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September 2, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Morris F. Sullivan, who ran a financial consulting firm before helping to establish an animation studio in Ireland populated by ex-Disney artists, died Aug. 24 of complications related to old age at his Toluca Lake home, his family said. He was 91. In 1979, three of Disney's top animators -- including Don Bluth -- left the company with a group of artists who felt production values were being compromised for the bottom line. The maverick studio they set up in Van Nuys was struggling financially when a golf partner persuaded the semi-retired Sullivan to step in. The animators screened their 1982 film "The Secret of NIMH" for him, and Sullivan responded: "I'm your guardian angel.
August 26, 2008
Re "McCain blunder leaves him looking for political shelter," Aug. 22 Wouldn't you know that Barack Obama is trying to exploit the fact that John McCain and his wife own seven homes? For Obama's information, the father of our country, George Washington -- in large part through his marriage to Martha Custis, a wealthy heiress like Cindy McCain -- owned many thousands of acres of land and may have been the richest man ever to become president. Washington's wealth never prevented him from doing a good job as a leader of the American Revolution or president of the United States.
August 24, 2008
On "Given a sporting chance: Sport Chalet's founder is seeing his dream come true" (Aug. 20): My family moved to La Canada Flintridge last year. Despite the inflated housing costs, we saw the area as a great place to raise our small children, with good schools, low crime and a sense that one lived in a real small-town community. Unfortunately, deep pockets of the likes of Sport Chalet founder Norbert Olberz and his developer buddies -- and an absolute lack of foresight by City Hall -- have pretty much destroyed this small-town feeling and are replacing it with the overdeveloped ugliness that comprises most of Los Angeles County.
August 20, 2008 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Decades have passed since Sport Chalet Inc. founder Norbert Olberz, 83, began pressing to develop a shopping plaza in the heart of La Canada Flintridge. Sometimes he wondered if it would ever happen. "I just hope I don't die first," he said eight years ago. He didn't. On Thursday, the tenacious German immigrant will celebrate the opening of a 45,000-square-foot Sport Chalet that is the centerpiece of the La Canada Flintridge Town Center development. The $60-million project stretches over about 11 acres at the northeast corner of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard, and ultimately will be home to 15 stores and restaurants.
June 18, 2008
Re "State budget crisis boosts GOP clout," June 16 Let me get this right. Republican legislators believe that the air we breathe isn't dirty enough, that the planet we live on isn't hot enough, and that workers shouldn't be allowed to eat in the middle of the day if their bosses don't feel like letting them. The only way legislators will change their positions is if everyone agrees to close hundreds of schools and universities and lay off thousands of teachers. You have to wonder what sort of vision they have for the future of this state, or whether they only care about preserving tax breaks for their yacht-owning friends.
May 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists began releasing the robotic arm on NASA's new Mars spacecraft, one day late because of a radio problem. The Phoenix lander is in excellent shape, project manager Barry Goldstein said. The robot will spend three months exploring the planet's northern arctic region, searching for evidence of whether the planet could have supported life. Phoenix's arm will eventually dig into the soil, seeking ice believed to be inches below the surface. The $420-million mission is led by University of Arizona, Tucson, and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada Flintridge.
May 4, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
John Lautner favored the use of earthy materials, such as brick, concrete and wood. The goal was to seamlessly connect a home's indoors with its outdoor setting. His 1947 Gantvoort Residence atop La Canada Flintridge represents that sensibility. The home faces east, capturing the morning sun through a glass wall opening onto the patio and garden. The original ocher-colored floors extend outside.
April 16, 2008
Re "Another stained ballot for the Italians," April 13 This article's description of the political situation in Italy illustrates, unfortunately, a road map the United States is following. Unless we can somehow elect legislators who are more interested in the welfare of the country than in increasing their salaries and, above all, assuring their own reelection, the United States is heading down the same sad path. James E. Owens La Canada Flintridge
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