October 21, 2009 |
If it wasn't for Carl Reiner's older brother Charlie, "Your Show of Shows" would have been missing one of its funniest regulars, there would be no "2,000 Year-Old Man" routines with Mel Brooks, and no classic sitcom series "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Seventy-one years ago, Reiner was working for $10 a week as a shipping clerk in the garment industry in New York. "When I graduated from high school, I graduated with a 73 average," explains Reiner on a recent afternoon in his homey two-story place in Beverly Hills, settling into a favorite pastime: telling an amusing anecdote.
December 30, 1994
Novice Farmer Jones buys 20 pigs at auction, only to learn that all are female. So he asks Farmer Brown if he can take his pigs to Brown's farm to mate with his male pigs. He agrees, so Jones loads the pigs in his truck and takes them to Brown's. That evening, when Jones picks them up, he asks how he can tell if his pigs are pregnant. Brown says that if the pigs are grazing the following morning--something pigs never do--they are pregnant.
April 23, 1985 |
For years, Informatics General Corp. of Woodland Hills racked up big sales and modest profits in computer software, building a sprawling and cash-rich business under its founder and chairman Walter F. Bauer. But Bauer, a math whiz said to be among the first to sell off-the-shelf software, was also building a prime takeover target. And now a small Dallas software company has the California company in its sights. Sterling Software Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1999 |
Tougher laws and better enforcement combined with consumer pressure on manufacturers and retailers are needed to reduce sweatshop labor in the Southern California garment industry, a major Jewish group says in a report to be released this week. "Under the current system of apparel production, it is virtually impossible for a manufacturer to avoid using sweatshops at some time," concluded the study, undertaken by the Pacific Southwest region of the American Jewish Congress.
January 27, 2013 |
Growing up in a big, bubbly, close-knit family with six brothers and sisters, Robert Suchan's role models were his beautiful mother Janene ("like Barbara Eden meets Grace Kelly meets Carol Brady and June Cleaver"), whose picture he keeps in his wallet, and his Aunt Barbara ("Eve Arden meets Jo Anne Worley meets Mrs. Roper, with a touch of Bea Arthur"). In time they would provide the ruggedly handsome Irish Catholic Long Island native - he looks like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Vince Vaughn - inspiration and a livelihood.
February 18, 2003 |
On a warmish, gray day at Cal State Fresno, graduate students collapse in little metal seats with desk trays for their class on Form and Theory: Creative Non-Fiction with Lillian Faderman, leading feminist scholar, lesbian writer, author of "To Believe in Women," "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers" and "Surpassing the Love of Men."