March 20, 2011 |
The marble walkway leading into the California Club echoes with the ghostly footsteps of land barons, railroad tycoons and political kingmakers. So does the ostentatious front lobby of the Jonathan Club nearby. Private business clubs once were centers of power in downtown Los Angeles. You might have found rail magnate Henry E. Huntington playing dominoes and plotting his next expansion beneath the high, oak-paneled walls. Or William May Garland, the real estate developer, scheming to bring the 1932 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles.
May 15, 2005 |
MT. ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. -- The four bodies were found inside the family's car, their lungs filled with ash. When rescue workers finally reached them, also found were a cassette tape, recorded by Ron and Barbara Seibold's children on their way to the volcano. "They were goofing around -- asking whether or not they would see lava coming out of the mountain," said Jim Thomas, who was a top state emergency management official in 1980.
January 29, 1989
Thank God for Jim Hill! THOMAS J. IRONS Los Angeles
November 7, 2000 |
They were two of the most destructive hours in California history. Between 6 and 8 p.m. on a blistering day--June 27, 1990--a wind-whipped inferno roared out of the rugged hills above town, destroying 427 homes and 11 public buildings, including the Honor Farm jail. Miraculously, but still tragically, only one person died, a 37-year-old woman who vainly sought shelter from the flames in a creek behind her house. The $250-million Painted Cave arson fire went unsolved for a decade.
August 14, 1990
Adam Peterson of Orange defeated Jim Thomas of Canton, Ohio, 6-4, 6-1, Monday to win the National Boys 16 Singles tennis championship at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Ivan Baron of Plantation, Fla., won the boys' 18 title by defeating Will Bull of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1-6, 6-4, 6-7 (10-8), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
February 18, 1997
Atlantic Richfield Co. and Sacramento King owner Jim Thomas appeared to be resolving their differences over Arco's $8 million offer to keep its name on the NBA team's home court, an Arco spokesman said. "They are making progress and they are continuing to talk," Arco spokesman Scott Loll said. The Arco-Kings talks represent the final piece of the Kings' negotiations with city officials to keep the team in Sacramento.