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August 1, 1999
"Forever Barbie?" (by Debra J. Hotaling, June 27), about Jill Barad, Barbie's "mother" and CEO of Mattel, was quite interesting as it recorded the ups and downs of Barbie over the years and lauded Barad's marketing skills. But I waited for a paragraph or two about the ill-fated decision to offer a tattooed Barbie. That product was apparently quickly withdrawn when parents were faced with the prospect of their 10-year-old daughters wanting to get tattoos like Barbie. I assume that Barad was behind the tattooed Barbie or it would not have been produced.
July 13, 1999 | SANDY BANKS
The drive wasn't that long, as road trips go . . . an hour maybe, crawling along the 405 to LAX from the San Fernando Valley. I was in the driver's seat, ferrying my friend and her two daughters to catch a plane. Kim and I didn't mind the traffic jam. There was plenty of time before their flight; we passed the hour on the road chatting amiably. But I couldn't help but notice the sighs of boredom floating up from the back seat. "How long?"
December 16, 2004 | Lisa Hirsch, Special to The Times
I failed gym in the ninth grade. I got a 25. Out of 100. I don't know if it's because I'm long-limbed and gawky, or maybe it's because I'm nearsighted and never got those special plastic glasses, but for me sinking a ball in a basket or balancing on Rollerblades is as impossible as hopping in a spaceship and visiting the moon. Athleticism to me is walking to Trader Joe's to get dinner. Even then I might slip and fall.
Coaches in the Garden Grove League call Pacifica's Chris Vlasic the league's best player. Bob Becker, Vlasic's coach, doesn't disagree. He just isn't sure he wants to start Vlasic. What? The league's best player, not starting? "That may turn out to be what's best for the team, chemistry-wise," Becker said. "It wouldn't bother Chris. If the chemistry works out with Chris on the bench at the start, then that's what we'll do."
August 10, 2006 | Mark Sachs
LATE-NIGHT cable fans can recite his taglines like something out of a Schwarzenegger flick: "The only tears you'll shed will be tears of joy." "But wait, there's more." And the hands-down fave: "Set it -- and forget it." In the three-easy-payments world of infomercial pitchmen, Ron Popeil is the gold standard. The Biography Channel gives the 71-year-old Beverly Hills resident his due Tuesday at 5 p.m. (repeating at 9) -- an hourlong special on Popeil's remarkable Ronco rise.
October 8, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Leaving" is a particularly bleak love story, a film from France that's as interested in making points about the repressive nature of society as it is in celebrating a relationship between two people. Given that one of the two people is played by Kristin Scott Thomas, who gives an involved performance as a married woman suddenly bowled over by her fervor for another man, there are things in this film to hold our interest. But anyone looking for characters as truly human and sympathetic as those in this year's "Mademoiselle Chambon" will be looking in vain.
September 6, 1992 | RHOLAN WONG, Rholan Wong lives in West Los Angeles
Like an increasing number of people, I found myself unexpectedly without a job a few months ago. No, that's not exactly right. Rather, while my wife, Debbie, spent her days as a social worker, I suddenly had two jobs, both at home: part-time free-lance writer/public relations executive and full-time househusband and parent for Derek, our 4-year-old son. I had little preparation for the latter career, but intensive on-the-job training has taught me some of the basics of being a homemaker.
October 17, 2010
Helping troubled kids help themselves Re "On Probation: In an earlier era, kids in the camps were treated like human beings by adults who cared about them and wanted to help them change," and "Today, federal intervention is necessary to fix intractable problems at Los Angeles County's Department of Probation," Oct. 10 It is shocking to read about the new lows in California's juvenile justice system. Fortunately, as author Sal Martinez modestly reminded us, there is something we all can do to help make an important difference in the lives of young people.
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