February 22, 1992
More important than how a man acts in times of comfort and convenience is how he responds to controversy and conflict. This is when the true character of a man shines through. If this is so, then Magic Johnson's true character is almost blinding in its clarity. Here he was, once again, doing what he did so well, and so often. Displaying his gifts through inspiration, motivation and demonstration. Transcending peoples and prejudices and getting to the heart of the matter. Showing that love--of friends, of family, of fans, of colleagues and of a game--has the stuff of revelation in it. Teaching me about myself.
May 7, 2003
Re "School Vouchers Don't Help Neediest Students," Voices, May 3: One may argue that Walt Gardner's assertions of inequality toward "hard-to-teach" students alluded to minorities and the poor being the ones who will be turned away from the better schools. I know of no fellow teacher who would not be willing to work with students who need help as long as they are willing and diligent. Gardner fails to focus on the real matters of concern that include discipline problems and nonexistent motivation among many students.
December 8, 1991
I am a retired NFL player who, along with two others, became the first blacks to attend and play at a predominantly white university in the South (Wake Forest University, 1964-1968). I never set out to integrate anything, just to pursue opportunity. Black elders used to teach us that we had to be twice as good as whites when we were competing for anything. I have never had a problem with that. It was, in fact, great motivation. Contrary to the picture painted, we of that era did not set out hoping to become white, nor did we believe that legislation would change what was in anyone's heart.
August 13, 1987 |
They have had other classic athletic events in creaky old Hinkle Fieldhouse here, including one that they made a movie out of. But Brazil's five-game victory over the United States in the opening match of the Pan American Games men's volleyball tournament Wednesday night would have even made them stand up and take notice in Milan, Ind.
December 5, 2012 |
Before "Silver Linings Playbook," filmmaker David O. Russell had written all the movies he directed. But when the late Sydney Pollack gave him a copy of Matthew Quick's novel about a bipolar man moving back home after leaving a neural health facility, Russell immediately connected with the story. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Russell and actor Bradley Cooper talk about their personal connections to the film, as well as the reasons why they altered the film's ending from what was in the book.
January 3, 2011 |
The new year is just barely getting started, but all across the land folks are busy gobbling goodies they've passionately pledged to eschew, failing to contort themselves into implausible yoga positions they've valiantly vowed to contort themselves into every day, smoking cigarettes they've solemnly sworn off of. The rap on new year's resolutions ? that all too often they're broken almost as soon as they're made ? is more than a myth. One survey found that 25% of resolutions bite the dust within a week, and about half do so within six months.
November 8, 2009 |
It's unclear whether Jason Rodriguez gave any warning signs that he would walk into Orlando's Gateway Center, where police say he shot and wounded five people and killed one Friday, and they say they may never fully understand his motivation. But Rodriguez, 40, who was fired two years ago by the company he allegedly targeted, has one characteristic not unusual among mass shooters: money problems. "This guy is a compilation of the front page of the entire year -- unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce -- all of the stresses," Public Defender Bob Wesley, who is representing Rodriguez, said Saturday.
July 28, 1996
It's about time that someone interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger and dealt with more than his bulging muscles ("If Arnold Could Only Fly," by Patrick Goldstein, June 16). America needs a hero like Arnie, one who's motivated by success and can think for himself. If Bob Dole believes that Schwarzenegger's movies are robbing our young of their motivation, he's missing the point. Goldstein reveals Arnold as a family man, as someone who remains true to his beliefs, whether or not they're "hip," and is a leader both on and off the screen.
September 14, 1997
I was intrigued by the article about California underwriters ("Many Young IPOs Don't Get the Help They Need," Aug. 26), but I drew completely different conclusions than did your author. Essentially, underwriters are fee-based consultants working directly for the companies they help take public. Therefore, even if a stock price decreases significantly from the original offer price (assuming the issue was fully subscribed), they did a good job in their primary role, which is to raise capital.