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February 20, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Peter Small has made a career of bringing historical figures to life. Appearing before audiences at schools, senior centers, presidential libraries and civic organizations, he's played Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Saddam Hussein, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. The character for which he has the most passion, however, is also his least likely role: Golda Meir, first and only female prime minister of Israel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Peter Small has made a career of bringing historical figures to life. Appearing before audiences at schools, senior centers, presidential libraries and civic organizations, he's played Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Saddam Hussein, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. The character for which he has the most passion, however, is also his least likely role: Golda Meir, first and only female prime minister of Israel.
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OPINION
January 7, 2003
Re "Knott's Pulls the Plug on Edison Workshop," Jan. 5: I agreed with Peter Small, Knott's Berry Farm's historical impressionist, when he said, "It's sad ... to see the workshop closed." But as I continued to read the article, I was heartened to see it was going to be replaced with Peppermint Patty's Candy and Souvenirs. Children were still going to be educated -- albeit at the dentist's office, with its tantalizing display of picks and drills ... all ready to fix those cavities. Knott's, you should be ashamed.
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August 11, 2000 | JAMES E. FOWLER
Mystery writer Faye Kellerman will sign and discuss her latest work, "Stalker," Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 380-1636. * Exile Books & Music, 14925 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks, holds a 40th birthday party for poet Teresa Willis on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. $5 cover. Richard Modiano hosts the Poetry in Exile reading Thursday. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m. No cover. (818) 986-6409.
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February 4, 2000 | ALEX FIELD
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will host a troupe of presidential impersonators, called "the Living Legends," for performances Feb. 21 in honor of the Presidents Day holiday. Abraham Lincoln will be portrayed by John Kendall, who will recite the Gettysburg Address in the library courtyard at 12:15 p.m. Judith Helton and her one-woman show, "Abigail Adams: Revolutionary Woman," will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2000
* Big Bunny--The Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, will host "Big Bunny's Spring Fling," April 21-23. $3.25-$8.25. (323) 644-6400. * Chamber Music--The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs its season finale April 22 at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. $13-$50. (818) 754-8250. * Presidential Performance--Impressionist Peter M. Small will portray Harry S. Truman on April 22 at the Sherman Oaks Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark St. Sherman Oaks. Free. (818) 981-7851.
OPINION
July 1, 2002
Re " 'The Body' May Be Gone but the Spirit Will Rock On," Commentary, June 25: Matt Bai understands very well the electoral appeal and political significance of Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Whereas term limits failed to turn out professional politicians and create a new generation of citizen-politicians, Gov. Ventura was truly that citizen-politician. Due to the existing political realities, his background as a professional wrestler and an entertainer told him when to exit the public stage.
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December 23, 1997
I was delighted to read that immigrant children are learning about America's religious diversity and freedom through the Los Angeles Unified School District's Emergency Immigrant Education Program at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Dec. 16). However, I disagree with school district coordinator Lila Silvern's explanation of the significance of Hanukkah. Yes, it is a special festival, but it is not a holiday that "little Jewish children celebrate instead of Christmas." It is a celebration of the Maccabee victory over Hellenism and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem that occurred many years before the birth of Jesus.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2000
Your article about the new NBC series "Ed" was so right on I couldn't believe it ("Northeastern Exposure," by Robert Strauss, Oct. 22). Before reading the article, my family had already discussed the idea that "Ed" is quirky and has great characters (Tom Cavanagh is perfect as Ed) and that we thought of "Northern Exposure" while watching it. It's just really really good. I guess we're pretty perceptive, as is Mr. Strauss. SUSAN KISH Dana Point Having grown up in a small, close-knit community of Pompton Lakes, N.J., I can easily share much of what Robert Strauss found and felt in northern New Jersey.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2000
Peter M. Small will portray the 33rd U.S. president, Harry S. Truman, on Saturday in Sherman Oaks. Small presents costumed impersonations of historical figures for schools, museums, libraries and other organizations. * Peter M. Small as Harry S. Truman, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Sherman Oaks Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks. Free. (818) 981-7851. Chamber Music The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs its season finale Saturday night in Glendale.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2001
Seventeen-year-old soprano Hallie Silverston will perform Tuesday at the University of Judaism. Silverston has been honored by the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, the Maryellen Clemens Scholarship at Cal State Northridge and Songfest 2000 Chapman University. Her program will include works by Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Menotti and Barber. A selection of Yiddish songs from the Warsaw ghetto also will be included in the program. Theodore Crain will accompany Silverston on the piano.
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