December 4, 1988
As one who has had the good fortune to be able to experience the richness, beauty and evolution of Spain over the last 30 years, I appreciate Sidney Sheldon's observations in "Scouting Spain" (Oct. 23) in Traveling in Style. However, he should have watched the action in the arena in San Fermin in Pamplona following the Encierro (early-morning running of the bulls), where a "professional" bull has fun goring numerous amateur bullfighters. (A professional bull, unlike those that face the matador in the early evening, is one that has been in numerous events like the Fiesta of San Fermin and knows the difference between cape and human.
September 25, 1988
American bullfighter Kent Goodman says that "Americans who condemn bullfighting as violent and cruel do not understand the nature of the event." I will be happy to help him explain bullfighting to the Americans. First, the bull is given strong laxatives to weaken him. Next, he must have Vaseline rubbed in his eyes to blur his vision and cotton stuffed up his nostrils to inhibit his breathing. A strong caustic solution will then be rubbed on his legs to throw him off balance and to keep him from lying down.
June 12, 1993
If Michael Jordan was not arguably the greatest player in the history of the NBA, would anyone care if he even played golf, let alone lost bets on his games? C'mon, people, let Michael live his own life. CRAIG M. HARZMANN Glendale With friends like Richard Esquinas, who needs enemies? He's obviously lapping up his 15 minutes of fame like the pathetic little lap dog that he is. If his intent was truly to help his friend, perhaps he could have started by waiting until after the most important series of Michael Jordan's life to squeal.
July 2, 2002
Re "He'd Shed Shackles Next Time, Gore Says," June 30: Is this Al Gore the same Al Gore who called a morally challenged president one of the finest presidents to serve America? Is this Al Gore the same Al Gore who later blamed his loss in the election on the immoral escapades of this same president? The only reasonable analogy that can be mustered is Barney the purple dinosaur entering a 100-yard dash proclaiming "I'm going to let it rip" and expecting anyone to take notice, much less place a bet on win, place or show.
March 18, 1990
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison wants to be Gore Vidal. Her profile on him screams it from every pretentious line. I personally am not an admirer of anyone--Vidal or Harrison--whose ego so obviously exceeds his talent. Vidal's own utterances reveal him for what he is. Harrison's rhetoric trivializes her own intentions. I did, however, read to the end of the article, which tells you something about me. RACHEL BRYANT DRUTEN, South Pasadena
HOME & GARDEN
May 8, 2010
In a move that critics may cite as his own inconvenient truth, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a house in secluded Montecito to their real estate holdings. The couple spent $8,875,000 on a gated ocean-view villa on 1 1/2 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, according to real estate sources familiar with the deal. The Italian-style house has high ceilings with beams in the public rooms, a family room, a wine cellar, terraces, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in more than 6,500 square feet of living space.