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November 13, 1988 | C. A. Wedlan, Wedlan is a Los Angeles Times editorial assistant
California poet Robert Peters suspends a magnifier over his hometown, Eagle River, Wis., focusing in on boyhood--and on family scraping by during the Depression. Chapters are notched by four unambiguous seasons, each one set off by taut and replete sketches that make us privy to day-to-day country doings. Recreation was doled out judiciously, hinging on farm chores and funds. Plenitude was known mainly as successful catches of fish and Welfare peanut butter.
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September 17, 1997 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Robert Peters picked up Richard from preschool on that sunny-yet-cool afternoon in Michigan 37 years ago, his son's teacher told Peters, "He's been unusually quiet today." The 4-year-old, nicknamed Feather because his young sister couldn't pronounce the word "brother," handed his father a valentine. The construction-paper heart declared "I love Daddy" in a childish scrawl.
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January 6, 1992 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Throughout six years in jail, a 13-month trial and two years on Death Row, only one motive has officially been attributed to Randy Kraft, convicted of the sex murders of 16 young men and suspected of killing more than 60. Kraft, a close friend told police, had once said he had heard that "the ultimate orgasm is in death."
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May 6, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN
The sudden death of Robert Peters' 4-year-old son from meningitis in 1960 spurred him to begin writing what would become his first published book of poetry, "Songs for a Son." "I've mined my life since the very early poems," said Peters, who retired from UC Irvine last year after 26 years in the English Department but still teaches a course there.
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September 17, 1997 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Robert Peters picked up Richard from preschool on that sunny-yet-cool afternoon in Michigan 37 years ago, his son's teacher told Peters, "He's been unusually quiet today." The 4-year-old, nicknamed Feather because his young sister couldn't pronounce the word "brother," handed his father a valentine. The construction-paper heart declared "I love Daddy" in a childish scrawl.
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February 15, 1987
Re Robert Peters' letter (Feb. 8) "Dressing Up for the Arts Center": If I should go to the Performing Arts Center and see Robert Peters and other Performing Arts Center goers wearing "paint-smeared coveralls, ravaged blue jeans, soiled shirts (both male and female), dresses that appear to have wiped up the kitchen floors, etc.," I will know that I am not looking at people who are "showing off." They would not be people with an "idiotic bent" who take an "utterly superficial approach to the arts."
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January 11, 1992
I read the article on UC Irvine professor and poet Robert Peters in today's Calendar section ("Poet's Work Probes Mind of Serial Killer Randy Kraft," Jan. 6) and I see that he is still disgusting people and provoking misery with his "poetry." I am an ex-student of Robert Peters' (and) was tortured through a quarter of Peters' "works of art," which center on such characters as a murderess ("The Blood Countess"), a criminal (John Dillinger) and a lunatic dictator (Ludwig of Bavaria)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987
Our readers wrote letters throughout 198 7 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters. We appreciate their taking the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from you in 1988. When I read your nearly full-page spread on how to dress to attend the Performing Arts Center I held my head in disbelief. Once again , Orange County's slick, rich, utterly superficial approach to the arts holds sway.
