CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1999 |
Did you know one of the backers of a pro football franchise here is a world record holder in one financial category? California builder Eli Broad made the biggest credit card transaction of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1995, Broad charged a $2.5-million Roy Lichtenstein painting titled "I . . . I'm Sorry" on his American Express card. (Do you suppose he was asked to show a picture ID?) Anyway, I was thinking. The NFL says that L.A.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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).