February 19, 2013 |
Philip Hsiang and his wife, Mary Ann, used to pay almost $1,000 a year for a pair of cellphones under a family plan contract. But as recession gripped the economy a few years back, the Davis couple opted for low-cost prepaid phone service and never looked back. They shaved $800 off their annual phone bill, even though Hsiang could easily afford the pricier plan on his salary as an electrical engineer. "As a Chinese immigrant to the U.S., it's a virtue to be frugal," Hsiang said.
October 27, 1985
Your detailed memoir of contact with Sam (Simon) Rodia (before he left town in 1954) and/or the Watts Towers is sought for a collection in process for publication. Yes, even brief incidents are useful. JEANNE MORGAN P.O. Box 21046 Santa Barbara, Ca. 93121
December 10, 1990 |
No-Nukes: "The Simpsons' " producers say they're cooling their nuclear industry jokes. But don't have a meltdown, "Simpsons" fans. The prime-time cartoon show will continue to rib the industry in its third season next year, but in a more responsible way, executive producer Sam Simon said. Simon said the Fox Broadcasting Co. program had been guilty of "cheap shots." The U.S.
January 21, 1992 |
Don't have a cow, but a different animation studio is going to be drawing Bart Simpson next season. After what one high-ranking source called "two years of battles and putting out fires," Gracie Films, which produces the animated comedy for Fox Broadcasting, plans to contract with North Hollywood-based Film Roman to draw the half-hour program for next fall.
October 4, 1991 |
Joe Pesci has the title role in the good-natured yet pertinent comedy "The Super" (citywide), and the fit is so perfect it must have been tailored especially for him. He's Louie Kritski, the dutiful son of a New York slumlord (Vincent Gardenia), who has given him his very own building, a once-handsome Beaux Arts structure in the East Village. Gardenia's Big Louie, who owns 27 such tenements, has a very simple business philosophy: "When a Kritski gets a building, what does he do with it? Nothing!"