December 19, 1999
Why do you insist on printing fatuous superstitions such as feng shui in what purports to be a news section of your paper? Put this bogus claptrap where it belongs, somewhere between the religion column and the horoscopes. I hate to be the one to tell you, but the quality of one's life has nothing to do with frontdoor placement. ROBERT BARRETT Santa Monica
March 17, 1996 |
It goes without saying, when your team's pitcher is working on a no-hitter, keep your mouth shut. True to one of baseball's most-sacred superstitions, all players were mum in the Calabasas High dugout Friday as senior Tanner Trosper tried for a no-hitter in a Frontier League opener at Santa Clara. Trosper, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound right-hander, retired the first two batters in the seventh inning, notching his sixth strikeout, while preparing to bring down the curtain on the Coyotes' 5-0 victory.
June 28, 1990 |
Angelica Gavaldon won her second-round match Wednesday at Wimbledon, which means she soon will be kneeling in the bathtub again. It was a routine day for Gavaldon, the 16-year-old from Coronado, Calif., who beat Sara Gomer, 7-5, 0-6, 7-5, then reaffirmed her position as possibly the quirkiest player in tennis. In her first season as a professional, Gavaldon has proved to be a veteran of superstitions.
July 27, 1994 |
The taxi screeched to a halt, lurching the passengers forward. "What the hell?" one of us asked. The driver did not speak English, but understood the question. He pointed toward a black cat that had darted across the road in front of him. We laughed. He laughed. He, however, did not proceed. Instead, he pulled over to the side of the road and parked. It was early in the morning. The drawbridges across the Neva River are raised at 1:30 a.m.
October 13, 1989 |
The title of the poetic, compelling fable "Demons in Spring" (at the Little Tokyo Cinemas) refers to the white crests of waves caused by the collision of warm and cold currents in the sea off Sanriku, the northernmost district of Japan's main island of Honshu. In ancient times, the people of Sanriku believed that every spring the breakers carried with them a demon. For more than 25 years, actor-turned-director Akira Kobayashi has wanted to film the Tokuhei Suchi novel inspired by this legend.
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March 26, 1988 |
Although superstitions of the Dark Ages supposedly have yielded to modern psychology, the number 13 has darkened the mood of some psychology professors and students at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Over the teachers' objections, school officials renumbered campus buildings and declared that the psychology classroom complex will from now on be "Building 13."
July 12, 1994 |
There are certain superstitions baseball lives by. It is considered unlucky to mention a no-hitter in progress in the dugout for fear of angering the baseball gods into ordaining a hit. It was considered unlucky to strike out the first batter until, one day, Dizzy Dean in some exasperation wanted to know, "How can you strike 'em all out if you don't get the first one?" But one of the most enduring of all baseball superstitions is the one that holds there is a "sophomore jinx."
May 13, 1994 |
It's Friday the 13th--when even those people who are not super superstitious think twice about getting on an airplane or making an important business decision. And for Curt Lyon, the day already is doomed to go up in smoke. His Newport Beach company, Lyon Studios, produces commercials. And today's job stars a Gremlin slated for a date with dynamite after its fictitious owner wins a new Camaro--an explosive contest sponsored by the Circle K convenience store chain. "I'm freaking out," Lyon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1992 |
The ominous signs were everywhere: No weddings scheduled at Elvira's chapel in downtown Los Angeles. Ouija boards sold out at The Game Keeper in Glendale. Phones disconnected at Psychic Lulu Bookstore in Hollywood. On Friday the 13th, even the Lucky Place Restaurant on Broadway could not live up to its optimistic name. "No money," lamented owner Obi Offor. "Unusually slow." Blame it on Freya, the Norse goddess of love. The sixth day of the week, named after her, used to have a good reputation.