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February 16, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
We've only just begun . . . to learn what is happening to the Downey family home that was made world-famous by the pop duo the Carpenters. The five-bedroom tract house and a smaller next-door dwelling that was connected to it by an enclosed walkway was where Richard and Karen Carpenter fine-tuned their greatest hits in the 1970s. The pair lived in the main house with their parents. The adjoining house was something of an annex, where there was an office, rehearsal studio and recreation room.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2013 | Christine Mai-Duc
Frank Pooler, a longtime choral director at Cal State Long Beach who is credited with helping the 1970s pop group the Carpenters develop their signature sound, has died. He was 86. Pooler died Jan. 19 in his Los Alamitos home after a short battle with lung cancer, said his wife, Rhonda Sandberg Pooler. He began teaching at the school in 1959 and founded the choral studies department. Among the students he mentored were a gangly brother and sister, Richard and Karen Carpenter.
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January 22, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Three people were wounded and two of them were being detained after an altercation erupted into gunfire at a Houston-area community college, officials said Tuesday. The incident, which rekindled fears of yet another gun-related attack at a school, came during a continuing national debate over gun control. “We know there is an ongoing discussion about guns, but we never expected to be part of it,” Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, said in a nationally televised news conference.
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March 6, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Singer-composer Richard Carpenter, 41, plans soon to release his first solo album, "Time," and may make his first national tour since the death of his sister Karen four years ago, a spokesman said Thursday. The album will be released in May, said Bob Garcia, artist relations representative for A&M records. "It is all original material. He has some guests, including Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and Herb Alpert, and it is produced, arranged and played by Richard.
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October 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Richard Carpenter, of the Carpenters, says he is ready to make a comeback. All he needs is a partner. Carpenter, who with his sister Karen was one the most successful pop acts of the 1970s, announced on his 62nd birthday Wednesday in Tokyo that he is planning to get back into the music business. He said he will help to produce and perform on a tribute album of Carpenter covers due out late next year, then on a Christmas album and finally a solo collection of largely original material.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1998
The 1998-99 season at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Long Beach will offer more than 30 events, in addition to the center's annual WideScreen Film Festival, its annual Blues Unplugged concert and special performances by both Richard Carpenter and by Blood, Sweat & Tears.
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September 11, 1994 | Paul Grein, Paul Grein is a Los Angeles free-lance writer who specializes in pop music. He interviewed the Carpenters for Calendar in 1981.
The Carpenters were called a lot of things in the '70s, but hip was never one of them. The brother and sister from Downey were known almost as much for their squeaky-clean image as for their poignant ballads. But a lot of certifiably hip acts have been singing Karen and Richard's praises lately. And now 14 alternative rock acts--from Sonic Youth to the Cranberries--have recorded an album in which they perform Carpenters hits in their own styles.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1994
The new Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach opens Sunday at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Susanne Linke Dance Company of Frankfurt, Germany. The troupe will offer the first West Coast performance of Linke's piece RUHR-ORT. Tickets are $15. The center, at 6200 Atherton St., will be used for a wide variety of arts events.
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April 9, 1995 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the centerpiece of a $32-million arts and music complex at Cal State Long Beach, is having financial problems halfway through its first full season. University officials would not release specific figures, but they have taken several cost-cutting steps, including laying off most of the center's staff, reducing box-office hours and delaying arrangements for next fall's series of performances.
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October 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Richard Carpenter, of the Carpenters, says he is ready to make a comeback. All he needs is a partner. Carpenter, who with his sister Karen was one the most successful pop acts of the 1970s, announced on his 62nd birthday Wednesday in Tokyo that he is planning to get back into the music business. He said he will help to produce and perform on a tribute album of Carpenter covers due out late next year, then on a Christmas album and finally a solo collection of largely original material.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
We've only just begun . . . to learn what is happening to the Downey family home that was made world-famous by the pop duo the Carpenters. The five-bedroom tract house and a smaller next-door dwelling that was connected to it by an enclosed walkway was where Richard and Karen Carpenter fine-tuned their greatest hits in the 1970s. The pair lived in the main house with their parents. The adjoining house was something of an annex, where there was an office, rehearsal studio and recreation room.
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November 3, 2002 | AL RIDENOUR
The idea of honey-voiced '70s pop icon Richard Carpenter owning a spiked truncheon seems unfathomable. Yet such an object is on display at the Carpenters Exhibit in the lobby of the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. This puzzling item was actually a gag gift offered by the manager of the brother-and-sister band on the assumption that Richard would attract so many crazed female admirers he'd need to "beat them off with a stick."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1998
The 1998-99 season at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Long Beach will offer more than 30 events, in addition to the center's annual WideScreen Film Festival, its annual Blues Unplugged concert and special performances by both Richard Carpenter and by Blood, Sweat & Tears.
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February 17, 1997 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How fitting that Richard Carpenter should reemerge on Valentine's Day. Armed with a 100-piece orchestra, the seldom-seen pianist and singer delivered a ballad-heavy show Friday that overflowed with sweet sentimentality and melancholy emotion. Besides the apt timing of the event, Carpenter had several other factors working in his favor.
NEWS
April 9, 1995 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the centerpiece of a $32-million arts and music complex at Cal State Long Beach, is having financial problems halfway through its first full season. University officials would not release specific figures, but they have taken several cost-cutting steps, including laying off most of the center's staff, reducing box-office hours and delaying arrangements for next fall's series of performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1997 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How fitting that Richard Carpenter should reemerge on Valentine's Day. Armed with a 100-piece orchestra, the seldom-seen pianist and singer delivered a ballad-heavy show Friday that overflowed with sweet sentimentality and melancholy emotion. Besides the apt timing of the event, Carpenter had several other factors working in his favor.
NEWS
December 12, 1993 | EMILY ADAMS
Do you ever find yourself thinking about Karen Carpenter? We're not talking about the tabloid way she died or the ensuing jokes, but about her. Man, what a voice. Sure, a lot of her songs fell into the bubble-gum/pop category, but most musicians and music critics still shake their heads, thinking about that voice .
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September 11, 1994 | Paul Grein, Paul Grein is a Los Angeles free-lance writer who specializes in pop music. He interviewed the Carpenters for Calendar in 1981.
The Carpenters were called a lot of things in the '70s, but hip was never one of them. The brother and sister from Downey were known almost as much for their squeaky-clean image as for their poignant ballads. But a lot of certifiably hip acts have been singing Karen and Richard's praises lately. And now 14 alternative rock acts--from Sonic Youth to the Cranberries--have recorded an album in which they perform Carpenters hits in their own styles.
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