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May 1, 1988 | CAROL ROSSEN, IN 1984, Carol Rossen was in control of her life. She was an actress who had worked for such directors as Elia Kazan, Franco Zeffirelli, Gene Saks and Brian DePalma. She was the mother of a teen-age daughter, and she was a very busy woman. On Valentine's Day, a perfect California morning, she went for a walk in Will Rogers State Park. On the trail to Inspiration Point, a man tried to kill her. What follows is the story of that moment and the next two years, adapted from Rossen's upcoming book, "Counterpunch."
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2006 | Gina Nahai and Robert Smaus, Special to The Times
AT night, the scent of poet's jasmine woke me up. We slept outdoors, on wooden beds arranged next to the 12-foot-deep fish pool with statues of silver-skinned dolphins that spat water into the air when the fountain was turned on. Tehran's summers were dry and brutal. At midday, the heat nearly melted the asphalt on the sidewalk and turned the city into a ghost land. By 5 o'clock, the red bricks on the floor of our yard were still too hot to step on barefoot.
August 11, 1991 | CELESTE FREMON, Celeste Fremon's last piece for Los Angeles Times Magazine concerned the final days of Bruno Bettelheim. She is writing a book on Father Boyle and the Pico-Aliso gangs
At exactly 7 p.m. on an uncommonly warm night in early March, 1990, some 300 mourners, most of them members of the Latino gang the East L.A. Dukes, descend upon Dolores Mission Church at the corner of 3rd and Gless streets in Boyle Heights. They arrive by the carload and cram themselves into the scarred wooden pews that fill the sanctuary. As they file into the small stucco building, they cast edgy glances toward the street, as if expecting trouble.
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