September 19, 2009
About 60 years ago, I saw Jack Kramer play Bobby Riggs at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles at the time professional tennis was just getting started. Kramer, the best player of his era, demolished Riggs in as dominant a performance as I have ever seen. Just as every big league ballplayer should include Marvin Miller in his nightly prayers, today's tennis millionaires owe an incalculable debt to Kramer. We should all go out to Los Serranos, hit one out of a bunker and bid a fond farewell to one of Southern California's true giants of the sports world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1998
"Oscar Night Heroics and a Happy Ending," March 26. Jack Gies is a hero because he saved a couple from a fire. . . . A hero because he tried to put out the fire with a garden hose to save the couple's car. . . . A hero because even after all that, he still felt enough compassion to go back and give the couple his memento from the Oscar show, orchids. . . . A hero because he spotted the fire only by driving slowly through the quiet streets so as not to hit crossing opossums who venture out late at night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997
Re Arianna Huffington's March 23 Column Right suggestions for Jack Kemp's campaign in 2000: I think it is wrong for her to suggest that Jack Kemp tithe 10% of his hard-earned income to social causes. Here's a great American sports hero and self-made man, who struggles to get along among the "truly wealthy" on a couple of million per year. Should such socialistic liberal dogma be pursued we might be suggesting that the more comfortable among the GOP give enormous sums of money to such frivolous causes as so-called social problems, the vanishing middle class (who needs them?
February 27, 2013 |
When screenwriter Darren Lemke first proposed the idea of contemporizing the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale with CG technology, it was 2005. Tim Burton had not yet jumped into the rabbit hole with "Alice in Wonderland. " Amanda Seyfried had yet to don the cape for "Red Riding Hood. " Snow White had no Huntsman. But due to development delays and changing technology, Warner Bros. and its New Line division didn't start production on "Jack the Giant Slayer" until early 2011. By that time, Disney's PG-rated "Alice" had earned more than $1 billion at the box office and the once-novel idea for "Jack" had some huge expectations to fulfill.
October 25, 2009 |
My colleague, Jack Nelson, believed in old-fashioned virtues: Get your facts straight. Check them, and check them again. Don't be afraid to cross swords with the powerful. Above all, break news whenever you can. Jack, who died Wednesday at 80, played various roles during his 54-year career. He was a political analyst, a television pundit, a manager who led The Times' Washington bureau when it had more than 40 journalists. But he described himself first as a reporter, and that was the job he saw as most important to both the newspaper and the public it served.
May 7, 2010
'Casino Jack and the United States of Money' MPAA rating: R for some language Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Playing: In selected theaters