November 30, 1997 |
Shortly after her husband's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy wrote: "For Jack, history was full of heroes. . . . Jack had this hero idea of history." How quaint she seems, how naive and sentimental. Now Jack frolics in the White House pool with call girls and plots how best to kill Fidel Castro. We listen on the White House phone as Lyndon Johnson bullies, to tapes of Richard Nixon as he swears and vows revenge. We read descriptions of our president's penis. For us, there are no heroes.
April 25, 2007 |
All talk and almost no action made the return of "Heroes" a very dull hour. At least until prophetic painter/consistently boring minor character Isaac (Santiago Cabrera) died, falling victim to superhero serial killer Sylar (Zachary Quinto). Or did he? (Here's a hint to solving the mystery: Be on the lookout for any post-"death" TV or print interviews with Cabrera. If the actor talks to the press, then the character's a goner, a la Eko on "Lost."
October 20, 1989
"I've never been so scared. People were fighting to get under the desks." -- David Balague, on the 14th floor of the Bank of America building in San Francisco. "It's like a huge concrete sandwich with people in between. It's total devastation." -- Alameda County Sheriff Charles C. Plummer, refering to the Nimitz Freeeway collapse. "I hope I'm never involved in something like this ever again...It seemed...like an eternity." -- Dr.
March 13, 2011 |
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes A Novel Brandon Mull Aladdin / Simon & Schuster: 456 pp., $19.99, ages 9 and up For decades, kids have been inadvertently stumbling into alternate realities through children's literature. In "The Chronicles of Narnia," it was a wardrobe that served as the portal. With "Beyonders: A World Without Heroes," it's the yawning jaws of a hippo. This intriguing beginning leads to an even more imaginative quest in the kickoff to a new fantasy trilogy from Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the young-adult series "Fablehaven.
September 20, 2010 |
Welcome back to the big leagues, NBC. With Monday night's premiere of "The Event," the network that as recently as last year seemed hopelessly mired in creative and financial chaos has finally located a tent pole, a new show as big, brash and promising as "Heroes" was a few years back. Though flashing the post- 9/11 mythology of "24" along with the fractured time frames of "Damages," "The Event" unfurls a much larger canvas on which a disparate cast of characters, from Jason Ritter's engaging young Everyman, Sean Walker, to Blair Underwood's recently elected President Martinez, are caught up in a net of mysterious and lethal situations all leading to, or possibly from, the event in question.
January 26, 1992
I grew up in the '50s and Tom Dooley was one of my heroes. I dreamed of helping others and of saving the world. But I knew I could never be a hero--gay people couldn't be heroes. ROBERT E. MASON Los Angeles
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June 3, 1998
The Korean War (1950-1953) is often referred to as the forgotten war. It came just five years after the end of World War II. The younger generation is not even aware of the war, and that is disturbing since there were 2 million casualties, including many thousands of young men who died. But to be forgotten by the Retired Military Officers of Ventura County is unforgivable. On May 25 there was a Memorial Day remembrance at the Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Their program listed the following: "Remembering the Heroes of the American Revolution; Heroes of the Civil War; Heroes of the Westward Expansion; Heroes of the Spanish American War and World War I; Heroes of World War II; POWS and MIAs (Vietnam)
April 12, 1993
To me, Robbins and Sarandon are uncompromising heroes, using their celebrity status to help bring more understanding and awareness to audiences that otherwise may never hear. DAVID AULT Los Angeles