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January 9, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Aaron Siegel, 26, is feeling pressured. Not by his wife, boss or parents, but by the increasingly loud voice in his head that asks: "What are you going to do with your life?" After a brief stint in Hollywood (script classes and a TV internship), the Simi Valley resident saw the screenwriting on the wall: He'd have to settle for non-showbiz work if he wanted to earn a steady income. But even Plan B has fallen flat.
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BUSINESS
January 2, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To many people, Carol Bolter leads an idyllic life. Each morning for the last eight years, she's risen, without the shrill prompt of an alarm clock, to enjoy leisurely days of cycling, hiking, Internet surfing, moviegoing and socializing with friends in her Palm Desert retirement community. When wanderlust strikes, Bolter and her husband, Kent, flee the States to explore exotic destinations. To many, this lifestyle would be nirvana. But to Bolter, it's frustrating.
SPORTS
January 1, 2000 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC basketball Coach Henry Bibby strongly denied a published report Friday that he had talked to Memphis University officials about that school's coaching position in November, when the teams were in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. "My commitment is to USC. My allegiance is to USC," Bibby said. "I don't know why anybody would question that. I've not told anyone else anything different." The Los Angeles Daily News, citing unnamed sources, reported that Bibby and Memphis Athletic Director R.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1999 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gerald Sanchez aspires to be the next Vin Scully, and why not? Nice kid, great voice, loves baseball . . . and he'll do just about anything to get the job. "If I have to sell hot dogs, I'll do that too," Sanchez said. Scully, the Dodgers' Hall of Fame broadcaster, pitches Farmer John hot dogs on the air. Sanchez, 23, might have to grill them before the game, trade his chef's hat for a headphone and then go on the air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pamela Wallace is a 44-year-old single mother who for years worked full time in the office of a major recording studio. She had benefits, made enough money to support her family and to maintain a nice apartment in North Hollywood. But last year Wallace fell on hard times. She had severe health problems that required several operations, and her mother and sister died during that time.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1999 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The late actress Billie Burke said of Hollywood, "To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor and the physical stamina of a cow pony." Had she worked in Tinseltown today, she might have added: the tenacity of a terrier and a bottomless trust fund. Tim Song Jones, 42, knows this all too well.
BUSINESS
October 31, 1999 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every April it's the same: Tax manager John Juricek ends up a casualty of the income tax season. The 100-plus-hour workweeks, ratcheting stress, demanding clients and more than 300 tax returns he prepares take their toll on the 39-year-old West Hollywood resident. "My back goes out, my ulcer gets worse, and I'm a nervous wreck. I'm not a pretty sight," he says. Juricek, a former Fulbright scholar who holds a master's degree in international affairs, hadn't intended to specialize in taxation.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Washington Post Co. and Tribune Co., which owns the Chicago Tribune, will invest existing assets and $70 million in cash to meet surging demand among employers and job seekers to use the Internet to find each other. The venture, called BrassRing Inc., is a combination of Washington Post and Tribune businesses that manage resume databases for companies, maintain online job posts and run recruiting events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1999 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Landing that first big job is rarely easy, but for students at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, the job search may get a little less stressful. Beginning this year, students enrolled in the university's liberal arts and science college will be able to use a new electronic recruiting and resume-posting service dubbed eRecruiting.com. Operated by Massachusetts-based Crimson Solutions, the service allows students to post their resumes and lets companies list job openings electronically.
NEWS
August 4, 1999 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On her 18th birthday, the day of her emancipation from the foster care system, Xuan Vu left an Orange County group home she'd lived in for five months with $230 in savings, a trash bag filled with clothing and no idea of what to do next. Without job skills, she quickly ended up homeless. "I was not prepared for the real world," she said.
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