CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1993
Atty. Gen.-designate Zoe Baird withdrew her nomination gracefully and honestly because of a violation in domestic employment law. The Congress made a fair judgment on her ethical conduct without personal bias of political obsession. The President promptly accepted the nominee's withdrawal with due respect and regret. All these, from the beginning to the end, reflect the corrections of a democratic process of a government. Could this be the beginning of a new era for the U.S.?
June 11, 1989 |
In the summer of 1979, Jimmy Carter, in the manner of the Hebrew prophets he admires, descended from two weeks of seclusion at Camp David and declared to a less-than-enthralled nation: "Human identity is no longer defined by what one does but by what one owns." Yet, Carter warned, "Owning things and consuming things do not satisfy our longing for meaning. We have learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose." Laurence Shames, in his second book, "The Hunger for More: Searching for Values in an Age of Greed" alludes neither to that speech nor to the merciless prophet-stoning that followed.
May 30, 1993
I liked your May 11 article on The New Yorker, which I have read for 40 years or more as a subscriber. I was surprised to see mention that (copy editor) Eleanor Gould was still there, because one of the things I have noticed with the new regime was that this area seems to have gotten sloppy. The real zinger hit me in a "Talk" item which reported the woes of the Museum of the City of New York, with the comment that the collection "might have to be disbursed." I rubbed my eyes, thinking it might be a deliberate pun, but no. There it was, like a puppy's indiscretion right in the middle of the rug. I decided that one era of the New Yorker was indeed over.
July 19, 1987
Concerning the naming of the Queen Mary, it is unfortunate that the column (May 17) and letter (July 5) are both the stuff of folklore rather than solid history. In Neil Potter's and Jack Frost's "The Mary: The Inevitable Ship" (London, George Harrop, 1961), the true story of the naming of the Queen Mary is set forth in detail. In brief, this is the account presented by these British writers: Sir Percy Bates (not Gates, as the previous writers have misspelled the name) was chairman of Cunard-White Star Ltd., formed May 17, 1934, by the merger of Cunard Steam-Ship Co. and the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co., which used the trade name of White Star Line.
December 18, 2012 |
The end is near. Or maybe it's not. One way or the other, it's time to party in Mexico . For the past year, Mexican marketing teams have been promoting Dec. 21 (that's Friday) as the end of the Maya calendar , hinting that doomsday may be right around the corner. But now that the date is speeding toward us, the message has changed. “Rather than the end of the world, the Maya people believe the end of the Maya calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, actually symbolizes the start of a new era and therefore is something to be celebrated,” said Dario Flota, general director of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office.
September 1, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State's initial first half post-Joe Paterno went pretty well. The Nittany Lions took a 14-3 lead into the tunnel, twice. The Nittany Lions jumped the gun (literally) when they started running off the field thnking the half was over. The players had to return because Ohio had called a timeout with three seconds left. Penn State fans booed. Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton ran a stat-padding play on fourth down, and then the half was really over.