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February 18, 1996 | David Kronke, David Kronke is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Imagine stumbling into a tiny Jersey club in the early '70s and finding Bruce Springsteen on stage. Or watching Magic Johnson play basketball back when he was just Earvin Johnson. Or maybe even writing Al Unser his first speeding ticket. John Pierson has had similar experiences, again and again.
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September 1, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
WHETHER it was a projectionist drunk on homemade grog or faulty wiring that made equipment go up in smoke, independent film producer John Pierson was in for a challenge when he took over a rickety 288-seat movie theater on Fiji's remote island of Taveuni. At first, the New York transplant was comforted by the locals who reassured him with their oft-repeated slogan -- "no worries." That is, until he deciphered the code.
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BOOKS
February 25, 1996 | David Ehrenstein, David Ehrenstein is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer and the author of "The Scorsese Picture."
Ever since "Indecent Exposure," David McClintick's overstimulated account of the fall of studio chief David Begelman, became a surprise bestseller, the bookshelves have been awash with insider accounts about the movie business.
BOOKS
February 25, 1996 | David Ehrenstein, David Ehrenstein is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer and the author of "The Scorsese Picture."
Ever since "Indecent Exposure," David McClintick's overstimulated account of the fall of studio chief David Begelman, became a surprise bestseller, the bookshelves have been awash with insider accounts about the movie business.
NEWS
September 1, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
WHETHER it was a projectionist drunk on homemade grog or faulty wiring that made equipment go up in smoke, independent film producer John Pierson was in for a challenge when he took over a rickety 288-seat movie theater on Fiji's remote island of Taveuni. At first, the New York transplant was comforted by the locals who reassured him with their oft-repeated slogan -- "no worries." That is, until he deciphered the code.
OPINION
December 24, 2013
Re "U.S. a laggard in adopting more secure credit card technology," Business, Dec. 21 How did Americans wind up being the international low-hanging fruit for credit card information thieves? The Times ably explains this situation in this article. However, in the aftermath of Target's massive data breach, I'm left wondering how a country that is such a leader in technological research can fall down so badly in implementing off-the-shelf preventive measures. John Pierson Pasadena ALSO: Letters: A Snowden pardon?
BOOKS
July 15, 1990
Jackson made a true statement at the end of his column: "And more and more the government is suffering from a crisis of trust and confidence."
SPORTS
September 14, 1991
The North Torrance High School football team gained 350 first-half yards in building a 20-6 lead, and with the help of seven turnovers, held on to beat visiting San Clemente, 39-22, Friday night at North Torrance High. San Clemente, held to 40 yards and two first downs in the first half, finally got the offense moving in the third quarter behind quarterback Morgan Bannister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1995
The body of an infant was found Friday abandoned in a car, and authorities were questioning the mother late Friday night. Fire officials discovered the body about 6:45 p.m. after a woman became suspicious about the car parked in front of her house in the 2400 block of West Applewood Circle. When she looked inside, she saw the baby but could not tell if the child was alive, and so called for paramedics. Authorities said they didn't know if the infant had been stillborn or had died after birth.
OPINION
December 1, 1991
Thank you for your editorial and the Column Right piece. I have been making these recommendations to Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley), both California senators and New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan for many months. It is high time that those workers who toil in the private sector are accorded the same rights that have been given to civil servants at all levels of government, our elected leaders and the military. We and our employers have been paying into Social Security for up to 50 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1996 | David Kronke, David Kronke is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Imagine stumbling into a tiny Jersey club in the early '70s and finding Bruce Springsteen on stage. Or watching Magic Johnson play basketball back when he was just Earvin Johnson. Or maybe even writing Al Unser his first speeding ticket. John Pierson has had similar experiences, again and again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992
Ratification of a consent decree boosting minority promotions within the Los Angeles Police Department was delayed Monday after three white male officers filed a last-minute legal objection. Instead, the agreement will be reviewed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, authorities said. Prompted by legal complaints by black and Latino officers who said they were denied promotions, pay raises and prestigious assignments, the consent decree was approved by the City Council in November.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
When two gunmen smashed through the glass front door of her suburban Fort Worth home, Kellie Hoehn didn't think twice. The 34-year-old mother of two grabbed a shotgun that had been pointed at her face, starting a struggle that ended with her husband, Keith, fatally shooting one intruder and wounding the other. "I wasn't going to let them get to my babies," she said. Dakota Scott Benoit, 20, of Richland Hills was pronounced dead at a hospital. John Garland Pierson, 25, of Haltom City was in critical condition and in police custody at the hospital.
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