April 12, 1987 |
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.
May 27, 1985 |
Six years ago, Joanne Winkler's life resembled the stuff of lush paperback novels and Laundromat fantasies. She was married to an insurance executive, a pillar of the community. They belonged to an exclusive country club, golfed regularly, attended and threw lavish parties, lived in a view house atop the Hollywood Hills. Roland, their older son, then 19, was rebellious but had his mother's forceful personality and striking blond looks.
May 14, 1995 |
Anyone who remembers the first-generation video games such as Pong and Pac-Man will appreciate how far the video game revolution has evolved. Perhaps there's no better evidence of this than in the Internet Usenet discussion groups. At last count more than a dozen groups were devoted exclusively to video gaming. Here's a sampling: If you are addicted to what are now considered ancient games, such as Donkey Kong and Asteroids, you can find companionship at alt.games.video.classic .
September 17, 1990 |
The Aldeberts, pianist Louis and his vocalist wife Monique, continue to display their unique brand of Gallic charm on the local scene. Friday evening they were at Drake's Restaurant in Glendale. The evening began with Louis Aldebert noodling quietly at a Yamaha electric keyboard. Monique moved to her mike about 20 minutes later to offer a laid-back treatment of "You Must Believe in Spring" by Michel Legrand, using the English lyrics by the Bergmans.
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September 7, 1988 |
When 6-foot, 230-pound Ron Whitlock walks into a gym, clad in sweats and his athletic bag slung over his shoulder, people assume he is a wrestler, a boxer or a weightlifter. "People say to me, 'I thought you'd be a boxer,' or something like that. I say, 'No, but imagine what I can do to a Ping-Pong ball,' " said the 43-year-old detective in charge of officer training for the Orange Police Department.
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January 15, 1988 |
The back streets near Compton are a long way from Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Budapest and other places where table tennis is a major sport. But nestled on one of those streets near the western edge of town is the home of James D. West, who assembles customized paddles that have earned him a loyal following among Southern California's circle of about 500 serious table tennis players. "I would like to feel it's because I'm good," West said.
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January 5, 1986 |
For two years Ramon Corona has fretted about his "fluff pile," the gloomy slag heap of ground-up upholstery, floor mats, batteries and other debris left over from shredding crushed cars at his Pacific Steel Co. in National City. First, state health officials decided fluff was hazardous. So environmental officials stopped allowing shredders like Corona to dump it in city or county landfills. When officials then designated special landfills to solve the problem, the landfill operators balked.
September 6, 2007 |
IN 2005, Dan Fogler wowed Broadway audiences with his show-stopping performance in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," for which he nabbed a Tony Award. Since then, and despite somewhat unconventional looks, he's been adopted by Hollywood, starring in the just-released comedy "Balls of Fury" as ping-pong legend Randy Daytona, and as comic support in the upcoming "Good Luck Chuck," with Jessica Alba (Sept. 21).
December 14, 2012 |
Susan Sarandon and hotelier Andre Balazs sit side-by-side watching Pasadena's 16-year-old Olympic pingpong prodigy Erica Wu battle her opponent in a heated game of table tennis. Their eyes follow the tiny white ball, back and forth, back and forth. A breathless announcer in a tacky gold jacket tells the crowd, “It takes a royal couple like Andre and Susan to make this thing happen! I've never seen this in the history of table tennis!” Indeed, this is a rare moment for pingpong, which until a few years ago was associated with dank basements and cheap beer.
October 3, 2013 |
Golf isn't the only game at the President's Cup this week. Over the years, members of the American squad have shared a passion for ping-pong, spending their off-time battling each other on a table in the team room. Matt Kuchar is considered the best among them, but now Phil Mickelson is getting some help. "There were some reports that I took some lessons for pong prior to this tournament, and those reports would be correct," Mickelson said from Muirfield Village, where Cup play began on Thursday.