December 10, 1997 |
Amaryllis Knight and Tim Walcott love the holidays. They love the lights and boughs around the house, the thoughtful gifts and chatty cards for friends and relatives, the parties and dinners. The problem is, they just don't have time to do any of it themselves. An entrepreneur, she typically wakes up to the sound of faxes coming into her home office. He comes home exhausted from days as a sales director. So this year, the Sherman Oaks couple has hired someone else to do it for them.
February 19, 1995 |
'Hot, young, gifted, undiscovered writer from NYC," read the ad in Daily Variety's Situations Wanted classifieds. "Type 65 WPM. Organizational wizard. Never heard of 'sexual harassment.' If you are a successful filmmaker, I want to be your assistant." Pamela Francis, a 27-year-old New Yorker transplanted to L.A., placed this ad because, she says, "one of the swiftest ways to climb up (in the industry) is to be an assistant."
June 30, 2013 |
It's Thursday afternoon and I know I have a morning meeting at nine, a work event at 6, and drinks with friends sometime after that. When it comes time for me to leave I will look for the address, directions and hope to get there in time. Let's be honest, keeping track of everything is difficult. And, with most of our phones being “smart”, its only a matter of time that the virtual personal assistant apps take rise. Apple's Siri helps you get things done just by asking.
August 13, 2006
I travel quite often for business from Orange County, to Tokyo, New York and Dallas and everywhere in between, so when I read James Gilden's article ["Need the Next-to-Impossible? Ask the Concierge," July 9], it really hit home. There are so many times that I turn to various hotel concierges for their services and have found them incredibly helpful. And as an extension of that, I actually just purchased a membership to WhiteTie (www.whitetie.com), a personal concierge service that assists me in my travel plans.
February 12, 1998 |
Peggy Robertson, Alfred Hitchcock's personal assistant who worked on his motion pictures for more than 30 years, has died. She was 81. Robertson died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills after a long illness. Born in London, Robertson was working as a script supervisor at England's Denham Studios when she met Hitchcock.
May 22, 2012 |
Some people talk to their cars. In the near future, their cars will talk right back to them. On Tuesday, Nuance Communications Inc., a company that specializes in voice and language solutions, announced a new product called Dragon Drive that will turn your car into a Siri-like computer personal assistant. "Millions of cars around the world already use Nuance voice recognition for voice dialing and controlling the climate system, but all those activities are relegated to controlling technology in the car," Mike Thompson , senior vice president and general manager of Nuance's Mobile division, said in an interview with The Times.
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March 5, 2005 |
Helen White Williams, a longtime personal assistant in the Lyndon B. Johnson household who served as cook, maid, scheduler, travel aide, wardrobe coordinator, family confidante and surrogate mother to the Johnson daughters, has died. She was 81. Williams died Feb. 25 of a heart attack at Washington Hospital Center. Williams and her husband, Eugene, went to work for then-Sen. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson in 1950 after responding to a classified ad in an Austin, Texas, newspaper.
April 29, 2013 |
Google Now, a mobile feature designed by the Silicon Valley tech giant to give users information they might want before they search for it, is finally available for the Apple iPhone and iPad. The feature arrived Monday morning as part of the latest update for the iPhone and iPad Google app after debuting last summer exclusively for Android devices. Google Now is a big part of the search company's efforts to remain users' go-to service when seeking information on their phone or tablet.
April 25, 2013 |
LinkedIn, the business-centric online social network, is rolling out an iPhone app and website feature that combines users' address books, calendars and email accounts in one location. Like a virtual personal assistant, the new app, dubbed LinkedIn Contacts, culls contact information from the user's various email, calendar and address book services and puts them in one place. It also automatically updates the contact information each time there is a change, whether it be in the user's Google or Outlook account.
June 24, 2001 |
IT'S LIKE A CIA CONVENTION, A 12-STEP PROGRAM and a revival meeting all in one room. Here in an airless, pie-shaped Holiday Inn suite overlooking the 405 Freeway, a capacity crowd has paid up to $59 a person for tonight's Learning Annex seminar: "Becoming a Celebrity Personal Assistant." Let's get this straight: Being a celebrity personal assistant is not a glam job. According to the event's host, the Assn.