June 21, 1989 |
The technology behind the Walkman portable cassette player might never have developed without these words from Sony Chairman Akio Morita: "Turn down that music!" Morita, seeking to soften his children's blasting stereos, asked his development team for something that would let the kids rock out without deafening dad. Working from a model developed by Sony founder Masuru Ibuka, model TPS-L2 rolled off the assembly line a year later--the first Sony Walkman, unveiled July 1, 1979. In the decade since, the Walkman and its imitators have become ubiquitous, with tiny headphones appearing on millions of heads worldwide--traffic-bound commuters, long-distance runners and house-cleaning parents as well as their rock 'n' rolling kids.
July 2, 1989
Mean-spirited is the way to describe the advertising "awards" handed out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest ("Deceit Brings Dishonor to the Worst Ads of '88," June 13.) The center claims to be a public interest organization. Who asked them to represent the public? Most people never heard of the Center for Science in the Public Interest until their nasty "awards" hit the news. The center is actually a special-interest organization whose main purpose seems to be to collect money to attack private enterprise.
February 6, 1988
I found the article "Home Wreckers" to be offensive. To glorify such conspicuous consumption with a featured story in these times of growing economic uncertainty, poverty and homelessness showed not only a cavalier attitude toward the less fortunate but also the embarrassingly vapid and shallow--although monied--lives of the Creans, who plan to live in only a small part of their mansion while the remaining 19,500 square feet just "sits there."...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1990
Ellen Goodman's column ("Insult, Thinly Cloaked in 'Chivalry'," Commentary, Sept. 28) deserves a response. The intent, rather than the perception, of Sen. Strom Thurmond's greeting to the not-so- "lovely ladies" who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee prompted Sen. Alan Simpson's desire to clarify his colleague's statement. The panelists included leaders and spokespersons for women's rights and feminist organizations--women, in fact, who have little in common with, nor represent, the overwhelming majority of American females.
May 22, 1988
I felt a great sadness as I read the excellent article regarding Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. Their pending permanent exit from La La Land was reported and expected. However, I had hoped they would change their minds. Where will I go to find succinct and truthful evaluations of the West Coast life style? I find it hard to comprehend that Didion will not be around to experience events commonly shared by fellow Angelenos, especially now that the Reagans will be coming home to roost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1987
I found Christopher Matthews' article "Simon's Surge Reveals Depth of Democrats' Death Wish" (Op-Ed Page, Nov. 29) most interesting. I suppose he is right, but then again, perhaps he is not. Perhaps the people have finally tired of Reagan's benign neglect. Benign neglect of the unemployed, the unemployed, the poor, the homeless, the sick and the elderly, not to mention the national debt or the trade deficit. Perhaps, maybe, the people have even grown tired of Reagan's fatal attraction with that already overfed and gorged seductress, the military-industrial complex.