April 7, 1996
To add to your explanation of the meaning of the term ETAOIN SHRDLU (Letters, March 31), it should be noted that this series of letters was not arbitrarily chosen merely to catch the eye of the typesetter or whomever. They were chosen because they were the letters that were used with the greatest frequency in the English language, and in that order. I recall that Max Shulman named a character in one of his books Etaoin Shrdlu (quite fittingly an editor, I believe). He must have been a distant cousin of Al Capp's Joe Bftsplk.
June 16, 2000 |
If you think homelessness is a problem today, look closely at the initials at the end of "Titan A.E." They stand for After Earth, the time in the 31st century after our planet has been incinerated. That's right, humanity has been turned into the homeless people of the universe, forced to live on drifter colonies, junk heaps cobbled together from random pieces of intergalactic trash. It's not good not to have a home.
January 13, 1991
. . . A recent item implied that director Paul Verhoeven wrote "Total Recall." While he made creative contributions as a filmmaker, the screenplay is officially credited to Ron Shusett, Dan O'Bannon and Gary Goldman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1996
Re Jim Mann's article, "Dealing With Conspiracy Theories and Rumors Is No Walk in the Park," Sept. 2: Regarding the German Air Force training in Arizona: The whole reason they train in Arizona is because of the weather and the wide open spaces. They have so many more "flying days" available than in Germany (the weather is often terrible for flight training), and the population density is far lower, allowing land-based supersonic flight, etc. I have a theory of my own: Most of the people that take these weird theories to heart subscribe to the "secret knowledge" syndrome (I know what's "really" going on)
February 12, 2000 |
Fox Animation Studios is laying off nearly 100 of its 320 workers in Phoenix and will contract out much of its production work in the future to studios throughout the world. Florence Grace, a spokeswoman for Fox Animation parent 20th Century Fox, said the studio is the only traditional animation studio the company owns. "We've kept the core creative team and we plan to continue to produce animated films," she said. "We are not closing the studio.
January 7, 1996 |
Don Bluth's "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina" casts its spell so effectively that you don't even have to be a child to be swept away to its magical never-never land. Another success from Bluth and his partner Gary Goldman, whose previous animated hits include "The Secret of NIMH" and "An American Tail," it is a work of lilting pace and charm with an array of enjoyable rather than memorable songs, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and music by Barry Manilow.