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July 31, 1988
I could have written the article "A Peak Experience" (July 10) by Ruth O. Runzo on Zermatt, Switzerland. I have a wonderful feeling for it. My husband, John, and I were there three years ago--he always has had a height phobia and also has had a heart problem. I love mountains the way Runzo does and said to John I wanted to go to the top of Klein Matterhorn. I suggested he stay at the bottom and read a book or just enjoy the beauty of the area and the people. He said he would go with me to the top. I figured that if it became too much for him, he could stop at one of the landings.
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April 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay was born in Texas and now lives in Florida, but the reigning IndyCar champion traces many key moments of his life - the highs and the lows - to Southern California. Hunter-Reay lived in Dana Point when his IndyCar career was teetering in the mid- to late-2000s. Then a comeback win in Long Beach in 2010 finally secured him a ride with a top team. That led to his capturing his first IndyCar title at a dramatic season finale in Fontana last September, making Hunter-Reay the series' first American champion in six years.
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November 11, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Watch Nickell Robey after he makes a big play. USC's sophomore cornerback subtly shifts his left hand over his right wrist to where "Mom" is scrawled on white athletic tape. Then he touches the word twice. Tap, tap . Robey is letting his mother know he is doing OK. That he's thinking about her. Tap, tap. Maxine Robey died of heart failure in February 2010, not long after her son signed a letter of intent to play football at USC. She was 44. Since then, her son has established himself as a playmaker and leader for the Trojans, who host Washington on Saturday at the Coliseum.
SPORTS
February 5, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Indianapolis -- It's a strange time for the Manning family. Eli just won the Super Bowl, and Peyton is almost certainly on his way out of Indianapolis, with the Colts eyeing his successor in Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck . The brothers' father, Archie Manning , said this Super Bowl win was particularly special because it came in the town where Peyton created so many memories. "I think it's special because of the city here," Archie said. "This city has meant a lot to our family for 14 years, and I've been here all week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1998 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
As millions of Christians celebrate their faith today in Jesus' death and resurrection 2,000 years ago, for some spiritual seekers Easter becomes the occasion for an intensely personal experience of transformation and rebirth. "I'm dying this Saturday," 18-year-old Jonathon Hicks said before his baptism this weekend at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. "In every theological sense, we're going to die and be reborn as a new person walking out of the baptismal waters."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1987
Two weeks ago Outtakes asked readers to help count the buckles attached to Michael Jackson's "Bad" outfit and, more earthshakingly, explain why the Ungloved One is wearing so many of them. The deluge of loose leaf and post cards and even a typed letter or two was overwhelming. Not one managed to come up with the correct number. According to Jackson's PR people, Michael--who designed the outfit himself--is wearing 46 buckles. Why? The PR people said Michael said there's no special meaning behind them.
NEWS
February 8, 1991
Thank you for publishing the very interesting interview by Susan Christian with Jeanie Bernstein, the Laguna Beach woman who has spent so many years protesting the war-making activities of our government (View, Jan. 30). I too belong to her generation and recognize how difficult it is to be always on the side that is opposed to violence. I deeply resent being accused of unpatriotism and not supporting our troops in the Persian Gulf because I am opposed to our government sending them there.
NEWS
April 28, 1985
Regarding an article titled "A Country Gem That's Filled With Americana" in Home, Sept. 23: That home has a very special meaning, as I am one of the daughters of Sumner Blake, builder of the home. I lived there for 18 years, until we moved to Arizona. All those who ever came into our home in the Palisades said that they always felt a special warmth there, and a true feeling of love within. I thought you might be interested to know the builder, Sumner, and his wife (my mother) Nancy, are still alive and very productively well in Scottsdale, Ariz.
