CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000
Re "His Love of Nazism Lives On," March 17: I strongly object to featuring an avowed and unrepentant Nazi on the front page, as if he were a role model for good. He is a role model, but for the continuing hatred of Jews and other non-Aryan people. Little in this entire article presents the horrifying events this man's hero engineered. Instead, we are treated to the following quote: "Today they say so many bad things about [Hitler]; I never experienced anything like that . . . I admire him. That's the position I take, and I will take it until the day I die."
December 25, 1996 |
Somewhere, Eva Peron must be laughing. After a production history as complex and torturous as the internal politics of Argentina, with enough potential participants as either stars or directors to fill a military junta, the filmed version of "Evita" has turned out to be--surprise!--a filmed version of "Evita."
November 4, 1992 |
William Weber Johnson, a teacher, journalist and historian who specialized in writing about Mexico, the rugged Old West and the characters who prowled those colorful lands, has died. Johnson, a former Time-Life reporter, was 82 when he died in a San Diego hospital. His wife, Elizabeth, told the Associated Press he had died Monday of complications of emphysema. Johnson was the author of 11 books, among them a 1960 biography he called "Kelly Blue."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992
Beginning in 1945 and continuing for some years after, hundreds--possibly thousands--of German and Austrian Nazi war criminals were quietly granted official protection in Argentina. Their journey from the ruins of Hitler's Third Reich to the comforts of President Juan Peron's Argentina had been carefully prepared, with a well-financed escape network in place by the time of Germany's defeat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1987
Argentina's President Raul Alfonsin took a giant step over the weekend toward easing his countrymen's fear of military coups when he faced down a rebellion by junior officers who objected to his human-rights policies. Argentina has suffered through six such coups since 1930, the most recent and bloodiest in 1976.
May 4, 1996 |
Before the movie version takes over the public's notion of what "Evita" is all about, the Theater League is offering another look at the dynamic stage musical that generated the film. Now in Thousand Oaks and next week in Glendale, this "Evita" demonstrates again how transfixing Andrew Lloyd Webber's best show can be. Unlike much of his later work, "Evita" conspicuously lacks the sense that crowd-pleasing was the first priority.
June 24, 1993 |
She's short. She's got a bleached blond 'do. And tongues have been wagging about her clout. "It's all very well, for the lady at the side of the President," the chorus of malcontents sing, "to show an interest in affairs. . . . She holds no elected post. She's an ornament at most." Hillary Rodham Clinton, right? Wrong. Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentine dictator Juan Peron and an icon in her day, was raising eyebrows four decades before the Clintonistas set up camp in the White House.
January 3, 1997 |
Not surprisingly, some critics have been as merciless in their attacks on the movie "Evita" as many were half a century ago on the real-life Evita, nee Eva Duarte. There was no middle ground then or now. One either loved or hated Evita and, it seems, one either loves or hates "Evita." Why was she so hated? The answers lie in the thick tapestry of myths, half-truths and lies about her. Evita rose from a poor, fatherless home, to become the mistress and wife of Argentine strongman Juan Peron.
August 21, 1994 |
On most days, the bronze bust of Eva Peron seems forgotten, kept company only by the weeds sprouting below. Now and then--on her birthday, Peronist Day and the anniversary of her death--devotees brighten the roadside monument with roses and wreaths. The legacy of Eva Peron and her husband, the late President Juan Peron, faded as time passed. And in recent years, President Carlos Menem, head of the Peronist Party, reversed the old nationalist policies in the name of a "new" Peronism.
April 13, 1992 |
Poor Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. As if these legal problems weren't enough, you have to wonder if he's given any thought to changing his name. Not the Manuel Noriega part, but his first name--as given to him by the press: Panamanian strongman. He's not the first to be tagged this way. After all, there was Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, globe-trotting diplomat Henry Kissinger and Marxist President Salvador Allende of Chile.