August 31, 1996 |
It is a rare scientific event that shakes humanity's sense of itself. Copernicus' suggestion four centuries ago that the Earth was not the center of the universe, Darwin's argument last century that human beings were not descended from Adam and Eve but instead evolved from less exalted creatures--these are among the alarming ideas that now and again have shattered civilization's repose.
November 28, 1994 |
As a novelist and college professor, Connie Porter had enough book ideas to keep her computer whirring well into the next century. So when Pleasant T. Rowland first telephoned, Porter told her that writing children's books was the last thing she could think about. She had never written for young people, Porter pointed out, and had never really wanted to. But Rowland persisted.
January 16, 1994
I enjoyed your historic look at the Firestone sheriff's station ("A Farewell to Firestone," Dec. 19)--it brought back some unusual memories. I was a reporter for the Los Angeles Mirror starting in 1957. My beat was the Firestone sheriff's station. It was the first time that a reporter had been assigned there, and in fact, about the first time a reporter ever even stopped in there to look at the press board. It took a few weeks for them (Ralph Wyatt and Sid Jolivette were there then)
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November 8, 1993 |
She looked as if she had just come off the boat. The boat was captained by Christopher Columbus, and Gwen K. Watson, dressed in period costume, was so convincing as a woman from the 15th Century that fifth-grader Sabrina Digiorgio said she looked "like she came from a time machine." Watson, 33, a San Diego State University graduate who majored in drama, gives what she calls "living history" presentations at schools, festivals and fairs.
October 30, 1992 |
It used to be that anyone who loved '40s-era beaded sweater sets or '50s poodle skirts or Hawaiian shirts could rummage through the merchandise at one of several stores in Los Angeles and emerge victorious. And there was little doubt about where to go: a thrift store or, if you were willing to pay more, a resale shop, which traditionally carried the best merchandise culled from thrift shops. But these days, it's not so easy for ordinary shoppers to find vintage treasures.
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June 18, 1992 |
I know a man who is so religious he sees images of Jesus or the Virgin Mary at least once every few months in everything from bathwater to slices of enriched white bread. He is one of those who saw Mary in the bark of a Chinese elm tree in North Hollywood awhile back (it turned out to be a fungus disease) and traveled to New Mexico to see the face of Jesus in a flour tortilla (skillet burns). I also know a man who is an atheist and believes religious emotionalism is making the world crazy.
December 23, 1991 |
Jason Vlcek batted away one soccer ball after another. It almost looked easy. This is where he is at his best, in the goal for Foothill High School. A place where he's comfortable. Another shot, another save. It was only practice, but practice makes perfect. Vlcek, a junior, appeared almost carefree, a kid playing a game. This is the way it was supposed to be. "Soccer has kept me going," Vlcek said. "It was something to do that took my mind off the problems."
May 16, 1991 |
Clad in heavy boots and a bright green-gold lame robe, Robert Leanza appears to have stepped out of the Middle Ages, a modern-day visitor from the time of brave knights and fair damsels. But the Orange High School junior wears his costume to demonstrate his interest in a time long past. Leanza is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a nonprofit research and re-creation society that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.