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January 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Thomas V. Jones, a legendary risk-taker whose gambles paid off when Northrop Grumman rose to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War, has died. He was 93. Jones died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis, his family announced. Jones had aristocratic tastes that were unusual for an aerospace engineer and later became a respected maker of fine wines from his vineyard in Bel-Air , but he will always be best known as one of the last great titans of the U.S. arms business.
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January 15, 2014 | Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
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April 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
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January 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
When Thomas V. Jones took control of Northrop Corp. in 1960, it was a secondary aerospace company whose future was uncertain, but the legendary gambles Jones made over the next 30 years swept the company to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War. Jones came from an era when the chiefs of U.S. aerospace companies laid huge bets on future projects, and over an extraordinary three-decade tenure as Northrop's chief executive he...
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April 5, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A&E has received critical kudos and the appreciation of audiences for its stylish, lavish adaptations of such British literary classics as "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma," "Ivanhoe" and "Jane Eyre." The cable network's latest BBC co-production is a rollicking, risque, six-hour dramatization of Henry Fielding's picaresque novel, "Tom Jones." But the big question is: Why "Tom Jones"? The 1963 movie version is one of the best-loved films of modern times.
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November 15, 1991 | From the Associated Press
Tony Richardson, the Oscar-winning director of the film classic "Tom Jones," died Thursday from AIDS complications, a spokeswoman said. He was 63. The British-born Richardson, whose 23 film credits include "A Taste of Honey" and "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner," died at St. Vincent's Medical Center, said his publicist, Melanie Hodal.
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September 30, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT
You'd have thought you were in some back-street strip joint in Hollywood rather than the upscale Greek Theatre as pleas of "Take it off!," "Take it off!" filled the air Saturday night. But that's not unusual at a Tom Jones show, where female fans continue to thrill at the sight--and sound--of the Welsh pop singer, who, at 51, is still handsome and fit. Despite the pleas, however, Jones didn't go any farther than shedding his sports jacket.
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January 22, 1996 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ever gracious, trim and handsome at age 55, Tom Jones shows no visible signs of wearing down. Thirty-two years after his breakthrough single "It's Not Unusual" reached No. 1 on the pop charts, the sex symbol from Wales struts on, showing off that stellar tenor of his and still teasing audiences with his campy pelvic thrusts and grinds.
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January 25, 1989 | KRISTINE McKENNA
Like Chippendale's male strip show for women, the world of Tom Jones is a special arena where drooling is not only allowed but encouraged. He of the bulging trousers, this harvester of used lingerie is the very embodiment of primal lust gone mainstream.
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February 26, 1986 | WAYNE SWANSON, Swanson lives in San Diego
Bob Coleman is puzzled by the notion that there may have been peril in what he has just done. All he's done is write a novel. Never mind that it is his first. Never mind that he chose to write of a time and place far removed from his own. And never mind that he chose to write nothing less than a sequel to one of the masterpieces of English literature, Henry Fielding's "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling."
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Thomas V. Jones, a legendary risk-taker whose gambles paid off when Northrop Grumman rose to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War, has died. He was 93. Jones died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis, his family announced. Jones had aristocratic tastes that were unusual for an aerospace engineer and later became a respected maker of fine wines from his vineyard in Bel-Air , but he will always be best known as one of the last great titans of the U.S. arms business.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
The Laguna Playhouse has a surefire proposal in "I Do! I Do!" Although this sturdy revival of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's 1966 two-hander hardly revitalizes an oft-produced regional staple, audiences will flock. Credit top-drawer stars Davis Gaines and Vicki Lewis, who play married Michael and Agnes with delightful empathy and resourcefulness.  “I Do! I Do!,” based on Jan de Hartog's “The Fourposter,” is essentially a trio for husband, wife and marital bed (the centerpiece of designer Jim Prodger's charming set)
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May 10, 2013 | By Meg James
Rupert Murdoch has just popped the cork on a deal to buy a rare trophy property in Los Angeles: the 16-acre Moraga Vineyards estate, located in the hills above Bel Air. The billionaire media mogul announced his purchase on Twitter on Friday afternoon: "About to celebrate buying beautiful small vineyard right in LA. Great wine, Moraga, owned by great Angelino, Tom Jones, Time cover, 1961!" Murdoch did not reveal the purchase price. The listing price for the Santa Monica Mountains property, which can be glimpsed from the 405 Freeway, was just a tasteful sip below $30 million, according to The Times' Daily Dish blog .  Jim Kline, the listing agent with Surterre Properties of Newport Beach, declined to comment on the sale when reached Friday night.
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April 22, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
Actor Russell Crowe said his final goodbyes to Divinyls lead singer and Australian musical icon Chrissy Amphlett Sunday night. Amphlett passed away in her New York City home on Sunday at age 53 after a protracted battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Though she was best known in America for her confessional Divinyls hit single "I Touch Myself," she was also an actress. She made her film debut in 1982's “Monkey Grip” and later went on to play Crowe's mother in the Australian version of the stage musical "Blood Brothers.
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April 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2012
Big Jim Sullivan, 71, an acclaimed session guitarist who played on dozens of rock 'n' roll and pop hits in the 1960s and '70s, died Tuesday at his home in West Sussex, England, said his wife, Norma. He suffered from heart disease and diabetes. Sullivan learned guitar as a teenager and turned professional when he was 16. He played with many of the biggest names in British pop at the height of the "Swinging London" era. Along with Jimmy Page, who would later star in Led Zeppelin, Sullivan was one of the most in-demand session guitarists of his era. His website lists sessions with Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many others.
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November 7, 2003 | Charles Casillo, Special to The Times
It's not that John Rechy resents the success that his groundbreaking novel "City of Night" brought him 40 years ago. It's just that he's done a lot of writing since then, and he regrets that his first book continues to outshine all his subsequent achievements. "I've written much better books," he says. "I often say that if I had died after 'City of Night' came out, there would have been a whole mythology: 'If he had only lived, what would he have produced?'
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September 7, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Attorneys for Welsh singer Tom Jones reached tentative agreement today on child-support payments for a 14-month-old boy the entertainer fathered during a two-night 1987 visit to Manhattan. But the settlement failed to assuage the feelings of the child's mother, Katherine Berkery, 27. "I think he's a disgusting human being," she said after the agreement was reached during a two-hour, closed-door negotiating session in Family Court.
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May 14, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Joyce Redman, a two-time Oscar-nominated Irish-born actress whose erotically charged dinner-eating scene opposite Albert Finney was a highlight of the bawdy 1963 British film comedy "Tom Jones," has died. She was 96. Redman died Thursday in Kent, England after a short battle with pneumonia, said her son, actor Crispin Redman. A veteran of the London and Broadway stage, Redman received her first Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for "Tom Jones," which starred Finney as the incorrigible 18th century English title character who has a series of amorous adventures.
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October 11, 2011
Mikey Welsh Former bass player with rock band Weezer Mikey Welsh, 40, the former bass player for the alternative rock band Weezer, was found dead in a Chicago hotel room Saturday, police said. Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said employees of the Raffaello Hotel found Welsh unconscious and not breathing when they entered his room after he failed to check out. Kubiak said no signs of foul play were evident. Autopsy results are pending. Welsh, of Burlington, Vt., performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001 and played on the bestselling "Green Album.
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