January 14, 2013 |
The urgent message went well beyond Robert Painter's usual areas of legal expertise - personal injury, commercial disputes, medical malpractice. In less than 48 hours, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar , a fierce cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex , would be up for auction. "Sorry for the late notice," the email said. "Is there anything we can do to legally stop this?" The president of Mongolia, whom Painter had met 10 years before at a public policy conference, was now asking the Houston lawyer to block the sale of a fossil that scientists believed had been looted from the Gobi Desert.
August 17, 2012 |
“Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” --Author unknown I am within spitting distance of the end of the Mongol Rally , this 10,000-mile road trip adventure that began July 14 in Britain and, with luck, will end in Ulan Bator , Mongolia . After five weeks of grueling driving I can taste the glory. But before I start celebrating--even though we may be as close as 60 miles from the endpoint--I remind myself that many teams have not made it. Car troubles.
August 16, 2012 |
“No one can whistle a symphony.” H. E. Luccock I'm usually the one stranded on the side of the road, but not this time. We - Steve Priovolos, my co-driver, and I - were driving down a Mongolian dirt track that masquerades as a main road, and I was reminded that I am not the only chap who has a love-hate relationship with his car on this Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. As I've mentioned - numerous times - my knowledge of cars is limited to turning the engine on and turning the engine off. Yet on this day, I found myself coming to the rescue of a Mongolian family stranded in the scorching heat of the Gobi desert.
January 3, 2010 |
In Search of My Homeland A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp Er Tai Gao Translated by Robert Dorsett and David Pollard Ecco: 272 pp., $24.99 Painter and philosopher Er Tai Gao's story of his experiences as an artist and political prisoner in Mao Tse-tung's China bears the somewhat incongruous title "In Search of My Homeland: A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp." Perhaps Gao is being ironic or perhaps something has been lost in translation. The homeland Gao brings so vividly to life is the annihilating Gobi Desert, where he was interred first from 1957 to '59 as a slave laborer among the "monsters and demons" of the regime.
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January 10, 2009 |
She's navigated the world of Los Angeles' elite for eight decades -- weekending at Hearst Castle at San Simeon with William Randolph Hearst, riding horses with friends at her family ranch above the boulevard that bears her father's name, partying at posh gatherings from Newport Beach to Beverly Hills.
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March 14, 2008 |
Malcolm C. McKenna, who led the American Museum of Natural History's paleontology division for four decades and who played a key role in reopening the fossil-rich Gobi Desert to western scientists, died March 3 in Boulder, Colo. The Claremont native was 77. A broken hip had exacerbated a series of health problems, family members said.