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February 23, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has an unofficial mayor: its longtime shoe shiner. For more than 30 years, Albert Lexie has roamed the hospital's halls, with a wide smile on his face and a tin of shoe wax in his hand. Lexie was coy about his age, but proud to point out he's spent almost every Tuesday and Thursday since 1981 at the hospital. He makes small talk, drops off small toys for the kids and offers $5 shoe shines. “He says I'm his best buddy,” Dr. Joseph Carcillo told the Los Angeles Times.
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February 23, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has an unofficial mayor: its longtime shoe shiner. For more than 30 years, Albert Lexie has roamed the hospital's halls, with a wide smile on his face and a tin of shoe wax in his hand. Lexie was coy about his age, but proud to point out he's spent almost every Tuesday and Thursday since 1981 at the hospital. He makes small talk, drops off small toys for the kids and offers $5 shoe shines. “He says I'm his best buddy,” Dr. Joseph Carcillo told the Los Angeles Times.
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FOOD
June 10, 2009 | Charles Perry
What's going on here? The silver-on-black label is a clue. It's a very dark beer, almost opaque, and you'd expect a porter, but it's dry. It's a schwartzbier, a relatively uncommon style in this country (the only really widely available American schwartzbier is Samuel Adams Black Lager). Think of it as a stout, made with the same sort of roasted malts, except that it's a malty, low-hopped lager.
FOOD
June 10, 2009 | Charles Perry
What's going on here? The silver-on-black label is a clue. It's a very dark beer, almost opaque, and you'd expect a porter, but it's dry. It's a schwartzbier, a relatively uncommon style in this country (the only really widely available American schwartzbier is Samuel Adams Black Lager). Think of it as a stout, made with the same sort of roasted malts, except that it's a malty, low-hopped lager.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2009
The funeral for Santa Anita Park shoeshine man Eddie Logan, who died Saturday at 98, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Douglass & Zook Mortuary, 600 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia. Logan worked at the horse racing track for 74 years, from opening day Dec. 25, 1934, until early January.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2000 | KAREN E. KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Q: I recently started a chandelier cleaning service, which has been very lucrative, but business is rather sporadic. I'm looking for tips on how to expand and how to market to a very specific, rather affluent niche. --Jody Wright, Chandelier Shiner, Los Angeles * A: After designing an effective brochure or flier, the "knee-jerk" reaction of most people might be to try the brute-force method: direct-mail marketing to the homeowner, especially neighborhoods of larger homes.
NEWS
April 9, 1993 | ROSE APODACA
Fashion doesn't have to stop during slumber hours. Saks Fifth Avenue proved this point at a pajama party at the Newport Dunes Resort's Back Bay Cafe on Saturday. The event benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On a sun-kissed morning overlooking the Back Bay, close to 300 guests, many pajama'd, brunched while a jazz trio performed and volunteer models casually paraded by tables in the latest in sleep wear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2009 | Claire Noland
Eddie Logan, who ran a shoeshine stand at Santa Anita Park from the day the horse racing track opened in 1934 until a few weeks ago, died Saturday. He was 98. Logan, who in his younger years was a boxer as well as a baseball player in the Negro Leagues, died at his home in Monrovia after suffering a seizure and stroke in early January, the racetrack announced. Called "the foot man" by his many loyal customers, Logan was a fixture at the Arcadia track for 74 years.
NEWS
February 4, 1987 | United Press International
Former CIA Director William Colby described today how he was "knocked down and given a great big shiner" by four muggers near his home last Friday. He said one of the attackers brandished a gun. But all they got was his wristwatch, Colby said. The 67-year-old ex-intelligence chief, who as a saboteur-spy parachuted into German-occupied Norway in World War II, said he was walking back to his Georgetown home after escorting a friend to a main street to catch a taxi when he was jumped by four men.
