October 3, 1994 |
Michele Yepiz, a reader in Lemon Grove, sends my wife what she asserts is the actual text of an article published in a home economics guide for women in Ontario, Canada, in the 1950s. (She told my wife not to show it to me, but I'm devious.) It is preposterous, yet it shows how far women have emerged from domestic bondage in only 45 years. Or have they? It is Neanderthalian, except that Neanderthals did not have such modern artifacts as lipstick and washing machines.
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.
November 9, 1986 |
Kathy Acker's work is not outrageous. That is what first comes to mind reading the abortion scene that launches her new novel, "Don Quixote." We have all been there--not to the bloody chamber of horrors she describes--but to the highly fabricated world of this story. Unless we have been wrapped in cotton wool or sent to the nunnery, we are fully prepared for the sexual and political extremes with which Acker purposes to alarm, amuse, and, at times, anesthetize the readers of her fiction.
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.