October 12, 2007 |
When you're hot you're hot, as Jerry Clark, executive director of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters, discovered Wednesday at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. It was the group's annual "Day at the Races" and Clark did well playing hunch bets. Two by the longtime Los Angeles newspaper man were Stormin Story and Your Quote. A third was El Manuel in the feature race -- Clark is a graduate of Los Angeles' Manual Arts High, so El Manuel was close enough. His horses paid $7, $6.80 and $7.40.
July 22, 1988 |
Almost 20% of the delegates at the Democratic convention this year are union members, more than at any time in history. But to television viewers, the labor presence has been all but invisible. It is a combination that appears to please Democratic Party officials. The party can use the considerable help of unions in the fall election, but it doesn't need the image of a party catering to special interests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1999 |
Leaving the Van Gogh exhibit, Jerry Clark of Glendale paused to ask one of the workers at the L.A. County Museum of Art what artist would be the subject of the next show. "Uh, uh, Pico Rivera," the worker said. Luckily another worker was nearby and interjected, "Diego Rivera." So Clark got the true picture. * DINING GUIDE FOR THE ADVENTUROUS: On this week's menu (see accompanying), Bill Hughes found "a great deal for that big eater in the family."
July 24, 2006 |
Reader Jerry Clark sent an item from Roger Kahn's book, "Into My Own," that points out what can happen when a copy editor changes someone else's newspaper story. According to the item, Stanley Woodward, sports editor of the New York Herald Tribune who was classically educated and proud of it, would cover a New York Yankees game about once a year. His game story would always include this line: "Casey Stengel stared out of the Yankees' dugout under brows of dauntless courage and considerate pride."
April 7, 2009 |
Just in time for opening day, PasteMagazine.com offered its "10 Best Baseball Songs (That Aren't John Fogerty's 'Centerfield')." And the winners are: "The Ballad of Russell Perry" by Vigilantes of Love. Said the magazine: "Bill Mallonees' heartfelt tale of a wily, navel-gazing Tennessee fastballer." "Baseball Dreams" by the Naturals with Mel Allen. "The Run-DMC of baseball music," the magazine said.
July 26, 2009 |
He has been called the most popular football player in Southeastern Conference history, but for a few hours last week, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was not even a unanimous pick on the coaches' preseason all-conference first team. Who was the killjoy who dared not to name Tebow to the first team? By process of elimination -- coach after coach saying, "It wasn't me" -- it was determined that former Florida and current South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier was the culprit. But not for long.
September 9, 2009 |
When Les Horvath, the 1944 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, moved to Los Angeles in the late 1940s, he was warmly welcomed by two other well-known sports figures living here. On their first night in town, Horvath and his wife had dinner at the home of Tom Harmon. On the second night, they were invited to dine at the home of Glenn Davis. After the Davis dinner, the Horvaths returned to their new home and when Les inspected all the moving boxes in his living room, he told his wife, "Let's get these unpacked in the morning, but be careful of that box over there -- it has something very rare and valuable in it, the Heisman Trophy."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2003 |
The assets were liquid and the prices were fluid. That's how business was when curbside umbrella sellers flooded Los Angeles streets at the height of Wednesday's rainstorm. Along 5th Street in downtown the price of an umbrella ranged from $2 to $10, depending on whether you were closer to skid row or the high-rise financial district in the other direction.
May 20, 1985 |
Plays written in answer to an immediate public crisis don't have to be written for the ages. It's enough that they help the viewer to acknowledge the crisis and to see the need for a personal response to it. If Robert Chesley's "Night Sweat" at the Fifth Estate Theatre helps its audiences to do that in regard to the AIDS crisis, it's welcome. That doesn't make it a good play--although it's surely not as hapless a play as it looks at the Fifth Estate. Playwright Chesley does have guts.