June 9, 2005
I enjoyed Howard Leff's "Envy? Has a Ring to It" [June 2]. It especially caught my eye because my brother Danny owns Maxwell Smart's shoe phone! He has 4,000 items from spy movies and TV series in his Spy-Fi Archives (odci.gov/spyfi/index.html). A few years ago the CIA contacted him and asked him to bring the best items from his collection to CIA headquarters for a private exhibition; he also had a display recently at the Reagan Library. The shoe phone was the star of the show -- even beat out Austin Powers' glasses and Tom Cruise's gadgets from "Mission Impossible."
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August 10, 1993 |
Psssst. Our topic today is secrets. And to get things going, what I'm about to reveal is just between you and me and the other 1.2 million readers of this newspaper: When I was in the third grade, my best friend was named Ronnie. Then Bobby moved to our block and he became my other best friend. One day Bobby and I were mad at Ronnie's parents and Bobby dared me to throw their afternoon newspaper on the roof. So I did it.
April 30, 1995
Teddy bears have become the symbol of survival and healing. The children of those killed are being given the bears by a variety of public agencies. Dana Cooper, 24, director of the Americas Kids child care center, was killed in the blast along with her 2-year-old son, Anthony Cooper II. She was also studying child development at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. On Thursday, fellow students put a teddy bear and small wreath at Cooper's desk.
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February 14, 1986 |
Jerry Biederman and I spent a full minute and a half establishing that, despite our shared last name, we don't also share an aunt in Brooklyn or a second cousin in Chicago. Nor am I related to his uncle, best-selling author Irving Wallace. That out of the way, we got down to business. The business was romance. More properly, the business was the business of romance. I always think about that this time of year, when long-stemmed roses are more expensive than abalone.