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Do you know what song is sung to the same tune as the ABCs? Or what makes a yo-yo go up and down and round and round? Well, if you don't know that "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is the song and that centripetal force is what makes the yo-yo work, then a trip to the Children's Time Machine Edutainment Center might be in order.
November 21, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
What if you could go back in time and assassinate Hitler before he came to power? What if you could go back and kill Oswald before he assassinated Kennedy? What if you could go back and eliminate the CBS executives who canceled "The Twilight Zone"? These are the sorts of perennial questions that intrigue new generations of time-travel tale spinners.
August 9, 1997
The Richard Tufeld-voiced robot in "Lost in Space," while referred to as Robot in the series, did have a real name (" 'Lost in' Robot Names," Calendar Letters, Aug. 2). Its designated call letters were B9. Robby the Robot, who figured prominently in the MGM feature film "Forbidden Planet," was seen for years off and on in different television series, including "Lost in Space," in a first-season black-and-white episode called "War of the Robots." Robby played a malevolent robot who had dire designs on the Robinsons, but our robot buddy, B9, saved the day for the humans, though doing so might have meant its own demise.
With the series scoring its best ratings ever in this, its sixth season, it sometimes seems as if yes, "Everybody Loves Raymond." But even with the slam-dunk Top 10 finishes and the Emmys earlier this month for Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts, some quibbles by avowed longtime viewers have begun surfacing on various Web sites.
February 4, 2014 | By Mark Kellam
A Doritos commercial starring and cowritten by a Burbank resident was a cowinner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad follows a boy who has created a time machine as he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future, the Burbank Leader reported . Wilkins worked on the 30-second spot with two longtime friends Ryan Thomas Andersen and Raj Suri, both of whom live in Phoenix.
December 7, 2008 | Susan King, King is a Times staff writer.
Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo describes his feature debut, "Timecrimes," as a toy -- "something the audience can play with." The award-winning film, which opens Friday, is a sci-fi thriller and a time-traveling film noir, with a dash of dark humor added for good measure. To wit: the movie's time machine, which resembles a giant egg. "We didn't want to make this beautiful time machine," says the 31-year-old Vigalondo, who also wrote and costars in the film.
April 28, 1991 | ALICE KAHN
I spoke to "time" the other day. Well, actually the voice of time. You know, when you dial and hear, "At the tone, the time will be. . . . " You might have thought it was a computer or a little man locked in the Bureau of Time in Washington. But it's actually a woman in Atlanta named Joanne Daniels. She isn't the voice of all time. She's the voice of my time. But my time may not be your time. Daniels is the voice of time for California and New York.
April 29, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Quincy Watts has never been in a time machine. They exist only in science fiction and the movies. But Watts swears he had an experience like a time machine 20 years ago in Barcelona, when he was standing on the podium with a gold medal around his neck after winning the 400 meters in the 1992 Olympic Games. "As you hear the national anthem being played, it's one of the proudest moments in your life," he said. "It was like going back in time. I thought about my grandfather in Detroit who would always have me go get him a Pepsi and would give me a quarter if I was able to bring it back in the time he decided.
August 8, 1994 | DEBORAH HENIGSON, Deborah Henigson, 17, of University High School in Los Angeles, won the national essay contest sponsored by the American Jewish Committee's Skirball Institute on American Values with her answer to "What can events, documents or personalities in U.S. history teach us about protecting our environment?" The contest challenges high-school students to tell how America's historic ideals play a role in their lives.
"In our automobile world, the noise and chatter of the streets will be reversed, a priceless boon to the tired nerves of this overwrought generation . . . . Streets will be cleaner, jams and blockades less likely to occur, and accidents less frequent." I would love to take the author of that quote, an editor for "The Horseless Age, " a turn-of-the-century magazine, on a journey from his time to modern-day Los Angeles. During his time, the auto was a marvelous invention.
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