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August 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dissidents Seek Benihana Chief's Ouster: A group of dissident shareholders is trying to strip founder Rocky Aoki of control of Benihana, the New York-based Japanese restaurant chain that features knife-twirling Asian chefs preparing food on grills in front of customers. Among other things, the shareholders contend that Aoki, one of the first Japanese entrepreneurs to gain an international reputation, has been providing services to Benihana through his private company at exorbitant prices.
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July 12, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Rocky Aoki, the colorful Tokyo-born founder of the Benihana steakhouse chain, where chefs entertain diners with acrobatic knife performances, has died. He was 69. Aoki died Thursday in New York City, according to media reports. No cause of death was given. Aoki suffered from diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver as well as hepatitis C that he said was contracted from a blood transfusion.
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BUSINESS
March 9, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Rocky Aoki, founder of the Benihana Japanese restaurant chain, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500,000 for illegally profiting from a 1993 tip that Spectrum Information Technologies Inc. was about to hire former Apple Computer Inc. chief John Sculley. The restaurateur was charged in 1998 with insider trading by the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Rocky Aoki, founder of the Benihana Japanese restaurant chain, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500,000 for illegally profiting from a 1993 tip that Spectrum Information Technologies Inc. was about to hire former Apple Computer Inc. chief John Sculley. The restaurateur was charged in 1998 with insider trading by the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Rocky Aoki, the colorful Tokyo-born founder of the Benihana steakhouse chain, where chefs entertain diners with acrobatic knife performances, has died. He was 69. Aoki died Thursday in New York City, according to media reports. No cause of death was given. Aoki suffered from diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver as well as hepatitis C that he said was contracted from a blood transfusion.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rocky Aoki, the colorful founder of the Benihana steakhouse chain where Japanese chefs entertain diners with their flashing knives, resigned as chairman and chief executive Tuesday after coming under federal investigation. The U.S. attorney's office in New York City would not disclose the nature of the investigation. Benihana issued a statement saying only that it involved Aoki's "personal investment activities."
NEWS
May 4, 1988 | Associated Press
The pilot and co-pilot of the Rosie O'Grady, which floated perilously for hours above a jagged island in the Gulf of California, landed safely Tuesday and were declared winners of the annual Gordon Bennett Balloon Race. With only moonlight to guide them, Joe Kittinger and Sherry Reed, both of Orlando, Fla., touched down at 3:43 a.m. on the Mexican island of Angel de la Guarda, race spokeswoman Mildred Brodbeck said.
NEWS
April 22, 1989 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, Times Staff Writer
Last year, he landed in a pig farm in Mexico. Two years ago, a storm grabbed hold of his balloon and dragged him about four miles through three salt flats in Utah, leaving him stranded for hours in shallow water. But it doesn't matter where balloon pilot Don Davis lands, only how far he gets from Palm Springs, the starting point of the annual Gordon Bennett Balloon Race. The helium-balloon race will start about 7 tonight; hot-air balloons begin taking off at 7 a.m. today and Sunday.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1987
Rocky Aoki, president of Benihana of Tokyo Inc., has signed a $1-million agreement with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Continental Caviar Co. to distribute five tons of American caviar in Japan. The caviar, selected after several months of taste tests, comes from sturgeon and paddle fish eggs collected from Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia, said Laban DeFriese, president of Continental Caviar.
SPORTS
January 18, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS
Swedish balloonist Per Lindstrand and wealthy British adventurer Richard Branson claimed speed and distance records Thursday when they landed their hot-air balloon in Canada's Northwest Territories after a 6,700-mile, 48-hour flight from Japan. The former distance record was 6,138 miles by a helium-filled balloon, Double Eagle V, in 1982. The record for a hot-air balloon was 3,072 miles by Lindstrand and Branson in '87 when they flew from Maine to Ireland.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rocky Aoki, the colorful founder of the Benihana steakhouse chain where Japanese chefs entertain diners with their flashing knives, resigned as chairman and chief executive Tuesday after coming under federal investigation. The U.S. attorney's office in New York City would not disclose the nature of the investigation. Benihana issued a statement saying only that it involved Aoki's "personal investment activities."
BUSINESS
August 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dissidents Seek Benihana Chief's Ouster: A group of dissident shareholders is trying to strip founder Rocky Aoki of control of Benihana, the New York-based Japanese restaurant chain that features knife-twirling Asian chefs preparing food on grills in front of customers. Among other things, the shareholders contend that Aoki, one of the first Japanese entrepreneurs to gain an international reputation, has been providing services to Benihana through his private company at exorbitant prices.
NEWS
April 22, 1989 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, Times Staff Writer
Last year, he landed in a pig farm in Mexico. Two years ago, a storm grabbed hold of his balloon and dragged him about four miles through three salt flats in Utah, leaving him stranded for hours in shallow water. But it doesn't matter where balloon pilot Don Davis lands, only how far he gets from Palm Springs, the starting point of the annual Gordon Bennett Balloon Race. The helium-balloon race will start about 7 tonight; hot-air balloons begin taking off at 7 a.m. today and Sunday.
NEWS
May 4, 1988 | Associated Press
The pilot and co-pilot of the Rosie O'Grady, which floated perilously for hours above a jagged island in the Gulf of California, landed safely Tuesday and were declared winners of the annual Gordon Bennett Balloon Race. With only moonlight to guide them, Joe Kittinger and Sherry Reed, both of Orlando, Fla., touched down at 3:43 a.m. on the Mexican island of Angel de la Guarda, race spokeswoman Mildred Brodbeck said.
NEWS
May 3, 1988 | Associated Press
One giant helium balloon shredded in a rough desert landing Monday and three others touched down early, leaving the Gordon Bennett distance race to three balloons drifting over the Gulf of California. The Benihana balloon, piloted by restaurateur Rocky Aoki, made a bumpy landing in 15-m.p.h. winds near the border town of Mexicali about noon, said race chairman Randy Westrick. "They landed in very treacherous conditions," Westrick said. "They tore their balloon, but everyone's OK."
BUSINESS
June 25, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former Cruttenden & Co. stockbroker pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving gifts, including a $50,000 Jaguar luxury car, from Spectrum Information Technologies in return for helping the wireless data company manipulate its stock price. Federal prosecutors said Reagan Richmond, 34, of Tustin, conspired to manipulate Spectrum stock between 1992 and 1994 while working as a broker at Irvine-based Cruttenden, now known as Cruttenden Roth, and at Regency Capital Group Inc. in Glendale.
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