August 20, 1995 |
With a repertoire of dives that turned and twisted like the Big Sur coastline, Mark Lenzi figured it was a simple springboard flip to lifelong happiness. Diving had come so easily. No reason everything else wouldn't as well. Lenzi had it all, didn't he? A year after tumbling his way to the three-meter springboard title in the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona, Lenzi discovered the sobering answer. It was staring him in the face, reflecting from another round of drinks.
September 15, 1988 |
It is a conceit of Americans that heroes, like Henry Adams' friends, are born, not made. Environment has nothing to do with it. That may be true. But how come all the great vaudeville comedians and almost all early-day radio humorists came from the Lower East Side of Manhattan? How come the great blues musicians came up the Mississippi out of New Orleans? Why do all the great actors and poets seem to come from England? Why do dancers come from Russia, tenors from Italy, skiers from Austria?
July 2, 1990 |
The children at the junior high in Carson listened carefully as Frank Lubin, a former U.S. Olympic basketball player, spoke during a recent career day. Lubin told the youngsters to stay in school and to avoid drugs and alcohol because they had the potential to be Olympic athletes. When Lubin was finished, they pestered him for autographs. It was the repeat of a scene from the early part of the century.
December 13, 1990 |
Polo, that ancient sport for man and horse first played in Persia more than 2,500 years ago, is undergoing a renaissance among the date palms and tumbleweeds of the Coachella Valley. The United States Polo Assn. has been celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and as a climax, an all-star match of Hall of Fame caliber players--the Polo Master of the Masters--will field two teams of all 10-goal players on Sunday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
August 18, 1985 |
A young man from La Mirada and his friends are riding inner tubes on the Lower Kern River. The young man is suddenly pulled by the current into a white-water area and is knocked off his inner tube. His body is found three days later. A man from Bakersfield is standing on a mossy rock in the Lower Kern River, fishing. He falls into the river. His wife, eight months pregnant, clutches his hand for a few seconds, but he slips away, into the current. Eight days later, his body still is not found.
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November 10, 1999 |
Teacher Luis Lopez was reading "Charlotte's Web" to his students Tuesday when the emergency bell sounded. "Drop!" Lopez ordered the fifth-graders, who immediately crouched under their desks, holding the backs of their necks with one hand and clutching the desk legs with the other. A routine day at Victory Boulevard Elementary School in North Hollywood was interrupted by a scenario involving the aftermath of a 7.8 earthquake.
May 19, 2008 |
The last 10 days have been emotional and exhausting for Allyson Felix. The 22-year-old from Los Angeles, who ran a personal-best 100-meter time of 10.93 seconds May 8 in Qatar, has since attended the funeral for the father of her boyfriend, Ken Ferguson, in Detroit and then attended her graduation from USC.
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July 21, 2002 |
A small green park on the Strand in Manhattan Beach is dedicated to international brotherhood these days, but it began as a beach resort for black Angelenos that was destroyed by racism in the 1920s. In its heyday during the 1910s and '20s, the resort was called Bruces' Beach. It offered ocean breezes, bathhouses, outdoor sports, dining and dancing to hundreds of African Americans who craved a taste of Southern California's good life. Now the oasis is called Parque Culiacan.
January 8, 1989 |
One daughter, barely 16, lives in Houston, where she has developed into the country's best gymnast. Another daughter, 14, lives in Southern California, where she is making a name for herself as a figure skater. A son, 18, the eldest of half a dozen children, has returned to the family nest in Northfield, Ill., an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago, after sharpening his speed skating skills for a year in Butte, Mont., and Calgary.
July 29, 1985 |
Baseball has been called America's pastime, been used as a description of Americana along with hot dogs and apple pie, and, even in these days of high prices, remains a sport that is still affordable for most families. Baseball is loading the kids into the station wagon and heading for the ballpark. It's going to the game with your father and hearing him tell how Stan Musial used to hit, or how Bobby Thomson hit that home run to win the 1951 pennant for the Giants.