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?
March 25, 2014 |
It's a Small World, the theme park ride created by Walt Disney with dancing animatronic dolls and the song that endlessly loops through our collective brains, is about to hit middle age. The ride meant to convey peace and hope (not melodic overload) debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair as a tribute to children everywhere and to UNICEF. Now, to mark the attraction's half century, Disney parks worldwide will host a global sing-along in April -- and everyone is invited. Performers will pay vocal tribute to the song and the ride in Disneyland in Anaheim, Disney World in Florida, and the Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong parks on April 10. Disneyland's website says the ride has been closed for refurbishment and will reopen April 10. Aside from the park events, there's a digital side to the sing-along too. Fans who can't be there in person can make a video of themselves singing it -- solo, with friends and family, or with complete strangers -- and upload it to SmallWorld50.com . The Walt Disney Co. announced last week it would donate $150,000 to UNICEF in honor of Small World's milestone and additionally will give $1 for every uploaded song and $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
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.
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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.
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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.
December 28, 2013 |
In the winter of 1933, in a thatched cottage in Sussex, England, a complicated woman named Pamela "P.L. " Travers began to write "Mary Poppins," the first in a series of novels that would inspire the beloved 1964 Walt Disney movie and supply generations of children with a magical fantasy nanny. The reality of Travers' own turbulent childhood - and her reluctance as an adult to relinquish control over her characters to Walt Disney - are the subject of the movie "Saving Mr. Banks," which has just gone into wide release.