CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994 |
A volunteer rings a bell and invites shoppers to help themselves to coins in a pot. An "activist" rallies to save "free-range" cranberries. A Bob Dylan Holiday Choir brays nasal Christmas carols. Mystified? Perhaps you're a little too uptight for the Cacophony Society. Amused? You may already be a member. "To be involved you just do it," said Cacophony Society member Jason Rackerby, known in underground circles as Yahoon Doorstop. "There's no membership fees or officers."
February 8, 1997 |
Herb Caen spent almost six decades writing a love song to his adopted city, praising its beauty, style and unique place in the world. On Friday, the city returned that love, its residents gathering to remember the man whose Pulitzer Prize-winning column was a must-read for generations. "Today, San Francisco stands as one," William Swing, Episcopal bishop of California, said as he opened a memorial service before more than 3,000 people in the vast splendor of Grace Cathedral.
June 17, 1986 |
Grand Metropolitan PLC, based in London, on Monday rejected a nearly $900-million offer by Trafalgar Holdings for its Inter-Continental hotel chain and other hotel operations. Grand Met, with far-flung operations in health care, brewing and tobacco as well as hotels, said it considered the hotel operations a core part of its business and is not interested in selling. The British concern received Trafalgar's bid on June 6.
April 30, 2000 |
Dave Kindred in the Sporting News, writing on how Bobby Beathard, the retired general manager of the San Diego Chargers, had to sell himself to owner Jack Kent Cooke to get that position with the Washington Redskins: "Talk about a cultural difference. Here was Cooke, a fastidious multimillionaire as pompous as he was brilliant, a man who made a fetish of calling people by their proper name, refusing to use the diminutive.
February 12, 1995 |
If you're a traveler who relies often on the kindness of concierges, it may be time to do a little more looking out for yourself. A seasoned concierge has the ability to make things happen, from wangling rare theater tickets to prying loose reservations at popular restaurants to renting a yacht on short notice to filling a prescription at midnight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - They were known simply as the San Francisco Twins. At 5-foot-1 and about 100 pounds apiece, the fashion enthusiasts were an integral part of the city fabric for four decades. With matching furs, hats and high-end purses, they completed each other's sentences, posed for countless tourist snapshots and modeled for the likes of Reebok, Joe Boxer and IBM. Now one is gone. Vivian Brown, 85, who had Alzheimer's, died in her sleep Wednesday, leaving behind Marian, who was eight minutes younger.