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.
September 12, 2004 |
Forget personal assistants, orchestra seats at Disney Hall and SUVs as big as summer cabins. Nothing quite makes the point that one has arrived in Los Angeles like a custom-built hillside home with a view. L.A. County hills are akin to an immense three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle that has been filling in over a century of continuous development. And there are few pieces left.
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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.
January 15, 2001 |
Jaromir Ledecky sits in Room 427 in Sibley Memorial Hospital. With him is Alexia James, who bathes him, helps him from the bed to the chair, takes his blood pressure. If anything goes wrong, she's there to alert the nurse. Ledecky, who is recovering from a leg operation, hired James, a certified nursing assistant, or "sitter," at his own expense--as he did when he underwent a heart operation at Washington Hospital Center, and when he had surgery in Baltimore.
August 25, 1989 |
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.
May 20, 1990 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
May 12, 2005 |
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.
August 30, 2012 |
"The Ambassador" will make your head spin. Part muckraking nonfiction film, part performance piece, it is a nervy documentary guaranteed, depending on who you are, to enlighten, disturb or offend. Which is what you might expect from a man who describes his work as "a strange mix of Borat and the Economist. " That would be Danish documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger, whose previous film, "The Red Chapel," took his particular brand of political theater of the absurd to North Korea. Now Brügger is headed off to the Central African Republic, a just-about-failed state he describes, in a typical bit of scathing voice-over, as "'Jurassic Park' for those who long for Africa of the 1970s.