CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 |
How to unpack the layers of irony when “journalists” at the web TV operation run by San Diego's largest newspaper decided to spoof "Mayor Headlock's" predicament with a remake of Robin Thicke's chart-topping music video “Blurred Lines”? First of all, as you know, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been accused by a baker's dozen or so of women of making unwanted sexual advances, including putting some in headlocks, kissing them, coming onto them and generally acting more like a drunken fraternity boy than a 70-year-old career politician.
March 11, 1988 |
Knott's Berry Farm will soon have some famous footprints that even the late Sid Grauman would envy. Sasquatch--also known as Bigfoot--is coming to Orange County. Yes, after years of everybody searching high and low from Moscow to Washington for the legendary big ape, Bigfoot's tracks will soon be found wandering through Knott's new Wild Water Wilderness attraction.
December 29, 1996 |
Benilde Little, in her first novel, "Good Hair," has written what some might consider an oxymoron: a black comedy of manners. Contrary to what's normally seen of black Americans in the mainstream media, where crack and guns are endemic, the only things that come out blazing here are diamond engagement rings--inherited whoppers, at that. And the cracks are hairline, in beloved Limoges passed down through generations.
March 5, 1989 |
Even a true believer in Bigfoot concedes that the tabloids sometimes get carried away: "HUGE BIGFOOT MONSTER TERRORIZES THE ROCKIES! It stunk like a sewer, roared like a lion and clutched the leg of an animal in its hand." " 'BIGFOOT ATTACKED US!' Blood-Crazed Creature Savages Camera Crew and Pounds 2-Ton Truck Into Junkyard Scrap." Paul Freeman smiles at the mention of such outlandish reports. He collects them and keeps the clippings in a cardboard box.
August 29, 1987 |
For the last couple of years, the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, which come in Topps Chewing Gum packets, have been conversation starters from coast to coast. Children talked about them because the little creatures on the fronts are fun. Parents talked about them because some of the illustrated characters are disgusting to look at. Card collectors talked about them because cards are their business.
October 16, 2005 |
Next to a lifelike replica of a giant ape head, the believers milled around tables Saturday covered with casts of large footprints, books about nature's mysteries and T-shirts proclaiming "Bigfoot: Often Imitated, Never Invalidated." While they can have a sense of humor about it, the search for the legendary sasquatch is no joke for many of the nearly 400 people who came here to discuss the latest sightings and tracking techniques at the Texas Bigfoot Conference.