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August 14, 1992 | ROSE APODACA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jack Denny knows it's not always good to take advice from well-meaning friends. Industry buddies warned he could not get a surf wear company going successfully with only $9,000. But two years and close to $1 million later, Denny has proved them wrong with World Jungle. Not bad for a company that started with five T-shirt and two trunks styles and has expanded to 50 pieces, including jackets, shirts, denim shorts and jeans, hats and bags.
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August 14, 1992 | ROSE APODACA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jack Denny knows it's not always good to take advice from well-meaning friends. Industry buddies warned he could not get a surf wear company going successfully with only $9,000. But two years and close to $1 million later, Denny has proved them wrong with World Jungle. Not bad for a company that started with five T-shirt and two trunks styles and has expanded to 50 pieces, including jackets, shirts, denim shorts and jeans, hats and bags.
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September 15, 1998 | Leslie Earnest
Friends and fellow surfers will hold a "paddle out" memorial service today for John F. "Jack" Denny, founder of World Jungle Clothing Co., who died last week after an eight-month battle with cancer. He was 33. Denny, a Laguna Beach resident, launched World Jungle in Costa Mesa in 1990. In January, he sold the surfwear business to another clothing company, 26 Red in Irvine, which continues to market the line under the World Jungle name.
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August 17, 1985 | ALFRED SHEINWOLD, Times Bridge Writer
A team headed by bridge expert Tom Mahaffey, 75, of St. Petersburg, Fla., came from behind this week to win the Master Team Championship in Las Vegas, ending the 14-day North American Championships. The Tuesday event, which had attracted 10,000 experts, was the biggest bridge tournament ever held. With most of the contestants playing in several sessions, tournament participation totalled 19,828 tables, beating the previous record, set in 1978, by 1,310 tables.
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August 17, 1985 | ALFRED SHEINWOLD, Times Bridge Writer
A team headed by bridge expert Tom Mahaffey, 75, of St. Petersburg, Fla., came from behind this week to win the Master Team Championship in Las Vegas, ending the 14-day North American Championships. The Tuesday event, which had attracted 10,000 experts, was the biggest bridge tournament ever held. With most of the contestants playing in several sessions, tournament participation totaled 19,828 tables, beating the previous record, set in 1978, by 1,310 tables.
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April 17, 2004 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
There was one word that the students, parents, teachers and community members gathered at Mount Washington Elementary School on Friday heard repeatedly. That word was "dream." As in, "a dream is finally coming true," spoken by fifth-grader Raymond Metoyer. He marveled that he and his fellow students soon would be able to eat lunch inside when it rained, perform on an auditorium stage and study in a spacious new library.
NEWS
June 9, 1994 | ROSE APODACA JONES
Say ball and what usually comes to mind are socialites amid sophisticated revelry or, at the very least, Cinderella. But when the ball involves a bunch of beach-bred dudes, spike all expectations. In this high society, superiority is determined by who dominates the waves, and it's the boards that have become sophisticated.
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April 13, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Denise Bresson "Denny" Smith, the mainstay of many of the Los Angeles Times columns written by her husband, Jack Smith, died Monday. She was 83. Smith died of pancreatic cancer in the Los Angeles hillside home she shared with her husband from 1950 until his death on Jan. 9, 1996. Although rarely named, Denise Smith was the most oft-mentioned character in the column her husband penned from 1958 until Christmas Day 1995.
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February 15, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Step into Jack Denny's office at World Jungle Clothing Co. in Costa Mesa, and you'll feel like you've entered another world--that of a 1970s-era college dorm. There's an old Jimi Hendrix poster on the wall, a remnant of a brown-and-white South Pacific tapa cloth tacked over a window and an eye-popping orange velour easy chair, rescued from a thrift store, in the corner. Denny even looks like a college kid; on this day he's sporting baggy corduroy pants and a '70s-style shirt. And when you ask him what he loves about his job, he sounds like a kid: "It's the surfing," he says.
NEWS
May 31, 1991 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This summer Orange County's surfwear manufacturers are hoping their latest beach styles will spread across the country like a massive wave. Some are worried. After a couple of years of flat sales that have seen many surfwear companies and shops struggle and go under, the question remains: Is there life after neon? "We're trying to find our niche," says Tom Noble, co-owner of Newport Surf & Sport in Newport Beach. "We hit our peak a couple of years back when beachwear went mainstream.
NEWS
July 4, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On this Independence Day, with the presidential elections looming and the Olympic games starting in Atlanta, Americans are wearing their pride on their shirt sleeves, not to mention their ball caps, bikinis and boxer shorts. The spirit of '96 has caused a wave of star-spangled clothing and accessories. Old Glory is everywhere, unfurled across board shorts, T-shirts, ties, jewelry, swimsuits, sweatsuits, hats, jackets and socks.
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