CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 |
Barbara Piasecka Johnson, a former chambermaid who married into the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical family and walked away with part of its epic fortune after a bitterly contested battle over her husband's will, died Monday in her native Poland. She was 76. Her office, BPJ Holdings, in Princeton, N.J., said she died after a long illness. One of the world's richest women, she was a longtime resident of Monaco. Known as Basia, in 1971 she became the third wife of J. Seward Johnson, a son of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson and a director of the New Brunswick, N.J.-based company for 50 years.
February 11, 2009 |
Johnson & Johnson won approval in Sweden and Finland for the first prescription pill to treat premature ejaculation, three years after U.S. regulators rejected the drug, the company said. The drug maker expects to win clearance for dapoxetine, to be sold as Priligy, in five more European nations and has applied for approval in Canada, Australia, Mexico, Turkey and six other countries, a spokesman for New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J said.
March 14, 1993
Your video writer touted "The Great Canadian Train Ride" ("Sea to Shining Sea: Canada by Rail," Feb. 28) showing a 2,800-mile journey from Toronto to Vancouver. I suggest that anyone planning to buy a $29.95 video claiming to be "a train trip across Canada" that omits eastern Ontario and all of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (not to mention the island province of Newfoundland) should offer no more than $14.98 for it. MERRILL SARTY Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2009 |
Molly Kool, 93, the first woman in North America to become a licensed ship captain, died Feb. 25 at her home in Bangor, Maine. Kool got her captain's papers in 1939 and sailed the Atlantic Ocean between Alma, Canada, and Boston for five years, her friend Ken Kelly said. Kool grew up in the village of Alma in New Brunswick, where she learned a love of the sea and sailing from her father, a Dutch ship captain. At 23, she made history by earning the title of captain after the Canadian Shipping Act was rewritten to say "he/she" instead of just "he," Kelly said.
February 27, 2008 |
Paul LeBlanc doesn't mind one bit that Javier Bardem calls his creation "one of the most horrible haircuts in history." LeBlanc, who has been busy with the hair salon he opened a year ago in Dieppe, New Brunswick, created the hairstyle for Bardem's character in "No Country for Old Men." On Sunday, Bardem won the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of Anton Chigurh in the film by Joel and Ethan Coen. "It's very good for them and for me," said LeBlanc, who has worked with Joel and Ethan Coen for many years.
April 27, 1989
Johnson & Johnson has installed Ralph S. Larsen as its new chairman and chief executive. Larsen, 50, succeeds James E. Burke, 64, who held the top posts since 1976 and led the world's largest health-care company through the 1982 Tylenol poisoning crisis. The transition at the New Brunswick, N.J., company was previously announced. Burke is retiring but will become chairman of the board's strategic planning committee for one year. Also retiring is David R. Clare, 63, the president and chairman of the executive committee.