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.
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 11, 1991 |
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.
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.
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!