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.
March 1, 1987 |
On the day that Liberace was supposed to draw his final breath, and for the eight days preceding that, George Finney and his wife were camped in their '74 Dodge in a parking lot across from the entertainer's home in Palm Springs. Unlike the other people who gathered there by daylight waiting for the man to die, George was not a fan, and in fact, as the vigil wore on he was coming to dislike Liberace even more, because his own dream of redemption was dying in that hacienda, too.
August 24, 1986
Well, that "chain-smoking beer guzzler" Michael J. Fox is at it again! This time he's gone and disappointed--yes, disappointed! -- poor Little Marjane Hensey of Chatsworth (Calendar Letters, Aug. 10), forcing her jarred psyche into the desperate act of "fan-estrangement!" Imagine, if you can, the monumental audacity of this fellow--actually choosing his own personal habits, living his life as he pleases, with total and utter contempt for the wishes of the Marjanes of the world!
January 9, 1988
When Bill Steigerwald criticized the PBS documentary, "Politics of Food" as unfair, I didn't think he was fair ("PBS Documentary Explores 'The Politics of Food' Tonight," Dec. 29). The two hours made a convincing and documented point that the World Bank has decided what cash crops Third World countries should produce. The World Bank says that the people should rely on grain and rice, grown under government subsidized programs elsewhere in the world. This, together with lopsided land ownership, leaves the local people without sources for a balanced diet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1988 |
Cambridge University dons have decided to eliminate sexist language from their historic rule book. By a vote of 348 to 260, the dons--heads, tutors and fellows of the colleges--mandated that the words she , her and herself be added to he , his and himself entries in the university's Statutes and Ordinances. There were no women at the university when the Statutes and Ordinances was translated from the original Latin into English in the 1850s.
April 8, 1991 |
I never knew the late football star Ricky Bell, but bringing his story to the screen has had a profound impact on my life. Fresh out of school for the second time, I had gone through a series of entertainment industry jobs, learning to play the game, working with the suave, sophisticated agency vice presidents who reek Hollywood. I liked that. The glitz and glamour that is Hollywood satisfied all my self-proclaimed superficial shallow desires to wine, dine and wow the world.
October 7, 1991 |
I did not mean to get so wound up in spaghetti and the etiquette of eating it. I'm finished with it. However, there are inevitably some loose strands. Melanie Lewis of Modern Manners writes that she is writing a new book on etiquette, evidently focusing on the manners of Southern California. (Her address, if you have any ideas for her, is 1502 Welldow Lane, Fullerton CA 92631.