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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.