December 13, 1986
In a typically classless act, the Zumberge-McGee team let the poised guillotine drop. Regardless of Ted Tollner's record, and 7-4 with a New Year's bowl is far from the shabbiest on the planet, his fate seems to have been a fait accompli since the 1-7 record against Notre Dame and UCLA the past four years. A rose is a rose is a rose, and a factory is a factory is a factory, and Ted's production line was not in synch with his bosses. The leadership factor? Baloney! When we use the term leadership, check out the USC rooting section of spoiled brats that boo a team and coach that has served them for four years.
May 8, 1985 |
The Owner was going broke. The Coach was going to quit, if the Owner didn't fire him first. The Star Forward, a much admired Doctor in the community, had almost been traded to another community. The Star Center had been proclaimed unworthy of his salary by the man who should have known, the Daddy Warbucks paying it, the Owner. The Coach benched one of his Star Guards plus the Prize Rookie, all 260 pounds of it.
October 18, 2009
Re "Ohio's botched execution," Editorial, Oct. 14 The death penalty always demeans the people who implement it. How degrading to ask nurses to painfully try to find a vein that will fill a creature of God with lethal poison. The governor of Ohio needs to think about what he is doing to his fellow human beings. We all need to ponder what kind of society we want to be. Frances Goldstein Sherman Oaks :: I have a simple test for whether or not a state should have the death penalty: the guillotine test.
October 1, 2000
Concerning the movie version of "The Fantasticks" and Michael Phillips' lament over Hollywood's lackluster record in turning stage musical hits into celluloid pleasures ("These Movies Aren't Singing Our Song," Sept. 24): As far as I'm concerned, if Tinseltown never tries singing another Broadway show, I won't feel deprived. For my eyes and ears, the best movie musicals ever made ("The Band Wagon," "The Gang's All Here," "Gigi") were written expressly for the screen and thus did not have to be artificially reconfigured for movieland.
March 9, 2001 |
Juliette Binoche is rapidly becoming the leading romantic heroine of the international cinema with such films as "The English Patient," "Lovers on the Bridge," the current "Chocolat" and now with Patrice Leconte's sweeping, superb "The Widow of Saint-Pierre." A dark-haired beauty of infinite self-possession, Binoche radiates the strength and intelligence of a woman capable of risking all--with her eyes wide open.
March 16, 1989 |
Memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun, translated by Lionel Strachey (George Braziller; $24.95; 233 pages) For an unlikely story of prosperity in unpromising circumstances, consider Louise Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun. At 7, she tells us in her memoirs, she insisted on covering her school books and classroom walls with drawings. When her father saw them, "He went into transports of joy, exclaiming, 'You will be a painter, child, if ever there was one.' " Now this was 1763.