NEWS
November 28, 1985 | Times Staff Writers DENNIS McLELLAN, DOUG BROWN, BENJAMIN EPSTEIN and LYNN SMITH
They had survived their first raw winter in the new land--a harrowing time of scarce food, hard work and sickness that killed nearly half of the tiny band of 102 Pilgrims who had settled in Plymouth, Mass. And so they gathered in the autumn of 1621, having been befriended by their Indian neighbors and blessed by a bountiful harvest, to rejoice and give thanks, as was their custom, with a harvest festival.
SPORTS
November 11, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Watch Nickell Robey after he makes a big play. USC's sophomore cornerback subtly shifts his left hand over his right wrist to where "Mom" is scrawled on white athletic tape. Then he touches the word twice. Tap, tap . Robey is letting his mother know he is doing OK. That he's thinking about her. Tap, tap. Maxine Robey died of heart failure in February 2010, not long after her son signed a letter of intent to play football at USC. She was 44. Since then, her son has established himself as a playmaker and leader for the Trojans, who host Washington on Saturday at the Coliseum.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2011 | By Jon W. Sparks, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tchaikovsky was bedeviled and obsessed by fate, although being a 19th century Russian composer, he faced it down in grand, symphonic fashion. The idea of "the fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness," as he put it, infuses his latter symphonies, says Mei-Ann Chen, who will guest-conduct his Fifth Symphony on Saturday with the Pasadena Symphony. Chen brings with her an acute awareness of fate in the composer's life as well as in her own. In less than a decade, she has accumulated honors and appointments that affirm her talent and determination, although she remains modest about her achievements and sometimes seems boggled by it all. Chen recently began her second season as music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and her first season leading the Chicago Sinfonietta.
SPORTS
September 20, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Hundreds of asterisks dot USC's football media guide, most resulting from NCAA sanctions related to Reggie Bush and the seasons he played for the Trojans. But where Bush might want an asterisk, there is none to be found. On a page listing jerseys worn by Trojans All-Americans, Mike Garrett's No. 20, O.J. Simpson's No. 32, Charles White's No. 12, Marcus Allen's No. 33, Carson Palmer's No. 3 and Matt Leinart's No. 11 carry asterisks denoting "jersey number currently retired. " Each of those players won the Heisman Trophy.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2009 | Janet Hook
For many of those mourning Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) during his funeral and burial today, what gives special meaning to his life is not only his record of legislative accomplishments but his perseverance through a lifetime of scandal and hardship. For others, however, no record of achievement will compensate for Kennedy's mistakes and personal failings. The 1969 Chappaquiddick episode -- in which he fled the scene after his car went off a bridge, carrying Mary Jo Kopechne to her death -- was arguably the most unforgivable of the blemishes on his career.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2008 | James Wagner, Times Staff Writer
If only for a few hours, New Yorkers living in Southern California could feel at home Saturday night. At, of all places, Beverly Hills High School. Nearly 1,500 people gathered in a courtyard there to eat Coney Island hot dogs, reunite with long-lost high school classmates and celebrate their hometown. Banners hung for each borough of New York -- the largest contingent was from Brooklyn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2006 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
For Paul Serchia, finishing the 585-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Saturday had a special beauty beyond all the ocean and mountain scenery. The 48-year-old Studio City resident has lived with HIV and AIDS for 15 years and receives medical care from a clinic that will share some of the $5.5 million the fund-raising ride is expected to net.
SPORTS
April 22, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Sigi Schmid is back in town, and so is Alexi Lalas. For the Galaxy's veteran players, that should make tonight interesting at the Home Depot Center. They'll be playing against their former coach for the first time while simultaneously trying to impress their former teammate in his first game as their new boss. Sound complicated? It isn't.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
The hot-pink toilet seat covers imprinted with the Hawkeye football mascot sold out weeks ago. Gone, too, are the blush-colored sun visors, the ladies' rose-toned underwear, the mauve-stained coffee cups and the salmon-tinted baby clothes. But there are plenty of T-shirts for football fans in bubble-gum hues, with slogans such as "Locker Room Defense Fund" and "Give That Academia Nut Her Pink Slip."
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