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Wilbur 'Moose' Thompson USC athlete won gold medal in shot put at 1948 Olympics Wilbur "Moose" Thompson, 92, a USC athlete who won the shot put gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, died Christmas Day, the university announced. No cause of death was given, but Thompson, a longtime Long Beach-area resident, had a heart ailment in recent years. At the London Games, Thompson won the shot put with a career-best mark of 56 feet, 2 inches, breaking the Olympic record by more than 3 feet.
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Wilbur 'Moose' Thompson USC athlete won gold medal in shot put at 1948 Olympics Wilbur "Moose" Thompson, 92, a USC athlete who won the shot put gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, died Christmas Day, the university announced. No cause of death was given, but Thompson, a longtime Long Beach-area resident, had a heart ailment in recent years. At the London Games, Thompson won the shot put with a career-best mark of 56 feet, 2 inches, breaking the Olympic record by more than 3 feet.
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May 18, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Actors Equity Assn. announced Tuesday that Joseph Ruskin has been reelected to a three-year term as vice president of the Western Advisory Board by 1,770 votes. Also reelected as principal-actor representatives are Howard Caine, Michael Fox, Zale Kessler, Marcia Mohr and Bart Williams. All were incumbents. Normally this routine election wouldn't draw much attention.
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July 30, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
The national council of Actors' Equity, meeting in New York Thursday afternoon, voted unanimously to uphold the controversial Actors' 99-Seat Theater Plan and to dismiss charges brought against the authors of the plan by 11 dissident members of the union. The plan will impose more stringent regulations on small theaters in Los Angeles County as of Oct. 3.
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November 6, 1985 | HARRY BERNSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
In a hotly contested mail-ballot vote, Academy Award winner Patty Duke was elected president of the 58,000-member Screen Actors Guild (SAG) after getting strong support from Ed Asner, outgoing guild president, it was announced Tuesday. She defeated Ed Nelson, a television actor backed by Charlton Heston, by a margin of 10,838 (56%) to 7,419 (38.3%). There were two other candidates in the race: stunt man Tony Cecere, who received 735 votes, and actor Charles Holden, who got 289 votes.
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July 6, 2001 | JANA J. MONJI
Jon Robin Baitz's "The Substance of Fire" is a disjointed drama about a publisher of academic and often arcane works whose life is unraveling. In this well-acted production at Theatre 40, Felicity Nove's set design is dominated by sturdy bookshelves filled with weighty tomes, aptly representing a man who has a more loving relationship with books than with his children. Isaac (Joseph Ruskin) is a hard, humorless man who has been publishing profitless books.
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January 3, 1986 | DON SHIRLEY
Our Stage Beaters , who assiduously beat the bushes and back alleys in search of good theater, here give us their Best of 1985 to salute 1986. Very few of the shows I review for The Times would merit one return visit, let alone two. But I've seen "Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill" three times, and I'd go back for more. It's the best musical revue I've seen in Los Angeles.
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May 7, 2008 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
As fundamentally synthetic as it is critic-proof, Israel Horovitz's "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" recalls the days when first-rate stars and a proficient mounting would keep an audience satisfied.
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February 22, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
No matter what the song says, a kiss is never just a kiss in Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss." It's a close encounter of the strangest kind. The play, which had its Los Angeles County premiere Thursday at the La Mirada Theatre, is a quixotic fable, a stylish puzzlement much closer to the idea of the Frog who turns into a Prince than any more logical spin might explain. As in all fairy tales, we are not meant to rationalize, merely to click our heels three times and believe .
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September 11, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Darn it! I hate to put the knock on a perfectly respectable show like the Mark Taper Forum's "Babbitt: A Marriage," especially when it's ours. But after the exotic stuff we've been seeing at the Los Angeles Festival, it does seem a little, well, average. 'Course, that's what George F. Babbitt is about: being average.
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March 22, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
What if you knew that your unborn son would be gay? This question, raised by Jonathan Tolins in his play "Twilight of the Golds," riveted Southern California audiences when the play opened at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1993 and then was roundly dismissed in New York 10 months later. A new production of the play at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills allows us to look at the debate with new insight. Not the debate about homosexuality.
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