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September 2, 1988 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
Jon Francis was on vacation last September when his phone rang. It was his agent: "The strike is on. I've got three teams--the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots and the Rams--that want you. You get $1,000 just to sign and more where that came from if you stick. Well, whaddya say?" Francis couldn't believe it. A month earlier, while he was trying to earn a job as a running back with the Patriots, there had been talk of a walkout. "But I was saying, 'They're not going to strike.
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September 2, 1988 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
Jon Francis was on vacation last September when his phone rang. It was his agent: "The strike is on. I've got three teams--the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots and the Rams--that want you. You get $1,000 just to sign and more where that came from if you stick. Well, whaddya say?" Francis couldn't believe it. A month earlier, while he was trying to earn a job as a running back with the Patriots, there had been talk of a walkout. "But I was saying, 'They're not going to strike.
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November 12, 1987
Running back Jon Francis, a replacement-team player who earned a spot on the Rams' regular roster after the players' strike ended, was released by the team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1987
Thank you to Ferrell for his recent article on Hollywood. We've seen redevelopment abuses in the Redondo Beach area of the South Bay. JON M. FRANCIS Manhattan Beach
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April 29, 1999 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
Chester the Cheetah sneaks through a Cheetos factory and hangs out with a human production crew during a commercial by BBDO New York for Frito Lay. The spot blends live action with animation throughout 21 scenes--a large number for a 30-second ad. How producers at San Francisco-based Jon Francis Films and animators at Burbank-based Renegade Animation combined these elements: 1.
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October 5, 1985 | DICK WAGNER
Cal State Long Beach will try for its third straight football victory tonight when the 49ers play Division I-AA team Boise State. Quarterback Doug Gaynor, who led the 49ers (2-2) to a 28-24 victory at Nevada Las Vegas last week, has completed 116 of 171 passes for 1,119 yards and 8 touchdowns. But an improved defense and newly acquired poise have also been responsible for the revitalization of the 49ers, who started the season with two defeats.
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November 17, 1985
It was a bittersweet night for Santa Clara University. Just hours after the burial in Portland, Ore., of teammate Dave Cichoke, who died Monday, the Broncos tied Portland State, 20-20, to clinch the Western Football Conference title for the first time since entering the WFC four years ago. "I was very impressed with our character during the tough times of the game," Santa Clara Coach Terry Malley said after Bronco kicker Doug Davidovich had his last-second, 52-yard field goal attempt blocked.
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October 6, 1985 | DICK WAGNER, Times Staff Writer
Split end Charles Lockett made a move and in a crucial instant was open in the end zone, his defender kneeling in despair. Quarterback Doug Gaynor delivered the eight-yard pass and on their last chance of the night the Cal State Long Beach 49ers could call themselves cardiac kids for the third straight week. And then their hearts skipped as they watched a last-second 45-yard field goal try by Boise State's Roberto Moran sail straight toward the center of the goal posts but fall a yard short.
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November 23, 1987 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
These are tough times for the coach. He squirms, worries, searches, aches. Where did the promise of a season go? Why him? Why his team? Why the strike? Will things ever be as they were? "Winning is such a fleeting thing," the coach says. Isn't it though? And if not for the turmoil and controversy of a rather tumultuous season, what might they be saying of his team? They'd be talking Super Bowl, that's what. "I don't feel our team right now is playing consistently," the coach says.
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December 8, 1987 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
OK, are you ready to talk about the Rams and the playoffs? Seriously? Chicago's win over Minnesota Sunday night gave the Rams an outside shot at the NFC's final wild-card playoff spot. Only days ago, that kind of suggestion would have had you tossed out of taverns. Of course, it's all predicated on the Rams' winning their last three games against Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco and finishing 8-7. Difficult, for sure, but not improbable.
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November 30, 1987 | CHRIS DUFRESNE and GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writers
Vinny Testaverde made his long-awaited appearance Sunday, but only after starting quarterback Steve DeBerg limped off with a bad back early in the fourth quarter and the Buccaneers trailing, 35-3. "It's tough coming in with that score," Testaverde said. "It's really tough to put five scores on the board with that little time." A memorable performance, it wasn't. After two short completions, Testaverde found Mickey Sutton wide open. Problem was, Sutton plays defensive back for the Rams.
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