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September 24, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
Roberto Pirrone just became a priest. With his ordination came a vacation--two weeks to travel, relax and do whatever pleases him. And what pleases Pirrone? Tinkering with the 19-foot scale model of the luxury liner Titanic that he began building when he was 15. For nearly a decade, the model has stood as the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Quite a few of those who gathered Thursday along the angled Little Tokyo block named for the first Japanese American astronaut said it was the closest they would ever get to a space shuttle launch. They had come to see a newly restored one-tenth-scale model of the Challenger space shuttle be hoisted atop the memorial to Ellison S. Onizuka, one of the seven astronauts who died when the shuttle exploded on Jan. 28, 1986. At 1 p.m., when the big moment was scheduled, people clutching cameras positioned themselves, lining the balcony of the Weller Court shopping center on one side of the monument as well as the roof and each level of the parking garage on the other side.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
NEWS
January 5, 1992 | STEPHANIE SHAPIRO, THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN
After six months of painstaking work, Charles O. Hacker has completed his scale model of the topsail schooner Dapper Tom, a Baltimore-built privateering ship used during the War of 1812 to help break the British blockade. At 73, it is not as easy as it once was to knot the tiny threads and paint the fine lines that make Hacker's reduced reproductions true. He must perform his most tedious work with the aid of a magnifying glass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Most urban renewal projects require piles of cash and armloads of permits and blueprints. All that's needed for James Rojas' makeover of downtown Long Beach is imagination. Rojas is an urban planner who has constructed an 80-square-foot scale model of the city that residents and business owners can tinker with to illustrate their own vision of Long Beach's future. The city's high-rises, retail shops and residential buildings are represented by movable blocks of wood, scraps of plastic and pieces of castoffs that Rojas has salvaged from garage sales and thrift shops.
NEWS
December 18, 1986
The American Congress of Jews from Poland and Survivors of Concentration Camps on Friday will announce plans to construct a Holocaust Monument in Pan Pacific Park. American artist Joseph Young, whose design proposal was selected in a nationwide competition, will show a scale model of the monument at a news conference at 11 a.m. in the board room of the Jewish Federation Center, 6505 Wilshire Blvd.
SCIENCE
March 8, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Braving the rain, scientists and engineers have rolled out a full scale model of the NASA James Webb Space Telescope at South by Southwest. The public will get an up-close look at the telescope, which will look deep into the cosmos for starlight from the most distant galaxies to learn about the origins of the universe. "We call ourselves a time machine," said Scott Willoughby, James Webb program manager at Northrop Grumman, where the telescope is being built. "We can look and actually find, further than Hubble did, the first light that came out after the big bang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
Architect Ron Yeo presented the City Council Tuesday night with a scale model of the city's proposed new pier, a design that includes a diamond-shaped end. "The diamond shape at the end of the pier allows an easier flow of traffic around the restaurant that will be built there," Yeo said. The plans call for a two-story restaurant in an octagon shape. The original restaurant built in the '30s on the end of the pier had such an eight-sided shape, Yeo said.
HOME & GARDEN
August 30, 2008 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
SEEN For HIS $40-million redesign of the Mondrian in West Hollywood, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz goes one step beyond the "Alice in Wonderland" concept of the hotel's original mastermind, Philippe Starck. "This is what Alice found on the other side of the looking glass," says Noriega-Ortiz, pictured. Indeed, when the new design premieres Thursday, the concierge desk will be shaped like a toadstool. Guest rooms feature an oversized mirror on a swivel pole: One side is a sunset-orange-colored looking glass, and the other side is a TV screen.
SCIENCE
March 8, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Braving the rain, scientists and engineers have rolled out a full scale model of the NASA James Webb Space Telescope at South by Southwest. The public will get an up-close look at the telescope, which will look deep into the cosmos for starlight from the most distant galaxies to learn about the origins of the universe. "We call ourselves a time machine," said Scott Willoughby, James Webb program manager at Northrop Grumman, where the telescope is being built. "We can look and actually find, further than Hubble did, the first light that came out after the big bang.
