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October 28, 1989 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Beckman, filmdom's legendary art director and set designer, who in an era and industry focused on the abilities of youth continued to enjoy a career into his 91st year, died Wednesday in his sleep at his Sherman Oaks home. He celebrated his birthday March 27 and in an accompanying interview talked of the 14- and 15-hour workdays he still enjoyed as art director of CBS' popular TV series "Designing Women."
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September 1, 2002 | MARK ROZZO
THE WINTER ZOO By John Beckman Henry Holt: 352 pp., $25 "Nothing had ever happened to Gurney. He had swerved through life like Mr. Magoo." Gurney is the recent undergraduate at the heart of John Beckman's sprawling, messy and thoroughly mesmerizing first novel, a fascinating gazette of twentysomething American expats and their eye-opening explorations of Krakow in 1990.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1989 | LIBBY SLATE
When John Beckman, art director of the popular CBS television series "Designing Women," celebrates his 91st birthday today, he will observe a milestone both personally and professionally. For, in an industry that worships the young on and off camera, Beckman has enjoyed a career spanning more than half a century and is still going strong.
NEWS
October 28, 1989 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Beckman, filmdom's legendary art director and set designer, who in an era and industry focused on the abilities of youth continued to enjoy a career into his 91st year, died Wednesday in his sleep at his Sherman Oaks home. He celebrated his birthday March 27 and in an accompanying interview talked of the 14- and 15-hour workdays he still enjoyed as art director of CBS' popular TV series "Designing Women."
BOOKS
September 1, 2002 | MARK ROZZO
THE WINTER ZOO By John Beckman Henry Holt: 352 pp., $25 "Nothing had ever happened to Gurney. He had swerved through life like Mr. Magoo." Gurney is the recent undergraduate at the heart of John Beckman's sprawling, messy and thoroughly mesmerizing first novel, a fascinating gazette of twentysomething American expats and their eye-opening explorations of Krakow in 1990.
NEWS
January 1, 1989
Scrambling to meet its New Year's Eve deadline, New York City moved the last of 448 homeless families from Manhattan's squalid Martinique Hotel. Located near Macy's department store, the turn-of-the-century hotel at Broadway and 32nd Street had become a national symbol of the problems faced by those too poor to afford housing. Faced with the threat of a federal funds cutoff and political pressure, Mayor Edward I. Koch's Administration pledged to close one of its 42 welfare hotels by year's end.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1998 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Sasha (Jeana Blackman) remembers the defining moment in her childhood when something went terribly wrong in her brain. That something was manic depression, the disease with which Sasha has waged a desperate struggle for most of her life. Stripped to its essentials, Mike Stutz's "Infinite Cages," now at the Chandler Studio, could have been a compassionate treatment of a ravaging and all-too-common syndrome.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2001 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Understatement is a quality so inherent in "The Cleaning Man" at Chandler Studio that this courtroom docudrama isn't even set in a courtroom--it's just a deposition conducted in a conference room. Yet in its quiet, unglamorous way, writer-director Michael Holmes' original adaptation confronts the glitzy facade of Hollywood through an obscure sideshow in the scandal-steeped aftermath of Rock Hudson's AIDS-related death.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The relationship between New York University and Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng--whose flight from his homeland last year came amid a major diplomatic tangle--has soured as the university denies claims it is evicting Chen from his campus apartment. Chen, a blind, self-trained lawyer who arrived in New York amid a blaze of publicity in May 2012, said in a statement released early Monday that pressure from the Chinese government had led the university to tell him he has until July to find another place to live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1998
Lelah Coyle Halton , a Ventura resident who turned 101 last summer, died Saturday. Born Sept. 7, 1896, in Walla Walla, Wash., she moved to Portland, Ore., with her family in 1915, and two years later she married her first husband, John J. Beckman, an attorney. The couple had three children. Throughout her life, she loved singing. As a young woman, she launched a short-lived professional stint with her friend Vera Knight, a pianist.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1989 | LIBBY SLATE
When John Beckman, art director of the popular CBS television series "Designing Women," celebrates his 91st birthday today, he will observe a milestone both personally and professionally. For, in an industry that worships the young on and off camera, Beckman has enjoyed a career spanning more than half a century and is still going strong.
TRAVEL
April 9, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny
FOUR cruises leaving Southern California ports were struck with outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness last month, the largest outbreak in more than a year. Norovirus, which causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and aches and generally lasts a couple of days, was confirmed aboard Princess Cruises' Island Princess, Holland America's Amsterdam and one sailing of Celebrity Cruises' Mercury.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1999 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leave it to Michael Holmes, artistic director of Action/Reaction Theatre Company, to dig up an obscure corner of cultural history that turns out, against all odds, to be exciting theater. In the past, Holmes fashioned a drama out of the life of a little-known American painter, Ryder, and recently adapted the increasingly obscure author Maeterlinck.
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