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September 30, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the coming of the dawn, Michael Kinloch could finally see the enormous size of the waves that had been crashing over the sailboat. In the darkness, he had felt them slam and occasionally caught a glimpse of lines of foam. But in the light, he came face-to-face with the 50-foot waves that broke all around the 27-foot sailboat as the seas grew rougher and more ominous.
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SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
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SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Huell Howser, a great man of television, died late Sunday in Palm Springs, to which he retired quietly late last year - or as quietly as an interested public would let him, the announcement that he would make no more programs being news throughout the state and prompting tributes and some expressions of concern that now will be multiplied many times over. He was a boyish 67 years old. If you lived in California in the last few decades and owned a television you likely have an opinion, and quite possibly do an imitation, of Howser, and it probably involves the phrase "That's amazing!"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 1998 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The creators of the great purple scourge, Barney the Dinosaur, have an unspoken contract with parents palatable for all involved: We buy their videos and an occasional plush toy for our 3- and 4-year-olds and make Barney's brain trust obscenely wealthy; they in turn create benignly lobotomized entertainment that holds our non-demanding kids in thrall; our kids watch TV and allow us a few precious minutes of peace.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
There are many things you can call Fox NFL sports analyst and coaching legend Jimmy Johnson but "wimp" is not one of them. When two blocked arteries prevented him from competing on his favorite TV show, CBS' "Survivor," three years ago, Johnson underwent heart surgery, lost 30 pounds, cut his cholesterol level in half and applied again. The network couldn't resist and offered him a slot on "Survivor: Nicaragua," which premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. (Yes, that's a new night for the granddaddy of reality TV shows)
TRAVEL
March 7, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
About the time I was told it could take up to three months to get a long-term French visa because I had filed all the wrong documents and didn't have a permanent address in Paris, I wondered what I was doing. Why was I giving up my rent-controlled apartment in sunny L.A., abandoning my car, saying goodbye to family and friends? Why, in short, was I moving to Paris? Actually, this doesn't count as moving because I'm coming back.
NEWS
April 12, 2001 | AL MARTINEZ
John Ferris died the other day. John Lyman Ferris. He liked his name stretched out. It provided him with a sense of greatness that shorter names did not possess. It was, in its way, a heroic name. Don't trouble yourself trying to recall who he was. You probably wouldn't know. But those close to him knew him as one of the great adventurers of our time. He should be mentioned in the same context as Christopher Columbus, Sir Edmund Hillary and Meriwether Lewis.
REAL ESTATE
February 4, 2001 | DAVID L. JENNINGS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A week or two spent vacationing at the ocean, mountains, lake or desert can be total bliss. But moving to that vacation paradise and living there full time can present many pitfalls. Having been San Francisco Bay sailors for years, it seemed only natural that, set free by retirement, my wife, Monica, and I would go off to see the world by sailboat. Shivering our timbers, we sailed first to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. It was a great adventure.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
It does nothing to slight either Michael Chabon or his slyly entertaining new novel, "Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure," when I say that 10 pages into it, I began to think of another book and another writer. On my 10th birthday, my parents gave me the wonderful edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" that N.C. Wyeth illustrated.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013
The death Sunday of Huell Howser, beloved public television chronicler of California, has prompted an outpouring of appreciation for his work from fans and critics alike. Howser, the host of programs like "California's Gold," "Visiting," "Road Trip" and other PBS favorites, was known for his down-home demeanor and contagious enthusiasm ("Would you look at that!") for the subjects he covered, which ranged from well-known California travel destinations to obscure roadside attractions and intriguing everyday people.
NEWS
July 24, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
There are many things you can call Fox NFL sports analyst and coaching legend Jimmy Johnson but "wimp" is not one of them. When two blocked arteries prevented him from competing on his favorite TV show, CBS' "Survivor," three years ago, Johnson underwent heart surgery, lost 30 pounds, cut his cholesterol level in half and applied again. The network couldn't resist and offered him a slot on "Survivor: Nicaragua," which premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. (Yes, that's a new night for the granddaddy of reality TV shows)
SPORTS
March 17, 2009 | Mike Penner
Eleven-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel caught something different in the off-season: an 11-foot anaconda in the wildlands of his native Venezuela. "It was always a dream of mine to go out in the jungle and try to find an anaconda," Vizquel, now with the Texas Rangers, told the Associated Press. "You see so many movies and so many things about it. I saw it in the zoo and other places, but it would be great just to see it out in the wild."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
It does nothing to slight either Michael Chabon or his slyly entertaining new novel, "Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure," when I say that 10 pages into it, I began to think of another book and another writer. On my 10th birthday, my parents gave me the wonderful edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" that N.C. Wyeth illustrated.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
About the time I was told it could take up to three months to get a long-term French visa because I had filed all the wrong documents and didn't have a permanent address in Paris, I wondered what I was doing. Why was I giving up my rent-controlled apartment in sunny L.A., abandoning my car, saying goodbye to family and friends? Why, in short, was I moving to Paris? Actually, this doesn't count as moving because I'm coming back.
BUSINESS
September 25, 1995 | JAMES BATES
Receiving relatively little attention in the big deal involving the agreement by Time Warner Inc. to buy Turner Broadcasting System Inc. for $7.4 billion is the fact that the Atlanta Braves baseball team will have a new owner for the first time since entrepreneur Ted Turner purchased it in 1976.
NEWS
July 24, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2001 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ryan Adams may be the post-alt-country man of the moment, but he's got a long way to go to catch up to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. In the first of two nights at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday, Tweedy and his newly streamlined group showed stunning reach and range as they previewed material from their fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," due for spring release from Nonesuch Records.
NEWS
April 12, 2001 | AL MARTINEZ
John Ferris died the other day. John Lyman Ferris. He liked his name stretched out. It provided him with a sense of greatness that shorter names did not possess. It was, in its way, a heroic name. Don't trouble yourself trying to recall who he was. You probably wouldn't know. But those close to him knew him as one of the great adventurers of our time. He should be mentioned in the same context as Christopher Columbus, Sir Edmund Hillary and Meriwether Lewis.
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