September 23, 2001
Brian Lowry's article on how current TV programming has shrunk made reference to the amount of entertainment shows introduced back in 1986 versus today ("The Incredible Shrinking Schedule," Sept. 16). A reference guide revealed the new shows from '86 were audaciously diverse, including the offbeat alien comedy "ALF," a twisted cop parody called "Sledgehammer" as well as Michael Mann's law-enforcement drama "Crime Story." This year's upcoming fare all seem cut from the same conventional cloth, with refugees from "The Breakfast Club" having now joined the CIA in both "Alias" and "24"; Jim Belushi playing yet another beleaguered sitcom dad; and how am I supposed to get excited about a show dealing with the hidden intrigue located in "Pasadena"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989 |
The Orange County Reading Assn. named Donna Chamber Orange County's Reading Specialist of the Year at its spring conference at Katella High School in Anaheim. Chambers, who teaches reading at the Sunkist and Juarez elementary schools in Anaheim, said she was "surprised and pleased" with the award, which is given annually to the outstanding reading or resource specialist in Orange County. In addition, the Huntington Beach woman works part time for 112 USA, an organization that contracts with companies for on-site English language training.
February 12, 1989 |
Call it, if you like, the Battle of the Two Margarets: Drabble took the field first, with the 1985 fifth edition of "The Oxford Companion to English Literature"; enter now Atwood, with the late 1988 first edition of "The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English." Actually, Margaret Atwood only contributes the foreword to the Cambridge book, which has been edited by Ian Ousby; Margaret Drabble is Oxford's Ousby. But call it the Battle of the Two Margarets anyway. Now then, which Margaret wins?
February 29, 1996 |
For parents who haven't thought to look on bookstore shelves for places, events or projects that are both Valley and kid-related, now is the time: The 1996 editions of guidebooks have arrived. But a relatively new entry in this category, from a company with headquarters in the Cahuenga Pass, delivers more than the usual. "The Parent's Guide to L.A.--1996-'97" is not only the heftiest of the guidebooks, at 516 pages, but has the most information specific to the San Fernando Valley.
April 9, 2001
Long a mainstream drug reference for doctors and consumers alike, the venerable Physician's Desk Reference has gone alternative. Sort of. PDR for Nutritional Supplements ventures beyond prescription and over-the-counter medications into the often murky world of minerals, amino acids and other substances consumers are gobbling up at an unprecedented rate.