November 8, 1987
Regarding the TV program "Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist," produced by Judy Chaikin, which aired on PBS Oct. 21, there were shocking historical inaccuracies: It stated that Dalton Trumbo's name "appeared" on "Spartacus." How? By magic? Serious risks were taken by "Spartacus's" producer Kirk Douglas. He was vilified, threatened, picketed and denounced by veterans' organizations, the Hollywood press and private citizens when he decided to put Trumbo's name on the picture. It stated that "things began to loosen up in the '60s."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1993 |
The owner of a stunt plane involved in a fatal midair collision at Santa Paula Airport in 1991 has agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the parents of a student pilot who was killed. Robert Keenan offered to pay the money because contesting the lawsuit would have been much more expensive than settling, his attorney, Richard T. Miller, said in court documents.
February 15, 1991 |
Federal investigators at the scene of a midair collision that killed two men and injured three others, including actor Kirk Douglas, said Thursday that the accident was caused by the failure of the pilots of both aircraft to "see and avoid" each other. But, while officials placed blame on both craft, they said the Pitts aerobatic stunt plane taking off from Santa Paula Airport had the right of way when it collided with the Bell JetRanger helicopter.
May 19, 1989 |
It's all somewhat baffling to those who see inflation as a 2-cent increase on a pound of ground round. Or who carry their change in a squeeze purse. Yet the truth of the pricey matter is, while increases in the costs of living hover around 4.4% per annum, the cost of exotic and historic and arty things is surprising Sotheby's, the Saudis . . . even publisher Malcolm Forbes, the Cadillac Jack of modern collectors. "Those (prices) are aberrations that have nothing to do with art," Forbes said Wednesday in a telephone interview from New York.
April 30, 1993 |
No Charges: Ventura County prosecutors declined to press charges against voice actor Noel Blanc, the pilot in a helicopter carrying actor Kirk Douglas that collided with a light plane, killing its pilot and passenger. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jim Grunert said prosecutors were unable to prove that Blanc, the son of the late cartoon voice artist Mel Blanc, was grossly negligent in the 1991 accident, a finding that would be required for charges of involuntary manslaughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1986 |
Three more victims of two weekend plane crashes near Van Nuys Airport were identified Monday, and homeowner leaders seized upon the accidents as evidence that the airport needs to further reduce flights. "This airport is simply too busy for a residential community," said Donald Schultz of Van Nuys, president of Ban Airport Noise. "And these disasters add to the proof."