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September 13, 2007 |
Richard Robinson, 78, a Los Angeles tenor who premiered Igor Stravinsky's "In Memoriam Dylan Thomas," "Threni" and "Elegy for J.F.K.," and recorded many works under the composer's direction for Columbia Records, died Sept. 6 in Bakersfield at the home of his daughter, Frances Muchmore. The cause of death was long-standing health problems, Muchmore said. Born in Edmonton, Canada, on June 2, 1929, Robinson moved with his family to the Los Angeles area in 1937.
November 7, 1990 |
The Justice Department today announced a 70-count indictment against a Georgia man for the mail-bomb killings of a federal appellate judge and a Savannah civil rights lawyer. Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh and FBI Director William S. Sessions announced the indictment, which was returned in Atlanta against Walter L. Moody Jr. Moody, 56, is charged with mailing package bombs last December that killed U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance and Savannah, Ga., City Alderman and civil rights lawyer Robert E.
January 9, 1995 |
"Breakfast With Les and Bess" at the Laguna Playhouse is a simple comedy about a family metamorphosing in the pursuit of happiness. Mom and Dad, the Les and Bess of the title, star in a very successful morning radio talk program that, after 10 years, has taken over their lives. Les wants out of the show, but Bess is too terrified of change even to consider giving up the comfortable status quo.
March 16, 1993 |
The Laguna Playhouse is offering a gently enjoyable production of Alan Ayckbourn's "Bedroom Farce," a very British comedy about married people. Ayckbourn is the theatrical muse of middle-class suburban England, and judging by the tremendous popularity he enjoys in his native land, one assumes that his comic barbs hit bull's-eyes there. American audiences, however, are not going to get the social satire, unless they are Anglophiles or die-hard devotees of the BBC.
August 17, 1988 |
On the surface, Gerald Moon's British whodunit "Corpse!" seems betrayed by an overworked plot: Prancing actor Evelyn Farant wants some money, lots of it. His identical twin Rupert has money, lots of it. What to do? Why, bump off brother and take his place in opulent West End society, of course. If that doesn't seem to add up to much, don't worry. The Resident Theatre Company's production at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center actually adds up to quite a bit.
August 14, 1987 |
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" has the distinction of being the longest running show in London. For more than three decades it has been an institution for tourists and natives alike--the stage equivalent of the Tower of London or Big Ben. The reasons for its remarkable longevity might not be obvious to the newer breed of mystery fans whose theater experience lies more with the baroque plot shimmies and challenging mind play of contemporary playwrights such as Ira Levin ("Deathtrap").
March 27, 2009
Re "For Pelosi, it's getting crowded at the top," March 24 Obama's goal of overcoming the rancor between Democrats and Republicans to enable Americans across the political spectrum to work for the common good is made infinitely more difficult by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Republican leaders in Congress. These party leaders represent the political fringe that perpetuates the rancor and childish behavior that is the hallmark of the U.S. Congress.
January 5, 1991 |
A man accused of mail bombings that killed a federal judge and a city councilman in two states pleaded innocent Friday. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 56, was arraigned a second time before a federal magistrate in Atlanta on charges of sending the 1989 mail bombs that killed U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Vance in Alabama and Savannah civil rights lawyer and alderman Robert Robinson. Moody was first arraigned on the charges Nov. 8, the day after his arrest.
January 9, 1994 |
The only question facing onlookers of Fremont High's basketball game against Jefferson Friday night was: How large would the Pathfinders' margin of victory be? Fremont, which led by as many as 42 points, dominated the entire 32 minutes of play in winning a 95-58 Southeast Conference game at home. "They are bigger and better than I thought," said Jefferson Coach Andy Fujitsubo.