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December 19, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The occasional car crawls down 11th Street, its driver and passengers looking for a parking space not too far from their destination, a nondescript residence that is becoming a popular tourist destination in a working-class Cleveland neighborhood. Visitors often recognize the mustard-yellow house, with its equally unattractive army-green trim, well before they spot the sign welcoming them to "A Christmas Story" House. This was home to the Parker family in the 1983 movie about 9-year-old Ralphie's wish for a Red Ryder air rifle, despite cautions from adults — including a department store Santa — that "you'll shoot your eye out. " The film was a box-office flop.
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December 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd
24 hours of "A Christmas Story" (TBS, Tuesday and Wednesday). Jean Shepherd's hardy holiday classic turns 30 this year. (I will pause for those who need to sit for a second in order to take that number in.) Adding tradition to tradition, TBS will again air the film for 24 hours straight, 12 times in a row, beginning at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve; some brave souls may take this as a challenge -- a triple-dog-dare challenge. (Anyone up wrapping presents at 4 a.m. should at least appreciate the company.)
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July 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Joining the recent cavalcade of shows that hope to ride a lucrative wave of nostalgia, a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Story" will be coming to Broadway this holiday season. The original 1983 comedy starred a 12-year-old Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, a Depression-era kid obsessed with receiving a new BB gun for Christmas (an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, for those who want to get specific), and the film became a holiday classic as a result of repeated showings on basic cable.
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | By Claire Noland
One of them recorded an iconic pop song about Santa Claus, and then died on Christmas Day. Another made certain that Ralphie got his coveted Red Ryder BB gun in the movie “A Christmas Story.” Still another was a modern-day incarnation of Kris Kringle walking through skid row in downtown Los Angeles and handing out money to startled down-and-outers. A number of notable figures with strong ties to Christmas have been featured in Los Angeles Times news obituaries in the last 25 years or so. Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of newsmakers with Christmas legacies.
SPORTS
May 26, 1986
The last time Boston and Houston met in the NBA finals, in 1980-81, the Celtics won in six games. The Most Valuable Player was Cedric Maxwell of the Celtics. Maxwell, now of the Clippers, thinks it could be tougher for the Celtics this time. He told the Denver Post that Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson present unique problems for Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. Asked if Parish could keep up with Olajuwon for an entire game, Maxwell said: "I don't think so. Robert is not part zebra.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd
24 hours of "A Christmas Story" (TBS, Tuesday and Wednesday). Jean Shepherd's hardy holiday classic turns 30 this year. (I will pause for those who need to sit for a second in order to take that number in.) Adding tradition to tradition, TBS will again air the film for 24 hours straight, 12 times in a row, beginning at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve; some brave souls may take this as a challenge -- a triple-dog-dare challenge. (Anyone up wrapping presents at 4 a.m. should at least appreciate the company.)
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | By Claire Noland
One of them recorded an iconic pop song about Santa Claus, and then died on Christmas Day. Another made certain that Ralphie got his coveted Red Ryder BB gun in the movie “A Christmas Story.” Still another was a modern-day incarnation of Kris Kringle walking through skid row in downtown Los Angeles and handing out money to startled down-and-outers. A number of notable figures with strong ties to Christmas have been featured in Los Angeles Times news obituaries in the last 25 years or so. Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of newsmakers with Christmas legacies.
SPORTS
December 5, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Travel arrangements for the Orange Bowl-bound Colorado Buffaloes are relatively easy compared to the preparations required to get Ralphie to Miami, Colorado officials say. Ralphie III, the 1,000-pound five-foot female buffalo mascot, travels to out-of-state games in an enlarged horse trailer. Colorado officials are contacting alumni who might be ranchers or farmers along a route between Boulder and Miami to ask if Ralphie may stay a night with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1998
Ralphie Valladares, longtime roller derby legend who skated and coached for the Los Angeles Thunderbirds, has died of cancer, it was announced Saturday. He was 62. Valladares died Friday at his daughter's home in Pico Rivera, according to William J. Griffith of Roller Games International. Valladares, known as "The Guatemalan Flyer," skated with the famed T-Birds for years and developed a following around the globe because of his association with the team.
SPORTS
May 11, 1993 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When an Indiana sportswriter dubbed Ralph Liguori "Ralphie the Racer" several decades ago, it was hardly a compliment. Liguori, after all, was the answer to a trivia question: Who tried hardest to get in the Indianapolis 500 and never made it? From 1959 to 1968 he came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Tampa to make the race. He never made it to the starting line.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Joining the recent cavalcade of shows that hope to ride a lucrative wave of nostalgia, a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Story" will be coming to Broadway this holiday season. The original 1983 comedy starred a 12-year-old Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, a Depression-era kid obsessed with receiving a new BB gun for Christmas (an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, for those who want to get specific), and the film became a holiday classic as a result of repeated showings on basic cable.
