August 17, 1992 |
James A. Baker III, quagmire maestro and all-around political fix-it man, has been picked to head President Bush's flagging reelection campaign, so with tongue in cheek, staff writer Garry Abrams asked five Los Angeles residents to give Baker their advice for his latest mission impossible. Michael Roberts, owner, Trumps restaurant: "He shouldn't eat broccoli. . . . The way things are going, he probably shouldn't eat anything." Daryl F. Gates, former L.A.
November 19, 1990 |
Are women better drivers than men? Well, a recent Los Angeles Times computer analysis of the driving records of 179,000 Californians indicated that women generally are much safer drivers than men their age. Sixteen-year-old girls had a ticket rate lower than boys their age. Although the worst drivers were 18-year-olds of both sexes, women tended to have fewer accidents than men at other age levels. Hardly portents of evil.
March 31, 2011 |
Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon/evening to you, wherever you may be. That is how Vin Scully, who begins his 62nd season as the Dodgers' announcer this week, starts his broadcasts. He called his first Dodgers game when they played in Brooklyn, during the Truman administration, and he has seen the team through the move to Los Angeles, games in the Coliseum, riots, wildfires, earthquakes and seismic shifts in team ownership. In more than 10,000 games behind the Dodger mike, he has called three Sandy Koufax no-hitters and a Koufax perfect game.
November 1, 2011 |
Many actors have breathed life into a memorable or even iconic role but only a few are capable of reconstructing an archetype. In "Maverick" and then again "The Rockford Files," James Garner stepped into two of TV's most calcified genres - the western and the detective series - and set a new standard that others have been chasing down since. Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford were different in many ways - Maverick was a fast-talking con man in the Old West, Rockford a modern L.A. private investigator with motivation issues - but they shared an important trait: They were reluctant heroes.
October 15, 1992 |
The memorable gaffes or elegant phrases along with hilarious or hysterical sound bites uttered by candidates on the campaign trail or during debates are at this moment being recorded for the next round of proliferating quotation books. Hundreds of books about words and language are published each year despite statistics indicating that reading and literacy are declining. If any of you are political junkies (as I am), you'll love "The Wit and Wisdom of Politics," compiled by former U. S. Rep.