December 4, 2004 |
A copy of the letter written by the Texas commander at the battle of the Alamo pleading for backup and pledging "victory or death" was auctioned in San Antonio for $299,200. The letter from William Barret Travis, one of four known copies, was sold along with a later letter that announced the defenders had lost the March 1836 battle, said Lauren Gioia, a spokeswoman for Sotheby's. The second letter was auctioned for $78,000. Both were from a private collection.
March 6, 2012 |
Luis Campos designs games. Not your app-happy, iPaddy, smartphoney games. Old-school board games and word puzzles. Campos, 79, of North Hollywood figures he's concocted more than 40 games over the years. Two of them are patented and trademarked (although not particularly well known). Another is awaiting patent and trademark approval. So it wasn't entirely a surprise for Campos to have received a letter the other day from United States Trademark Registration Office alerting him that a payment of $375 was due. It was only after he picked his way through the fine print that Campos discovered United States Trademark Registration Office isn't really a government agency and that it offers no guarantee it will actually do anything to protect Campos' trademarks.
December 30, 2003 |
Police said they intercepted a letter bomb sent to the director of the international police agency Europol in the Netherlands and a possible explosive sent to the head of the European Central Bank in Germany. The discoveries came a day after a package bomb burst into flames in the Bologna, Italy, home of European Commission President Romano Prodi, who was not injured. Officials said it seemed likely that the letter bomb and Prodi blast were related. The letter sent to Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet was postmarked from Bologna, but officials would not say whether they believed it was connected.
February 4, 1993 |
White House officials confirmed Wednesday that then-Gov. Bill Clinton gave a letter of introduction late last year to an American businessman who went to Vietnam and met with foreign ministry officials, but said the letter was not intended as an overture to Hanoi and the man was not authorized to act on Clinton's behalf. The businessman, Clyde Pettit, spent several weeks in Vietnam in December and January.
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June 27, 1987 |
A letter distributed by a private language school in East San Diego that disparages a neighboring community college and makes racial remarks about its students has outraged educators and community leaders. The letter from the College Prep English Language Institute warned its students that they risked deportation and exposure to tuberculosis if they took additional classes at the East San Diego Community College Continuing Education Center.
November 19, 1986 |
In a second instance of lobbying activity that may violate federal ethics rules, Lyn Nofziger, former White House political director, intervened with an old colleague on behalf of a Los Angeles agricultural firm 11 months after leaving office in 1982, it was learned Tuesday. Nofziger wrote then-National Security Adviser William P.
October 27, 1987 |
On Wednesday, I received a letter from a high school friend, wishing me a happy 30th birthday. It arrived a week after my birthday . . . and a day after my friend was killed in the lobby of the Indianapolis Ramada Inn. Beth had been working as an assistant sales manager for Ramada for less than two months when an Air Force fighter slammed into the building one week ago, killing nine people. It was later that I thought of the small ironies.
February 16, 1986 |
Finally, a crossword for couch potatoes. Superstar Crosswords, which Dell is premiering at $1.25, contains 64 puzzles and four trivia quizzes aimed at people who have "grown up on TV and movies rather than Greek and Latin." Managing Editor Mary Ann Kennedy conceded that the monthly is "not for the people who brag they can do the New York Times crossword in ink. Our audience might not know the name of a mountain in Tibet, but they would know who plays on 'Dynasty.'
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November 7, 1987 |
Sylvia Cunliffe, the embattled head of the city's General Services Department, routinely sought the arrest records of her employees despite numerous warnings that doing so exposed the city to possible litigation, Mayor Tom Bradley charged Friday.
August 15, 1985
Here's looking at U: If he cares about such matters--and he undoubtedly does--Peter Ueberroth might be pleased to know that there's at least one person who thinks that Ueberroth has already earned a spot in Cooperstown. Of course, Joe Gergen of Newsday isn't pushing Ueberroth's candidacy for baseball's Hall of Fame based on anything the commissioner has done. On the contrary. . . . "It's his surname," Gergen wrote recently.