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December 24, 2011 | Steven Paul Leiva, Steven Paul Leiva's latest novel, "Traveling in Space," was published in November by Bluroof Press
Twenty-eight years ago, I was a producer on a film based in Tokyo when, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, I was called back to America to deal with a production emergency. The company I worked for was based in Marin County in Northern California, and there I found myself all alone on Thanksgiving Day. Wallowing in self-pity, I took myself off to one of the charming villages of Marin County, found a Country Kitchen-like restaurant, sat down to the Thanksgiving Special, and gave absolutely no thanks for the mendacious accountant who had run off with some of the production's funds.
TRAVEL
December 19, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The occasional car crawls down 11th Street, its driver and passengers looking for a parking space not too far from their destination, a nondescript residence that is becoming a popular tourist destination in a working-class Cleveland neighborhood. Visitors often recognize the mustard-yellow house, with its equally unattractive army-green trim, well before they spot the sign welcoming them to "A Christmas Story" House. This was home to the Parker family in the 1983 movie about 9-year-old Ralphie's wish for a Red Ryder air rifle, despite cautions from adults — including a department store Santa — that "you'll shoot your eye out. " The film was a box-office flop.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009 | Glenn Whipp
Not long after meeting as costars of a 1990 after-school special about steroids, Peter Billingsley and Vince Vaughn rented an apartment together in Hollywood with three other guys. Vaughn had just started acting; Billingsley, nearly a decade removed from playing the Red Ryder BB gun-obsessed kid in "A Christmas Story," was 20 and already contemplating a career change. Aside from the Top Ramen noodles and the late-night walks around the block talking about the future and what Vaughn describes as the "towels that would move on the floor," Vaughn remembers one other thing about those days -- he could never persuade Billingsley to come to the racetrack with him. "If I didn't have an audition, I'd go to the track," Vaughn says.
NEWS
July 24, 2003 | Adam Tschorn, Special to The Times
Can a 450-pound stand-up comic leverage his weight problem to become the funniest person in America? Fat chance. That's not being disrespectful, that's actually the title Ralphie May has picked out for his hoped-for TV series. "It's about a comic who wants to make it in the business, but he can't break through because of his weight," says May. "It's going to be called 'Fat Chance' because that's what I've been told: 'Fat chance if you want to make it here, because you don't look like L.A.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1998
Ralphie Valladares, longtime roller derby legend who skated and coached for the Los Angeles Thunderbirds, has died of cancer, it was announced Saturday. He was 62. Valladares died Friday at his daughter's home in Pico Rivera, according to William J. Griffith of Roller Games International. Valladares, known as "The Guatemalan Flyer," skated with the famed T-Birds for years and developed a following around the globe because of his association with the team.
NEWS
July 24, 2003 | Adam Tschorn, Special to The Times
Can a 450-pound stand-up comic leverage his weight problem to become the funniest person in America? Fat chance. That's not being disrespectful, that's actually the title Ralphie May has picked out for his hoped-for TV series. "It's about a comic who wants to make it in the business, but he can't break through because of his weight," says May. "It's going to be called 'Fat Chance' because that's what I've been told: 'Fat chance if you want to make it here, because you don't look like L.A.'
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2011 | Steven Paul Leiva, Steven Paul Leiva's latest novel, "Traveling in Space," was published in November by Bluroof Press
Twenty-eight years ago, I was a producer on a film based in Tokyo when, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, I was called back to America to deal with a production emergency. The company I worked for was based in Marin County in Northern California, and there I found myself all alone on Thanksgiving Day. Wallowing in self-pity, I took myself off to one of the charming villages of Marin County, found a Country Kitchen-like restaurant, sat down to the Thanksgiving Special, and gave absolutely no thanks for the mendacious accountant who had run off with some of the production's funds.
SPORTS
September 20, 1996 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On game days in Nebraska, sold-out Memorial Stadium, capacity 72,700, becomes the third-largest city in the state. It has been sold out a record 209 consecutive games. The devoted drive from as far away as Scottsbluff, 409 miles west, clad in red, eyes fixed ahead as they count down the seconds until kickoff. The joke in Lincoln is you could fire a cannon down main street during a Nebraska game and not hurt a soul.
SPORTS
May 11, 1993 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When an Indiana sportswriter dubbed Ralph Liguori "Ralphie the Racer" several decades ago, it was hardly a compliment. Liguori, after all, was the answer to a trivia question: Who tried hardest to get in the Indianapolis 500 and never made it? From 1959 to 1968 he came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Tampa to make the race. He never made it to the starting line.
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