March 23, 2001 |
Quirky home store chain Restoration Hardware, which during the last two years has gone from market darling to Wall Street dud, is looking to remodel its business by putting former Williams-Sonoma Inc. President Gary Friedman in the top job. The question Thursday was whether Friedman, long known as the brilliant merchandiser behind Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn stores, is the best choice to lead a company that many say has great products but a disappointing financial performance.
January 3, 2000 |
Our planet at the year 2000 is a kaleidoscope of disparate images: The simple joy of children playing baseball in Cuba. Crowds of Albanian refugees pressed against a torn fence near Kosovo. The anguish of Japanese women remembering the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and the similar torment of a Vietnamese woman who lost 15 family members in the massacre at My Lai.
August 17, 2012 |
The co-chief executive and public face of upscale home decor chain Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. has resigned, reportedly amid an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. Gary Friedman, 54, who has served as chief executive since 2001, is widely credited with turning around a company once teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The Marin County retailer is now readying for an initial public stock offering. A black-and-white photo of Friedman, with a 5 o'clock shadow and wearing a leather jacket, is still prominently featured on the retailer's website, next to a letter from the San Francisco native quoting the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.
November 22, 1999
I have just finished reading "Reaching New Heights" (Nov. 16). Bettijane Levine has written a poignant, sensitive article about Zina Bethune and her successful efforts with disabled children. I compliment Ms. Levine for a wonderful portrayal of a remarkable woman. Additionally, photographer Gary Friedman should be honored for that heartwarming photograph. My eyes became teary just looking at it. --RAY FEUER Granada Hills
September 11, 1990 |
In an about-face from their much-publicized 1973 study, researchers today said that they have found drinking four or more cups of coffee a day boosts heart attack risk by about 40%. Based on the new research, a team headed by Dr. Arthur Klatzky of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center recommended that people prone to heart attacks limit daily coffee consumption to fewer than four cups. In 1973, the researchers argued that those people need not limit coffee their intake. Co-author Dr.
September 4, 1985
The longest prison term ever imposed on a woman in California was handed down by Kern County Superior Court Judge Gary Friedman, who sentenced Grace Dill, 50, to 405 years after her conviction with six other Bakersfield residents in a child molestation ring. Friedman broke the record he set last Friday when he sentenced Dill's daughter, Marcella Pitts, 29, to 373 years in the same case.