January 30, 1991 |
Show Will Not Go On: An amateur production of the musical comedy "Kismet" won't be performed at Modesto Junior College this spring because it spoofs Baghdad. The musical is filled with "stereotypical lecherous Arabs," said Jim Johnson, the community college's drama instructor, as he called off the planned production Monday. Johnson noted that one song asks this question about Baghdad: "Why would anybody on Earth want to live here?"
March 13, 2004
In his Counterpunch article of March 8 ("Shaking His Head Over Oscar Nod to Nazi Auteur"), Doug McIntyre disapproves of the acknowledgement during the recent Oscar ceremony of Leni Riefenstahl's passing. Bemoaning the show's narrow scope of concern, he says that Riefenstahl "was undoubtedly a brilliant filmmaker, but...." Actually, Riefenstahl was being recognized only for cinema, not humanitarianism. Similarly, a golf tournament is won by achieving the lowest score, irrespective of one's politics.
April 12, 2014
"I think the umpire at home plate should not call balls and strikes. I think they should have a force field over home plate and if the pitcher throws and the ball touches the force field a little bell goes off and it's a strike. " Mike Schmidt , Hall of Fame slugger, when asked during a radio interview what he would change about baseball. "And they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on, because it's stupid. " Adam Jones , Baltimore outfielder, after saying he wished police had tased two people who ran on the field at Yankee Stadium while the Orioles were on defense.
December 28, 2002 |
**** Makings of a classic *** Smash-mouth football ** Good for an end around * Strictly fantasy fodder **** Philadelphia (12-3) at New York Giants (9-6), 10:30 a.m., Channel 11, KNX (1070): Since scoring three points in an Oct. 28 loss at Philadelphia, Giants have averaged 27.6 points. "All of a sudden, they're on a little bit of a roll," Eagle defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. Ya think? LINE: Philadelphia by 2. *** Kansas City (8-7) at Oakland (10-5), 2 p.m.
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April 9, 1999 |
To encourage citizen activism in the county-run island, the Rossmoor Community Services District on Wednesday formed two advisory commissions and named 14 residents to the boards. The commissioners to oversee Parks & Recreation are Jerry Hirsch, Lucy Hunt, Tim Kadletz, Lisa Mais, John Paulson, David Steele and Jan Trojan. Residents named to the Tree Review Board are Phil Felando, Mary Beth Ives, Jim Johnson, Shirley Kirkpatrick, Floyd Martin, Melissa Parris and Amelia Reinking.
March 4, 2004 |
Jim Johnson's first political activity was licking envelopes for Hubert Humphrey's 1948 Senate campaign. He was 4 years old. Now, 56 years later, after working with politicians from Edmund S. Muskie to Walter F. Mondale, after stints as head of Fannie Mae, the Kennedy Center and the Brookings Institution, Johnson has yet another role in politics as leader of Sen. John F. Kerry's effort to select a running mate. He has been there before.