November 12, 2012 |
BERKELEY - In a spacious, humane skilled-nursing home, a man sits with his elderly neighbors arrayed in their wheelchairs as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald sing. Several guests arrive to see the man, and after the last note of "Cheek to Cheek," one of them takes up a microphone and reads a poem. The reader, startled by a resident's pained moans of distress, stumbles over a word or two of "Looking at Pittsburgh From Paris. " He finishes, and the man brightens in his chair and points at his heart, mouthing to a visitor holding his arm, "Me?"
March 8, 2005 |
A thousand years ago when they built the gardens of Kyoto, the stones were set in the streams askew. Whoever went quickly would fall in. Thus Jack Gilbert writes in his magnificent fourth collection, "Refusing Heaven." In these elegant poems, he shows the value of patience. The reader must slow to negotiate the dense philosophical and moral issues these poems present: the nature of loss, the utility of solitude, the reconciliation of faith and suffering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2005 |
Jack Gilbert didn't graduate from high school, much less college, but these days he's the big man on campus. The self-made Oxnard millionaire has pledged the largest gift in California Lutheran University's history, a $5-million cash infusion designed to boost a building campaign at the Thousand Oaks campus. The donation adds to the more than $4 million that Gilbert, founder of the TOLD Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1994 |
Cal Lutheran University has elected 10 regents to serve on its 34-member governing Board of Regents, including two local businessmen, university officials said. Jack Gilbert of Camarillo and David Watson of Thousand Oaks were selected for three-year terms on the policy-setting board last week. The regents are chosen by representatives of the Lutheran church and a handful of students and faculty at the Thousand Oaks university. Gilbert is founder of the TOLD Corp.
February 7, 1995 |
Resales of single-family homes in Ventura County declined nearly 4% in December from November, the California Assn. of Realtors reports. December's sales activity was off a steep 22% from a year earlier. And median resale prices in December were $200,650, down 2% from December, 1993. . . . Ducommun Corp., an L.A. producer of aerospace components and assemblies, acquired 3dbm Inc., a Camarillo maker of communications systems for military and commercial customers, for $5.
September 28, 1994
The Lannan Foundation has announced the 10 recipients of its 1994 Lannan Literary Awards. The annual awards are given to writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature as well as to those with potential for outstanding future work. The recipients include four poets--Simon Armitage, Eavan Boland, Jack Gilbert and Richard Kenney; four fiction writers--Edward P.