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April 21, 1991
"Quantum Leap" (NBC) is the best program on television. The series' brilliant concept of a man "leaping" into other people's lives is the best vehicle for commenting on the human condition since "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek." Jon Strauss, Huntington Beach
March 25, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times TV Critic
Another weekend, another set of new series. The newcomers this time are dramas: ABC's "Men," at 10 tonight on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42, and NBC's "Quantum Leap," which gets a two-hour introduction at 9 p.m. Sunday on Channels 4, 36 and 39, and then moves into its regular 9 p.m. slot on Friday. The premise for "Quantum Leap" is proven and ever appealing. Only the execution remains a question.
May 2, 2004
Thanks for the terrific "A Quantum Leap" by K.C. Cole [April 11]. Not only was I impressed with the scientists' work, but also with the background of each individual featured. What an inspiration these young adults are -- real "with it" role models for our future engineers/scientists. I've already shared the article with a grateful co-worker whose 10-year-old is reluctant to show his interest and depth of understanding of robotics for fear of being labeled a "nerd" by classmates.
January 17, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bad news for those hoping that TV controversy will someday become cost-effective. Sources at NBC said Thursday that the network lost about $500,000 on Wednesday's disputed "Quantum Leap" episode about gays and gay bashing. Confirming that there was a loss, Sue Binford, NBC vice president for corporate and media relations, said that a number of sponsors pulled out of the episode and that those taking their place were allowed to buy commercial time at a "minimum cost."
January 14, 2001
Re "Superintendent Counters a Critic" (Dec. 31): Supt. Susan Roper's reason that the Huntington Beach Union High School District did not send transcripts to the state of the top 4% in each class was that 53% of the seniors in the district were eligible to attend the University of California system without using the program. There is a quantum leap between being eligible and being admitted. Many students are eligible but few are admitted--a ratio of about 10 to 1. So her statement, "Our graduates are not affected by the 4% admission guarantee since a much higher percentage of our students are already eligible for admission to the UC system" is fallacious.
May 13, 2010
Jane Smiley, the California author of a dozen wildly different books, tackles half a century of events in the life of Margaret Early, a plain girl who gets married off to an eccentric scientist, in "Private Life." The pair move to San Francisco, where they suffer a series of internal and external disasters, but the knowledge that Margaret has married a madman is what keeps the pages turning. The Washington Post has called "Private Life" a "quantum leap" for this already accomplished writer, who will sign her latest work.
February 28, 1992 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Slate is a regular contributor to The Times
Trekkies, look out: The Leapers are coming. "Quantum Leap"ers, that is--ardent fans of NBC's time-travel anthology series about physicist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), who, as the victim of an experiment gone awry, each week leaps into the body of a different character to alter that person's life for the better, aided by a former astronaut named Al (Dean Stockwell) who appears as a hologram.
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