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July 2, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Aeronautical engineer Jim Drake had already solved the "puzzle" of pairing a surfboard with a sail when a young man who stopped to admire "the Baja Board" in the late 1960s suggested what he called "the perfect name": the Windsurfer. In his Santa Monica garage, Drake had designed and built a prototype meant to be ridden in a novel way — standing up — and steered by an inventive hand-held sail assembly. He first tested the board in 1967 off Marina del Rey and the "wind-propelled apparatus" was patented three years later.
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July 2, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Aeronautical engineer Jim Drake had already solved the "puzzle" of pairing a surfboard with a sail when a young man who stopped to admire "the Baja Board" in the late 1960s suggested what he called "the perfect name": the Windsurfer. In his Santa Monica garage, Drake had designed and built a prototype meant to be ridden in a novel way — standing up — and steered by an inventive hand-held sail assembly. He first tested the board in 1967 off Marina del Rey and the "wind-propelled apparatus" was patented three years later.
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September 8, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Drake, a key aide to United Farm Workers Union founder Cesar Chavez and an integral part of the organization from its inception in 1962, has died at the age of 63. Drake, who devoted his life to bettering the cause of laborers, died on Labor Day at Brookshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., of lung cancer. "Whatever the need was, Jim was there.
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September 8, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Drake, a key aide to United Farm Workers Union founder Cesar Chavez and an integral part of the organization from its inception in 1962, has died at the age of 63. Drake, who devoted his life to bettering the cause of laborers, died on Labor Day at Brookshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., of lung cancer. "Whatever the need was, Jim was there.
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December 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jim Drake, 50, of Sacramento overtook Hollis Lenderking of San Francisco with less than one hour left, running 124 miles and winning the 24-hour division of the Gibson Ranch Multi-Day Classic by one mile at Elverta, Calif.
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May 21, 1988 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
'That guy ought to get down on his knees and pray to God that he was saved.' --Coast Guard Lt. Robert Randall Day had just given way to night, with the only light provided by a sliver of moon, when lifeguards pulled a weary, 59-year-old windsurfer from the ocean about 4 miles off Santa Catalina Island. The man was foolish to try riding a sailboard 20 miles from San Pedro to the island, one lifeguard said, and was lucky to be found.
SPORTS
March 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The school board has decided to stop an annual practice drill in which male high school basketball players were required to take off one item of clothing for each missed free throw attempt. "After thorough consideration, the board believes such a practice is not appropriate for the Winner school system," the board said in a statement released after a closed-door meeting Tuesday.
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April 6, 1987 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
What's so amazing about the "Police Academy" movies is that they keep being made even though they stopped being funny after the hilarious original. We're now up to No. 4, and the most you can say for it is that it is the teeniest bit better, not quite so crass as the last two. "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" (citywide) takes its subtitle from an idea of absent-minded Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes).
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April 28, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Outside of these United States, "Speed Zone" (citywide) is being marketed under the name "Cannonball Fever," and the executive producers are filmic race veterans Albert S. Ruddy and Andre Morgan--so, yes, try as they might to disguise it: This is indeed, unofficially, the breathlessly awaited "Cannonball Run III." Start your engines, high-octane comedy fans! Just kidding. Whatever your gullibility-per-gallon level, don't this installment's talented cast fool you. Come back, Burt, all is forgiven.
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February 7, 1988 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Los Angeles man suffered a heart attack and died Friday after being put under anesthesia by a dentist in the Bellflower office of the Howard Stein Dental Group, authorities said. The dentist, Dr. Jim Drake, also suffered a heart attack after the incident, but was listed in stable condition Saturday at Doctors Hospital of Lakewood, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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December 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jim Drake, 50, of Sacramento overtook Hollis Lenderking of San Francisco with less than one hour left, running 124 miles and winning the 24-hour division of the Gibson Ranch Multi-Day Classic by one mile at Elverta, Calif.
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May 21, 1988 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
'That guy ought to get down on his knees and pray to God that he was saved.' --Coast Guard Lt. Robert Randall Day had just given way to night, with the only light provided by a sliver of moon, when lifeguards pulled a weary, 59-year-old windsurfer from the ocean about 4 miles off Santa Catalina Island. The man was foolish to try riding a sailboard 20 miles from San Pedro to the island, one lifeguard said, and was lucky to be found.
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March 22, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Movie critics like sure things as much as anybody--and, nothing, recently, has seemed surer than the "Police Academy" series. Each year, like deranged clockwork, another awful "Police Academy" movie would hit the theaters. But "Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach" (citywide) almost spoils the record. Despite the final escape of star Steve Guttenberg, and the loss, long since, of the original director and writers, this is almost a good movie.
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July 14, 1999 | TOM GORMAN and JEFF ARNOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 15-year-old boy who collapsed during an outdoor workout at Upland High School on Monday died as a result of a heart condition, according to a preliminary autopsy conducted Tuesday by the San Bernardino County coroner's office. "There's no evidence at this point that the heat had any effect on him," said coroner's spokesman Randy Emon. Additional toxicology studies are pending, he said. Christopher J. Hertzog collapsed about 4 p.m. Monday as a 30-minute workout neared completion.
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