October 1, 2000
Having lost my only child, I would like Martin J. Smith to understand that unless he too lost a child, he can't have learned to empathize just by the fact that he became a father ("A Journalist's Confession," Sept. 3). I realize that Smith meant well by his well-written article, but it is distressing to hear sympathetic friends and relatives say, "I know how you feel." They do not know how I feel. Jane Felixson Los Angeles
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.
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.
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.
October 14, 2003 |
This handy 80-page guide, an update of a classic published in the '60s by Sierra hand Wheelock, offers helpful how-to sections on preparation, gear, essential supplies, permits and rules, plus chapters on Whitney's first explorers, its geology, flora and fauna, and a mile-by-mile trail breakdown. If your goal is a bit steeper than the main Whitney Trail, there's advice on moonlight ascents and more technical climbs, with route illustrations.