CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1995
An art museum is not in the cards after all for Culver City, whose officials had been considering the possibility for more than a year. Building the museum was the condition of an offer from Los Angeles art dealer Gene Mako, who was willing to donate 800 paintings to the city as long as there was a place to house the works. Mako further requested that Culver City devote a portion of the display within its museum to paintings by his father, Bartholomew Mako.
July 1, 1986 |
Gene Mako, a Los Angeles art dealer who twice won the Wimbledon doubles with Don Budge, was strolling past one of the All England Club's grass courts the other day when he noticed a young black woman warming up for a match. "Who's that kid?" he asked Bud Collins of NBC. "Lori McNeil," he was told. "She any good?" Mako asked. "Not bad, not bad," he was told. "Well, she's going to be good," Mako said. "You can tell just from the way she moves." Good judge, good call.
April 26, 1993 |
Is Fritz Bissell a better tennis player than history major at UCLA? Bissell, a senior from Dubuque, Iowa, defeated David Ekerot of USC to win the Pacific 10 singles title Sunday at the Ojai Invitational, then immediately flunked history. "I'm honored to have my name on a plaque with the same names as . . . as . . . I don't even know who's won it," Bissell said.
July 17, 2001 |
A match ending under suspicious circumstances? Indifferent explanations? Strange days on the tennis circuit have not been limited to the modern era. In 1935, spectators at the Pacific Southwest championships were left dazed and confused at the Los Angeles Tennis Club when the players left the court after the third set and never returned. Nineteen-year-old Don Budge recovered from a first-set blowout and won the second and third sets against Roderick Menzel of Czechoslovakia in their final.
May 7, 1995 |
In Gene Mako's gallery, it's hard to see the art for the paintings. The gallery doubles as Mako's two-room Park La Brea apartment, and it is crammed with more than 500 paintings and sculptures, some covered with brown paper, others displayed on easels. Paintings are stacked on the floor, 10 deep in places. They are lined up on bookshelves and hanging on the walls. There is barely room for a toilet in Mako's bathroom, which has also been pressed into service as a display space.
May 14, 2007 |
"What would you like to know about my sex life?" Gene Mako, playfully greeting a visitor to his West Hollywood home, laughs as he poses the question. The mischievous former tennis champion, winner of four Grand Slam doubles titles in the 1930s and married since before the attack on Pearl Harbor, is 91 years old. His walker, stationed nearby, is ever present since he suffered a stroke 1 1/2 years ago. A full-time nurse provides round-the-clock care.