June 18, 1989 |
Hugh Downs actually slapped his knee he was so amused by what was happening on the monitor in the "Tonight Show's" green room. His daughter, watching the same monitor, rolled her eyes and grimaced. Jay Leno's guests, Bob and Chris Elliott, father and son, were making a shameless pre-Father's Day pitch for Chris' book "Daddy's Boy," a "Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father." As usual, they waltzed a dangerous line between droll and dumb, and as Chris described his sixth birthday party--at which columnist Art Buchwald allegedly rode around on the Elliott family's giant trained pig--people watching from behind the scenes seemed evenly divided as to which side of the line the two comedians were on. A partner in the comedy team Bob and Ray, Bob Elliott has spent four decades building a reputation as a sort of anti-celebrity.
May 1, 1988 |
THE DAY FOOTSTEPS WERE dancing down the mountain, out of sight, 20 yards ahead. I glanced at my watch, as if time provides insight, and clocked the hour at 9:05. Neatly tailored blue shorts and a red polo T-shirt loped toward me, a young man in his 20s gently jogging his way down the trail.
March 16, 1986 |
TO COMMEMORATE THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF SANTA BARBARA 1782 - 1982 SHEILA LODGE, MAYOR CONSTRUCTED WITH PUBLIC DONATIONS BY THE TRUST FOR PRESERVATION OF THE SANTA BARBARA WATERFRONT THOMAS A. LONG, PRESIDENT BENEFACTORS EMILY W. DEWARE, MAJOR DONOR ELSIE C.
September 7, 1991
I'm saddened by the firing of Doug Rader. But, as we all know, in baseball, there has to be a fall guy. I wish Buck Rodgers a lot of luck. However, if I were the Angels, my choice for manager would have to be Dale Carnegie. Maybe he could motivate this group of veterans whose on-base percentages will never equal their respective ages. TONY SHEPHERD West Hollywood
March 14, 1987
I've had it with people complaining about the short-lived inconveniences caused by the marathon-related traffic jams. The long-term benefits of the marathon to L.A. far outweigh such inconvenience. Besides, the event was well publicized, including street closures, and afforded all an opportunity to plan to travel using alternate routes. To the gentleman who suggested rerouting the marathon to Catalina, why doesn't he go there next year at marathon time--on a one-way ticket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1992
Ah yes, I remember fondly the many evenings spent driving through Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Burbank when I was a high school student in the '60s. I'm now a grown-up resident of neighboring Toluca Lake, which means I drive past that eyesore often. I'd prefer not being reminded that our taste in architecture and style is reflected in that building. Mr. Moruzzi's attempt to preserve hamburger stands in making Bob's a state Historic Point of Interest makes me laugh . . . and cringe.
April 22, 1993
Bernie Wayne, 74, composer of popular songs including "There She Is, Miss America," the theme song for the beauty pageant. Born in Patterson, N.J., Wayne also wrote such evergreen hits as "Blue Velvet" and "Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside." His popular instrumentals included "Vanessa," "Port-au-Prince" and "Magic Touch." Recently, he had been working on an autobiography titled "There He Is," and writing country songs.