CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 |
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens.
June 12, 2008 |
A political insider tapped by Barack Obama to vet potential running mates resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to prevent a controversy over his personal finances from hurting the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign. The unpaid advisor, Jim Johnson, was chosen by Obama last month to serve on a three-member team screening prospective nominees for vice president.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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?"