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October 14, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The recordings bring back disturbing memories: An April 29 broadcast from a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher, counting six fires in progress; a Compton High School student addressing her classmates in a bid for peace; black and Korean owners of small businesses recalling the looting and destruction. In the next moment, the radio announcer urges people to vote. "The basic way you get change is do it at the ballot box," Otis Arnold tells radio listeners.
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October 14, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The recordings bring back disturbing memories: An April 29 broadcast from a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher, counting six fires in progress; a Compton High School student addressing her classmates in a bid for peace; black and Korean owners of small businesses recalling the looting and destruction. In the next moment, the radio announcer urges people to vote. "The basic way you get change is do it at the ballot box," Otis Arnold tells radio listeners.
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August 11, 2000 | Amy Spurgeon, (949) 574-4228
Rob Wagner, author of "Red Ink, White Lies--The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Newspapers 1920-1962," will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Sunday at Borders Books, Music and Cafe at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St. Wagner began his journalism career in 1974 and has worked as a reporter, city editor, night editor and managing editor for dailies in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Information: (714) 432-7854.
NEWS
June 12, 1995
Herb Sterne, 89, Hollywood publicist who touted such films as "Born Yesterday" and "My Fair Lady" and represented such stars as Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford and Judy Holliday. Sterne began his career as a drama and film critic for a Calcutta newspaper and then Rob Wagner's Hollywood magazine "Script." Sterne wrote the play "Six of Onem," which was produced in Los Angeles in 1937.
NEWS
September 17, 1987
Your recent article on San Marino's proposed ban on those noisy leaf blowers mentioned that it was patterned after a Beverly Hills ordinance. As one who lived in Beverly Hills many years ago--and for years contributed material to Rob Wagner's Script magazine, once published there--I am reminded of one of Rob's running gags in his regional magazine. According to Wagner, there was an ongoing feud between San Marino and Beverly Hills regarding who had the snootiest garbage. It appears to me there's a slight parallel in the two affluent cities' quixotic efforts to demand silence while other ordinary cities merely grumble at the noise and bear it. Personally, I decry the combined din of power saws, power mowers, accelerating sports cars and motorcycles as much as the next resident.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1989 | Mary Ann Galante, Times staff writer
Three Orange County ad agencies were among those carting off honors in the recent 43rd annual competition sponsored by Los Angeles Advertising Women. Among the local entrants, Roberts/Mealer, Emerson Marketing/Communications received the most awards. Staffers at the Costa Mesa agency won three Lulu statuettes--the organization's most coveted award--and an award for excellence for their direct marketing and sales promotion brochures. Those at Roberts/Mealer who won were Lynda Lawrence, Bruce Mayo, Pat Holohan, Chuck Roberts, Jill Stone and Rob Wagner.
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August 13, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Aimee Bender received rave reviews for "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt," her best-selling collection of quirky short stories that, according to Publishers Weekly, "take place at the intersection of fairy tale and everyday life, of hilarity and heartbreak." Now Bender, who sold her story collection two weeks before finishing UC Irvine's graduate program in writing, is back with an equally quirky first novel that is earning her more critical hosannas.
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August 20, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's back. The ninth annual Performance Poetry Contest--Orange County's only annual poetry contest with established criteria for professional judging--will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gypsy Den Grand Central Cafe in Artist's Village, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. Anyone who wants to compete--and pay a $5 entry fee--can sign up for the contest, but only the first 15 readers to register, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will be allowed to read.
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July 15, 2000 | STEVE HARVEY
On the San Diego Freeway, Phil Proctor of Beverly Hills spotted a truck from "Internet Towing." Observed Proctor: "It must have been heading toward another computer crash on the old Information Highway." * CARRION, IF NOT CARRYOUT: Dixon Gayer chanced upon an unusual pizza party on the blacktop of a store parking lot. Crews of pigeons and crows consumed a large pie with several toppings, eating just about everything except the onions. "They were stacked in a pile at the side," Gayer said.
SPORTS
September 26, 1990
Fishermen who want variety should try Pyramid Lake. Most species are active in this Los Angeles County reservoir, according to a spokeswoman who offered these catches as proof: a 17 1/2-pound catfish, caught by Bill Guffey of Canyon Country; a seven-pound largemouth bass caught by Gary Harrison of Castaic; an 18-pound striped bass caught by Mike Frazier of Burbank, and two bluegills at a pound apiece caught by Leonard Lunurd of Fullerton.
BOOKS
August 20, 2000
TODAY BRENTWOOD: Dori Carter reads "Beautiful Wasps Having Sex," Dutton's Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., 2 p.m. (888) DUTTONS. COSTA MESA: Paul Paolicelli discusses "Dances With Luigi," Borders Books & Music, 3333 Bear St., 2 p.m. (714) 432-7854. MONTROSE: Joan Anderson discusses "A Year by the Sea," Once Upon a Time, 2284 Honolulu Ave., 4 p.m. (818) 248-9668. ORANGE: Rob Wagner signs "Red Ink, White Lie," Borders Books & Music, 20 City Drive West, 3 p.m. (714) 385-1025.
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