June 17, 1993 |
The 21st annual Santa Barbara Writing Conference begins at 8 p.m. Friday, when Ray Bradbury fires up the writers (as he has done for years) with his passion for telling stories. The weeklong conference, which attracts people from all over the world and dozens of Ventura County writers, is held at the Miramar Hotel in Montecito. During the week, 27 workshop leaders and 27 guest lecturers--including agents, editors and major novelists--will share their expertise each day from 9 a.m.
March 2, 1995 |
USC has received permission to interview Paul Westhead, current George Mason and former Laker and Loyola Marymount basketball coach in what has become a nationwide search for the Trojans. Tom O'Connor, athletic director at George Mason, said Wednesday that USC administrators contacted him two weeks ago about Westhead, who also coached the Denver Nuggets.
September 15, 1994 |
Ventura Bookstore's Ed Elrod has planned three events this week to appeal to a variety of literary interests: The image of Costa Rica as a peaceful, democratic country that welcomes Americans as tourists and expatriate retirees is re-enforced in "Choose Costa Rica." Travel writer John Howells will sign his guide to living and investing in the Central American country at 2 p.m. Saturday. Unlike many of today's women mystery writers who create female crime solvers, J.A.
September 7, 1995 |
Bruce Parkhill, who revitalized the Penn State basketball team when it joined the Big Ten Conference, resigned unexpectedly as coach Wednesday, saying he was burned out. Parkhill, who guided the Nittany Lions to a 21-11 record last season and a third-place finish in the National Invitation Tournament, was replaced by long-time assistant Jerry Dunn. Parkhill will remain at the school as assistant athletic director. "I just haven't enjoyed coaching as much as I used to--it's that simple," he said.
March 19, 1998 |
It's such a tough business, this writing game. Creating the work, getting published and reviewed--usually while working another job and/or managing a family--demands passion and dedication. So when three authors shared their latest published efforts at a regular lunch gathering of literary toilers (where anxious complaining often occurs), the carping changed to happy talk.
August 24, 1995 |
Too often we tend to dismiss all television news anchors as pretty faces who know how to read. Now Kelly Lange, the enduring journalist who co-anchors the KNBC news at 4 and 11 p.m., can list among her credits "Trophy Wife," a glitzy murder mystery. The book, she said, was written between midnight and 3 a.m., after her nightly broadcast.
September 2, 1993 |
Labor Day weekend is upon us, a sure sign that summer has slipped away. For many literary toilers (those who have been frolicking), it also means it's time to take up the quill, activate the electric typewriter or light up the word processor. But there is no reason to be a lonely scribbler. Opportunities now abound via local writing organizations to meet colleagues, make contacts and encounter best-selling authors, screenwriters, agents and editors.
December 29, 1990 |
After several years of serving a bowl of holiday leftovers, this year the Freedom Bowl offers something different. So what if Oregon and Colorado State aren't haute cuisine? At least these teams aren't the warmed-over remnants of seasons gone bad. No more teams such as Florida, which sold only 1,200 tickets before slogging through the final comedown of a disappointing season in last year's game.
February 1, 2001 |
Titus Ivory returned from a first-half ankle sprain Wednesday night to score a career-high 27 points, including four in overtime, as Penn State upset sixth-ranked Illinois, 98-95, at State College, Pa. Penn State Coach Jerry Dunn said that he didn't expect that Ivory would be able to return, but Ivory said he had no doubt. "My teammates have a lot of confidence in me," Ivory said. "Not to be taking anything away from the Illinois guys, but one-on-one I feel I can play with anybody."
June 1, 1992 |
If you believe it possible for an expert in any field to teach you his expertise, whom would you ask? In "Tricks of the Trade," editor Jerry Dunn purports to reveal the secrets of 79 experts in skills ranging from punctuation to ice skating backward. Though a reigning operatic soprano may be able to teach a protege some tricks of her trade, I doubt that she can teach her how to sing, any more than a writer can teach you how to write. But hope springs eternal.