February 14, 2014
Re "Child star, diplomat," Obituary, Feb. 12 Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday, had a wonderful sense of humor. When she ran for Congress in a special election in 1967, she had her headquarters on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, with a sign in the window that said, "Vote for me or I will hold my breathe until I turn blue. " I remember laughing out loud when I saw that sign. Robert Berliner Sherman Oaks ALSO: Letters: No executions -- for now Letters: Mammograms, yes or no?
December 18, 1992 |
In 1992, America elected a new President and a new Elvis stamp. Big deal. Because now, finally, we have the results of the most important contest of the year--the best jokes about the San Fernando Valley. The three winners will receive a Los Angeles Times Gardening Calendar and a Times' sweat shirt. Last month we asked professional comedians to give us jokes about the Valley. We printed the best 25 and then asked readers to try and top them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1998 |
The county must come up with an additional $550,000 to pay Conflict Defense Associates, which already receives $1.3 million annually to provide legal services to indigent defendants in criminal cases, supervisors will be told Tuesday. CDA is contracted by the county to handle defense cases that the public defender's office cannot take due to conflicts of interest. It is expected to go over budget this fiscal year by more than 40%--as it did last year--because of an increase in capital cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2000 |
A county court program that helps drug addicts kick the habit will hold its annual reunion of graduates Thursday in Ventura. Adult Drug Court, a drug-addiction education and monitoring program run by Ventura County Superior Court, has enrolled about 400 participants in its five years and has graduated almost half, court officials said.
December 6, 2010
'Dick Van Dyke Show' Dick Van Dyke achieved TV superstardom as television comedy writer Rob Petrie in the 1961-66 Emmy Award-winning CBS comedy series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" created by, written by and costarring Carl Reiner, who played the egocentric TV star Alan Brady. 'Mary Poppins' Van Dyke introduced "Chim Chim Cher-ee," the 1964 Oscar-winning tune penned by Richard and Robert Sherman, in the classic "Mary Poppins. " Van Dyke played Bert, a jack-of-all-trades who is best friends with nanny Mary Poppins ( Julie Andrews)
November 26, 1987
The City Council has moved closer to selecting West Hollywood Park as the site for a new Civic Center. At an informal meeting on Monday night, architects Edmund W. Chang and Robert Sherman said their latest plan for the center would increase space devoted to buildings at West Hollywood Park from 31,315 square feet to 68,806 square feet while also increasing open and recreational space from 218,772 square feet to as much as 283,803 square feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2012 |
At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1965, Robert and Richard Sherman already had accepted their Oscar for best score for "Mary Poppins" when they returned to the stage to pick up another statuette for best song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee. " Having already thanked everyone, Robert Sherman told the audience that all they could add was "Supercalifragilistic.... " Then, as often happened when they spoke, Richard Sherman completed his brother's sentence by saying, "expialidocious. " The tongue twister of a song title from the blockbuster 1964 Disney musical powerfully reminded viewers that the brothers wrote irresistibly upbeat songs that spoke to everyday people.
June 11, 1989
Thank you for "Safe and Sound No More," by John Doyle (April 23). I am a mother of a 2-year-old. My house is baby-proofed, my 6-foot wrought-iron fence around my pool is locked, and I never let my child out of my sight in public places. These are things I was told to look for to keep my child from harm. Now I know from Doyle's very painful article to look for more than the obvious. I'm very sorry this happened to his children--but I am so thankful he shared this story that other children may be spared.