September 22, 1989
I don't understand people who drive only surface streets because they are afraid to use the freeway system. The freeways are so much easier and safer to drive. There are no intersections, no stop signs, no traffic signals, no one backing in and out of driveways, no U-turns being made, no oncoming traffic and (hopefully) no pedestrians to worry about. ROBERT DANA, Los Angeles
December 24, 1989
Dennis Hunt says American audiences are leery of the new Liza Minnelli and he notes that her European hit single "Losing My Mind" never made the U.S. pop singles chart ("But I Am Hip," Dec. 17). Can't Hunt tell it like it is? It's the programming directors of American radio stations who are leery of Minnelli. People cannot buy a record that they never know exists. ROBERT DANA Burbank
February 16, 1986
How sad to see that Atkinson's low opinion of "Stop the Madness" is based solely on the video's anti-drug stance. One can only deduce that Atkinson is a drug user whose perceptions are distorted and who has no objectivity. Sometimes I've wondered why so many of the film and music reviews I read are so strange and distorted. Could it be. . . . ROBERT DANA Hollywood Fo r more rock-drug links, see the confessions of rock-writer Patrick Goldstein on Page 2.
April 21, 1985
Scattering live theater throughout Greater Los Angeles certainly isn't helping the situation of meager theater attendance ("Theater Boom: In Search of an audience," by Barbara Isenberg, April 14). Bill Bushnell moves the Los Angeles Actors Theatre to isolated Spring Street, American Theatre Arts moves from highly visible Hollywood and Vine to suburban North Hollywood, causing the concentrated theater atmosphere in central Hollywood to be diluted with the visibility of a theater district diminished.
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September 26, 1987
Fairchild takes to task singer Michael Jackson and TV-talk show host Oprah Winfrey, among other black role models, for "de-Africanizing" their appearances through colored contact lenses, hair-style modifications and other cosmetic means. As a Caucasian born with kinky hair and hazel eyes, I regularly have the hair straightened because I want hair that I can comb, and I sometimes wear blue contacts because it's fun and I like blue eyes. I was just thinking that maybe blacks do these things for the same reason, and that there really isn't anything more to it than that.
February 10, 1985
Out of the hundreds of thriving businesses along Hollywood Boulevard, I found it quite disconcerting that the photo chosen to accompany the article "A Star-Crossed Walkway--Fading Avenue Still Lures Fans, Celebrities " (Times, Jan. 27) was that of one of two porno shops still left on the Walk of Fame. The title chosen for the article is also a misrepresentation. Numerous office buildings and retail businesses have been upgraded and modernized, and currently, if you observe the length of Hollywood Boulevard, you can't help but notice many more historically significant buildings being restored, the most exciting being the complete multimillion-dollar restoration of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.