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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
Junk bonds, once the darlings of finance during the go-go 1980s, are now the bane of many a weary investor. No one knows this better than the hundreds of thousands of policyholders of Executive Life Insurance Co. They face months, even years, of uncertainty about the value of their policies and annuities as California regulators try to undo the biggest failure of a U.S. insurer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Here's how I am afraid "Mad Men" will end next year: With Jon Hamm's Don Draper in a white suit, heading to Studio 54. Here's how I hope it will end: The whole series is revealed to be a story told by Roger Sterling (John Slattery) in a Ventura County sweat lodge. It may seem morbid to contemplate the demise of a show that has so inarguably changed the nature of television for the better. Just when we seemed doomed to death by reality programming, AMC's "Mad Men" proved that smart, stylish television could drive the cultural conversation as effectively as any Kardashian.
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BUSINESS
April 25, 1993 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staggering net losses, forced asset sales and bankruptcy weren't part of the game plan in the late 1980s when executives at three Orange County restaurant companies accumulated $1.2 billion in debt that funded a string of high-profile acquisitions. Rather, officials at American Restaurant Group, Del Taco Inc.
REAL ESTATE
April 30, 2006 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
THIS was a boom you could actually hear. Steam trains rumbled in from the East, from the Midwest, from the mining camps of Arizona and from the grand metropolis of San Francisco. Sometimes four a day, they disgorged fresh legions of dreamers and schemers. Before it was over, circus elephants trumpeted in parades down the once tranquil streets. Brass bands, like so many pied pipers, led crowds into orange groves. Marchers carried banners.
BOOKS
April 27, 2003 | Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributing editor to Parade magazine.
Only a writer of consummate craftsmanship and scope could write a novel about a series of real estate deals in a small town an hour and a half from New York City and make it so fully satisfying as to be thrilling. Jane Smiley has done it. Smiley won a Pulitzer Prize for 1991's "A Thousand Acres," a novel regarded as "King Lear on the prairie," about the deterioration of an Iowa farm family.
REAL ESTATE
April 30, 2006 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
THIS was a boom you could actually hear. Steam trains rumbled in from the East, from the Midwest, from the mining camps of Arizona and from the grand metropolis of San Francisco. Sometimes four a day, they disgorged fresh legions of dreamers and schemers. Before it was over, circus elephants trumpeted in parades down the once tranquil streets. Brass bands, like so many pied pipers, led crowds into orange groves. Marchers carried banners.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Here's how I am afraid "Mad Men" will end next year: With Jon Hamm's Don Draper in a white suit, heading to Studio 54. Here's how I hope it will end: The whole series is revealed to be a story told by Roger Sterling (John Slattery) in a Ventura County sweat lodge. It may seem morbid to contemplate the demise of a show that has so inarguably changed the nature of television for the better. Just when we seemed doomed to death by reality programming, AMC's "Mad Men" proved that smart, stylish television could drive the cultural conversation as effectively as any Kardashian.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1997 | Hunter Drohojowska Philp, Hunter Drohojowska Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When Tim Ebner opens the door of his Atwater bungalow, his hands are covered in bright blue paint. Little smudges and stains of color dot every room of his house. In the rearmost bedroom, which he uses as a studio, those smudges and stains have accumulated to nearly cover the walls. With a rather fiendish grin, Ebner says: "The old lady who owned the house before me was so tidy, everything was in perfect condition when I moved in."
IMAGE
March 31, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Mother-daughter designing duo Marie and Kelly Gray are back in business together with a new label called Grayse, eight years after stepping down from their day-to-day duties at St. John when a private equity firm bought the company and cleaned house in a rebranding effort that famously also involved hiring Angelina Jolie as spokesmodel and alienating hordes of loyal customers. Although St. John is best known for creating the conservative, Crayola-colored knit suit uniform worn by a generation of women in the go-go 1980s and '90s, Grayse taps into the more recent trend of casual luxury and seasonless, day-to-night dressing.
MAGAZINE
August 17, 1986 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Michael A. Hiltzik is a Times financial writer based in New York
The financial page is howling about yet another corporate raid, one more takeover at tempt destined to produce nothing much more lasting than speculation, creative financing, a raft of lawsuits and millions for the Wall Street types to whom value is something expressed in a blinking green light on a Quotron machine.
BOOKS
April 27, 2003 | Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributing editor to Parade magazine.
Only a writer of consummate craftsmanship and scope could write a novel about a series of real estate deals in a small town an hour and a half from New York City and make it so fully satisfying as to be thrilling. Jane Smiley has done it. Smiley won a Pulitzer Prize for 1991's "A Thousand Acres," a novel regarded as "King Lear on the prairie," about the deterioration of an Iowa farm family.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1997 | Hunter Drohojowska Philp, Hunter Drohojowska Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When Tim Ebner opens the door of his Atwater bungalow, his hands are covered in bright blue paint. Little smudges and stains of color dot every room of his house. In the rearmost bedroom, which he uses as a studio, those smudges and stains have accumulated to nearly cover the walls. With a rather fiendish grin, Ebner says: "The old lady who owned the house before me was so tidy, everything was in perfect condition when I moved in."
BUSINESS
April 25, 1993 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staggering net losses, forced asset sales and bankruptcy weren't part of the game plan in the late 1980s when executives at three Orange County restaurant companies accumulated $1.2 billion in debt that funded a string of high-profile acquisitions. Rather, officials at American Restaurant Group, Del Taco Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
Junk bonds, once the darlings of finance during the go-go 1980s, are now the bane of many a weary investor. No one knows this better than the hundreds of thousands of policyholders of Executive Life Insurance Co. They face months, even years, of uncertainty about the value of their policies and annuities as California regulators try to undo the biggest failure of a U.S. insurer.
MAGAZINE
March 16, 2003 | David Weddle, This article is excerpted from David Weddle's book "Among the Mansions of Eden: Tales of Love, Lust and Land in Beverly Hills," to be published March 18 by William Morrow. He last wrote for the magazine about "The Lost Boys of Sudan."
Seven o'clock on a Wednesday evening, in the cocktail lounge of the Four Seasons Hotel on South Doheny Drive. Tonight, and every night, the lounge is packed with the entertainment industry's elite. The high-visibility personality of the moment is Robert Duvall, at a table near the rear of the room. Who's he with? I don't know, a couple of guys. God, he looks old, like Redford. Why doesn't he have some work done? Another demographic glides among the elite.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Charlotte Stoudt
If you'd like to see some men getting naked to defend the Constitution, “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal,” now at the Zephyr Theatre, is just the ticket. Equal parts parody, courtroom drama and R-rated pep rally, David Bertolino's '70s docu-romp ends up playing as less than the sum of its parts. Which, just to be clear, are full frontal. The story of how a $25,000 porn film became a multimillion-dollar box office hit and a culture watershed has been repeatedly told in recent years: There's the terrific documentary “Inside Deep Throat,” the underappreciated “Lovelace: The Rock Opera” by the Go-Go's Charlotte Caffey and the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic with Amanda Seyfried.
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