CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1987
Simons is right on both counts. Eugene the Jeep did grace a 1930s cartoon, "Popeye the Sailor," and was a cute little character who went around saying, "Jeep, Jeep!" in reply to anything said to him. Simon is equally correct in his definition of the quarter-ton vehicle that the Army labeled a quarter-ton GP truck in 1940 (there is a famous picture of one climbing the steps to the Capitol). The only added information I am able to offer comes from a knowledge of the times and the usual way of GIs to invent acronyms--nicknames--for just about everything.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1989
With a giant Popeye balloon leading the way, the Times Orange County Holiday Parade will step off at 10:30 this morning along the streets of downtown Santa Ana. With the weather forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, the parade will begin at Civic Center Drive and continue north on Broadway to 17th Street to Main Street and concludes at Washington Street and Main.
July 4, 1991 |
As the giant steel soccer ball and small wooden boat out front attest, Costa Mesa's Newport Roadhouse isn't your typical Orange County bar. In fact, in just a few months, it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the hippest bars around. Known as Popeye's to local barflies in past years and now commonly called the Roadhouse, it was christened in February when manager Gabriel Tellez took the helm.
May 19, 2005 |
In the early 1990s, a corporate bond broker named Bob Cudequest bought a one-sheet movie poster for a 1947 Goofy short subject in an animation gallery. That purchase began his passionate love affair with animation posters. Over the next decade, he purchased some 1,500 posters of various sizes, banners, lobby cards, photographs and press books from animated movies and shorts produced from the 1910s to the present.
August 9, 2013 |
Popeye the Sailor Man wouldn't hurt a fly - at least, not this one. Scientists reported earlier this week in the journal Zootaxa that they had discovered six new species of “Popeye flies” on the islands of Tahiti. The insects are distinguished by their bulging middle legs, which resemble Popeye's buff forearms (no tattoos are visible on the bugs, however). They're also one of the most diverse groups of insects in Tahiti. The yellowish flies, in the genus Campsicnemus (Latin for “bent legs”)
February 16, 2013
Re "I yam what I yam - but is it art?," Opinion, Feb. 12 I agree with Crispin Sartwell's assessment that the "authorities at the upper end of the art world" can lead us into the "worst of all possible aesthetic worlds. " Like him, I am not a fan of Jeff Koons' art, except perhaps as an enormous joke at the expense of the all-too-precious art world. I regret, however, that Sartwell did not say outright that good art does exist and that it enlightens and elevates us personally and culturally.
October 17, 1993 |
A riverboat casino under construction was seized in a lawsuit over the owner's financial agreement for a $2-million loan. Al Copeland, a New Orleans businessman, filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court against American Gaming Corp., the parent company of Gold Coast Casino. Copeland, founder of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken, said casino officials failed to make payments on the loan and broke other terms of the agreement. He wants the casino to be sold to pay off the debt.
December 25, 2001 |
Interfoods of America Inc. said Chief Executive Robert Berg and President Steve Wemple agreed to buy the shares of Interfoods they don't already own to take the franchisee of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits restaurants private. Interfoods shareholders will receive notes valued at $1.45 a share, the Miami-based company said. Shares of Interfoods rose 10 cents, or 13%, to 90 cents in over-the-counter trading.
November 5, 2012 |
Celebrities are so often given free handouts -- designer clothing, courtside seats to the Lakers -- that it's hard to imagine a star being excited by the prospect of free butterfly shrimp. But “Parks and Recreation” regular Aubrey Plaza insists she was overjoyed to be consuming said fried food as the face of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, though she wasn't yet a star. “I remember a moment where I was eating a bunch of butterfly shrimp and getting paid a lot of money to do that" during a Popeyes commercial, the actress recalled during the Los Angeles Times' third annual Young Hollywood roundtable on Friday night.