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June 30, 2012 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Summer's here, and you know what that means: Lying on the beach and ducking dozens of colorful rubber and plastic projectiles. If you can break away from your Corona and dog-eared copy of "50 Shades of Grey," get up and join the fun. Playing ball games that involve hitting and throwing build coordination and flexibility and burn calories like crazy. And when you've worked up a good sweat, collapse back on your towel. There's a great one reviewed here too. Bad badminton Speedminton Fun Set S70: The new racquet sport, invented in Germany, features an extra-heavy badminton-style birdie called a "speeder" (shown above)
May 14, 1988
In his article loftily instructing Americans about our "failure" in Vietnam, French journalist Todd has the colossal nerve to ask, "Why, for example, do communists so often manage to confiscate a national liberation or anti-colonial struggle?" He ought to know. It was the French who plundered, oppressed and brutalized the Vietnamese so that capitalism, which the French represented, became synonymous with hell. Communism seemed a viable alternative. Paul Doumer, who became the French governor general of Vietnam around the turn of the century, stated the French attitude quite succinctly when he wrote in his memoirs, "When France arrived in Indo China, the Vietnamese were ripe for servitude."
January 12, 1986
Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Legends" being replaced with one by Tangerine Dream is mindlessly depressing, but hardly surprising ("Movie Music: Is It Becoming Hit or Miss?," by Steven Smith, Jan. 5). What else is to be expected in a business where corporate decisions have spent $48 million on a two-character sci-fi story ("Enemy Mine") in which one of the characters wears a rubber suit and mask that looks like a rubber suit and mask, where $23 million resulted in a filmed play ("A Chorus Line")
January 1, 2007 | Roy M. Wallack
If there's a sport, there's a shoe specifically made to help you do it better -- even if you seldom need to touch the pavement. Here are a few examples of highly functional footwear for some of the most popular off-asphalt pastimes. --- Climbing soles that grip Five-Ten Gambit: The rock-climbing shoe Spider-Man would love.
August 27, 2000
The Firestone-Ford tire debacle is eerily reminiscent of NASA's Challenger disaster. For months or even years, many people suspected that brittle rubber in a defective O-ring design might contribute to hot-gas penetration of the solid rocket boosters, which could lead to catastrophic failure of the shuttle. Similarly, for years many have suspected that brittle and defective rubber used in tire manufacturing could result in tire delamination and catastrophic failure, especially in under-inflated tires.
June 30, 1989 | GAILE ROBINSON
If there was such a thing as a sound track that goes with the Fourth of July weekend it would have to include the slappity-flap of flip-flops hitting the pavement. Perhaps you know them by another name; beach sandals, slaps, slides, thongs, flops, go-aheads and the official Customs Department designation--zories. No matter the regional nomenclature, almost everyone has had a personal encounter with this summer staple. If you experienced your first pair in the '50s, consider yourself lucky.
June 23, 1987 | WARREN VIETH, Times Staff Writer
On the credenza in Peter Churm's office is a ruled writing pad with a cryptic inscription, "250 in 5," at the top of each page. It is the last of the dozens of pads that Churm, the affable 61-year-old chairman and chief executive officer of Fluorocarbon Co. in Laguna Niguel, ordered four years ago in an effort to inspire his executive team. At that time, Fluorocarbon was a mid-size rubber and plastics manufacturer with annual revenues of $74 million.
November 12, 1987 | HERB HAIN
Mrs. Robert Mehnert of Oceanside is seeking Rennet tablets for making junket custard and ice cream; none of the supermarkets or health food stores in her area seems to stock the product. Can you help satisfy Mehnert's sweet tooth, or will this be too tough a problem and leave her cold? Regina Rogers of Cypress and several of her friends would love to find some bib-style plastic aprons.
September 1, 2012 | Roy M. Wallack, Wallack is the coauthor of "Barefoot Running Step by Step."
Runners naturally lust for high-tech GPS wristwatches that measure heart rate, altitude and dozens of other metrics and record way-points of your route (which is why I'll review one in this column soon). But the stuff that can make more of a day-to-day practical difference for runners often proves to be lower-tech, more affordable fare that, in its own way, is no less innovative. Below are four good examples. -- No-bounce fanny pack Hippie Runner Go Belt: Elastic race belt and Lycra pouch with two small zippered compartments that can hold a cellphone and/or an energy bar and keys.
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