CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989 |
Under rows of harsh fluorescent lights, they sit at folding tables, hunched over boards covered with small, square tiles. The room is silent as 10 pairs of players sweat it out in a battle of wits, probing their minds for obscure words and letter combinations. They're playing Scrabble, but this is not exactly the game that many people remember playing with their grandmothers over pound cake and iced tea on Sunday afternoons.
October 28, 2007 |
The urban legend about the space pen goes like this: During the space race in the '60s, NASA spent more than $1 million developing a pen that could write in zero gravity. Russian cosmonauts, meanwhile, used a pencil. In reality, both U.S. and Russian space explorers used pencils until inventor Paul Fisher developed a pressurized pen that wrote in a weightless environment. Now Fisher and others offer pens designed to write under extreme conditions.
November 5, 2004 |
Never at a loss for words, Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo's witty and intelligent documentary, "Word Wars: Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit," follows four unconventional players as they work toward the 2002 national championships in San Diego: * Matt Graham, the No. 7-ranked Scrabble player in the country, is a manic New York-based stand-up comic who takes vitamin supplements and other "smart drugs" in an effort to boost his brainpower. * The No. 13-ranked "G.I."
July 12, 1994 |
Mattel Inc. has apparently won the battle with rival Hasbro Co. for J.S. Spear & Sons, the British company that owns the overseas rights to the popular Scrabble board game. El Segundo-based Mattel, the world's largest toy maker, said Monday that it got "irrevocable commitments" for 51% of the British company's shares, following acceptance of Mattel's offer by Spear's board.
January 20, 1994 |
When the keen observer gets three Christmas presents that are all basically for the same purpose, he can't help but detect an implied message. When the gifts come from people very important in the observer's life, the message is magnified, often displayed in bright neon, and demands reflection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1985 |
To Marilyn Kennedy, the families of men and women accused and convicted of crimes are "the unknown victims of crime." "In the first place, you go through the same emotions as when you have a death in the family," Kennedy said. "Shock that this can happen to your family. Denial for the same reasons. Anger that it's happened to you. Anger at the person who it's happened to for causing you that pain.
September 5, 2011 |
He carries a dictionary under his arm and wears a very large Star of David around his neck. His name is Fidel Babani, but you can call him Senor Scrabble. Babani, in addition to being an active member of Cuba's tiny Jewish community, is president of the also small, but growing, Cuban Scrabble Assn. Two very different passions, perhaps, but in his island nation, adherents have followed parallel paths: From both vantage points, Babani has seen slow, sometimes contradictory change.
November 14, 1986 |
Fanfare. Roaring crowd. Chick Hearn's unmistakable "voice of the Los Angeles Lakers" cuts in above the cheering. The Celtics lead the Lakers by a point. Thirty seconds to go, and suddenly the game depends on you. You? Hearn announces your name to the crowd. Coach Pat Riley orders you into the game. Hearn fires descriptive verbal salvos detailing your height, weight, nickname and alma mater. The crowd roars as you tie up the Celts' great Danny Ainge. Two seconds left on the clock.
November 14, 2000 |
In high-stress, high-drama situations such as live election coverage, CBS anchor Dan Rather can be counted on to come up with some metaphors that are as unusual as a Bush family Scrabble game or an Al Gore understatement. So-called "Ratherisms" are a national tradition by now--one that, archaically but winningly, puts the emphasis back on spoken words and takes it away from all of TV's instant graphics and maps cluttered by blinking lights and spinning text.
October 31, 1999 |
This was the way to look at things from a different side. My boyfriend, Rich, and I take frequent day trips to Big Bear Lake, with its rental speedboats, bustling village and chairlifts that whisk lazy mountain bikers like us to the top of mountains. But on a Sunday drive around the lake last summer, we came upon a house on the north shore with a sprawling porch overlooking a yard so green that it glowed in the afternoon sun.