May 17, 1987
Headline: "Mr. B. goes soft!" Take that as you will. We felt bereft of his usual perceptive, incisive critique with regard to Previn. Why the tippie toes about a grave situation which may portend the end of our orchestra? I am joining the myriad defectors who are canceling their 20-odd years' season subscriptions to the Philharmonic. We cannot abide Previn's lackluster performances. We are not comparing him to Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, who is incomparable by any standards, but we do expect to hear music as the composers wrote it--with depth, passion, feeling and beauty.
March 26, 1986 |
One of the last things Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos did as they dashed from a two-bedroom duplex on Hickam Air Force Base on their way to live in a $1.5-million beachfront house was to sign the guest book. "With our deep appreciation!" is the final entry, written Monday in the same readable handwriting as "Imelda L. Marcos." Her entry is followed by a large heavy black scrawl which appears to be the signature of the deposed Philippines president.
June 14, 1987 |
We reported that Columbia's "La Bamba," about '50s rocker Ritchie Valens, was being touted as the first title from the David Puttnam regime. We stand corrected on the film's paternity. Columbia production chief David Puttnam called us to assert that "Roxanne," opening Friday, the Steve Martin comic update of Cyrano, is actually the premiere offering from his new regime. Then "La Bamba," which opens in July, will be second.
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.
April 14, 2007
As the Kings finish their season of rebuilding with a hopeless record, I can't help being bitter. Teams change, understandably. General managers and coaching staffs in all sports come and go. For the Kings, the time had come last season. But the new regime went further by ousting loyal and competent staff members who had worked 15, 20, even 30 years for the organization. The new regime erased a whole history of the team they loved. They disowned the Kings' past. That is why I request that Philip Anschutz, Tim Leiweke and Dean Lombardi rename the team.
August 3, 1985 |
The ruling military council Friday opened Uganda's borders for the first time since last week's coup, but airports remained closed. An announcement broadcast on Radio Uganda said the borders will be open between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Economic factors may have played a role in the border reopening. Dozens of trucks, many of them bound for Uganda with oil from a Kenya refinery, had been stranded at the borders.