February 20, 1997 |
Keeping arm's length from a political stinker, local airport commissioners Wednesday assigned a committee to resolve whether--and how--to regulate the personal hygiene of cabdrivers. But the airport staff, showered by national media attention, watered down its initial proposal by eliminating any specific requirements for "fresh breath" and "pleasant body odor." Even the notion of hygiene guidelines continued to raise a stink among some cabdrivers.
May 11, 2001 |
Let me entertain you. --Baby June in "Gypsy" * Let them entertain you. Sunday brings not Mother's Day corsages but bombshells and blonds, goddesses large and little, following blueprints set out for them in their childhoods. One is Norma Jeane Baker, who became Marilyn Monroe, still a disturbing, shrouded, tragic figure nearly four decades after her death at age 36.
August 16, 1992 |
We were gossiping about I can't remember what and I can't remember why, when my friend unsheathed her dagger. "A Breck girl," she called the object of her scorn. She almost hissed as she said those words. The Breck girl really wasn't one in an official sense, or at least not as far as we knew, but it didn't matter. This woman had hair , beautiful reddish hair, sort of long, with a bit of a wave. Perfect hair. We hated her for it.
February 23, 1986 |
Buddy Biancalana will remember this winter as long as he lives--because people have remembered him. "This is all new to me," Biancalana said one recent morning after another personal appearance in the Kansas City area. "Usually I just sit around home, work out and get bored." This winter has been about as far from being boring as the Midwest is from the summer sun.
August 17, 1998 |
You pug, you knob, you button-head, know that I glory in this nose of mine, for a great nose indicates a great man--genial, courteous, intellectual, virile, courageous--as I am--and such as you--poor wretch--will never dare to be even in imagination. --"Cyrano de Bergerac" * Before and after. When is a nose news?
December 12, 1998 |
A series of polls and studies has dished up some real dirt on the French: Fewer than half take a bath or shower each day. What's more, 40% of French men, and 25% of women, do not change their underwear daily. Fully 50% of the men, and 30% of women, do not use deodorant. Why is this so, in a nation that has done so much to set modern Western standards for polite behavior? It is not for want of means--almost every French household is equipped with a shower or bathtub.