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June 7, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Eager for a challenge, Roy and Joan Bates proclaimed their own country 33 years ago on an abandoned North Sea military platform and appointed themselves prince and princess of Sealand. They asserted territorial independence six miles off the British coast under a red-white-and-black flag. They issued passports, stamps and coins and successfully beat back British claims in court and German invaders in situ.
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October 14, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
A born swashbuckler, Paddy Roy Bates fought in the Spanish Civil War as a teenager, faced a Greek firing squad in World War II and had a German stick bomb explode in his face. But the sturdy Brit recovered from his injuries, married a beauty queen and prospered in business - all before embarking on the greatest adventure of his life. He started a country. In 1967, he founded the Principality of Sealand on an abandoned North Sea military platform six miles off the British coast.
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October 14, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
A born swashbuckler, Paddy Roy Bates fought in the Spanish Civil War as a teenager, faced a Greek firing squad in World War II and had a German stick bomb explode in his face. But the sturdy Brit recovered from his injuries, married a beauty queen and prospered in business - all before embarking on the greatest adventure of his life. He started a country. In 1967, he founded the Principality of Sealand on an abandoned North Sea military platform six miles off the British coast.
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June 7, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Eager for a challenge, Roy and Joan Bates proclaimed their own country 33 years ago on an abandoned North Sea military platform and appointed themselves prince and princess of Sealand. They asserted territorial independence six miles off the British coast under a red-white-and-black flag. They issued passports, stamps and coins and successfully beat back British claims in court and German invaders in situ.
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October 13, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Gary Collins, an actor who was the longtime host of the syndicated TV show “Hour Magazine” and a former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died early Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. He was 74. Collins died of natural causes soon after arriving at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told the Associated Press. In 2011 Collins moved to Mississippi, the home state of his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, an actress and Miss America 1959. He had been arrested and fined last year for leaving a Biloxi restaurant without paying his dinner tab; in 2007 and 2009 he was convicted in separate DUI cases in California.
SPORTS
January 10, 2007 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
Buck up, Buckeyes, there's still a way for your flattened-by-Florida football team to be declared a national champion. Pool your money and buy your own nation. Did you know Sealand is for sale? Act now and you can be the proud owners of the world's smallest country, which has its own flag, currency, stamps, passports and national anthem -- but so far, no football team.
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February 26, 1988 | Herbert J. Vida
Fayette Birtcher, who has not seen most of the buildings he has created, will receive the Man of Vision award from the Orange County chapter of Retinitis Pigmentosa International at a benefit dinner Saturday at Le Meridien Hotel in Newport Beach. The 79-year-old Birtcher, afflicted with the degenerative disease that causes progressive loss of vision and eventual blindness, has only 5% of his vision remaining. He is being honored for his inspired support of others afflicted with the disease.
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July 17, 2005 | Matt Crenson, Associated Press Writer
Gregory Green is between countries. In 1994 he founded The New Free State of Caroline, a small nation-state based on a speck of coral in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But he lost it five years later in a custody battle with Kiribati, a country that only came into existence itself in 1979. So now Green, a conceptual artist, is preparing to start again by claiming a pair of small islands in the Indian Ocean. He's cagey about exactly where they are.
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February 21, 1993 | ROY RIVENBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Huddled around a pizza in an Irvine living room, half a dozen scientists and engineers plot to defect from America and start their own country: a prefab isle to be plunked down in the middle of the Pacific. What they have in mind is a sort of space-age Gilligan's Island--an uncharted tropical paradise complete with voice-activated doors, Hovercraft automobiles and, of course, McDonald's.
SPORTS
March 19, 1993 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Darren Angel sports a plus-one handicap at Wood Ranch Country Club in Simi Valley. To properly frame this accomplishment, consider that plus-one is better than scratch. It means that on a par-72 course, Angel is expected to average 71. Also consider the lay of the land. Wood Ranch is so challenging that a PGA Senior Tour event held there a few years ago was moved to a different site because the pros viewed the course as too punitive. "And they played (from) the white tees," Angel said.
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