May 17, 2007 |
STRANGE things can happen in a New York City subway station. For the Trinidad-born musician Asheba, the 42nd Street E Train platform was the place where he became "blessed with spirit of children's music." While he was performing there in the early 1990s, a little girl named Sparkle asked if he knew "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Asheba did not, and had her to sing it for him. He recast the well-known nursery rhyme with a Caribbean rhythm, and it later wound up the title track of his first CD, "Go Itsy."
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April 9, 2007 |
Education agitator Steve Barr's many detractors will tell you that he's a megalomaniacal publicity hound. So why don't I feel dirty standing beside him, dutifully taking notes as he rhapsodizes about a sheet-metal warehouse in Watts? The building is as ugly as the pit bull pacing behind the rusted chain-link fence that protects it, but Barr sees only potential beauty.
May 29, 2006 |
Timothy Leary's dead No, no, no, no, he's outside, looking in -- "Legend of a Mind," the Moody Blues * ALTHOUGH MAY 31 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Timothy Leary, there will be no gathering of the tribes anywhere to commemorate the event. Unlike Jerry Garcia, whose posthumous profile remains so high that the toilet from his home in Marin County was recently stolen after it was auctioned off for charity, Leary's name has not been enshrined on a Ben & Jerry's ice cream carton.
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November 13, 2005 |
"The Pied Piper of Saipan" almost didn't get into World War II. Guy Louis "Gabby" Gabaldon was just 5 feet 3 and had a perforated eardrum; the Navy rejected him. But when the Marines learned he could speak Japanese -- gritty slang picked up on the streets of Boyle Heights -- that was a different story. That's how Gabaldon came to capture more than 1,100 Japanese single-handedly, leading soldier and civilian alike to safety.
December 5, 2004 |
This remote farming town in northwestern Mexico has tried just about everything to rid itself of rats: cats, poison and even cash rewards for killing the thousands of rodents infesting businesses and destroying the corn harvest. So when retired Massachusetts salesman Stephen Petren called and said he had a foolproof method, local officials took him up on it. Now, Petren, who speaks no Spanish, is using hand signals to teach Mexicans how to exterminate vermin. Petren, 71, from Holliston, Mass.
July 12, 2003
In "Always on His Mind" (July 5), about Willie Nelson and his guitar, Trigger, Nelson was referred to as "the pot-smoking, pistol-packing Pied Piper of Outlaw Music." Well, boy howdy! Too bad that Nelson would never run for president, because I'd vote for him in a flash. Compared to all the phony, pedophile priests in the headlines and the petroleum-fueled Texan now in office, with his Vice President "prickly Dick Cheney," Willie and his boys would be our nation's best representatives, here and overseas.