defender Yolanda Barrera said she planned to discuss the case with New York prosecutors to see if both the escape charge and the heroin distribution charge could be handled here.
April 11, 2003 |
Bill Sharp referred to it as the French Revolution, and although there was no storming of the Bastille, there was the storming, by a few French surfers, of some extraordinary walls of water raging shoreward off Southern France. And the result of the March 10 assault -- at Belharra Reef, two-plus miles off the coast of St. Jean de Luz -- was to turn the world of big-wave surfing upside down.
December 11, 1991 |
Francois Scapula, a top figure in the 1960s "French Connection" drug trafficking ring, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday on drug smuggling charges. Scapula, a top chemist for the ring portrayed in two movies starring Gene Hackman, will not serve his French sentence now because he has been in Swiss jails since 1985 serving a 20-year sentence for another drug offense.
June 16, 1988 |
--A woman in Paris may prove the key that unlocks the mystery of a deaf boy who cannot speak found wandering the streets of Juarez, Mexico, last year. The boy, who was turned over to officials in nearby El Paso after showing a preference for hamburgers and American cartoon characters, told officials through a combination of gestures and pictures that he survived the crash of a small airplane that killed his parents and sister.
November 12, 1992 |
In a Los Angeles that dwells on the present, First Century Families plots to keep the city's history fresh. "The French Connection" luncheon last week at the Regent Beverly Wilshire--chaired by Alyce de Roulet Williamson, organized by Christine Shirley and addressed by Jean Bruce Poole, senior curator of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument--could do nothing but compel listeners to dive into the city's past.