May 21, 1989
What will the future hold? Sociologists and pollsters can try to predict, but no one knows for sure. We decided to have some fun and asked three novelists with ties to Orange County to let their imaginations run wild and give us a glimpse of the Orange County we might inhabit in the year 2020. Laguna Beach resident Gregory Benford, a professor of physics at UC Irvine conducting research in plasma physics and astrophysics, has written a dozen novels and won several literary awards, including the Ditmar Prize for International Novel.
January 25, 1998 |
He's got the dish on Marlon Brando, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and Roseanne. Private investigator Don Crutchfield, who bills himself as the "P.I. to the stars," has provided his services to a slew of celebrities over the last 30 years. He'll discuss and sign his book, "Confessions of a Hollywood P.I.," at 7 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books and Music, 429 Associated Road, Brea. * She has been called the Martha Stewart of the cheapskate set.
April 24, 1986
Orange County authors who had books published in 1985 will be honored at the 21st annual Authors Recognition Dinner hosted by the UC Irvine Friends of the Library on Sunday at the Registry Hotel in Irvine. Among the 50 authors to be honored at the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. are Gregory Benford, a UCI physics professor and author of the science-fiction novel "Artifact." Other authors include T.
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June 6, 2012 |
Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles, his agent Michael Congdon confirmed. His family said in a statement that he had suffered from a long illness. Author of more than 27 novels and story collections - most famously "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451," "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" - and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often-maligned reputation of science fiction.
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February 2, 1987
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh will explain in a lecture next week at UC Irvine how incompetence and abuse of sophisticated computer systems were to blame for the 1983 Korean Air Lines disaster. Hersh, a writer for the New York Times, spent two years investigating the KAL incident in which 269 people died when a Soviet fighter shot down an off-course airliner.
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January 29, 1995
Prof. Gregory Benford's letter (Jan. 15) regarding the failure of the K-12 system to produce the kind of freshmen he feels are worthy of UC and the state colleges is typical of the ivory tower mentality. If the public schools in California are turning out less-than-competent graduates, it might have something to do with the conditions under which they must operate. Unlike Dr. Benford's situation, teachers at my school teach five classes a day with a six- minute break in between them, do not have access to teaching assistants, grade all their own papers, are never guaranteed a free lunch hour, must take whomever is sent to our class (regardless of ability or class size)
June 28, 2008
Re "Resetting Earth's thermostat," Opinion, June 23 Samuel Thernstrom's survey of geo-engineering is correct, yet many scientists still oppose even researching its possibilities. I took part in several of the conferences he describes. The most striking work came not from climate scientists but from economists, including a Nobelist. No economist thought the carbon dioxide restriction strategy could work in time. Carbon caps and the like ask billions of people to act against their interests for many decades.