August 8, 1992
Get out your atlas and look up Angola and the Horn of Africa (Morning Briefing, July 31). Then tell Philadelphia sportswriter Bill Conlin to do the same. According to my calculations, the distance between Luanda, Angola, and Mogadishu, Somalia, (2,340 miles) is about the same as the distance between Los Angeles and Philadelphia (2,385 miles). Placing Angola in the Horn of Africa is like putting California on the East Coast. JIM TUTTLE Long Beach
February 3, 2008
THANK you for the terrific story on Bob Watt ["It's His Horn of Plenty," Jan. 20] and his plans to carry on after his career with the L.A. Phil, and the photos by Ringo H.W. Chiu were wonderful. But what did that example, concerning Mr. Watt playing an outdoor concert in a Helsinki, Finland park, have to do with anything? That someone came up to him dribbling a basketball doesn't seem out of line. What about the people who dared to approach him with picnic baskets or hula hoops or even kites?
November 27, 2011 |
One Thanksgiving lesson most school kids probably don't receive has to do with the horn of plenty adorning festive paintings. For me it always seemed like a weird choice for carrying harvested food - what about a simple, flat-bottomed basket? But I didn't know that the horn was special. In classical myth, the horn is a symbol for several food- and wealth-related gods because, one story goes, Zeus played too roughly with a goat and broke its horn. To make amends, he promised to fill that broken horn with whatever food the animal desired.
September 6, 2003 |
A driver who was manhandled by a police officer after honking her horn at a car in front of her was awarded more than $200,000 by a jury Friday. The jury decided Officer Louis Ferraro used excessive force in his 1997 arrest of Kim Lee, who said the officer handcuffed her and slammed her head on the trunk after she honked at a car stopped at a green light on a busy Miami street. Charges against Lee were later dropped.
May 25, 2002
"Versed in Traffic Control" (May 18), on haiku and horn-sounding in Brooklyn, reminded me of many annoying honkings I've experienced. In the late 1950s I lived in New York City, and one of my vivid memories is of honking. At a traffic signal, as soon as the light turned green, cars behind the first one started to honk. I was amazed when I returned to California and found that a driver was given several seconds before a polite beep was heard. In travels to India I was always annoyed by horn-honking.
November 24, 2010 |
She has a bullet in her face, another in her leg and every reason not to trust humans. But when Johannesburg Zoo rhino keeper Alice Masombuka calls her name, the wild black rhino flutters her ears delicately and stands alert, gazing in the direction of the voice. "Hey Phila, Phila! Hey big girl, good girlie. Phila!" says Masombuka, leaning against the fence, her singsong voice floating irresistibly in Johannesburg's damp spring air. Phila takes a few steps, hesitates, stops, changes her mind, takes a few more steps and halts again fearfully.