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April 21, 1987 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Les Crane was ABC's hope in 1964 to topple Johnny Carson. At 26, the critics called him "the bad boy of late-night television." Seated on a revolving stool in the middle of an arena-like stage, nicknamed the "bear pit" by his crew, Crane grilled guests five nights a week before a live studio audience.
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July 16, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Les Crane, called the "bad boy of late-night television" when he vied for ratings against talk-show king Johnny Carson in the mid-1960s, died of natural causes Sunday at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, north of San Francisco. He was 74. His death was announced by his daughter, Caprice Crane. Crane was host of a popular radio call-in show in San Francisco when ABC tapped him in 1964 to star in "The Les Crane Show."
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July 16, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Les Crane, called the "bad boy of late-night television" when he vied for ratings against talk-show king Johnny Carson in the mid-1960s, died of natural causes Sunday at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, north of San Francisco. He was 74. His death was announced by his daughter, Caprice Crane. Crane was host of a popular radio call-in show in San Francisco when ABC tapped him in 1964 to star in "The Les Crane Show."
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April 21, 1987 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Les Crane was ABC's hope in 1964 to topple Johnny Carson. At 26, the critics called him "the bad boy of late-night television." Seated on a revolving stool in the middle of an arena-like stage, nicknamed the "bear pit" by his crew, Crane grilled guests five nights a week before a live studio audience.
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November 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Laytonville man who founded two Mendocino County medical marijuana clubs was shot to death during a robbery in his home early Friday. Two other people at Les Crane's home were beaten during the robbery. One suffered head injuries, the other a broken arm. Both have been released from the hospital. Police have no suspects. Laytonville is about 25 miles north of Willits.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1990
Software Toolworks Inc., a rapidly growing maker of video games and personal-computer software, moved its headquarters from Chatsworth to Novato. Besides its corporate staff, the company also moved its research-and-development operations, and overall about 75 employees were transferred, Chairman Les Crane said. But the company left its duplicating, printing and packaging operations in Chatsworth, he said.
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August 9, 1988
Software Toolworks, a publicly held Sherman Oaks computer software publisher headed by former network talk-show host and actor Les Crane, has agreed to buy for an undisclosed amount IntelliCreations/Datasoft, a privately held software publisher in Chatsworth. The companies will have combined annual sales of more than $6 million. Datasoft's titles include "The Hunt for Red October," "Bruce Lee" and "Alternate Reality-The Dungeon."
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September 13, 1988
Shareholders of Software Toolworks, a Sherman Oaks developer of computer software for personal computers, have approved a reverse stock split that will reduce the company's shares outstanding from about 900 million to about 6 million. The company, which plans to move its headquarters to Chatsworth in a few weeks, is headed by former television talk-show host Les Crane. Its software programs include "Chessmaster 2000" and "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing."
BUSINESS
August 22, 1989
Software Toolworks said it hopes to raise up to $12.7 million through a public offering of 1.5 million new shares of common stock. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chatsworth-based company said the proceeds would be used for product development, and possibly to acquire other companies and product lines. Software Toolworks produces educational and game software for computers.
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February 28, 1989
Software Toolworks, a Chatsworth publisher of computer software, said that it has agreed to buy DS Technologies, a software publisher in West Chicago, Ill., for an undisclosed amount. DS Technologies, a private company with about $2 million in annual sales, publishes software that helps protect data stored on hard disks, train people to use personal computers and organize information. Its titles include DS Tutor, DS Optimize, DS Backup and DS Help.
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July 10, 1990
Software Toolworks revised its fiscal 1990 financial results slightly lower after adopting an accounting change on certain accounts receivable, which is money owed the Chatsworth company by its customers. Software Toolworks, which makes software for the Nintendo home video system and personal computers, said the change lowered its revenue for the year that ended March 31 by $624,000 and shaved its net income by $221,000. Restated, Software Toolworks earned $2.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1988
Software Toolworks, the Sherman Oaks maker of personal computer software controlled by Les Crane, a former television talk show host and actor, has gone public through a merger with a Utah shell company. By merging with Deseret-Western Venture Capital, Software Toolworks will receive an infusion of $4 million and will have about 693 million shares outstanding, which Crane said trade over the counter at about 2 to 3 cents each.
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