March 14, 2006 |
REMEMBER the leisure suit? Ever wonder what happened to that double-knit polyester outfit so popular with men of all ages, classes and lifestyles back in the 1970s? On one hand, you could say it turned out to be nothing more than a silly fad. But on the other hand, as Martin J. Smith and Patrick J.
March 16, 1997 |
A trip to the supermarket isn't quite what it used to be for Martin J. Smith. More than a decade has passed since the Tylenol poisonings of seven people in Chicago, and great strides have been made in tamper-resistant packaging. But how difficult would it be for some sicko to inject poison through the lid of a yogurt container? How safe is that carton of milk in the refrigerator? Or that innocent-looking slice of salami?
April 18, 2004
I learned to play golf using a set of old Ben Hogan wood-headed clubs ("The Toink! Heard 'Round the World," by Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger, March 28). I thought the Big Berthas were appalling when they came out. Not only are they hideous monstrosities, but they take all the skill out of the game. There's no way you can miss when using those things. Give me a set of old-school wooden heads; they require skill. Jenn Fujikawa Redondo Beach
October 29, 1997
Martin J. Smith said he's stepping down as editor of Orange Coast magazine by the end of the year to focus on his fiction writing. Smith, 41, editor of the 23-year-old lifestyle publication since April 1994, will continue as the magazine's editor-at-large. He is working on his third book, to follow the release last March of the suspense novel "Time Release" and another book due in June. Publisher Ruth Ko said she hopes to name Smith's successor within a few weeks.
July 22, 2001
Thanks for Martin J. Smith's piece on Dick Dale ("The Fall and Rise of a Guitar Hero," June 17). He captured Dick's personality perfectly! My earliest memories are of Dick and me playing as children in Boston. We all moved to L.A., where we were fortunate to see his awesome musical talents grow. He is truly an amazing performer and composer. A few years ago my sister and I took our boys to visit Dick at his compound so that they would know why we've always had a special place in our heart for him. Dick truly is a wonderful person, and it's been one of our great privileges to call him "friend."
October 7, 2001
This was the first time that I read your magazine--mostly because Kevin Spacey was on the cover. Little did I know that you would print an article at just the right point in my life. Thank you so much for "My Life as a Marked Man" (by Martin J. Smith, Sept. 9). How true is the statement, "Anybody can be perfect. Imperfect is much more interesting." I have spent a lot of time criticizing myself and comparing myself to the "ideal" man. My body tells a story, and anyone who gets close enough to listen to what it has to say just might like what they hear.