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May 11, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I have a brass teakettle with a whistle. The kettle itself is beautifully decorated with colorful birds. It's been in the family a long time, and I know it's more than half a century old. If I wanted to place a value on it, what would it be?--E.D. Answer: In fine condition, your kettle should be worth at least $50 or more, according to a couple of dealers with whom we talked. That, of course, doesn't mean you still can't use it if it's kept in good condition. In recent years, there has been enormous interest in the genre of kitchen collectibles, the category your kettle is in. This is partly due to accelerating demand for items that have nostalgic value.
December 4, 1986 | MIKE WYMA, Wyma is a Toluca Lake free-lance writer.
As the parade of shoppers moves through the first level of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, a few people stop to look at a tall Christmas tree decorated with hundreds of paper angels. The angels come in only two styles: boys and girls. At the bottom of each is a perforated tag that lists a child's first name, age and clothes size. An occasional shopper asks questions of a uniformed woman sitting nearby, then chooses an angel from the tree.
March 14, 1993
I admire Robert Tannen's efforts in the planning and preservation of the country's river systems. I have little doubt that he is a competent urban planner. But I do object to his (ironically) self-important tone in his critique of traditional object making ("Citizen Tannen," by Kristine McKenna, Feb. 21). Tannen dismisses the international creative community as "self-indulgent and self-promotional" and insists that "object making and the idea of permanence central to the art object have no meaning for me."
October 25, 2004
Re "Iran Moving Methodically Toward Nuclear Capability," Oct. 21: Why is this article even being printed? Are we being prepared for the next preemptive attack against Iran? None of the diplomats or officials will even put their name with the charges they're making against Iran. They already cried wolf once. If the International Atomic Energy Agency is correct in its assessment of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan selling nuclear components, then that's the guy we should be after.
February 24, 1987 | LEE DEMBART
Winston Churchill's Afternoon Nap: A Wide Awake Inquiry Into the Human Nature of Time by Jeremy Campbell (Simon & Schuster: $18.45) While reading this book, I got up from my chair from time to time to go to the kitchen and make a cup of tea. The water takes three to four minutes to boil, which is wasted time because it isn't long enough to start something else or even to go back to reading.
July 23, 1986
The White House issued a statement to Italy expressing disappointment that the Achille Lauro hijackers/murderers were not treated more severely. This sentiment from a country where: --A man with premeditated intent, and with no compunction, hammers his Stanford professor to death, and is released after a mere seven years in prison. --Dan White murders two San Francisco city officials, and serves only five years. --Two Inglewood men stab an 8-year-old child to death, and their sentences are lessened to three and six years, respectively, due to a legal loophole.
February 5, 2003 | Donna Deane
Tea is already soothing enough, and Le Creuset's Zen kettle can make it even more so. Just heat water, wait for the whistle and brew your tea. This good-looking, enameled-steel kettle features a heatproof movable handle that locks into place. Choose from red, blue or white. Zen kettle, $55, from Bloomingdale's stores and Cookin' Stuff, 22217-2 Palos Verdes Blvd., Torrance; (310) 371-2220.
January 11, 1998
Bob Smith's "Artistic Intervention: Help for the Terminally Untalented" (Nov. 9) says one thing--and only one thing--really well: "There are already too many untalented people. . . ." Yo, Bob: Has it not occurred to you that your article demonstrates how well you fit into that category? It's astounding that some people actually get paid to write lines like, "Your first big break will be a hip injury." Lame puns like that would fall flat even on the rubber-chicken circuit. Take heart, all you starving artists out there.
September 8, 1989
One of the more memorable scenes in the classic film "Casablanca" involves the French police official who says he is "shocked" to find gambling going on in Rick's cafe, even as he pockets his winnings. That is not unlike the reaction of many public officials in the Los Angeles area to revelations that the Metro Rail subway project is over budget. The latest body to react with feigned surprise to estimates that Metro Rail may wind up costing more than the original $3.
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