BOOKS
June 29, 2008
Lewis SHINER'S body of work brings to mind a coloring book whose margins have been gleefully scrubbed away by an entire box of crayons. "Frontera," his 1984 debut novel, cast the author as a pioneer of cyberpunk; "Slam" (1990) explored the heady mixture of anarchy and skateboarding; and "Say Goodbye" (1999) drenches an otherwise conventional rise-and-fall story of a young musician with offbeat elements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2009
The funeral for Santa Anita Park shoeshine man Eddie Logan, who died Saturday at 98, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Douglass & Zook Mortuary, 600 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia. Logan worked at the horse racing track for 74 years, from opening day Dec. 25, 1934, until early January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2009 | Claire Noland
Eddie Logan, who ran a shoeshine stand at Santa Anita Park from the day the horse racing track opened in 1934 until a few weeks ago, died Saturday. He was 98. Logan, who in his younger years was a boxer as well as a baseball player in the Negro Leagues, died at his home in Monrovia after suffering a seizure and stroke in early January, the racetrack announced. Called "the foot man" by his many loyal customers, Logan was a fixture at the Arcadia track for 74 years.
BOOKS
June 29, 2008
Lewis SHINER'S body of work brings to mind a coloring book whose margins have been gleefully scrubbed away by an entire box of crayons. "Frontera," his 1984 debut novel, cast the author as a pioneer of cyberpunk; "Slam" (1990) explored the heady mixture of anarchy and skateboarding; and "Say Goodbye" (1999) drenches an otherwise conventional rise-and-fall story of a young musician with offbeat elements.
NEWS
March 20, 2005 | Adam Goldman, Associated Press Writer
These are heady days for those in the business of spiffing up feet. Winter is here, and the shoe shiners of Las Vegas are savoring snakeskin boots, Italian penny loafers and high-priced dress shoes. Summer flip-flops and sandals, the bane of the shoe shiner's existence, are gone. "You can't make any money. Forget about it," said James Agati, 80, who works at a busy two-person stand at the Luxor hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. "After October, those are the good months."
BUSINESS
February 2, 2000 | KAREN E. KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Q: I recently started a chandelier cleaning service, which has been very lucrative, but business is rather sporadic. I'm looking for tips on how to expand and how to market to a very specific, rather affluent niche. --Jody Wright, Chandelier Shiner, Los Angeles * A: After designing an effective brochure or flier, the "knee-jerk" reaction of most people might be to try the brute-force method: direct-mail marketing to the homeowner, especially neighborhoods of larger homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1994 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Lawrence Christon is a Times staff writer
WARNING! In lieu of a U.S. Surgeon General's report, be advised that the following may occur while watching "Fool Moon," Bill Irwin and David Shiner's evening of inspired, wordless nonsense coming to the Doolittle Theatre on Thursday: * Convulsions. * Abdominal cramps. * Cracked ribs. * Tearing eyes. * Loosening and possible violent expulsion of false dentures. These are, of course, manifestations of uncontrollable laughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
It's not easy being a clown. "Think about it," said David Shiner, who plays the gawky, hyperkinetic figure in Cirque du Soleil's triumphant "Nouvelle Experience" at the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier. "There are 2,500 people in the audience. I don't speak one word. I communicate everything to them without saying anything. It takes an incredible amount of energy, from here"--he taps the center of his chest--"all the way out. So when I'm not doing the show, I'm sleeping or resting."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1994 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Lawrence Christon is a Times staff writer
WARNING! In lieu of a U.S. Surgeon General's report, be advised that the following may occur while watching "Fool Moon," Bill Irwin and David Shiner's evening of inspired, wordless nonsense coming to the Doolittle Theatre on Thursday: * Convulsions. * Abdominal cramps. * Cracked ribs. * Tearing eyes. * Loosening and possible violent expulsion of false dentures. These are, of course, manifestations of uncontrollable laughter.
NEWS
April 9, 1993 | ROSE APODACA
Fashion doesn't have to stop during slumber hours. Saks Fifth Avenue proved this point at a pajama party at the Newport Dunes Resort's Back Bay Cafe on Saturday. The event benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On a sun-kissed morning overlooking the Back Bay, close to 300 guests, many pajama'd, brunched while a jazz trio performed and volunteer models casually paraded by tables in the latest in sleep wear.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
It's not easy being a clown. "Think about it," said David Shiner, who plays the gawky, hyperkinetic figure in Cirque du Soleil's triumphant "Nouvelle Experience" at the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier. "There are 2,500 people in the audience. I don't speak one word. I communicate everything to them without saying anything. It takes an incredible amount of energy, from here"--he taps the center of his chest--"all the way out. So when I'm not doing the show, I'm sleeping or resting."
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