December 25, 1988
Shame on you for wasting valuable space on a pompous fledgling like Robert Grayson. ("The Price of His Thoughts: Just $5,000 a Book" by Jeannine Stein, Dec. 5). He has created the literary equivalent of the pet rock. If he had ever read a few masters of the aphorism (Mark Twain, H. L. Mencken and S. J. Perelman come to mind), he'd have realized this and not mistaken his marketing gimmick for literary genius. If, alas, his product doesn't sell as he'd hoped and he must teach a course, try "Delusions of Grandeur, Advanced," or perhaps "Humility: Is It Necessary If One Is Truly Mediocre?"
December 16, 1986 |
New York City Opera has announced casting for productions of Bizet's "Carmen," Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Bernstein's "Candide" to be staged in January at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Susanne Marsee will sing the title role in "Carmen," directed by Frank Corsaro, at the Jan. 13 and 17 performances. Other principals include John Absalom as Don Jose, Elizabeth Hynes as Micaela and Robert McFarland as Escamillo. On Jan.
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November 13, 1990
A sheriff's deputy in Carson shot and fatally wounded a man in a motel room early Monday after the man pointed a gun at the deputy, sheriff's officials said. Todd Grayson, 26, of Carson was struck once in the chest about 1 a.m. at the Dare-U-Inn in the 17300 block of South Main Street, said Sgt. Robert Stoneman. Grayson was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he died.
August 11, 1994 |
Neutrogena Corp., which turned a line of transparent soap bars into a multimillion-dollar skin and hair care products business, said Wednesday that it is negotiating a possible sale of the firm. Los Angeles-based Neutrogena revealed the talks with what it described as a "substantially larger company" after its once-languishing stock rose as high as $23 in heavy Nasdaq trading Wednesday. The stock, which traded as low as $16 earlier this year, closed up 87.5 cents at $21.625.
December 1, 1991 |
They came, they saw, they gawked. Some guests who attended Zsa Zsa Gabor's recent party at her Bel-Air home celebrating the publication of her autobiography "One Lifetime Is Not Enough" were more interested in exploring her mansion than her memoirs. As one guest put it, the downstairs is K mart Versailles and the upstairs is paneled like the basement in "Wayne's World." The gym features what must be the oldest exercise bike on Earth.
January 17, 1987 |
Frank Corsaro's gimmicky, grimy, updated staging of Bizet's "Carmen," which the New York City Opera is presenting these days at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, doesn't seem to leave much room for individual interpretation. At the opening Tuesday, the hard-working, eminently competent cast tended to get lost amid the director's mod, self-indulgent, violently anti-musical imposition of Spanish Civil War cliches.