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March 7, 1993 | LINDA FELDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lawyer, financial consultant, expert bridge player, interior designer, restaurateur: No question about it, Vincenzo Castaldo is a Renaissance man. And the spirit of the Italian Renaissance is alive and well in his new restaurant, Villa Medici. Castaldo traveled to the United States for the first time in 1974 as a member of the Italian tournament bridge team. He played in the equivalent of the bridge Olympics in New Orleans. He says he loved America at first sight.
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March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co.  elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
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April 12, 1992 | E. RICHARD STIEHM, E. Richard Stiehm is a professor and head of the division of allergy/immunology, department of pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine.
My major regret about my low-cost education at a large Midwestern university is that it didn't include a senior year. Instead, after three chemistry- and biology- crammed years, I entered medical school. So when I hear a baroque opera I don't recognize, a literary allusion I don't know or a historical fact I don't connect, I blame it on my missing senior year of college. That year, I am sure, would have transformed me into a Renaissance man.
SPORTS
October 19, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The phrase is wildly overused in sports. Football's renaissance man. Basketball's renaissance man. Mixed martial arts' renaissance man. OK, maybe not the last one. Overuse reigns. So we will steer clear of using that description of the Lakers' Pau Gasol. But the Spaniard is a delight to interview, a man of varied interests and unfailingly polite under intense pressure from the media horde, often firing questions at him in two languages. One of the terrific byproducts of Twitter is that the fans also get a good glimpse of Gasol's personality and his varied interests, all on display for his 1.5-million plus followers.
NEWS
February 10, 1991 | SUSAN KING
Melvyn Bragg could called a modern-day Renaissance man. He's written 14 books and the screenplays for "Isadora" and "The Music Lovers." He's best known, however, as the host, editor and chief interviewer for the award-winning arts profile series "The South Bank Show," which is produced in Great Britain on London Weekend Television and airs approximately twice a month in the United States on Bravo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | From the Washington Post
Caryl P. Haskins, a biophysicist who was president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1956 to 1971 and a scientific advisor to government officials, died of cardiac arrest Monday at a hospital in Westport, Conn. He was 93. Strictly speaking, Haskins was a biophysicist--a scientist who uses physics to study biological structures and processes.
SPORTS
January 29, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Our image of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, although a good one, is outdated. We still have him frozen in mid-skyhook, his No. 33 as memorable as the grace of his shooting motion. The current image should be of a still-shy man, now 60 years old, hunched over a computer keyboard, pulling words from a mind that has long played second fiddle to a 7-foot-2 body and a pro basketball career that will never be replicated. The leading scorer in the history of the National Basketball Assn.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
One doesn't have to know that Simon Ramo recently celebrated his 97th birthday to know that he might well retire the handle of "Renaissance man." It would be enough to know that he was friends with Jascha Heifetz, had taken a seminar from J. Robert Oppenheimer, and worked for Howard Hughes. All that is plenty for one man to experience in a long life; it only scratches the surface of Si Ramo's accomplishments. The honors bestowed by presidents and professional peers on Ramo, the R in the name of the pioneering Southern California aerospace company TRW Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1990
The media tribute to the late Daniel Aldrich, founder and chancellor of UC Irvine until his retirement, is apt, appreciated and inspiring. It is a tribute to the media writers and editors that this great person, neither politician nor TV celebrity but an educator and something of a Renaissance man, should be so honored. In remembrance of Chancellor Dan, we grieve. Too briefly did this hero touch our lives. Yet the light he lighted will forever glow. The growing impact of his creative mind moved minds of all who knew this gentle genius.
