April 25, 2005 |
Michael Smith of Kansas City is a coward. I've no doubt that some of the good old boys down at Smith's favorite bar or at his VFW hall undoubtedly think he's a big man. A hero, even. And for what? Spitting a load of tobacco in the face of an unsuspecting 67-year-old woman for something she did nearly 40 years ago ["Man Spits on Jane Fonda," April 21], and then running away as fast as his hero's legs could carry him until he was tackled a short distance away by event security. Big man! Brave man!
December 18, 1987 |
Jane Fonda is coming to Waterbury--and boy, is Guitano Russo peeved. Seventy-three percent of the town isn't, however, according to a telephone survey. And a local bartender says the actress is welcome to stop in anytime she wants. The local Fonda flap all started Veterans Day, when Russo, a retired insurance salesman and real estate broker, learned that his hometown is being considered as a possible shooting location for the actress' upcoming MGM film "Union Street."
September 25, 1987 |
Actress Jane Fonda, about to release a new videotape on how to prevent minor sports injuries, got some firsthand experience on the subject when she fell off her bicycle and separated a shoulder. Fonda was injured Wednesday morning when she fell during an early morning ride along Pacific Coast Highway near her home in Santa Monica, said her publicist, Steve Rivers.
February 27, 1988 |
If you've been looking for the Jane Fonda workout video offer that was supposed to have appeared on boxes of Nabisco Shredded Wheat, turn your search from the cereal aisle of your grocery store to the exercise aisle at your video store. The promotional deal between Nabisco and Fonda's video company, Lorimar, fell through (boxes of shredded wheat and other cereals were to have contained a coupon enabling the purchaser to get a new Fonda workout tape for $19.98).
August 3, 1988 |
Stuart Karl, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to violate federal laws limiting political contributions, was a major Orange County Democratic activist, fund-raiser and Hollywood whiz kid until allegations of campaign irregularities surfaced in January. He has been uncharacteristically silent since then, refusing to discuss political and business controversies that have made him the target of both criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits.
December 8, 1989 |
Video entrepreneur Stuart Karl, who achieved fame and fortune with the Jane Fonda workout tapes and then suffered a series of reversals that included a felony conviction and bankruptcy, has returned to the video business as president of a fledgling Los Angeles production company. Karl was named president of NAC Home Video, a unit of the closely held television production and record company Gold 'N M Communications. Gold 'N M Chairman Michael E.
November 16, 1989 |
It was a party in praise of procreation, a veritable fertility fest. The occasion was the publication of the book "Jane Fonda's New Pregnancy Workout and Total Birth Program." The event was a celebration Monday at Arte Primitivo, a Santa Monica art gallery that marked the occasion with an exhibit of pre-Columbian figures with swollen bellies, Native American cradle boards and other tribal variations on the theme of parent and child. Inexplicably, none of the artifacts had stretch marks.
September 25, 1990 |
Nearly 20 years after she posed atop a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, actress Jane Fonda is still caught in a political cross fire. Republican candidates this year in Texas, Colorado and Indiana have accused their Democratic opponents of insulting war veterans by accepting donations from the Hollywood Women's Political Committee, a liberal Los Angeles-based fund-raising organization to which Fonda belongs.
August 11, 1995 |
Since I've been making an honest attempt to exercise more by getting up at the crack of dawn to drag myself to the gym, I was enthusiastic about the proposition that I could work out while commuting to work. That's what Cyndi Targosz's "Drive to Fitness" cassette tape promised. "Safe!" the promotional materials said. "Fun!" it added. What a remarkable idea for busy people, I thought. We could expand the notion of exercising during mundane tasks, I fantasized.
July 10, 1989 |
The familiar voice on the answering machine is surprisingly friendly. "Hello, this is Jane Fonda. Thank you for calling the Laurel Springs Retreat. I'm sorry that no one is available to speak with you at the moment, but I'm very pleased you called." Then why is it that, while making the drive to Santa Barbara, winding around the Santa Ynez Mountains and passing through the rustic gate of her ranch, you feel like a trespasser?