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July 25, 1992 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was no doubt that Joaquim Dixon could do the job. In fact, like the other developmentally disabled adults in the "sheltered workshop," assembling the small tool kits was just the kind of simple, repetitious task that helped keep his mind focused. The problem, his supervisors said, was the singing. And the humming, and the foot tapping, too.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1994
Actors Doug Savant ("Melrose Place") and David Drake ("The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me") will be featured on an April 16 panel discussion on the topic of "Acting Gay." The free panel, which begins at 2 p.m. at Pomona College's Lyman Hall, is part of the college's speaker series "The Hollywood Connection." Information: (909) 621-8018.
NEWS
April 20, 2004 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
In ALL OF TROUT LITERATURE, THERE MAY BE NO VOLUME more often prescribed, or more likely to be mistaken for a comic book, than a 28-year-old wonder called "The Curtis Creek Manifesto." But this book's admirers -- hundreds of thousands of them -- have never been too clear about the man behind the manifesto. He claimed four names. He favored black hats and a flowing cape and considered himself "one of the last Edwardians."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2003 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
Max Weisberg, an unrepentant bookmaker with a savant's knack for numerals who twice persuaded Minnesota juries that he was too simple-minded to understand the nature of his crimes, died Thursday in a nursing home in St. Paul, Minn. He was 79. Weisberg had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul before he was transferred to the nursing home, said his longtime defense attorney, Ron Meshbesher. An endearing, familiar pear-shaped figure on St.
NEWS
April 9, 1989 | VERN ANDERSON, Associated Press
Tell Eric Robinson the date you were born and he'll immediately give you the day of the week you first drew breath. Same with dates in the future. He's a human calendar. Yet it is only weeks since the 19-year-old autistic savant mastered buttoning his own clothes, allowing him to trade elastic-waisted trousers for his first button-up Levis. Eric will graduate June 2 from a special education program that has taught him the joy of work in an alien world. By the time he earns his diploma, Eric hopes to have found a life's work in numbers.
NEWS
December 27, 1990 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gloria Lenhoff sings opera in a beautiful soprano voice. She plays the accordion as if it were an extension of herself, effortlessly absorbing new pieces into her repertoire of more than 1,000 songs. She can converse in a half-dozen languages, including Spanish, Hebrew, French, Japanese and sign. There is an aura of genius about this woman. And because she excels in extraordinary areas, you forget her limitations in the ordinary ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1987 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
After living two decades in board-and-care homes for the mentally retarded, Gary Ahearn, 33, seemed to be at the edge of oblivion. He was without family, without friends--trapped forever, it appeared, by speech and muscular disabilities and an IQ in the 50 to 70 range. He would shuffle wordlessly through the hallways of a Los Angeles job training center for the disabled, his eyes downcast. Until one day he saw an organ keyboard in a crafts classroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN
You won't get any points for knowing that Elvis Presley was the most popular singles artist during rock's first half decade. But you will be off to a good start in this pop-by-the-decades quiz if you can name the act that finished second during that period. That's the first question in a quiz drawn from information in "Top Pop Singles, 1955-1999," the latest in Joel Whitburn's invaluable series of pop reference books. 1. Elvis Presley was the most popular singles artist from 1955 through 1959.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1990 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A boy sits spellbound in front of a flickering television set. Missiles flare, cities explode and Harry S. Truman comes on, announcing that the United States has just dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Frightened, the child runs to the front lawn of his suburban home and scans the blue sky for doom. Then he picks a dandelion, closes his eyes and blows. The discarded dandelion drops to the dirt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2003 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
Max Weisberg, an unrepentant bookmaker with a savant's knack for numerals who twice persuaded Minnesota juries that he was too simple-minded to understand the nature of his crimes, died Thursday in a nursing home in St. Paul, Minn. He was 79. Weisberg had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul before he was transferred to the nursing home, said his longtime defense attorney, Ron Meshbesher. An endearing, familiar pear-shaped figure on St.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN
You won't get any points for knowing that Elvis Presley was the most popular singles artist during rock's first half decade. But you will be off to a good start in this pop-by-the-decades quiz if you can name the act that finished second during that period. That's the first question in a quiz drawn from information in "Top Pop Singles, 1955-1999," the latest in Joel Whitburn's invaluable series of pop reference books. 1. Elvis Presley was the most popular singles artist from 1955 through 1959.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1996 | Richard Cromelin, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar
'Wow--I've been looking for a guitar like that." Beck Hansen gazes up at the sculpture hanging on the restaurant wall--a Cubist rendition of a Silvertone guitar, its head, neck and body reconfigured at odd angles. Perfect--a droll quip from Generation X's musical prankster. But Beck isn't joking. And when you realize that he's talking about wanting a real, intact Silvertone, you've got a clue that all the stereotypes--Beck the slippery put-on artist, Beck the slacker spokesman, etc.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last fall, as Armani premiered its collection of sporting pants and sweaters in Milan, Andre Agassi offered a glimpse of his own impending make-over. His shirt and hat bore the mantra: "Tennis Sucks." Once Nike made the outfit available in stores, he quit wearing it. Agassi refuses to look like everyone else, a company spokeswoman explained. So in January he unveiled a newer, more shocking incarnation, a streetwise array of stripes and prints and knee-length baggies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1994
Actors Doug Savant ("Melrose Place") and David Drake ("The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me") will be featured on an April 16 panel discussion on the topic of "Acting Gay." The free panel, which begins at 2 p.m. at Pomona College's Lyman Hall, is part of the college's speaker series "The Hollywood Connection." Information: (909) 621-8018.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994 | JEFF BRAZIL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He expounds on the virtues of Dickens and Twain. He actually wants a new dictionary. And he knocks fright writer Stephen King for being too gory. All of which would be unremarkable except that Jonathan Westerfield is 11. He's supposed to like "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," not "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1989 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
The TV cameraman rushed to the bottom of the entrance ramp at the Ontario airport to shoot the line of passengers filing out of the Delta flight from Salt Lake City; they all glanced around in the sharp camera beam to try to spot the celebrity in their midst--then moved on as if to say, "There are so many these days, you can't keep up." Two men split from the crowd to greet their waiting hosts.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN
There's no particular reason to grieve as the Odyssey Theatre locks the door for the last time on Ohio Avenue and moves to a new home not that far away. Moving on--that's what odysseys are about. If artistic director Ron Sossi were giving up the ship, there would be reason to grieve. But Sossi is a stayer. When he learned that his theater was about to lose its lease--to a video store, yet--he didn't whimper about how hard it is to do theater in Los Angeles. He found a new location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1992 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was no doubt that Joaquim Dixon could do the job. In fact, like the other developmentally disabled adults in the "sheltered workshop," assembling the small tool kits was just the kind of simple, repetitious task that helped keep his mind focused. The problem, his supervisors said, was the singing. And the humming, and the foot tapping, too.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Bob Crosby on LSD." That's just one of the ways that saxophonist-arranger Tom Kubis describes Swing Savant, the eight-piece traditional jazz ensemble he co-leads with drummer Matt Johnson. The band plays selections that originated in the United States between 1900 and 1940, and "the music goes through a lot of bumps and grinds as we kind of address every era," Kubis, 41, said on the phone from his home in Huntington Beach.
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