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September 12, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Qualcomm (QCOM) Jim: Buy Mike: Buy * Mike: The stock of this San Diego-based telecommunications company rose so far so fast last year, Jim, that it seems BMWs and Jaguars were sprouting on the streets of San Diego like dandelions on a sump. Jim: Qualcomm's stock performance was even eclipsing Broadcom's, which tells you something.
January 16, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Those of us who write about the housing market and the virtues of the 30-year fixed home loan -- as we did Wednesday -- can calibrate our watches by how long it takes a reader to respond as follows: "Hey, Canada doesn't have 30-year fixed mortgages, and their housing market's doing just fine!  Usually about a nanosecond.  This is a popular line of chatter for pundits too. Back in August, Matthew Yglesias of questioned why "there's some urgent need for the government to subsidize 30-year fixed-rate mortgages.
September 18, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The New Deal A Modern History Michael Hiltzik Free Press: 499 pp., $30 Michael Hiltzik's "Colossus," published last year, told the story of the building of what is now known as the Hoover Dam, an epic public works project that was seized upon by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an icon of his New Deal. Hiltzik's latest, an extension of "Colossus" in a way, moves on to the subject of the New Deal itself, beginning with FDR's election in November 1932 and his inauguration four months later on a cold, damp day when America, in the midst of a banking collapse, was a "stupefied giant standing face to face with insolvency.
January 30, 2001 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Men's Wearhouse (MW) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Mike: I'll start with this question about Men's Wearhouse: Jim, would you say that George Zimmer is the Frank Perdue of the '90s? Jim: No question, though some readers might not get the connection. Zimmer is not only the chief executive of apparel chain Men's Wearhouse, he's also its pitchman on TV and radio, just as Perdue flacked--or flicked--for his chicken company. And like Perdue, Zimmer's very good at promotion.
February 17, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a columnist for The Times of illegally recording conversations with the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm. The company is known for its ubiquitous billboards plastered along Southland freeways — and its catchy jingle that pops up on the radio and television — that promote shedding pounds via the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub threw out the lawsuit that Robert Silverman, the marketing company's president, had filed against Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.
December 19, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Mike: I'd like to start our chat about Williams-Sonoma, Jim, by briefly telling you the story of my family room cabinet. Jim: This should be compelling. Mike: I'm not saying it's "War and Peace." Anyhow, a few months ago we ordered said cabinet from a catalog company called Hold Everything.
Lowe's Cos. (LOW) Jim: Buy Mike: Don't buy Mike: I don't know about you, Jim, but I've noticed around Southern California that there's a new store anchoring a lot of these new malls: Lowe's home improvement stores. I think of stores like Lowe's and Home Depot as lumberyards with a college education. Jim: You know, this might be a knock on any other company, but Lowe's is almost a Home Depot wannabe. Mike: Almost? That's exactly what Lowe's is. Jim: All right.
Sara Lee (SLE) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Jim: It's a good thing that Sara Lee's new chief executive is trying to turn this company upside down, because if he wasn't I believe Sara Lee would soon succumb to a new owner that would. Mike: Now Jim, before we continue with all that important corporate stuff, let me start by saying I think of Sara Lee as an old friend. Jim: My, so warm and fuzzy today, Mike. Let me guess.
May 9, 2000
Tiffany (TIF) (Jim: Buy) (Mike: Don't buy) * Jim: I figure you're as qualified as anyone to discuss Tiffany, Mike, given all the time you probably spend there picking out trinkets for your wife, right? Mike: Well, I will admit getting my hands on a few of its powder-blue gift boxes. Jim: But did the gifts inside come from Tiffany's? Just kidding.
Ethan Allen Interiors (ETH) Jim: Buy Mike: Buy * Mike: There's no more recognized or marketed brand in home furnishings than Ethan Allen Interiors, right Jim? Jim: No question. The name comes from the Revolutionary War hero, I believe. Mike: The leader of the Green Mountain Boys. And your $32,000 question is: What state was he from? Jim: Vermont? Mike: Outstanding! Jim: Well, high school paid off for something.
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