May 25, 2004 |
L.A.'s municipal arts agency has come up with enough money to keep tours of the Watts Towers going until late June, but threatened reductions in visiting hours at the colorful landmark of spires and sculptures could loom again when a new fiscal year begins and further spending cuts must kick in. "I can't promise anything after July 1," Leslie Thomas, assistant general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department, said Monday.
May 7, 2000
Regarding Susan Spano's critical comments on the exhibit at Nixon Library ("Show of Barbie Doll 'First Ladies' Stirs Mixed Feelings," April 23): Our 6-year-old granddaughter enjoyed the beautifully sewn replicas of the first ladies' inaugural gowns. We appreciated the portraits and a painless history lesson. Also not mentioned in her article: the display of the Nixon daughters' wedding gowns and the lovely gardens surrounding the library. PATRICIA MEURSINGE Downey
December 15, 1999
The Petersen Automotive Museum, at 6030 Wilshire Blvd., is seeking volunteers for its Pit Crew, the group that leads museum tours. Volunteers are trained about the evolution of the automobile and the influence of the car on Los Angeles' growth and history. Participation requires museum membership and a commitment of six hours per month for one year. Information: (323) 964-6347.
December 17, 2003 |
Dick Ebersol has agreed to a new nine-year contract as chairman of NBC Sports. He also will serve as executive producer of the 2004 Summer Olympics, which means he has some long days ahead. Ebersol, who will work his fifth Olympics as executive producer and eighth overall, is having a shower and pull-out bed installed in his office in the international broadcast center at Athens, where he intends to spend the entire 17-day run.
August 27, 2006
I enjoyed your piece on choosing the right guide ["Meeting a Guide Is Like a Blind Date: Anything Can Happen," Aug. 13]. It brought back memories of a bus trip we took in Austria to the Vienna Woods. The guide was knowledgeable and fluent in English, German and French, and was willing to answer all our questions. The tour included an afternoon stop for the famed Sachertort. The only problem was that whenever we were in the coach, Strauss waltzes were played at a deafening pitch.
October 6, 2012 |
José Soler offers personalized tours of Barcelona, Spain, in a Mercedes limo. He speaks perfect English and shows you more than you could ever see on your own. He "made" our trip. You never have to wait in lines because he is state-licensed. We had planned to use him for one day of our week-long trip; we ended up spending four fabulous days with him. José Soler, Pepito Tours, Barcelona, Spain; (011) 34-615-059-326, http://www.pepitotours.com . Harriet Braun Newhall
May 1, 1994 |
Several hundred fans are lined up outside Book Soup in West L.A. Inside, Ann-Margret, sitting behind a counter stacked high with her autobiography, "Ann-Margret, My Story," smiles as photographers and reporters assault her with strobes and mikes. Just when it seems that the line of fans may be ignored, a woman starts yelling at the reporters. "OK. Out! That's it! Time's up! You've had it!" With the help of the owner, she shoves them out the door.
December 11, 1994 |
Archie Bunker n. a rube. "I had a busload of Archie Bunkers; they were snapping pictures of anyone in costume. flag v. at a studio, an order to turn off the microphone while a scene is being filmed. From the red flag that security guards use to signal the guides. guidelet n. a studio guide in training. "Have you seen the new summer guidelets? They're so green they were excited just to meet Mike Myers." roadsidium n. any plant that a tour guide doesn't recognize.