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September 21, 1994
How is it that the most interesting people I read about anymore are in the obituaries? FRANK L. BURKE Los Angeles
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June 7, 2012
An excerpt from Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451," copyright © 1953, renewed 1981 by Ray Bradbury. The passage describes Montag and the other firefighters hunting down books and burning them. Have reason to suspect attack; 11 No. Elm, City. E.B. "That would be Mrs. Blake, my neighbor," said the woman, reading the initials. "All right, men, let's get them!" Next thing they were up in musty blackness swinging silver hatchets at doors that were, after all, unlocked, tumbling through like boys all rollick and shout.
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OPINION
March 21, 1999
Was it by design or by chance that your article on the dying town of Boron (March 15) was continued onto the page holding the obituaries? DAVID ESTES, Yucaipa
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February 27, 2011
A memorial service for Hall of Fame football player Ollie Matson will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, 760 S. Westmoreland Ave. Matson, who played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1959 to 1962 and also won a silver and bronze medal competing in track events at the 1952 Summer Olympics, died Feb. 19. He was 80. news.obits@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1995
Is it only a coincidence that most of the article ("Default on Debts Would Hurt O.C.--but How Much?" May 30) on a possible Orange County debt default is adjacent to the obituaries? JANICE H. HILL San Clemente
SPORTS
October 12, 1985
Scott Ostler's column of Oct. 8 ("Oh, What a Story Mauch and the Angels Almost Wrote") was a wanton waste of newsprint. It should have been condensed and placed with the obituaries. DON MARSH Orange
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April 22, 1992
I would like to add the following two points, both of which have annoyed me for some time: 1) Seems to me there's a plethora of women in Section A of The Times, but they're all in their underwear. Why are there so many bra "sales" as compared to, say, men's underwear or anything else for that matter? 2) Judging from the obituaries, women never die! Or is it just that there aren't any whose passing is worth noting? MARY A. BROWN Burbank
SPORTS
October 10, 1992
Most bullpen relievers are called firemen. I have a suggested name for the Dodger relief corps--the Arsonists. I have been a Dodger fan since they moved to Los Angeles and have never been more disgusted than this year. I would like to give Peter O'Malley some advice. When you clean house, start with Fred Claire. This man should go back to writing sports or obituaries or whatever he did. Then after Tom Lasorda moves somewhere, send the entire bullpen crew packing and when they go, take Ron Perranoski along with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
OPINION
June 28, 2004
One of the first items I check when reading my Times is the obituaries. I enjoy reading of the successful and often interesting lives of the deceased. Although American obits don't generally measure up to the British newspapers' creativity in this field, The Times June 24 obituary on little Mattie was wonderful ("Matthew 'Mattie' Stepanek, 13; Poet, Peacemaker"). What a special little guy this was; he did so much to bring us all a message of love and peace. I couldn't help but contrast this angel on Earth with the monsters who kill strangers simply to enhance their standing in street gangs, or to the terrorists in Iraq who behead innocent people to make a political statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2010
Funeral services for Jefferson Thomas, one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. Thomas, who spent much of his adult life in Los Angeles, died Sept. 5 at 67.
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July 27, 2010
David Alexander Longtime president of Pomona College David Alexander, 77, who brought national standing to Pomona College during a two-decade tenure as president, died Sunday in Claremont after a long battle with cancer, the college announced. Alexander was Pomona president from 1969 to 1991. During that time, the college's endowment grew from $24 million to $296 million and the faculty increased from 130 to 156. He oversaw a campus expansion that added 15 major buildings.
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July 12, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Paul Sawyer, a Unitarian Universalist minister and peace and social justice activist whose landmark, onion-shaped former sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley was the site of one of the Merry Pranksters' famous "Acid Test" gatherings in the 1960s, has died. He was 75. Sawyer, who most recently was minister of Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, died June 23 at his home in Pasadena after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Susan.
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March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
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February 19, 2010
A memorial service for television producer and executive David Gerber, who died Jan. 2 at age 86, will be held Tuesday morning at 20th Century Fox Studios' Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre. Anyone interested in attending must call the studio at (866) 922-8923 by Sunday.
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February 17, 2010 | By Elaine Woo
Beth Shulman, a Washington, D.C., labor lawyer and author who championed the rights and welfare of low-wage earners, died Feb. 5 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 60. Diagnosed last fall with a malignant brain tumor, she died of complications of pneumonia, said family spokeswoman Rochelle Lefkowitz. "Beth was a visionary, activist, strategist and chronicler on behalf of workers throughout her career," said Kathy Bonk, executive director of Communications Consortium/DC, a public interest media group that collaborated with Shulman on the Fairness Initiative on Low-Wage Work, a combined effort by 20 nonprofit organizations.
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February 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series "The High Chaparral," has died. He was 82. Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen's Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks. The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.
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July 27, 2010
David Alexander Longtime president of Pomona College David Alexander, 77, who brought national standing to Pomona College during a two-decade tenure as president, died Sunday in Claremont after a long battle with cancer, the college announced. Alexander was Pomona president from 1969 to 1991. During that time, the college's endowment grew from $24 million to $296 million and the faculty increased from 130 to 156. He oversaw a campus expansion that added 15 major buildings.
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February 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series "The High Chaparral," has died. He was 82. Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen's Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks. The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.
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January 14, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Donald E. Goerke, the Campbell Soup Co. executive who hit the bull's-eye of prepared foods by overseeing the creation of the kid-friendly circular pasta called SpaghettiOs, has died. He was 83. Gorke died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Delran, N.J., a Campbell spokeswoman confirmed. In the mid-1960s, Goerke -- pronounced GUHR-kee -- was dubbed "the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs" for leading the team charged with creating an easy-to-eat canned pasta. Hundreds of shapes were proposed during the yearlong debate, but Goerke ended the chatter by saying, "Enough already!
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