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August 11, 1985
Some of us write letters that should be of at least marginal import to readers of Calendar, but they're usually ignored by the Letters Page editor(s). Some of us type in double-space for easy typesetting. Some of us actually proofread for spelling. And some of us actually are concerned about art, movies, rock music, or something else appropriate to Calendar. But what do we get on the Letters Page for our efforts? About a quarter page of drivel about a lost dog, correct grammar and the U.S. Constitution.
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January 4, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unsympathetic 300-pounder by the name of Rob Zatechka is not exactly boo-hoo-hooing for poor Penn State. A guard for Nebraska's undisputed/(disputed?) national champions, Zatechka got up onstage at a pep rally in Lincoln, Neb., to let everyone know: "I kind of felt bad there for Penn State--for about five seconds." I felt pretty bad myself for our proud young Lion Kings, until I heard this Kerry Collins kid start shooting off his mouth.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1988
Like Ruth Wallach (Saturday Letters, Jan. 9), I am not thrilled by the idea of an exhibit of Hollywood costumes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, though I have not seen the show yet and cannot judge it. I also regret that the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit will not come to the West Coast. But to describe "A Day in the Country" as a "laughably small" exhibit "of some of the countryside paintings by some of the Impressionists" is ludicrous. Is Wallach herself so provincial as to imagine there could be an exhibit of all the countryside paintings by all the Impressionists?
NEWS
December 19, 1994 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe Joycelyn Elders should have come to California before she opened her mouth. The surgeon general was fired earlier this month, ostensibly because she said masturbation is "something that perhaps should be taught" in schools. In California, it often is. State guidelines for sex education suggest that teachers talk about masturbation "in such a way as to dispel common myths associated with it . . . sterility, blindness, or feeble-mindedness."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1988
Although Los Angeles has a big intellectual community and an international reputation, its County Museum gives the impression that it is a provincial town where people are only interested in the Hollywood glitz and glamour. Why is it that the East Coast enjoys exhibitions of Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, the royal garments of India, ancient Egyptian artifacts, etc., while all we get here are laughably small exhibits of some of the countryside paintings by some of the Impressionists, and (thank God!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1991
David Emmes and Martin Benson of South Coast Repertory left out an extremely important word in their letter of May 26, "Funding the Arts Makes Good Dollars-and-Cents Sense for O.C." That word is some . As in, "By its nature, some art cannot survive in the marketplace." Otherwise, without the word some , there would be the ridiculous contradiction of Sam Goody Stores with their hundreds of affordable music tapes and CDs, Edwards Theatres with dozens of filmed performance art shows, cable TV with dozens of channels of artistic activities, and Laguna Beach with probably thousands of pieces of art of every composition conceivable.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1985
I found Warren Beatty's stand awfully refreshing. I am thankful that someone has the audacity to stand up and say that sometimes, just sometimes, maybe there is a bit more at stake here than simply the means to sell a little more popcorn, or in the case of TV, a little more toilet bowl cleaner. Motion pictures (OK, some motion pictures, just like some paintings, some music, etc.) are in fact art, popular art, and should be treated and protected as such. DIANE DRAKE West Los Angeles
REAL ESTATE
January 15, 1989 | Sam Hall Kaplan
Few weeks go by in the design community without some sort of an award program or other. Last week, it was the chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts traveling to Pasadena to hand out the Presidential Awards for Design Excellence to regional winners, having already announced the awards a few months ago at ceremonies in Washington.
SPORTS
April 10, 1993
Where are all the Pat Riley detractors who said he was incompetent as a coach and that anybody could coach the Laker teams he had during the '80s? Where are they now, while the Lakers are wallowing and struggling to make the playoffs, after they had verbally run him out of town. Meanwhile, Riley seems to be doing some pretty good coaching on his own in New York. In Jim Murray's column of April 1, Jim mentions the Lakers luxuriating in the glory years when they had Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Wilkes, McAdoo, Cooper and Scott, but he forgot to mention the leader of the pack--Pat Riley.
SPORTS
March 1, 1986 | BILL DWYRE, Times Sports Editor
One thing that should be said about Peter Ueberroth's action Friday is that he took some. In a world of sports that seems to crave an activist, the John Wayne of the jockstrap set once again rode in on his white horse, six-shooters spitting. One could almost see him, standing over the wounded bodies of Joaquin Andujar, Dale Berra, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Jeff Leonard, Dave Parker and Lonnie Smith while squinting into the camera, jaw set firmly, and saying: "The bad guys had to pay."
SPORTS
April 10, 1993
Where are all the Pat Riley detractors who said he was incompetent as a coach and that anybody could coach the Laker teams he had during the '80s? Where are they now, while the Lakers are wallowing and struggling to make the playoffs, after they had verbally run him out of town. Meanwhile, Riley seems to be doing some pretty good coaching on his own in New York. In Jim Murray's column of April 1, Jim mentions the Lakers luxuriating in the glory years when they had Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Wilkes, McAdoo, Cooper and Scott, but he forgot to mention the leader of the pack--Pat Riley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1991
David Emmes and Martin Benson of South Coast Repertory left out an extremely important word in their letter of May 26, "Funding the Arts Makes Good Dollars-and-Cents Sense for O.C." That word is some . As in, "By its nature, some art cannot survive in the marketplace." Otherwise, without the word some , there would be the ridiculous contradiction of Sam Goody Stores with their hundreds of affordable music tapes and CDs, Edwards Theatres with dozens of filmed performance art shows, cable TV with dozens of channels of artistic activities, and Laguna Beach with probably thousands of pieces of art of every composition conceivable.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 1990
"A rose by any other name is still a rose." Just put an NC-17 classification on any movie and it's OK to advertise it in The Times. "Henry & June" gets an NC-17 rating and is declared "an erotic masterpiece" and The Times gleefully pockets the advertiser's filthy lucre! Is the Birmingham (Ala.) News the only newspaper to recognize that merely changing the name of something doesn't change its substance? Wake up Los Angeles Times, and don't let Jack Valenti and his pals pull the wool over your eyes.
SPORTS
January 19, 1987 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, Times Staff Writer
Todd Tomazic may be undefeated in 16 matches this season, but no matter how hard the El Dorado High School wrestler tries, no matter how dominating the senior is, he can't seem to impress anyone. For this, Tomazic can thank the perils of prosperity. Forget all those things his coach, Frank Gonzales, says about Tomazic not yet reaching his potential.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 1990
"A rose by any other name is still a rose." Just put an NC-17 classification on any movie and it's OK to advertise it in The Times. "Henry & June" gets an NC-17 rating and is declared "an erotic masterpiece" and The Times gleefully pockets the advertiser's filthy lucre! Is the Birmingham (Ala.) News the only newspaper to recognize that merely changing the name of something doesn't change its substance? Wake up Los Angeles Times, and don't let Jack Valenti and his pals pull the wool over your eyes.
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