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January 13, 1996
It sometimes amazes me how short and selective peoples' sports memory can be. Just two short years ago Nebraska was the annual laughing stock of the NCAA. They would enter the bowl season without a loss with a shot at the national championship only to choke again and again. Now they are viewed by Mr. Murray as some sort of professional college program with an unfair recruiting advantage. Believe it or not, some talented athletes like to play for a program that retains a great coach year after year, wins, produces Heisman and Outland trophy winners, and more Academic All-Americans than any other school.
November 4, 2013 | By Susan King
Lucille Ball took Robert Osborne under her wing more than 50 years ago when the Turner Classic Movies host was a fledgling young actor in Hollywood. The legendary "I Love Lucy'" star ended up changing the course of Osborne's life. Osborne's acting career was slowly building in the late 1950s. He was under contract to Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions and had guest-star roles on TV series. He even appeared on the pilot episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies. " But one day, Ball took the native of Colfax, Wash., aside and told him, "you could be an actor, and I think you could be a success at it," recalled Osborne, 81. "But it's not going to make you happy.
February 26, 2005
Didn't Sacramento learn from the Lakers that trading your superstar for three stiffs doesn't work out very well? Rob Osborne Manhattan Beach
July 26, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
"He who makes a beast of himself," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "gets rid of the pain of being a man. " His subject is, of course, inebriation and the way that, in the derangement of the senses, we might escape, however briefly, what Lawrence Osborne calls "a loneliness that otherwise cannot be so easily dislodged. " And yet, if Osborne's delightfully idiosyncratic "The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's Journey" has anything to tell us, it's that there is more to drinking than derangement, that it may lead to a transcendence more profound.
September 14, 2002
Now that Americans no longer dominate world basketball, will you start to belittle it as a boring, insignificant sport that's inexplicably big in Europe and South America? Rob Osborne Redondo Beach
February 18, 2006
First beach volleyball, now snowboarding. How many more American recreational activities can they make into Olympic sports to pad our medal count? What's next -- Texas hold 'em? ROB OSBORNE Manhattan Beach
June 7, 2003
I can't see Steve Lavin doing too well as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He didn't seem to have much insight into what was going on in UCLA games the last seven years. Rob Osborne Redondo Beach
November 5, 2005
It was interesting to see Notre Dame give Charlie Weis a 10-year extension. I'm curious what they'll give him if his home winning percentage gets above 33%. ROB OSBORNE Manhattan Beach
August 9, 1997
I was really upset to see the White Sox trade all those pitchers to the Giants. If the Giants can pick up three more good starters and another reliever, they'll have almost as good a staff as the Dodgers. ROB OSBORNE Redondo Beach
October 11, 1997
I don't know why everyone is making such a big deal about Jelani McCoy and Kris Johnson testing positive for marijuana. I hear they got it from Jim Harrick's son and paid market value for it. ROB OSBORNE, Redondo Beach
June 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Matt Osborne -- who as the original Doink the Clown brought delight and probably more than a little terror to professional wrestling fans everywhere -- has died at age 55. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth is reporting that Osborne died in a local hospital after his girlfriend found him unresponsive inside their Plano, Texas, apartment. There was no word on the cause of death, although investigators are saying it appears to be accidental. On its website, the WWE called Osborne's character "one of the most enduring personas of the early '90s.
March 13, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
FT. HOOD, Texas - Capital murder trials are rare in the military's criminal justice system, but they are familiar territory for the judge who will handle the trial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the former Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting rampage at this base in central Texas. The judge is Col. Tara Abbey Osborn, and she once served at Ft. Hood, the sprawling facility known as "the Great Place. " Osborn has presided over "numerous serious felony trials, one capital trial and other non-capital homicide trials," a base spokesman said.
March 1, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
The lineup for the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival has been announced, and in addition to the weekend-long concert's signature mix of jazz, funk and R&B, the festival also revealed that comic and former late-night host George Lopez will take over for longtime host Bill Cosby this year. Cosby had served as master of ceremonies at the festival since 1979, and last year the comedy legend stepped down after becoming as much a part of the show's fabric as the Hollywood Bowl, parasols and picnic baskets.
October 30, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Tennis champion Margaret Osborne duPont, the winner of 37 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles from the 1940s into the 1960s, has died in Texas. She was 94. DuPont died Wednesday in El Paso while in hospice care, Mary Skinner of VNA Hospice said. The cause was not given. An Oregon native who grew up in San Francisco learning to play tennis on the public courts of Golden Gate Park, duPont won 31 doubles and mixed doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments from 1941 to 1962. She also won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1947, the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open)
September 26, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
I am too young to have ever hit the campaign trial with Abraham Lincoln, but I was lucky enough in the summer of 2000 to spend a stump-speech day with Tom Osborne. It could have not been that much different. OK, Lincoln traveled by horse and Osborne by SUV, but both were tall, laconic, larger-than-life types. Lincoln was from Illinois, while Osborne was from Nebraska, with its capital of Lincoln. Osborne announced Wednesday he was retiring, at age 75, as Nebraska's athletic director.
September 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Legendary former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, who has served as the school's athletic director for the last five years, announced Wednesday that he would step down Jan. 1. "At some point, whether you're able to function or not, just the perception that you're getting old can get in the way," Osborne, 75, said. "I don't want to be one of those guys everybody is walking around wringing their hands trying to figure out what are we going to do with him? That happens sometimes.
February 28, 1998
If Duke and North Carolina make it to the Final Four, CBS should consider hiring Steve Lavin as a guest analyst. After losing to Duke by 36 and Carolina by 41, he should be well versed in both team's strengths. ROB OSBORNE, Redondo Beach
June 29, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
A consultant has been hired to suggest improvements for an already heavily traveled stretch of Euclid Street to accommodate increasing traffic on the roadway. Councilwoman LaurannCook said traffic on Euclid Street is only expected to grow worse in coming years. "Fountain Valley seems to be a thoroughfare for a number of commuters," she said. The City Council last week agreed to spend nearly $300,000 in Measure M and city redevelopment money to hire the engineering firm of NBS/Lowry Inc.
August 30, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Steve Franken, a veteran character actor whose long career included playing the spoiled young millionaire Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on the popular situation comedy "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" in the early 1960s, has died. He was 80. Franken died of cancer Friday at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, said his wife, Jean. In a more than 50-year career that began in New York, Franken appeared in scores of TV shows and several movies, including "The Party," "The Americanization of Emily," "The Missouri Breaks" and the Jerry Lewis comedies "Which Way to the Front?"
February 19, 2012 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In "Look Back in Anger," playwright John Osborne's brutal 1956 drama, the working-class antihero Jimmy Porter attacks his wife Alison, by accusing her of being "pusillanimous. " In their garbage-strewn Midlands flat, the disaffected young man cruelly barks out its meaning: "Wanting of firmness of mind, of small courage … cowardly. " "Pusillanimous" is a word one would hardly associate with Sam Gold, the ambitious 33-year-old director of the Roundabout Theater's revival of the British classic, which stars Matthew Rhys, most recently of the TV drama "Brothers & Sisters.
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