NEWS
October 8, 1992 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dr. William Hyman, a Long Beach neurosurgeon who became known as the "family doctor of Oman" because of his medical treatment of members of the Omani government and royal family, died last week of a heart attack. He was 64. Friends remembered Hyman as a dedicated physician whose interests extended beyond medicine. "He was a Renaissance man," said Dr. Bill Wild, Hyman's friend and medical partner for more than three decades. "He wrote poetry and prose. He had an interest in other cultures.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Comic actor Ben Stiller will receive the American Cinematheque award at the organization's annual benefit gala on Nov. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “Ben Stiller is already a renaissance man of comedy and he's going to be sharing his talents with us for years to come,” noted Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita, announcing the honor. Stiller follows past winners such as Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon and George Clooney, continuing the Cinematheque's desire to honor A-listers still vital in filmmaking.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011
EVENTS The Lummis Home is one of the great idiosyncratic landmarks of Los Angeles, a house built from hand-hewn river rock that now is just off the 110 freeway. Visitors can take a gander at it and enjoy scads of events during Lummis Day, a celebration of the renaissance man Charles Lummis, known for his Indian activism, historical writing and naturalist works of art. Lummis Home, 3800 E. Ave. 43, L.A. Noon. Free. http://www.l ummisday.org .
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Donald Glover had things to do. In his trailer on the set of the NBC sitcom "Community" last spring, the up-and-coming young comedian itemized his various pop cultural obligations. There was the screenplay for a movie he had pitched that still needed plenty of work. There was the TV pilot Glover was obligated to deliver (with, of course, a prominent role earmarked for himself) under his contract with NBC. Then there was his day job: performing as Troy, a former prom king and high school jock matriculated in classes at "Community's" titular community college.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
One doesn't have to know that Simon Ramo recently celebrated his 97th birthday to know that he might well retire the handle of "Renaissance man." It would be enough to know that he was friends with Jascha Heifetz, had taken a seminar from J. Robert Oppenheimer, and worked for Howard Hughes. All that is plenty for one man to experience in a long life; it only scratches the surface of Si Ramo's accomplishments. The honors bestowed by presidents and professional peers on Ramo, the R in the name of the pioneering Southern California aerospace company TRW Corp.
SPORTS
August 22, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
Forget your preconceived notions, your visions of Mike Tyson-like characters, and meet Vitali Klitschko, World Boxing Council heavyweight boxing champion. He lives with his wife and three children in Bel Air, speaks four languages, quotes French philosophers, has a doctorate in sports sciences and speaks passionately about the need to improve the lives of people in his childhood home of Kiev, Ukraine. Klitschko has a foundation that has raised millions of dollars toward that goal and will be his main focus when his boxing days have ended.
SPORTS
January 29, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Our image of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, although a good one, is outdated. We still have him frozen in mid-skyhook, his No. 33 as memorable as the grace of his shooting motion. The current image should be of a still-shy man, now 60 years old, hunched over a computer keyboard, pulling words from a mind that has long played second fiddle to a 7-foot-2 body and a pro basketball career that will never be replicated. The leading scorer in the history of the National Basketball Assn.
REAL ESTATE
March 10, 1985 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
Few would guess what is behind the front door of the house George Montgomery built himself on a winding road in the hills just north of Sunset Boulevard. From the street, there are no windows--just a door, a wall and an intercom--the kind of privacy that would be expected of a man of Montgomery's fame. He was, after all, one of 20th Century-Fox's leading men in the '40s before turning his acting talents to television and producing movies himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Montalbano is The Times' bureau chief in Rome.
'That rare Italian master, Giulio Romano, who, had he himself eternity and could put breath into his work, would beguile Nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her ape.' --William Shakespeare, "The Winter's Tale" Because Giulio Romano, who lived in the early years of the 16th Century, was both a rake and a yuppie, it is harder to determine why he came to Mantua than to observe what he left to that city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lister Sinclair, 85, a longtime broadcaster and playwright who was considered one of Canada's Renaissance men, died Oct. 16 in a Toronto hospital. No cause of death was announced. Sinclair, who joined the public Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in 1944, was host of the popular radio show "Ideas" for 16 years, from 1983 until his retirement seven years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
WHEN people refer to Dakin Matthews as one of theater's most versatile figures, they aren't exaggerating. He's an actor, director, playwright, classics scholar and translator of 17th century Italian comedy. He also co-founded Los Angeles' Antaeus Theatre Company and the Andak Stage Company. And if that isn't enough, in his spare time he appears in TV and in film.
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