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September 18, 1989 | ELIZABETH VENANT, Times Staff Writer
John Jakes is sitting in a fashionable French restaurant politely dissecting the grilled tuna slices that are folded over his Salade Nicoise. He wears a discreet diamond ring, its stone sunk like a tiny iceberg into the gold setting. When he's not being interviewed, he's lounging pool-side at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. And, as James Michener does, he's insisted on a small extra perk--that his wife, Rachel, accompany him on his book tour, even attending his interviews.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat. One of the three candidates in the contest - all Democrats - is Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served in the Legislature before being elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The other candidates are former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta and John Jake, a real estate broker who is president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
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BOOKS
August 20, 1989 | KAREN STABINER
Several weeks ago, a reporter on TV's West 57th Street did a feature about superchef Wolfgang Puck and his restaurant, Spago. Why Spago? Because, according to the glib narration, Los Angeles is too young a city to have any real landmarks. It's too new to have the equivalent of the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building; the city hasn't been around long enough to boast a St. Patrick's Cathedral. Hence, the West Hollywood restaurant as cultural icon.
NEWS
September 18, 1989 | ELIZABETH VENANT, Times Staff Writer
John Jakes is sitting in a fashionable French restaurant politely dissecting the grilled tuna slices that are folded over his Salade Nicoise. He wears a discreet diamond ring, its stone sunk like a tiny iceberg into the gold setting. When he's not being interviewed, he's lounging pool-side at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. And, as James Michener does, he's insisted on a small extra perk--that his wife, Rachel, accompany him on his book tour, even attending his interviews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat. One of the three candidates in the contest - all Democrats - is Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served in the Legislature before being elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The other candidates are former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta and John Jake, a real estate broker who is president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1985
In one of her rare dramatic appearances, Lucille Ball is cast as an elderly New York City shopping bag lady in "Stone Pillow," a new TV movie which CBS has scheduled for airing Nov. 5 (9-11 p.m.). That will put Lucy opposite part II of ABC's 12-hour miniseries, "North and South," which kicks off Nov.3. "North and South" is based on the John Jakes book set in pre-Civil War times.
NEWS
May 26, 1996
A sampling of commencement speakers: Bowie State University, Bowie, Md.: Retired Gen. Colin Powell Colby College, Waterville, Maine: Charles Osgood, CBS news commentator Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, N.H.: David Halberstam, author Drew University, Madison, N.J.: First Lady Hillary Clinton Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.: Dan Quayle, former vice president, and his wife, Marilyn Quayle, lawyer Long Island University, Southampton, N.Y.: Kermit the frog University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Upcoming Fare: Nigel Hamilton's book "JFK: Reckless Youth" will be adapted as an ABC miniseries for next season by "China Beach" co-creator William Broyles. The project deals with the young John F. Kennedy's relationship with his parents and siblings, college experiences, involvement with several women, political philosophy and wartime heroics as the PT 109 commander. ABC has not given any details about casting or an air date. . . .
BOOKS
January 6, 1985
Garry Abrams overlooked a fascinating aspect of John Jakes' "Love and War" in his otherwise competent review (Book Review, Dec. 2). As Jakes writes in a brief "afterword" to his new 1,011-page novel, he felt the book needed three things if it were to do its job: detail, accuracy and help from others. I was particularly pleased that in the pursuit of detail and accuracy, this author accomplished something noteworthy that other Civil War novelists (e.g., Tom Wicker in "Unto This Hour" and Gore Vidal in "Lincoln")
BOOKS
August 20, 1989 | KAREN STABINER
Several weeks ago, a reporter on TV's West 57th Street did a feature about superchef Wolfgang Puck and his restaurant, Spago. Why Spago? Because, according to the glib narration, Los Angeles is too young a city to have any real landmarks. It's too new to have the equivalent of the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building; the city hasn't been around long enough to boast a St. Patrick's Cathedral. Hence, the West Hollywood restaurant as cultural icon.
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