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September 16, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
It has been almost 10 years since a rainy-day idea for a board game turned into Trivial Pursuit. The game has sold about 76 million copies and is available in 22 languages in 32 countries. Of the family and friends who originally invested in the phenomenon, several have become millionaires, including Scott Abbott, a wire-service copyboy from Montreal who borrowed a few thousand dollars from his mother to participate, and John Haney. And what are Abbott and Haney doing with their money?
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September 16, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
It has been almost 10 years since a rainy-day idea for a board game turned into Trivial Pursuit. The game has sold about 76 million copies and is available in 22 languages in 32 countries. Of the family and friends who originally invested in the phenomenon, several have become millionaires, including Scott Abbott, a wire-service copyboy from Montreal who borrowed a few thousand dollars from his mother to participate, and John Haney. And what are Abbott and Haney doing with their money?
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June 15, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
A gifted female track star overcoming a near-tragic illness to win Olympic gold is a compelling true-life story. Sunday's TV dramatization, "Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story," lacks the depth to be as compelling, but Charlayne Woodard in the title role and Louis Gossett Jr. as her tough coach are a class act.
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February 22, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You want vampires? "Queen of the Damned" has vampires. Lots and lots of vampires. As enumerated in the credits, there are New York Vampires and Euro Trash Vampires, a Vampire in the Park and a Pale Faced Vampire, Club Vampires and a Vampire Doorman, even a simple Vampire Girl, not to be confused with Vampire Girls Sucking. Etc.
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May 23, 1998 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Showtime's Vietnam War memorial of a movie, "The Wall," delivers chilling images of soldiers killing and being killed in the treacherous verdure of Southeast Asia. But still more powerful are its images of survivors and loved ones today, paying tribute at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington. They kiss the gleaming black granite, run their fingers over the engraved names, take rubbings of names and leave mementos.
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October 17, 1992 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Angel coach John Wathan won't be managing the Colorado Rockies next season. Wathan, one of eight interviewed for the job, was told he was not among the final four Thursday night when Bob Gebhard, Rockie general manager, called him at home. "It was funny, because I had been told I was among the top three, then Bob told me I wasn't in the final four," said Wathan, who also interviewed for the Florida Marlins job but wasn't a finalist.
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March 25, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Pitcher Jim Abbott may be considering a buyout of the remaining two years and $5.6 million on his Angel contract, but he gave no indication Monday as to whether he will remain with the organization or in baseball. "I have a lot of respect and affinity for the Angels . . . and I'd like to do something in concert with them that is fair for both sides," Abbott said by phone from Orange County. Abbott, struggling with a 13.
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July 28, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT
After Mike Fetters' mediocre outing Saturday, the cumulative record of the four pitchers who have auditioned for the fifth spot in the starting rotation fell to 1-9. Their combined earned-run average is 8.84. The breakdown of their starts: Joe Grahe (0-1), seven batters, seven earned runs; Scott Lewis (1-5), 44 innings, 34 earned runs; Fernando Valenzuela (0-2), 4 2/3 innings, nine earned runs; Fetters (0-1), 4 1/3 innings, four earned runs.
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September 23, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps it's still little more than a dream, and maybe it's foolish for the Angels to envision it, but the possibility is intriguing. New York Yankee starter Jim Abbott, who probably will file for free agency in a year, indeed could be rejoining the Angel rotation just in time for the 1995 season.
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July 11, 1986 | NANCY M. REICHARDT
NBC is gearing up to telecast the 13th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Thursday and, after deciding not to have a single host for the broadcast, the organizers have instead paired presenters from the various soaps. "We think that when people watch an awards show they want to see their favorite stars," says Brian Frons, vice president of daytime programs for NBC Entertainment, "and that's what we're going to deliver."
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April 1, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Imperfect An Improbable Life Jim Abbott and Tim Brown Ballantine: 288 pp., $26 Like so many young men, Jim Abbott grew up wanting to fit in with everybody else while simultaneously wishing to be celebrated for being uncommonly adept at something/anything. In Abbott's case, he was adept at baseball, a game difficult enough with two hands. Abbott was born with just one. This is his story, of dreaming of being twice as good with half the tools. If this whole notion seems a little pat, give Abbott a chance.
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