CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2002 |
Dr. Edward Zapanta, Los Angeles neurosurgeon, first Latino member of the USC Board of Trustees and a founder and fund-raiser for the school's highly successful Mexican American Alumni Assn., has died. He was 63. Zapanta, who had been ill since suffering a stroke last summer, died Sunday in Pasadena of a malignant brain tumor. Prominent in business and community circles as well as education, Zapanta took his seat on the USC board in 1984.
May 26, 1996 |
Hike the ancient Spanish route of Camino de Santiago to the city of Santiago de Compostela with Just Walk, an adventure walking company based in Aspen, Colo. Two 11-day treks, scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 30, offer history, dramatic sightseeing and a daily hiking pace of nine to 12 miles. This hike is suited for both the novice and the seasoned hiker.
January 14, 1996 |
Cruise the rivers, canals and the two largest lakes in Europe on a cultural voyage between two Russian cities on the ship Yesenin May 18 to May 30. Participants will tour Moscow's landmarks, including Red Square, the Kremlin and the Armory Palace. Guests attend an evening performance of the Moscow Circus, then cruise past medieval cities, quaint villages and scenery. Shipboard lectures prepare passengers for daily cultural and historic tours in Uglich, Kostroma, Yaroslav, and Svir Stroy.
January 24, 1999 |
USC classics professor Dick Caldwell will host a tour to Greece and Turkey this summer. Sporades Tours is offering 14 days in Greece (June 21 to July 4), which will include Athens, the Peloponnesus, northern Greece and two islands. Then it's 13 days in Turkey (July 5 to 17), which will include the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, a four-day yacht cruise and Istanbul. Cost: $3,480 per person, double occupancy, for both countries.
March 19, 1995 |
A 15-day art tour of Vietnam to visit studios and galleries of emerging artists whose work reflects the French colonial period leaves May 26 and is guided by a Vietnamese art expert. Participants will also visit master craftsmen at a lacquerware workshop. Stops are made at the ancient imperial city of Hue, where the dynasty of the Nguyen emperors began; the Cu Chi tunnels; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, and a boat cruise in Ha Long, with its limestone islands and grottoes.
November 3, 1996 |
Explore the southwestern section of remote Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. Trip dates are Feb. 7 to 17. High Country Trekkers of Studio City will establish a base camp and participants can make day hikes to such places as Grey Glacier and French Valley. Without backpacks and the daily routine of setting up and taking down tents, participants will have more time for photographing and relaxing.
December 17, 1995 |
Baja California Tours is offering a weeklong tour to see migrating gray whales in Baja, Mexico, Feb. 10. The tour leaves from San Diego. Participants will go whale-watching for three days at Scammons Lagoon, Lopez Mateos and San Carlos near La Paz. Cost: $999 per person, double occupancy, including air-conditioned motor-coach transportation with bilingual guide, accommodations for six nights in Catavina, Guerrero Negro, Loreto, Puerto San Carlos and La Paz, some meals and sightseeing.
January 29, 1998 |
Jonathon Brandmeier--longtime top morning-drive broadcaster in Chicago among adults 25 to 54 years old--made his debut here last week talking about the pair of Pamela Anderson Lee sex videotapes. A video with husband Tommy Lee of rock band Motley Crue had previously been released on the Internet, and now there were reports of another involving the former "Baywatch" actress and Poison's Bret Michaels. Brandmeier hadn't seen the Tommy Lee tape, but he was playing back the audio portion on the air.
July 16, 1995 |
A 10-day trek Sept. 22 in the Everest region of Nepal takes participants to the land of the Sherpas. Guests will get views of Mt. Everest and other 26,000- to 28,000-foot peaks and will camp by the turquoise water of Gokyo Lake. En route to Nepal, participants will stay overnight in Bangkok, Thailand. After resting a day in Katmandu, the group will fly to Lukla and begin the trek at Phakding. The hike continues to Namche Bazaar, Phortse Khola, Luza, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Peak and Jorsale.
August 6, 1995 |
Fall months bring some of the best steelhead fishing to southern Oregon, particularly on the Rogue River. Veteran river guide Mark Swisher helps anglers catch between three to eight fish per day on three-day fishing adventures, which start Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Everything is provided on these trips: all fly-fishing equipment, instruction and help with casting, a deli-style lunch and transportation to and from the river. Two to three guests, plus a guide, are accommodated in the drift boats.