July 12, 2009 |
Diana Taurasi walked off the basketball court and was making her way through the gauntlet known as the Olympic mixed zone when she stopped for a couple of familiar faces. This was last August in Beijing, and Taurasi wore a big smile and an even bigger medal. She hugged one guy with a media credential and turned toward me. I balked. Not because I wasn't happy for her. I was. And it certainly wasn't because I don't like Taurasi. Her joy of basketball and competition is irresistible. No, I balked out of respect for the professional distance between a journalist and his subject.
November 19, 2008 |
Jacob Clay knew there was something special in the cereal aisle at Vons, so he dropped his daddy's hand and scooted along in search of his treat. He turned a corner and smiled at a face he knew. "Look. Michael Phelps," he said, pointing to the Corn Flakes display. Jacob's father, Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay, laughed before leading his bright-eyed 3-year-old son farther down the aisle.
April 4, 2008
You'd better not kill anybody after 6:01 p.m. today, or you'll really rile the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. It has passed a resolution declaring a 40-hour moratorium on violence, starting at a time that marks to the minute the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. That the anniversary of King's shocking murder attracts this kind of silliness is no great surprise.
September 16, 2007 |
THIS is shaping up to be network television's year of magical thinking. As the parade of fall premieres bangs by in the coming weeks, viewers can't help but notice how many prime-time lead characters have acquired supernatural powers. A single touch from the hero of ABC's "Pushing Daisies" can raise the dead, but another tap, and it's a one-way ticket back to the undiscovered country.
August 19, 2007 |
So I spent much of Saturday putting together a "these people live among you" column, becoming more and more depressed by the minute before going in a completely different direction. I had gone to Las Vegas, asked Kobe Bryant a series of questions about the questions that he had raised about his future with the Lakers and was now reading e-mail from people who were really ticked off because I was bothering their hero.