April 4, 2012 |
One night in Atlanta, my telephone rang. It was the novelist Harry Crews. He'd gotten into an altercation with airport security. Could I come and fetch him? Although Harry was a big, rugged ex-Marine who could hold his own with his fists, he was a mess when my friend Frazier and I collected him from the curb at Hartsfield International. His face was scratched, and his clothes were filthy. After he collapsed onto the back seat of my car, he said his problems had started a day or two earlier in New York, where he'd been researching a story for Esquire about homeless people living in the subway system.
August 18, 2013 |
A few months ago, I helped my father pack up his apartment in San Diego in preparation for his move to an assisted living facility. He was ill and could no longer live alone, and I wanted him nearer to my home in Los Angeles. I doubt that such a task is ever easy, with both parent and child aware that the burden of caring has shifted from one generation to the next. But in our case, things were even more loaded because of our politics. He was a passionate and devoted fan of Rush Limbaugh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1990
I read with interest the words of Ellsberg, Martin, Robert Hunter and Rosen. To Martin, a young man not old enough to remember Vietnam, and Hunter, a gentleman who can: Your points make the most sense. To Ellsberg and Rosen, bull. If we wait out the embargo, the only lives in jeopardy are our hostages and those of other nations, along with those Kuwaitis left behind. We hated Iran for taking hostages. We wish we could go into Lebanon and retrieve the hostages held by terrorists.
June 3, 2008
Re "McCain's attack on vets," Opinion, May 30 John McCain's commitment to veterans and services to support them is second to none. Regarding the current GI Bill proposal that recently passed the Senate, Edward Humes fails to understand that McCain and others proposed a bill that is better for veterans, better for military retention and is transferable to spouses or children. McCain's bill acknowledges, as do sponsors of Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) bill, that the Webb bill provides a substantial incentive for just one enlistment, which could deprive the military of candidates for extremely necessary non-commissioned officers (NCOs)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1985
Miriam Schumacher, who took over Southwestern University at her husband's death in 1944 and developed it into one of the largest accredited law schools in California, has died at age 89 in a West Los Angeles convalescent home. Mrs. Schumacher, widow of John J. Schumacher Sr., who founded Southwestern in 1911, had officially retired in 1967 but remained a school trustee emeritus.