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July 7, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a slow afternoon before the hectic days of harvest, Hipolito Meza squinted beneath his Michigan Wolverines baseball cap at his three acres of strawberries, each dark green plant an engine of agricultural wealth. A big-shouldered, exuberant man, Meza gave up a $60,000-a-year paycheck as a welder and machinist two years ago, at age 45, so he could get into the strawberry business. He and his wife, Leticia, wanted to boost their income and spend more time with their children.
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July 7, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a slow afternoon before the hectic days of harvest, Hipolito Meza squinted beneath his Michigan Wolverines baseball cap at his three acres of strawberries, each dark green plant an engine of agricultural wealth. A big-shouldered, exuberant man, Meza gave up a $60,000-a-year paycheck as a welder and machinist two years ago, at age 45, so he could get into the strawberry business. He and his wife, Leticia, wanted to boost their income and spend more time with their children.
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June 2, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Inside the pink brick estate he built with a blues fortune, 72-year-old Claud Johnson cannot shake the habits he formed when he was a poor man. Three years after moving in, he still has more rooms than he has furniture. Creamy wall-to-wall stretches across the second floor, which is mostly empty. To tell the truth, he's not sure if his wife, Miss Ernestine, has ever gone up there.
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May 20, 2003 | From a Times staff writer
Praised by critics for his role as a death row inmate in "Monster's Ball," Sean Combs is taking on a musical role, that of Delta blues guitarist Robert Johnson in the HBO movie, "Love in Vain." Johnson, who died in 1938 at age 27, was said to have made a pact with the devil to be the greatest guitar player who ever lived. Combs has been playing guitar and he is also heading to the South where he will "work on a farm, learn about sharecropping and picking cotton."
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April 26, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Bonnie Owens, a cocktail waitress-turned-singer who was married at different times to country music giants Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, died Monday in Bakersfield after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 76. Her death came four weeks after that of Buck Owens, but she may have been too deeply gripped by Alzheimer's to know that he was gone, according to Jim Shaw, a close family friend.
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February 12, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
An African American storyteller will help Las Virgenes Library celebrate Black History Month on Tuesday. Binnie Tate Wilkin, dressed in African costume, will present African and African American folklore through word and dance. Wilkin, the author of "Survival Themes in Fiction for Children and Young People," a collection of short stories to help children deal with everyday problems, will spin tales of hardship faced by African Americans and their eventual triumph.
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November 3, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila
David O'Reilly, partner and winemaker in Oregon's respected Owen Roe Winery, didn't have the money to buy the Pinot Noir grapes outright, so he proposed a novel solution, at least for the 21st century: sharecropping. He would make the wine and he and the grower would share the profits. Hence the label Sharecropper's Oregon Pinot Noir. The 2003 vintage is a real beauty, with a lush perfume, voluptuous body and silky texture. What's not to like at this price?
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July 8, 2000
Murl Barrow, a former teacher and hospital aide, has died at the age of 87. Barrow, who died June 30 at her home in Ojai, was born March 3, 1913, to a share-cropping family in Annona, Texas. During the Depression she moved to Dallas and worked in a sewing room. In 1930, she married schoolteacher Joe Galloway, and later taught school herself for a while.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1991 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Artist: Robin Holcomb. History: Georgia-born Holcomb grew up in California in a musical home. She started playing piano at age 4, and later studied with jazz pianist Art Lande. Taking a break from college, she worked as a sharecropper for a couple of years in North Carolina, then returned to school at UC Santa Cruz, studying Javanese gamelan music. Marrying avant-jazz-rock pianist Wayne Horvitz in 1979, Holcomb moved to New York.
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August 27, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
To commemorate the 78th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, a Mission College instructor has combined photographs, timelines and brochures in a display that students can view between classes. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which gave women the right to vote became law. In addition, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y.
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