August 4, 2012 |
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. --Jewish proverb The drive from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan was abruptly curtailed when I arrived at the wrong border crossing. The crossing was closed for repairs and there was supposedly another one about 60 miles away. The only sticking point: I had no idea how to get there. Fortunately for me, an Uzbekistan stranger did. However, he wanted to be paid for his services. 200,000 som to be precise. I didn't have 200,000 som (about $100)
December 2, 1987 |
The Union Leader, the staunchly conservative statewide newspaper in the nation's first primary state, endorsed Republican Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV for President in a front page editorial Tuesday. Lamenting the quality of the 1988 field, Publisher Nackey Loeb acknowledged that her newspaper "has not been a flag-waving enthusiast for any of the candidates running for President. A lot of conservatives are in the same boat."
October 25, 1986 |
Night Kites by M. E. Kerr (Zolotow/Harper Junior: $11.50). M. E. Kerr has a genius for striding up on her readers' blind sides and delivering the unexpected. She was doing it as long ago as 1972 with "Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack," which had nothing to do with drugs. She's done it again in "Night Kites," her most important book. It's about the rapport between two brothers separated by a 10-year age difference, and a secret.
July 6, 2003 |
Philadelphia "Buddakan?" boomed Pete through the phone. "I hear that's one of the best restaurants in the city. You'd better be buying!" "For the pleasure of your company, I am buying," I replied to my longtime friend. And that is how we ended up in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district, having an excellent lunch at an Asian fusion bistro rated among the city's top restaurants.
May 17, 1987 |
He has an extremely novel set of theories about how to win a pennant. If his Cincinnati Reds remain in first place, he could set the mystique of managing back a century. Rose wanted a huge color TV in his clubhouse so everybody can watch the Kentucky Derby. He wants beer on the airplane and plenty of jokes. When he says, "Good morning," to a player he's benched the day before, he wants the guy to say, "How's it goin', Pete."
March 24, 1988 |
Tuesday's Dodger flap, caused by the tardiness of Pedro Guerrero and Mariano Duncan for an exhibition game in Plant City, Fla., may have generated another problem for Fred Claire, the team's executive vice president. Steve Greenberg, agent for disgruntled third base candidate Jeff Hamilton, has arrived in town and is expected to seek a trade for his client. Hamilton's chances of winning the third base job ended when Guerrero agreed to move there from first base.
August 2, 1985 |
Two months ago, when his team was a candidate for a mercy killing, Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda had to beg the wolves to stay away. By then, Johnny Carson had stopped telling Dodger jokes. Like Nixon, the Dodgers had become too easy a target. This team didn't bleed Dodger blue, it coughed it up. Lasorda's first baseman had a matched set of sprained elbows. His only slugger was a singles-hitting gloveman. His leadoff man was an automatic out. His offense an accident.
May 12, 1986 |
The night before had been unseasonably cold for late April, with a low near 20, but now the campus was basking in sunshine. Shirtless joggers bounded past pale co-eds stretched out on blankets, and leafless trees seemed to sprout green buds in a matter of hours, as in time-lapse photography. In a dark and cramped basement room in venerable Sorin Hall, a restless freshman football player slipped on a pair of shorts and boat shoes.
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March 4, 1989 |
Frank Cox, known to generations of San Diegans as "Frank the Trainman" because of a four-decade affiliation with his own model train shop, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 82. "He was the dean of train collectors," said Tom Sefton, president of San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, who said he and Cox had been friends since 1946. "He was responsible more than anyone else by far for the introduction of trains at Christmas time . . . for the young finding trains under the tree.
July 9, 1985 |
A wall of flames threatened the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo for a time on Monday, destroying several structures and forcing the evacuation of numerous residents when erratic winds abruptly pushed the week-old 58,000-acre Las Pilitas fire down out of the foothills. San Luis Obispo County Airport on the south side of the city was closed.