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."
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."
May 12, 2009 |
Not long before the calendar turned to Sunday and Mother's Day, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban celebrated the occasion with a verbal blast directed at Lydia Moore, mother of Denver Nugget Kenyon Martin. Moments after his team lost Game 3 of its playoff series against Denver on a controversial non-call just before Carmelo Anthony's winning jump shot, Cuban heard a fan screaming about the Nuggets being "thugs," prompting Cuban to tell Moore, "That includes your son."
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.
December 16, 1987 |
"It's time to laugh," wrote Anthony Bruno in the program for his "Soul Survivor," at the Shepard Theatre. Beyond the literal meaning, Bruno is also saying that it's time for gay theater to move beyond the school of grim AIDS plays and focus on the survivors of the plague. It's a declaration that gay culture cannot be defined solely in terms of a dreaded disease. Call "Soul Survivor" a post-AIDS play. But don't call it a non-AIDS play. It hinges on the death from AIDS of Brian (Jerry Clark).
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.
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.