June 4, 1987 |
Although he was raised in relative poverty, living across the street from a county dump in East Los Angeles for much of his youth, Phillip J. Stevens counts himself among the fortunate American Indians. For starters, he says, he was able to attend and graduate from UCLA's engineering school. And then, after working for TRW for a dozen years, and collecting several patents in the field of rocket propulsion in the process, Stevens achieved his goal of starting his own company, Ultrasystems Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1988 |
Sioux leaders chose a 59-year-old Newport Beach man Thursday to be their first war chief in more than a century and lead the battle to recover their ancestral land in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Phillip J. Stevens was named to this post, a Sioux spokesman said, so the Sioux tribes could show a united front in their campaign to persuade the federal government to pay $3.1 billion in reparations and return 1.3 million acres in South Dakota.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1995
Neta Faye Becker, a longtime Ventura resident and community volunteer, has died. She was 65. Becker, a former real estate agent for Paul, White & Carahan Real Estate Co. in Burbank, was an active parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura. In addition to working with Bible study programs at the church, Becker was also a Catholic Social Services volunteer and a Pink Lady at Community Memorial Hospital.
March 31, 2002 |
A tornado blew through a small Central Texas community Saturday, damaging houses and injuring at least four people, authorities said. The storm cut a wide swath east of Thornton, said Aubrey Briggs, mayor pro tem of the city of about 500 people about 35 miles east of Waco. "It missed the city. It was pretty widespread and pretty destructive," Briggs said. "My sister-in-law saw it. She said it was just a red cloud. It must have been sucking dirt out of the ground."
May 6, 1987 |
Cather: Early Novels & Stories edited and annotated by Sharon O'Brien (The Library of America: $27.50, 1,336 pages) The Denver poet and essayist Thomas Hornsby Ferril once spoke of the West of his childhood as "a land without grandmothers," and, metaphorically, it was almost certainly true enough. The frontier was then still so recent that families had not yet had time to extend themselves. Yet already those days have come to seem almost immeasurably distant and faded.
May 1, 1997 |
The great thing about a pub crawl in downtown Fullerton is that the pubs are actually within crawling distance of one another--though most people prefer to walk it. Just keep in mind that at evening's end, somebody has to drive home. EVENING 1 Once a sports bar, Downtown Bar and Grill has been radically spruced up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1993 |
Officials activated the emergency operations center in the basement of City Hall on Tuesday in a drill designed to tune up their response to major disasters and to qualify for federal funding. About 75 city employees took part in the noontime exercise to grapple with an imaginary 7.9-magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. During the drill, emergency personnel, making imaginary surveys through the city, reported that a roof at Ethel B.
July 6, 1996 |
"Crazy Horse" is the latest entry in TNT's continuing series of Native American dramas. As with such earlier stories in the collection as "Geronimo," "Lakota Woman" and "Tecumseh," every effort has been made to stick close to the facts. Historical veracity obviously is a desirable goal, especially given the unreliable manner in which Native Americans have been depicted in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of films.
May 2, 2001 |
The de-Anglicizing of PBS drama moves forward tonight with "The Song of the Lark," an adaptation of American novelist Willa Cather's story about a gifted young woman driven by her passion for music to flee her provincial Colorado home town en route to a career as an opera diva. Verdict? Bring back the Brits.
May 27, 2007 |
"BURY My Heart at Wounded Knee," which premieres on HBO at 9 p.m. Sunday, traces the decline of the Sioux resistance from the defeat of Custer at the Little Big Horn in 1876 through the climactic Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. The two-part film is a major departure from previous dramas about 19th century American Indians -- not least because it grounds their experience in harsh reality rather than myth.