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."
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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.
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.
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.
August 17, 1986 |
A harried corporate lawyer who hates to shop was delighted recently to discover that his landlord at the Koll Center office building in Irvine had provided an easy way for him to obtain a birthday present for his girlfriend. He summoned the building concierge, who an hour later returned with a pearl necklace at "just the right price" in exchange for a $25 errand fee. And like clockwork every Monday morning, the president of Irvine-based National Education Corp.
September 8, 1999 |
When Brenda and Kerry Cotter were engaged last year, they didn't announce it in the local newspaper or tie up the phone by calling every one of their relatives. They sat down at their computer and created their own Web site for their wedding. In fact, the Hermosa Beach couple used the Internet to plan much of their July wedding in Santa Monica. They used online gift registries, budget planners and etiquette advice available on many Web sites. They're not alone.
June 22, 2008 |
Here, based on my own adventures and conversations with several experts, are 14 things to know about vacation rentals. -- Christopher Reynolds 1. Know whom to call when the AC breaks down: Get your host's cellphone number -- and his handyman's. Sure, it's nice if your host leaves behind some ideas of local attractions and restaurants, but chances are you've covered a lot of that ground with your own research.
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.
October 25, 1992 |
I suppose I knew I could not get away with it forever. I suppose I knew they would track me down someday. It may come as a surprise to you that I am an outlaw. But I am. Just ask the folks at La-Z-Boy. "Dear Mr. Simon," the letter began, "La-Z-Boy is a registered trademark of La-Z-Boy Chair Co. Your commentary in the Baltimore Sun some months ago on the Perot presidency referred to La-Z-Boy lawmaking.
June 1, 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. These are hard-core Scrabble players, many of whom also play chess, who enjoy the game for its challenge, discipline and mental stimulation.