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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.
April 11, 2004 | K.C. Cole, Times Staff Writer
In high school, Adam Steltzner got what he describes as a "great education. I learned how to meet girls, what drugs to take, where the best shows were." He failed most of sophomore and junior years and earned a 460 combined score on his SATs. For many years, he played bass in various bands, supporting his various habits by working in a health food store.
November 25, 2001 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg, whose most recent book is "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work," is a regular contributor to Calendar
When Michael Frayn's play "Copenhagen" was previewing on Broadway last year, the author received a harsh letter from a theatergoer. "You may know a little bit about writing plays, Mr. Frayn, but I know something about Broadway," read the letter. "I've been watching plays on Broadway for 30 years now, and I can tell you that if you don't take all of the science out of your play, you aren't going to last on Broadway." Fortunately, Frayn ignored her.
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.
Three stadium records. Three meet records. Two state leaders. That's what Oliver Jackson of Royal High accomplished in the first of his four events in the Ventura County track and field championships at Moorpark High on Friday evening. Jackson, runner-up in the long jump in the state championships last year, leaped a career-best 24-5 3/4 to win the event for the third consecutive year before winning the triple jump in 44-6, placing second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 39.
Americans flew in record numbers last year and endured about the same rate of snafus--from delays to mishandled baggage to overbookings--as in the previous year. But they complained about the experiences in record numbers, new statistics show. Consumers registered 17,381 complaints against U.S. airlines in 1999, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which collects figures from airlines and accepts comments from the public.
October 3, 1999
1902 Movies The release of "Le Voyage dans la Lune" (A Trip to the Moon), by Georges Melies, perhaps the first great fantasy filmmaker. * 1914-1918 World War I The optimistic idealism fueling the Modern Age was stunned and deformed by the most brutal human conflict in recorded history. * 1920 Radio Pittsburgh-area radio station KDKA broadcasts the first scheduled music program. It's the first step in a relationship that would take pop music into virtually every home and car in America.
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