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January 17, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
The gig: President of Starline Tours and Tourcoach International. Starline Tours is one of the largest and oldest tour companies in Southern California, offering bus tours of celebrity homes and entertainment attractions. Combined, the two companies operate 150 buses and employ about 250 workers. Background: Sapir came to Los Angeles in 1963 as an Iranian exchange student, studying engineering at Western State College. While working as a parking lot attendant, he befriended Bud Delp, the former chauffeur of theater entrepreneur Sid Grauman.
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January 17, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
The gig: President of Starline Tours and Tourcoach International. Starline Tours is one of the largest and oldest tour companies in Southern California, offering bus tours of celebrity homes and entertainment attractions. Combined, the two companies operate 150 buses and employ about 250 workers. Background: Sapir came to Los Angeles in 1963 as an Iranian exchange student, studying engineering at Western State College. While working as a parking lot attendant, he befriended Bud Delp, the former chauffeur of theater entrepreneur Sid Grauman.
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April 16, 1999 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Estelle Sapir, the first Holocaust survivor to win a wartime claim from a Swiss bank that had secretly hoarded her family's fortune for half a century, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday in New York. She was 72 and had barely a year to enjoy her victory in a protracted battle to recover money left by her father when he was killed in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
NEWS
April 16, 1999 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Estelle Sapir, the first Holocaust survivor to win a wartime claim from a Swiss bank that had secretly hoarded her family's fortune for half a century, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday in New York. She was 72 and had barely a year to enjoy her victory in a protracted battle to recover money left by her father when he was killed in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
SCIENCE
August 24, 2007 | Amber Dance, Times Staff Writer
In any language, Sonja Elen Kisa was depressed. The world was overwhelming, and the thoughts that swirled through her mind in French, English, German or Esperanto echoed that. So Kisa, 28, a student and translator in Toronto, decided to create her own language, something simple that would help clarify her thinking. She called it Toki Pona -- "good language" -- and gave it just 120 words. "Ale li pona," she told herself. "Everything will be OK."
NEWS
May 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Bank Credit Suisse agreed to settle the claim of a 71-year-old Holocaust survivor, a move her supporters said could clear the way for other ailing Jews to recover their ancestors' long lost assets. The amount paid New York resident Estelle Sapir was reported at between $300,000 and $500,000.
SPORTS
May 9, 1986
Tony LaRussa's job as manager of the Chicago White Sox remained hanging by a thread Thursday after the team's management met with Billy Martin's agent, Ed Sapir. White Sox spokesman Paul Jensen said the club and Sapir "would be in contact again within 24 hours" after the meeting. "All we did is agree to talk again . . . I don't know if Billy is going to be manager of the White Sox," Sapir said.
REAL ESTATE
June 28, 1987
The former Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder building at 4800 Staunton Ave. has been sold by the Rosenfield Family Trust of Van Nuys to Fred Sapir of Hollywood for $1.45 million. Major Properties, 1200 W. Olympic Blvd., represented both parties in the sale.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Starline Sightseeing Tours on Monday drove away with its major competitor by buying the Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara operations of Gray Line Tours. The Hollywood-based bus charter and tour company said the purchase of the Gray Line operations will double the size of the company's bus fleet and allow it to reduce costs. Gray Line also has a strong presence in Orange County, where Starline had wanted to beef up its business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Topanga Canyon Boulevard is expected to reopen this afternoon after flooding by a broken water main closed down the southbound lanes between Vanowen and Bassett streets, according to Department of Water and Power officials. The main broke about 2 p.m. Thursday. The force of the water opened a 7-by-20-foot sinkhole in the street and ruptured a sewer line to one of the area's commercial buildings, said Steve Rinker, water utilities supervisor.
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