June 1, 1986 |
The snakepit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is something few people are indifferent about. Either you love it or you hate it. Located inside the first turn, the snakepit is jammed each race day with mostly young people who usually appear more interested in partying or "catching rays" than watching cars zoom by at more than 200 m.p.h.
May 5, 1994 |
Oh, how the place once shook and shimmied, wobbled and whirled, this twinkling toy factory that turned out Whing Dings and Nutty Knotters and Zip Zaps. Together, two new USC grads, Rich Knerr and Arthur (Spud) Melin, dreamed up this whimsical place called Wham-O in 1948; two wacky best friends who once got arrested in Pasadena for hurling rotten oranges at each other as teen-agers. Together, they began a mail-order business by making 75-cent slingshots in the Knerr family garage, then moved on to ship a pirate's treasure chest worth of toys around the world--Silly String, Slip 'N Slides, Frisbees and dozens more--from the company's San Gabriel complex.
September 18, 2009 |
It's late morning at Beijing's popular Beihai Park, and 72-year-old Han Shusuo is channeling the chimpanzee. Bent double with his gloved hands pressed against the pavement, Han gently lopes forward with a look of serene concentration, his rear end pointed skyward. "From crawling comes health" is Han's motto, rooted in his belief that walking upright has made humans more susceptible to illness. Over the last 14 years, he has developed his own brand of martial arts based on the walking patterns of different animals, including chimpanzees, elephants and kangaroos.
February 17, 2011 |
Have a No. 2 pencil handy. A pitcher is in motion, coming forward at 5 mph before releasing a 90-mph fastball. The ball takes four seconds to travel the 60 feet 6 inches to home plate. At what point does the batter have to decide whether to swing? FOR THE RECORD: College baseball: An article about UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer in the Feb. 18 Sports section said it takes a 90 mph fastball four seconds to travel 60 feet, 6 inches to home plate. Four seconds is the approximate span from the time Bauer begins his pitching motion to when the ball reaches the plate.
March 3, 1996 |
In the bottom drawer of my desk, on top of the last three years' weekly planners and a Ziploc bag of Cheerios are a pair of black flats. They are not for earthquake preparedness, theyare for museums.
May 16, 1994 |
The County Fairgrounds raceway here is just a field of dirt, a place normally home to demolition derbies or midget car races. But when the Jerry Garcia Band played Saturday evening, it became the Grand Ballroom of Club Dead. With the other stops on Garcia's swing through Southern California at more traditional venues, the colorful Deadheads turned this into a holiday-like party.
August 14, 2000 |
Now that the Democrats have come to Los Angeles, the people of our fair city have displayed a deep, probing curiosity for the political history beneath our feet. All right, one guy asked me in a bar, but I'm sure he speaks for millions. Most everyone I know out here didn't grow up out here, so they never heard any history of Southern California; and the people who grew up here, they don't know the history because--well, they're Californians.
May 6, 2000 |
Maybe that's how you start stringing wins together this late in the baseball season. You skip infield practice and instead play hacky sack--with a baseball. You wear one green sock and one black one, even though it looks kind of silly. You stay loose. You have fun. You play your heart out. Edison may not make the playoffs, but no one can deny that the Chargers are making a late-season run to remember.
March 18, 2002 |
The scene was decidedly festival-like inside UCLA's cavernous Ackerman Grand Ballroom during Saturday's installment of the eclectic-music celebration All Tomorrow's Parties. A guy randomly handed out CDs of his material. Some people danced, while others lay on the floor and vibed on noise rock, free jazz, hip-hop and electronica. One group even briefly got a game of Hacky Sack going.