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January 15, 1990 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You're never too old to fall in love. And that's too bad. Jon Winokur thinks so, anyway. One of his favorite quotations comes from Russian playwright Anton Chekov, who wrote a lover: "I will not meet you at the pier, as it will probably be chilly." That Chekov was a warm, sensible guy. Winokur is sensible, too. There's no good reason to risk pneumonia over infatuation, he says. Winokur won't call himself a curmudgeon "because that's uncurmudgeonly." But he is.
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January 15, 1990 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You're never too old to fall in love. And that's too bad. Jon Winokur thinks so, anyway. One of his favorite quotations comes from Russian playwright Anton Chekov, who wrote a lover: "I will not meet you at the pier, as it will probably be chilly." That Chekov was a warm, sensible guy. Winokur is sensible, too. There's no good reason to risk pneumonia over infatuation, he says. Winokur won't call himself a curmudgeon "because that's uncurmudgeonly." But he is.
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November 1, 2011
The Garner Files A Memoir James Garner and Jon Winokur Simon & Schuster: 282 pps., $25.99
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August 17, 1992 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 19, 1990 | PAUL DEAN
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.
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November 1, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
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.
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October 15, 1992 | FRANCES HALPERN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2007 | Steve Harvey
Trash-talking during a high-speed chase? The Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's newspaper, reports that it occurred in Isla Vista after a young man was stopped for drinking in public. He fled, whereupon an officer pursued, yelling, " 'Stop! Police! I'm right behind you and I'm still chewing my gum!' " It was, the newspaper said, "Another way of telling the subject that he could not outrun the I.V. Foot Patrol." He didn't.
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October 2, 2004 | Steve Harvey
An L.A. motorist who taped himself being carjacked? The tale appears in "The War Between the State," Jon Winokur's collection of wisecracks and anecdotes involving California cities. The unnamed resident was supposedly watching a live police chase on TV one morning when he realized he was late for a job interview. So he slipped a blank tape into the VCR to record it and left -- only to have the same fleeing felon jump into his car at a red light several minutes later.
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