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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 (, a personal concierge service that assists me in my travel plans.
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 | By Deborah Netburn
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.
March 5, 2005 | Joe Holley, The Washington Post
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 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
April 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
June 24, 2001 | DEBRA J. HOTALING
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.
August 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Rep. Barney Frank said today he hired a male prostitute as a personal employee but fired him two years ago when he became suspicious the man was selling sex from Frank's Capitol Hill apartment. "I was victimized," Frank said in a telephone interview. "I knew he had been a prostitute. . . . I was trying to get him to stop. I didn't know he was expanding his business.
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh, attempting to shield his closest personal aide, helped conceal the fact that the aide flunked a lie detector test during a highly sensitive Justice Department investigation, the agency's departing No. 2 official charged Saturday. Thornburgh also sought to keep the probe out of the hands of the department's internal watchdog unit, and, failing that, refused to follow the unit's recommendations for further investigation, Deputy Atty. Gen. Donald B.
May 12, 2005 | Lili Singer
A striking photograph of golden currant (Ribes aureum), a favorite of wildlife and gardeners, greets visitors to the no-frills web page for this region-specific hotline, the area's first to offer free advice on gardening with California's diverse native plants. By telephone or e-mail, a live person based at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont will answer questions -- in detail -- on plant selection, planting and maintenance.
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