November 24, 1988 |
Several months ago, I wrote a piece in this space pointing out that millions of American seniors are walking oral histories and deploring the fact that so many of us are never questioned about events we witnessed and felt firsthand. Not altogether so, wrote Hazel Ray of Corona del Mar, who told me about a program at Harbor View Elementary School in which all sixth-graders are required to select and interview in depth someone at least 50 years older than they are.
September 25, 1992 |
Tom Kalin's "Swoon" (selected theaters) is an inventive low-budget black-and-white movie about killers in love, a doomed couple united by lust and crime whose murderous idyll is cut short by the outside world. The theme puts it in a rich film noir tradition, in the same vein as "Gun Crazy," "Double Indemnity" or "The Honeymoon Killers." But Kalin has an extra psychological screw-twist. His protagonists are, as the film's trailer announces, "geniuses," "Jews" and "queers."
April 24, 1990 |
San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor on Monday escalated her political attack against Southern California Edison's proposed takeover of San Diego Gas & Electric by comparing San Diego to Lithuania and its struggle with the Soviet Union for energy supplies. In a speech that drew applause and a handful of catcalls, O'Connor told members of the state Public Utilities Commission that Edison's bid for SDG&E "strikes at the heart of what makes San Diego sovereign as a city."
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April 26, 1986 |
Leaning back in a deck chair aboard the Prospector, Dwight Pate peered over the top of his book, a nautical history of the discovery of the California coast, and surveyed the competition. Up and down the Newport Harbor shoreline, double-parked alongside the hometown yachts nestled in their slips, a veritable fleet of sloops and schooners was assembling. By sunrise today, from as far away as San Francisco there will have gathered 556 sailing craft with crews numbering into the thousands.
March 4, 2008 |
SAN DIEGO -- Sickeningly rich food serves as a central metaphor for "The American Plan," Richard Greenberg's somber 1990 comedy about American outsiders incapable of filling themselves up in a culture of ravenous appetites. Set in the Catskills in 1960, the play -- which is receiving its West Coast premiere at the Old Globe in a production that can't quite make sense of all the convoluted action -- features much conversation about the grotesquely elaborate buffets around which guests organize their days.
September 29, 1992 |
"REIT." The mere mention of real estate investment trusts can send many investors scurrying, given how many REITs went sour in the 1970s and '80s. But in the past two years some REITs have performed well, particularly those investing in health care properties. So in that friendlier environment, a newly organized REIT named LTC Properties Inc., which is investing in nursing homes, has just raised $142 million by going public.
October 18, 1988 |
The year was 1947, and Michael Kirby, a 22-year-old actor and sometime figure-skating teacher, was skating by himself at a West Los Angeles ice rink when the manager approached him. The manager asked Kirby if he'd like to skate with the owner of the arena. "I told him I'd be honored to," Kirby said. Who wouldn't have? The name of the arena was Sonja Henie Westside Ice Palace, and the owner, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was one of the most famous athletes and movie stars in the world.
April 16, 1998 |
Paddy McElhinney, 28, wants to believe that peace is at hand for him, his wife, Anne, and their four children. But then the strapping taxi driver is dubious as he recalls that awful Halloween five years ago at the Rising Sun pub. As he sipped a soda and was about to return to his shift in nearby Londonderry, two gunmen burst into the lounge. A third man with a double-barreled shotgun stood watch. One invader yelled "Trick or treat!"
November 13, 1988 |
With the Canadian public's mood swinging freely as if buffeted by the icy winds of late fall, voters here will pick a new government next week in an election dominated by an emotional debate over the proposed free trade agreement with the United States. Recent public opinion polls point to a dead-even race between Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his Liberal challenger, John Turner. But these same polls seem to suggest that even if Mulroney wins on Nov.
January 18, 1989 |
In 1973, Hollywood offered "Soylent Green," a futuristic movie depicting life in a terrarium-like environment. Sandy Fitzpatrick, coach of the San Diego Surf Hockey Club, can relate. "San Diego plays what I call a greenhouse type of hockey," Fitzpatrick said, referring to the natural surroundings that keep ice hockey in a survival mode. Surf Hockey is the latest attempt to resurrect the sport in San Diego, where people prefer their surf with sand and sun rather than sticks and sweaters.