December 13, 2010 |
For much of the 1960s in the state of Wisconsin, there was a shared deity. There was the incumbent and there was Vince Lombardi. It was a time of bobby socks and crew cuts, of Edsels and Cadillacs with fish-like tail fins. Everybody smoked, drank brandy at parties, bought snow tires in October and looked forward to Friday night fish fries. Everybody also worshiped Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. As in all small pro sports markets, Wisconsin fans were both protective and paranoid about their teams.
October 29, 2010 |
Things are a little crazy out here on the water to begin with, and then the water polo team shows up, dragging along a floating goal. Hey, McHale, I think I found your navy. McCovey Cove is insane this World Series, full of kids-at-Christmas smiles and all manner of flotsam and personal watercraft. Mostly kayaks, but surfers too. Swim teams, water polo players, dogs, beer bongs, reefer. Lots of reefer. At one point, I think the idiots on one raft exhausted their stash and had resorted to smoking the rope.
July 2, 2009 |
Last week: What a thrill ride of news! On June 23, Ed McMahon died, and pontificators everywhere got to work fashioning remarks about the unsung virtues of second banana-dom. On June 25, Farrah Fawcett died, and we were treated to semiotic analysis of her hairstyle and famous red-bathing-suit poster. Then, less than six hours later, news of the death of Michael Jackson briefly caused the Earth to stop turning.
April 7, 2009 |
First the stipulation that "Black Money," a "Frontline" look at international bribery, is first-class journalism: high-minded, fact-filled and balanced, with some eye-catching visuals. How could it be anything but stellar given the presence of correspondent Lowell Bergman, one of the top investigative journalists in the nation, if not the world?
January 13, 2008
Angelo Mozilo, chief executive of Countrywide Financial Corp., must have known his company was skating on thin ice more than a year ago as he began to cash out more than $140 million in shares in the company. It wasn't as if he was late on his mortgage payment or anything. Countrywide has fired more than 11,000 employees so far and its stock is now worth 85% less than a year ago. The tsunami from the mortgage industry meltdown will be felt for a long time. AT&T shut down service to more than 450,000 customers who could no longer afford to pay those bills.
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July 15, 2006
July 15, 1956: An estimated half a million people crowded onto Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach for what The Times called a "tidal wave of beauty" as the Miss Universe Pageant held its annual International Beauty Parade. "No less than 72 of the most glorious girls on the globe participated in the procession of pulse-quickening pulchritude," the newspaper said, "and it was obvious the public liked what it saw."