NEWS
November 7, 1990
I find Ray Bradbury's swipe at Norman Mailer's "egotism" (View, Oct. 4) offensive and self-serving. Ever since Bradbury donned roller skates shortly after arriving here from Waukegan, Ill., and started prowling L.A. for autographs, his appetite for the self-publicity game has never apparently abated. Can you name another area writer as visible as Bradbury on "lit" panels, talk shows, etc.? He has parlayed a less than modest talent (he's basically a slick, popular writer) into big bucks and big fame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1987
When I read your nearly full-page spread on how to dress to attend the Performing Arts Center (View, Jan. 30) I held my head in disbelief, then proceeded to retch. Once again, Orange County's slick, rich, utterly superficial approach to the arts holds sway. The emphasis on sequined gowns, costumes, fashion simply perpetuates the sad but true idiocy of Orange County where the serious arts are concerned. The emphasis is on the glitzy and costume, not on brains or sensitivity. Going to the Arts Center is intended primarily for preening and showing off rich, rich costumes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1992
I read the article on UC Irvine professor and poet Robert Peters in today's Calendar section ("Poet's Work Probes Mind of Serial Killer Randy Kraft," Jan. 6) and I see that he is still disgusting people and provoking misery with his "poetry." I am an ex-student of Robert Peters' (and) was tortured through a quarter of Peters' "works of art," which center on such characters as a murderess ("The Blood Countess"), a criminal (John Dillinger) and a lunatic dictator (Ludwig of Bavaria)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1992 | JESS BRAVIN
Randy Kraft's trial wasn't Robert Peters' first experience with a murder case. In 1988, the UC Irvine English professor helped clear an El Toro man of first-degree murder charges. In that case, prosecutors had charged 22-year-old Christopher Lane Johnson in the stabbing death of a gay man he said had made a pass at him in Laguna Beach. Prosecutors built their case for premeditated murder on poems seized from Johnson's home.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1992 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Throughout six years in jail, a 13-month trial and two years on Death Row, only one motive has officially been attributed to Randy Kraft, convicted of the sex murders of 16 young men and suspected of killing more than 60. Kraft, a close friend told police, had once said he had heard that "the ultimate orgasm is in death."
NEWS
November 7, 1990
I find Ray Bradbury's swipe at Norman Mailer's "egotism" (View, Oct. 4) offensive and self-serving. Ever since Bradbury donned roller skates shortly after arriving here from Waukegan, Ill., and started prowling L.A. for autographs, his appetite for the self-publicity game has never apparently abated. Can you name another area writer as visible as Bradbury on "lit" panels, talk shows, etc.? He has parlayed a less than modest talent (he's basically a slick, popular writer) into big bucks and big fame.
BOOKS
November 13, 1988 | C. A. Wedlan, Wedlan is a Los Angeles Times editorial assistant
California poet Robert Peters suspends a magnifier over his hometown, Eagle River, Wis., focusing in on boyhood--and on family scraping by during the Depression. Chapters are notched by four unambiguous seasons, each one set off by taut and replete sketches that make us privy to day-to-day country doings. Recreation was doled out judiciously, hinging on farm chores and funds. Plenitude was known mainly as successful catches of fish and Welfare peanut butter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987
Our readers wrote letters throughout 198 7 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters. We appreciate their taking the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from you in 1988. When I read your nearly full-page spread on how to dress to attend the Performing Arts Center I held my head in disbelief. Once again , Orange County's slick, rich, utterly superficial approach to the arts holds sway.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1992 | JESS BRAVIN
Randy Kraft's trial wasn't Robert Peters' first experience with a murder case. In 1988, the UC Irvine English professor helped clear an El Toro man of first-degree murder charges. In that case, prosecutors had charged 22-year-old Christopher Lane Johnson in the stabbing death of a gay man he said had made a pass at him in Laguna Beach. Prosecutors built their case for premeditated murder on poems seized from Johnson's home.
NEWS
May 6, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN
The sudden death of Robert Peters' 4-year-old son from meningitis in 1960 spurred him to begin writing what would become his first published book of poetry, "Songs for a Son." "I've mined my life since the very early poems," said Peters, who retired from UC Irvine last year after 26 years in the English Department but still teaches a course there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1987
Re Robert Peters' letter (Feb. 8) "Dressing Up for the Arts Center": If I should go to the Performing Arts Center and see Robert Peters and other Performing Arts Center goers wearing "paint-smeared coveralls, ravaged blue jeans, soiled shirts (both male and female), dresses that appear to have wiped up the kitchen floors, etc.," I will know that I am not looking at people who are "showing off." They would not be people with an "idiotic bent" who take an "utterly superficial approach to the arts."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1987
When I read your nearly full-page spread on how to dress to attend the Performing Arts Center (View, Jan. 30) I held my head in disbelief, then proceeded to retch. Once again, Orange County's slick, rich, utterly superficial approach to the arts holds sway. The emphasis on sequined gowns, costumes, fashion simply perpetuates the sad but true idiocy of Orange County where the serious arts are concerned. The emphasis is on the glitzy and costume, not on brains or sensitivity. Going to the Arts Center is intended primarily for preening and showing off rich, rich costumes.
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