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The secret to Ken Cloude's success is he acts like Greg Maddux but pitches like Randy Johnson. Cloude, the JetHawks' ace right-hander, is the combination of poise and power. He blows 92-mph fastballs past hitters, then trots off the mound without so much as a peep or a pounded fist. When he does get hit, you can't tell by looking at his emotionless face. Of course, there hasn't been much opportunity to observe the latter in his brief pro career.
August 14, 1994 | SIMON ROMERO
Attracting the world's best poker players to a tournament outside Nevada or Atlantic City, N.J., would have been unheard of a decade ago. Now, with the prominence of the Southland's card casinos, some of the nation's best card sharks convened last week at the Bicycle Club Casino for California's largest poker tournament. "We get the cream of the crop in here," Robert Turner, 46, one of the Bicycle Club's house pros, said of this year's poker talent.
November 19, 1993
THE KATZ EFFECT: The decision this week by state Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) to stay put in 1994 and not run for the seat being vacated by state Sen. David Roberti (D-Van Nuys) is still causing palpable aftershocks in the San Fernando Valley political community.
November 5, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Robert Koehler writes regularly about theater for The Times
The Dirty Secret Play used to be constructed in long, developing dramatic arcs, usually involving families. By the end, the clan was laid bare, beaten and purged. Think of the father, for instance, in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," with his secret about his murderous engineering scams. That was a Dirty Big Secret Play. In the '90s, it has evolved into the Dirty Little Secret Play--so little, in fact, that the secrets aren't even worth the wait.
October 29, 1993 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; T.H. McCulloh writes regularly about theater for The Times
Masks are not new in drama. Their use began with the Greeks. In this century the use was made memorable by Eugene O'Neill, with masks used in communicating to the outside world, their removal the sign of a character's speaking his inner thoughts. In real life we all wear masks, often different ones for different groups of associates. That's the point of Cornelia Koehl's "Poker Face," opening tonight at the Little Victory Theatre.
April 28, 1986 | NANCY MILLS
When he was UCLA's star quarterback, Mark Harmon put on his football face. "When you're an athlete and someone punches you in the mouth," Harmon says, "you spit back two teeth and say, 'Is that all the harder you can hit me?' " Then, when he was making it as an actor on "St. Elsewhere," he put on his pretty face.
March 17, 1985 | NANCY RIVERA
Poker faces are as prized in corporate America as they are at the card table, and a standing-room-only crowd got a glimpse of one of the finest last Monday. Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens and former Texas Gov. John B. Connally were speaking that night at the Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, near Palm Springs. Pickens, in a speech titled "American Capitalism: Back to Basics," delivered his usual pitch--that hired corporate managers have not done a good job for shareholders.
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