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October 18, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All those years working as a newspaper reporter have paid off for Brea author Jackie Hyman. The heroine of Hyman's new Orange County-set suspense-thriller "Echoes" is Laura Bennett, a young reporter who, in investigating the sudden death of a U.S. senator, begins to uncover unexplained phenomena that link his death with other strange events. Indeed, some unusual and sinister things are happening in San Paradiso, Hyman's fictional Orange County town.
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October 18, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All those years working as a newspaper reporter have paid off for Brea author Jackie Hyman. The heroine of Hyman's new Orange County-set suspense-thriller "Echoes" is Laura Bennett, a young reporter who, in investigating the sudden death of a U.S. senator, begins to uncover unexplained phenomena that link his death with other strange events. Indeed, some unusual and sinister things are happening in San Paradiso, Hyman's fictional Orange County town.
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OPINION
August 31, 1986
I note with interest that a White House task force on the family won't support contraceptive clinics in high schools in the belief that the way to prevent teen-age pregnancies is to inform youngsters that premarital sex is wrong. What a terrific idea! I presume our next step will be to close the police departments and inform the populace that breaking the law is wrong. JACKIE HYMAN La Habra
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993
Godfrey misses the point in his column supporting athletes who tape pro-life messages. He asks why such athletes should be gagged. Indeed, who is trying to gag them? Those of us who are pro-choice support a woman's right to carry her pregnancy to term. We have no objection to any non-coercive approach that encourages women to do so. I personally would love to see abortions voluntarily reduced to a minimum. Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion; it means exactly what it says. JACKIE HYMAN Brea
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1986
I just heard on the radio that Simon Le Bon has been named as having the worst body in the rock world. I would like to issue him a formal invitation to join Softbodies of America. We believe the ideal human activity is drinking coffee and eating chocolates while thinking, watching "Masterpiece Theater" or reading a book. We take our ideal shape of the most lovable creature on earth: the teddy bear. The ideal exercise for a Softbody is walking briskly three times a week to the library, bookstore or candy shop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1994
While reading the newspaper Sept. 4 and getting annoyed at the stupidity of various politicians, I was reminded of an idea I put forth some time ago. It elicited hoots of derision from my nearest and dearest, but I believe its time has come. This country should establish a Panel of Common Sense, staffed by laymen with impeccable judgment, such as myself. We would have members of various racial, religious and ethnic groups with hands-on experience in many fields. Anyone with "expertise" derived from research or political office would be automatically excluded.
NEWS
October 30, 1994
As president-for-life of Softbodies of America--whose membership consists of everyone who agrees with me, whether they've heard of me or not--I must respond to "How Best to Tackle Weight Problem?" (Oct. 18). The panel of 18 experts got it all wrong. Again. As our millions of members (rough estimate) could tell you, setting standards for "healthy" or "desirable" weights is enough to send a person running for Betty Crocker lemon bars. Most people older than 35 cannot achieve those weights without starving themselves and working out to the point of exhaustion or resorting to liposuction.
MAGAZINE
August 7, 1994
As president of Softbodies of America, which takes as the ideal human shape that of the teddy bear, I wish to thank the magazine and Janey Milstead for "Grandes Dames" (Style, July 10). Our society's membership, which consists of everyone who agrees with me whether they've heard of me or not, is pleased to see that not only did you (temporarily?) abandon the emaciated figure of the typical fashion model, but you also did so in a layout that was the most beautiful ever to have appeared on your pages.
NEWS
December 13, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marti Leimbach's critically acclaimed first novel, "Dying Young," is being turned into a movie starring Julia Roberts. The film, now in production in Mendocino, is scheduled to be released next summer. Leimbach, who lives in London, began writing the novel as a student in UC Irvine's graduate Program in Writing in 1987. It's about a love triangle involving a young woman, a terminally ill young man and another man whose vitality attracts her.
BOOKS
December 6, 1987 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN
Steve Sohmer, who published short stories before he became a network promotion executive and film producer, has in Favorite Son written a superior thriller: fast, characterful, intricate, surprising and sardonic. The time is August, 1988, just before one of the presidential nominating conventions. A Contra leader is being welcomed to Washington by an attractive, young Texas senator, Terry Fallon. The leader is assassinated.
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