August 9, 2002 |
The 23rd Annual World Footbag Championships opened here this week with good vibes and scant fanfare, despite the fact that they coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Hacky Sack this year. Yes, there is a world championship featuring that little beanbag kicking game that Deadheads used to play in circles. "Hunh," a middle-aged bureaucrat marveled outside one of the heats at the UC San Francisco student union. "People actually still do that?"
December 10, 1997 |
Mattel Inc. said it agreed to sell its Mattel Sports division to closely held Wham-O Inc. for an undisclosed price as the El Segundo-based company continues to focus on its core brands by shedding non-core businesses. Wham-O, a toy company formed to acquire and reinvigorate classic toy brands, is majority owned by closely held investment firm Charterhouse Group International Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1997 |
Skate Street is bringing two international competitions to the park in the next few weeks. On Saturday and Sunday, the 29,000-square-foot facility plays host to the Vans Amateur World Skating Contest. Sanctioned by the United Skateboard Federation Inc., the Vans Am runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Street competition is on Saturday and vertical competition is on Sunday. For spectators, the cost is $5 each day and includes a pair of Vans sunglasses or a Vans hacky sack. Nov.
December 6, 1990 |
Kurt Sonderegger and his fellow enthusiasts wouldn't mind if the sport they love caught on in the United States as soccer did in the 1960s. The sport in question is sepak takraw, and Sonderegger is the manager and an alternate player on a team of Americans that begins play today in the World Sepak Takraw Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1995
Just what we've been waiting for: a coffeehouse with gold card private membership and maybe valet parking. The Insomnia Cafe, which annoyed its Sherman Oaks neighbors for more than three years with its late hours and noisy customers, is converting to a private, members-only coffeehouse as of today, owner John Dunn said in a surprise announcement Thursday.
August 31, 2007 |
Flapping fans may have been replaced by battery-operated spritzing whirrers, computers are missed as much as mommies, and attention deficit meds are as common as hot dogs and Jell-O, but the yearly school-break tradition of kids attending woodsy retreats continues. Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price's soft, brisk and generally surface-deep documentary "Summercamp!"