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March 29, 1986 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
As someone who has invested in race horses, gambled at the blackjack tables in Las Vegas and served as a financial consultant in the world of commodities, Bob Bell knows what it's like to play for some very high stakes. However, those risky ventures might be considered conservative compared to Bell's misadventures with the San Diego Sockers. As Sockers managing general partner, Bell has lost $9 million dollars on a team that has won four straight championships.
February 26, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
When Jack Kent Cooke II was a child growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, his grandfather owned a sports empire bigger than a boy could dream, bigger, in fact, than any in American history. The senior Jack Kent Cooke owned the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Redskins. He built the Fabulous Forum on a civic dare and brought superstars like Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to play there.
March 29, 1998 | Judith Michaelson, Judith Michaelson is a Times staff writer
It's afternoon drive time, and on KLSX-FM (97.1), Tom Leykis is talking about drunk driving--with a twist. "Especially if you're driving drunk right now, call in and tell us why you're doing it," he pleads. "Of course, we'll tell you to pull over to the side." In the two hours he allots to the topic, Leykis gets several local calls, including one from the 405 Freeway, where some teenagers are smoking pot and bragging about it.
February 19, 1989 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
Harry G. Cooper says he habitually does "some of my best thinking" in the quiet, post-midnight hours, when the distractions of his palatial La Jolla home--ranging from stunning ocean panoramas and an equally stunning girlfriend to waterfalls and endless high-tech gadgetry--are at a minimum.
September 7, 1987 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Five summers ago, when the Oakland Raiders were about to bring professional football back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, John Ferraro got an uneasy feeling. No stranger to the sports world, Ferraro starred at tackle for USC in the 1940s and has since enjoyed many weekend afternoons watching football at the Coliseum. He also served a term as president of the Coliseum Commission, the oddball government creation that runs the place and that lured the Raiders here.
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