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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.
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!
April 10, 1994 | BETH KLEID, Beth Kleid is a frequent contributor to TV Times and Calendar
Transplanted New Yorker Eli Levinson, the character Alan Rosenberg plays on "L.A. Law," is getting used to Los Angeles. He's finally learning how to drive, he's unruffled by aftershocks and he's even tolerating the "cottony" bagels. Rosenberg, who went with the soulful Eli from ABC's now-defunct "Civil Wars" to NBC's "L.A. Law" in an unprecedented network-jumping move, is also feeling quite comfortable in his surroundings. "At first, I was nervous.
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