TRAVEL
April 15, 2012 | By James Bartlett, Special to the Los Angeles Times
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Everyone knows how the tale of the Titanic ends, but what of its beginning? The Titanic was born in Belfast, along with its sister Olympic-class ships, the Olympicand the Gigantic (later renamed the Britan¿nic). A new Titanic Belfast museum openedlast month, and there's also a year-long sched¿ule of events celebrating the Titanic's 100thanniversary that includes two exhibitions at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, on 170acres outside Belfast. As soon as you enter the "Designing Titanic" section, you're transported into the world of the Harland & Wolff shipyard: The sounds of crashing pipes, banging hammers and shouting workmen are heard throughout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Most urban renewal projects require piles of cash and armloads of permits and blueprints. All that's needed for James Rojas' makeover of downtown Long Beach is imagination. Rojas is an urban planner who has constructed an 80-square-foot scale model of the city that residents and business owners can tinker with to illustrate their own vision of Long Beach's future. The city's high-rises, retail shops and residential buildings are represented by movable blocks of wood, scraps of plastic and pieces of castoffs that Rojas has salvaged from garage sales and thrift shops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Quite a few of those who gathered Thursday along the angled Little Tokyo block named for the first Japanese American astronaut said it was the closest they would ever get to a space shuttle launch. They had come to see a newly restored one-tenth-scale model of the Challenger space shuttle be hoisted atop the memorial to Ellison S. Onizuka, one of the seven astronauts who died when the shuttle exploded on Jan. 28, 1986. At 1 p.m., when the big moment was scheduled, people clutching cameras positioned themselves, lining the balcony of the Weller Court shopping center on one side of the monument as well as the roof and each level of the parking garage on the other side.
HOME & GARDEN
August 30, 2008 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
SEEN For HIS $40-million redesign of the Mondrian in West Hollywood, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz goes one step beyond the "Alice in Wonderland" concept of the hotel's original mastermind, Philippe Starck. "This is what Alice found on the other side of the looking glass," says Noriega-Ortiz, pictured. Indeed, when the new design premieres Thursday, the concierge desk will be shaped like a toadstool. Guest rooms feature an oversized mirror on a swivel pole: One side is a sunset-orange-colored looking glass, and the other side is a TV screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1997 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When "Old Ironsides" took to the seas to celebrate her 200th birthday last July, some 3,000 boats dotted the waters off the Massachusetts coast to see the tallest of the tall ships under sail. But the USS Constitution, as the ship is formally known, actually plunged into the waters off Boston on Oct. 21, 1797. So it seems fitting that the Ventura County Maritime Museum chose this month to open its new exhibit, a tribute to the venerable warship.
NEWS
September 21, 1986 | CAROL BUCKNELL, Carol Bucknell is a New Zealand journalist who writes on architecture, travel and tourism.
Acoustician Harold Marshall's successful designs at two halls in New Zealand, as well as his access to a $1.5- million acoustic testing laboratory in Auckland, were important factors in his inclusion in the design team for the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Marshall, director of the Acoustics Institute at the University of Auckland's department of architecture, was a participant in a 1981 "design squatter's seminar" in Costa Mesa.
TRAVEL
April 15, 2012 | By James Bartlett, Special to the Los Angeles Times
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Everyone knows how the tale of the Titanic ends, but what of its beginning? The Titanic was born in Belfast, along with its sister Olympic-class ships, the Olympicand the Gigantic (later renamed the Britan¿nic). A new Titanic Belfast museum openedlast month, and there's also a year-long sched¿ule of events celebrating the Titanic's 100thanniversary that includes two exhibitions at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, on 170acres outside Belfast. As soon as you enter the "Designing Titanic" section, you're transported into the world of the Harland & Wolff shipyard: The sounds of crashing pipes, banging hammers and shouting workmen are heard throughout.
NEWS
September 28, 1997 | PETER FINN, WASHINGTON POST
There was a time when Kenny Lane was well acquainted with Mao Tse-tung's ear--although he never met the man. But then Lane, a 56-year-old Manassas, Va., resident, has seen a lot of strange stuff. All from a windowless workshop at the Washington Navy Yard. He knew the ins and outs of the Son Tay prison in North Vietnam. His fingers traced every room in Manuel Noriega's vacation home in Panama. He surveyed the streets of Iraqi-occupied Kuwait City.
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