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June 15, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Lane Smith, the actor who portrayed President Nixon in the 1989 docudrama "The Final Days" and apoplectic Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 1990s television series "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," has died. He was 69. Smith died Monday at his Los Angeles home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, his family said.
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June 15, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Lane Smith, the actor who portrayed President Nixon in the 1989 docudrama "The Final Days" and apoplectic Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 1990s television series "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," has died. He was 69. Smith died Monday at his Los Angeles home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, his family said.
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June 4, 1989 | JUDITH MICHAELSON
He swallowed his words saying, "We have done some things wrong in this Administration and the top man always takes the responsibility. . . ." He fought back tears talking about his father, who owned the "poorest lemon ranch in California," then sold it before they struck oil and became a grocer. "But he was a great man because he did his job. . . ." And when he mentioned his mother, whom he said no one would ever write a book about, his voice fell to a whisper. "Well, I guess all of you would say this about your mother"--he paused--"my mother was a saint.
BOOKS
June 3, 2001
MILO'S HAT TRICK By Jon Agee Hyperion/di Capua: 32 pp., $15.95 With marvelously economical narration and line drawings, Jon Agee conjures a formidable tale of a struggling magician. Milo could be Little Orphan Annie's uncle or a caricature of John Lennon. His brick-red mop of hair and thick mustache bracket pupil-less eyes and a voluminous nose and a too-tight gray suit adds to his hangdog appearance. Onstage, he's no Houdini.
BOOKS
June 3, 2001
MILO'S HAT TRICK By Jon Agee Hyperion/di Capua: 32 pp., $15.95 With marvelously economical narration and line drawings, Jon Agee conjures a formidable tale of a struggling magician. Milo could be Little Orphan Annie's uncle or a caricature of John Lennon. His brick-red mop of hair and thick mustache bracket pupil-less eyes and a voluminous nose and a too-tight gray suit adds to his hangdog appearance. Onstage, he's no Houdini.
NEWS
November 12, 1989
Lane Smith did such an incredible job of portraying Richard Nixon in "The Final Days" that at times I almost thought it was the ex-President. Though the docudrama centered on Nixon, it was how Watergate affected the people around him that made a stronger impression on me. Pat Nixon's somber facial expression revealed more about the stresses and strains of Watergate than any spoken words, written text or actions. Your heart really went out for her. You also felt sorry for J. Fred Buzhardt, Special White House Counsel for Watergate, as he was a decent, honest man trapped in an intolerable situation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2000
Books recommended for young readers by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian for the children's literature department, Los Angeles Public Library: As we enter a new century, let's experience a bit of the past. Preschool to kindergarten "Dinosaur Dream," by Dennis Nolan: Boy travels back in time, learns about dinosaurs. First and second grades "Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky," by Faith Ringgold: Underground railroad to Canada with Harriet Tubman.
NEWS
August 25, 1996 | Kenneth Turan
In this 1992 film, Eddie Murphy (left) is right at home in the role of Florida con artist Thomas Jefferson Johnson. Johnson is the man behind television spots for a scam which is really an excuse for himself, his cousin Loretta (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and the rest of their amiable gang to fleece unsuspecting marks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
A 22-year-old Santa Ana man was killed at 1:55 a.m. Thursday when he plowed into a street-striping crew's truck on Newport Boulevard near 18th Street--just missing a road worker who was gathering cones, authorities said. David Robert Chavez, 22, had missed warning lights and cones meant to deter traffic from the street work when his 1993 Honda Accord rear-ended a power lift on the back of the road crew's 1994 Ford pickup, Police Lt. Ron Smith said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1989 | JUDITH MICHAELSON
He swallowed his words saying, "We have done some things wrong in this Administration and the top man always takes the responsibility. . . ." He fought back tears talking about his father, who owned the "poorest lemon ranch in California," then sold it before they struck oil and became a grocer. "But he was a great man because he did his job. . . ." And when he mentioned his mother, whom he said no one would ever write a book about, his voice fell to a whisper. "Well, I guess all of you would say this about your mother"--he paused--"my mother was a saint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1991
A Saturday afternoon collision involving a van full of Italian tourists on the Pacific Coast Freeway sent 10 people to area hospitals, police said. Four victims, two of them taken by helicopter, went to St. John's Regional Medical Center, California Highway Patrolman Dana Smith said. Six other victims were taken to Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, where they were treated and released. Several of the victims suffered broken bones, Smith said.
BUSINESS
April 17, 1986
The Los Angeles company "could be an attractive acquisition candidate," two outsiders said in a joint filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. They are Guy N. Ramsey, Tell City, Ind., a private investor who acquired 149,400 shares, or 8%, for $670,900, and Edward Y. Albert Jr., a first vice president with Johnson, Lane, Space, Smith & Co., an Atlanta regional brokerage firm, who bought 23,000 shares or, 1.2%, for $93,859.
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