May 9, 2001 |
She will buy your kids' birthday presents. Field your business calls. Micro-manage your divorce. If you're famous, she'll shelter you from screaming fans. If you have a whim of iron, she'll charter a plane to pick up your puppy--or pay somebody $100 to give you their parking space. Kerri Campos has done all this, and much, much more, as a member of a curious but increasingly growing niche industry known as the personal assistant.
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January 23, 2001 |
Saying that timing is the most crucial aspect of making a sale, Antelope Valley real estate broker Bruce B. Hailstone has found that he's increasingly turning to his hand-held computer to close the deal. Hailstone uses a service, offered by Los Angeles-based CreSenda Wireless, that was test-marketed by 45 brokers in the San Fernando Valley over two months last summer.
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.
July 24, 2000 |
For years, tech wizards have predicted the demise of the personal computer as the dominant Internet connection. The Palm hand-held computer and other "information appliances" were the heirs apparent, but a sluggish roll-out of such devices and limited public acceptance have defied overly optimistic marketers. Now the cellular phone has emerged as the new favorite to become the most common and accessible tool for online communication and commerce.
December 6, 1999 |
Question: A question has arisen among the administrative support staff at the law firm where I work. We are frequently required to handle personal chores for law partners and other employees. We're required to take people's personal mail, including their bills, to the post office. I even have to handle mail from their spouses and children, including their Christmas cards. It isn't a big problem, but I wonder what would happen if someone's mortgage payment never made it to the bank.
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.
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.
December 3, 1997 |
A state appeals court has ordered Irvine heiress Joan Irvine Smith to pay $464,000 to an employee who was trampled by Smith's horse. But the court reserved its most powerful blows for Smith's attorneys, calling them "welshing lawyers" for attempting to renege on an agreement to settle the matter out of court.