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January 15, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
History's first e-mail blooper? The Wall Street Journal says it occurred in October 1969--on the very first e-mail message. Transmitted across a precursor of the Internet from Stanford to UCLA, the milestone message said (drumroll, please): "lo." It was supposed to say "login," but the connection crashed after the first two letters. Too bad the line went dead, because it would have been interesting to see how UCLA researchers would have responded to "lo." Perhaps with "yo."
October 22, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's America's common denominator, the spectacle that binds. Curiously, baseball's best-of-seven-game World Series (which Saturday night ended in a four-game sweep for the Cincinnati Reds) never gets as much hype as that annual one-game artificial wonder, football's Super Bowl. Yet few events are as indigenous to the contemporary United States and as nationally bonding as the Series. There is something uniquely familial and familiar about the Series.
Whatever the reason, there were no Iraqi Scud attacks on Israel or Saudi Arabia during Sunday's Super Bowl, resulting in a Persian Gulf War-shadowed telecast on ABC that proceeded without an alarm or intrusion. Aiming missiles at civilians, sure. Turning the gulf into an oil slick, sure. Putting POWs on TV, sure. But there are some rules of protocol that even a brutal bully like Hussein doesn't violate.
May 26, 1995 | BILL BOYARSKY
I thought I was going to cover the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial Thursday but I ended up tracking the anatomy of a rumor. When the trial didn't resume Thursday afternoon after lunch it was clear something was happening. We reporters waited around the 12th-floor press room, gossiping, exchanging jokes, figuring Judge Lance A. Ito and the lawyers were having a detailed discussion about the evidence. But as the wait approached an hour, the pressroom crew got edgy.
The portrait is as unflattering as they come: Daryl F. Gates as der Fuehrer. Bob Stickman had taken the image of the Los Angeles police chief, painted in a Hitler mustache with the demand "GATES MUST GO" above it, and silk-screened hundreds of T-shirts to sell at $10 apiece.
June 16, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
On the screen Wednesday night was Ted Koppel in Beijing. Watching the screen Wednesday night was Steve Futterman in Los Angeles. Only recently, it had been almost the reverse: Koppel was doing ABC's "Nightline" from his usual New York base, and Futterman was grabbing occasional glimpses of America on the television set in his Beijing hotel room when he wasn't on the streets covering one of the major stories of the decade. What a difference 48 hours made. "There was a little bit of surrealism as I saw the latest footage from Tian An Men Square," said Futterman, a reporter for NBC/Mutual Radio, who had just returned from three weeks of intense China duty that included witnessing the military's bloody repression of protesting masses.
April 29, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
Don Koharski is a fat pig. Like that, King fans? That's not me talking. In fact, I think Koharski is OK, for a referee. Although it can be argued he should have been stricter with St. Louis' Geoff Courtnall, Koharski made the right call against the Kings' Sean O'Donnell on Monday night at the Great Western Forum.
October 5, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
A weird gleam entered Ross Perot's eyes Thursday as he stood on a stage and surveyed a noisy, quivering mass of about 200 shouting reporters, jerking his head from side to side as if he were Capt. James Kirk being confronted by hostile Klingons. "I don't think he's going to have too many press conferences," Carl Leubsdorf of the Dallas Morning News predicted afterward on CNN. But, if he does, they won't be pretty.
December 18, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
First a thundering boom, then a thundering "Whoa!" It was CNN's ace war reporter, Christiane Amanpour, off camera and sounding blown off her feet Thursday by an epic blast in Baghdad that shook the roof of Iraq's Ministry of Information building, where she and other journalists were posted in the open. "There was a very large explosion," said Amanpour, the globe's most famous war correspondent and one of the coolest under fire. So if she appeared shaken, you knew the jolt was genuine. "Whoa!"
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