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August 27, 1995
I was pleased to see my favorite pastime, cigar smoking, profiled in your pages ("The Big Stink," by Colman Andrews, July 23). While the cigar has always been a "power smoke" in Hollywood, it has evolved into much more. Today it serves as a bonding element among people who might not otherwise have anything in common. It is also a subliminal slap at all those bureaucrats who insist on running our lives by legislating what we can and cannot do. Thanks for recognizing the 9 million of us who enjoy the pleasure of smoking a good cigar.
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October 8, 1999 | Patricia Ward Biederman
When Sotheby's auctioned off items from the George Burns estate in 1996, Richard Carleton Hacker knew he had to have Burns' humidor. For 10 years before the comedian died in 1996, shortly after his 100th birthday, Hacker and Burns had been friends, united by their love of cigars.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1999 | Patricia Ward Biederman
When Sotheby's auctioned off items from the George Burns estate in 1996, Richard Carleton Hacker knew he had to have Burns' humidor. For 10 years before the comedian died in 1996, shortly after his 100th birthday, Hacker and Burns had been friends, united by their love of cigars.
MAGAZINE
August 27, 1995
I was pleased to see my favorite pastime, cigar smoking, profiled in your pages ("The Big Stink," by Colman Andrews, July 23). While the cigar has always been a "power smoke" in Hollywood, it has evolved into much more. Today it serves as a bonding element among people who might not otherwise have anything in common. It is also a subliminal slap at all those bureaucrats who insist on running our lives by legislating what we can and cannot do. Thanks for recognizing the 9 million of us who enjoy the pleasure of smoking a good cigar.
OPINION
July 15, 2002
Ward Kimball's passing was a loss for the world of animation, and even more so for those who knew him (obituary, July 9). I grew up watching many of the cartoons Ward had animated, and I was fortunate to have him as a friend and mentor when I began collecting toy trains in the '70s and '80s. Ward's collection of 19th and 20th century trains, both real and toy, was legendary. It was Ward who convinced Walt Disney to make the Disneyland train in Anaheim full-scale rather than miniature.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1997 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the ultimate two-night fantasy at the seaside Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, better bring cash and credit cards. Creating what appears to be the most expensive promotion ever in the resort industry, the Ritz is offering a weekend stay for three couples--at $500,000.
NEWS
April 23, 1995 | THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF
Amodel life: Super-models are hogging every spotlight these days, showing up at restaurant openings (New York's Fashion Cafe) and appearing in books (Michael Gross' "Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women"). While the life of a famous glam girl may look shallow from where you sit, take heart--not every female on the catwalk is self-absorbed. Just the other day we were on the StairMaster at the gym when we saw model Carre Otis on one a few feet away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Sotheby's one-day auction of items from the estate of entertainer George Burns exceeded expectations Thursday, bringing in more than $365,000 and attracting buyers such as comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld spent more than $18,000, including $12,650 for a pair of diamond-encrusted cuff links decorated with the initials GB. Officials at Sotheby's auction house estimated the actual value of the cuffs at $400 to $600.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Flaming teddies! As if anybody needs to sell more cigars, competition for fans of the leaf has lit the fires of creativity among restaurateurs and hoteliers everywhere. Or at least in Orange County, where they've come up with blind cigar tastings, events featuring stogies and spa cuisine--and a lingerie show that's a real smoker. That's right. While some cigar dinners become ever more hoity-toity, others are getting down-and-doity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2002 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's happy trails for the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, which will leave Victorville next year and relocate to Branson, Mo., curator Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. announced Monday. The move was prompted, Rogers said, by the drop in attendance since the deaths of his father and stepmother, legendary stars of movie and television westerns in the mid-20th century. Attendance at the museum on the edge of the Mojave Desert has fallen below 50,000 visitors a year, said Rogers.
NEWS
December 23, 2004
As a lifestyle writer, I have to tell Susan Carpenter that her piece on her Christmas tree was superb ["Fresh From the Box," Dec. 16]. She nailed the topic to the trunk, so to speak -- her words sang and the thoughts flowed. Like her, I succumbed to the lure of the artificial tree. In our case, it was right after the Northridge earthquake in 1994. Distraught at having to move into an apartment while our home was being repaired, my wife and I bought a rather expensive phony. That was 10 years ago. I justified having an artificial plant by believing it was only a temporary fix. My wife and I and our tree moved back into our Sherman Oaks home in August 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1996 | ED BOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Facing attempts by the federal Food and Drug Administration to regulate nicotine as a drug, Philip Morris USA recently proposed sweeping federal legislation to curb underage smoking. The company--the maker of Marlboro, a favorite brand of young people--proposes banning vending machine sales of cigarettes, prohibiting billboards advertising tobacco within 1,000 feet of schools and curtailing industry sponsorship of some sporting events.
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