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August 12, 1990
For a book about the silent-screen actress Theda Bara, I am requesting of your readers any anecdotal information, no matter how trivial. Credit will be given. RONALD GENINI 1486 W. Menlo Ave. FRESNO
March 27, 2013 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, sits calmly behind a desk in a large, messy office with no sign outside indicating the name of his publication. True, there is a riot police car stationed in the street, but basically, he says, he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. "It just so happens I'm more likely to get run over by a bicycle in Paris than get assassinated," says Charb, the soft-spoken editor of Charlie Hebdo, a left-leaning French satirical weekly, which since 2006 has been sued, threatened and firebombed for its sporadic publication of cartoons mocking the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
July 15, 1990
I am completing a book on the life of the late actor George Reeves, of TV's "Superman" and "Gone With the Wind" fame. The project is authorized by Reeves' surviving family. I would like to hear from anyone with information, however trivial, regarding Reeves' life or relating in any way whatsoever to any of the projects he worked on. JIM BEAVER Nawyecka Productions 6848 Rubio Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406-4618
December 20, 2012 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
In denying Apple Inc.'s motion to ban sales of some Samsung Electronics Co. products that a jury had determined infringed its smartphone patents, legal observers say a federal judge delivered a potentially troublesome message to the technology giant: These violations are small potatoes. That might sound odd, considering that a jury in August found the patent infringements serious enough to award Apple $1.05 billion in damages. But U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh made it clear in a ruling this week that the scope of the violations was tiny relative to the enormous number of features contained in a smartphone.
September 19, 2000
I wish that Alison Feit, in her Sept. 15 commentary claiming that subliminal messages can have powerful effects on human behavior, had cited peer-reviewed journals. Contrary to her claim, I think such a belief has a perverse appeal to Americans, who are quite superstitious. PAUL TRACY Oceanside Re "Media Target 'Trivial Issues,' Cheney Says," Sept. 14: Now Dick Cheney is criticizing the press for focusing on "absolutely trivial issues" that "really have nothing to do with the election or the fate of America"--namely George W. Bush's vulgar insult of a reporter, Cheney's abysmal voting record and Republicans' use of a subliminal message in an ad. Cheney says reporters do this because Medicare, the military and other complicated topics are "hard stuff to cover."
October 13, 2001
I can respect the decision to nix the Emmy telecast. It was a decision made with great thought. But I think they made the wrong decision. Awards shows are silly, but they're our silly. They are trivial, but, ironically, the opportunity to be trivial is profoundly important. And not just as a distraction. As a true expression of part of what makes this country great. We are defined by foolish arguments over who was the best pitcher, about whether Mike should come back and play hoops as much as deep considerations about whether we have faith and in what.
January 26, 1997 | Steve Hochman
So you think you know a lot of pop music minutiae? You have a chance to put that to the test--literally. Rhino Records is organizing the first-ever national music trivia showdown, with an official "Ultimate Music Geek" to be crowned on April 27 via an intensive test of about 300 questions covering all realms of music (except classical), designed by Rhino staffers and other music specialists.
October 23, 1993
Having seen Paul Rudnik's play "Jeffrey" in New York, I am not surprised that Sylvie Drake loved it (" 'Jeffrey' a Hilarious Yet Serious Romp," Sept. 30). What's not to love? Here we have a sitcom filled with giddy gays, Angst -ridden gays, suffering gays, even dying gays! What could be more acceptable to America than that? And isn't it simply amazing that the "queen" gets the best lines, to quote Drake? Camp is such fun. What a breakthrough! More harmless, silly gay men, too effeminate and soft to scare anyone.
September 18, 2009 | Scott Gold
It began, as mortal disputes sometimes do in South Los Angeles, over a girl. On one side were the Main Street Crips, one of the more muscular gangs in the neighborhood. Main Streeters commanded respect, if only because they had a bit of money to throw around, even their own small record label. On the other side were the Hoover Criminals. The Hoovers were big, with turf that stretched from Vernon Avenue down past Century Boulevard and into "the hundreds," as the streets are known locally.
October 29, 1994
Answering your trivia question this morning (Oct. 19) was a real challenge. It was a challenge because when asking for the name of the athlete who scored the most points in an NCAA Division I-A season, you omitted limiting it by either sex or sport. In fact, given The Times' well-deserved reputation for "progressive" grammatical construction, I could not even be certain that the pronoun who referred to a person rather than a team. Are the editors on strike? ANDREW E. RUBIN Santa Monica
September 15, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I'm a long-suffering Notre Dame fan and I've been trying to figure out the last time Notre Dame beat a top-10 team on the road at night? Brian Clark Answer: You've come to the right place. I majored in journalism but minored in "Trivial Fighting Irish Tidbits and Knute Rockne's favorite drive-ins, diners and dives. " I stayed up all day once to write a finals paper titled, "The day Notre Dame played at night. " Here is your Notre Dame nighttime answer: It was Oct. 8, 1983, a 30-6 victory at No. 7 South Carolina.
February 10, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal. Halston, who died in 1990, is a compelling subject - a Midwesterner who became synonymous with Manhattan night life while changing the fashion industry - and his story helps to define an era. That story is trivialized in this glitter-deep overview of familiar Studio 54 terrain. The film combines two documentary subgenres: the fashion doc and the inquisitive-filmmaker-inserted-in-every-scene doc. The spotlight-hogging director is star-struck first-timer Whitney Sudler-Smith.
January 26, 2012 | By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
Some investments listed in Mitt and Ann Romney's 2010 tax returns — including a now-closed Swiss bank account and other funds located overseas — were not explicitly disclosed in the personal financial statement the Republican presidential hopeful filed in August as part of his White House bid. The Romney campaign described the discrepancies as "trivial" but acknowledged Thursday that it was reviewing how the investments were reported and would...
March 30, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The radiation doses emitted by the most common walk-through airport scanners are extremely small and pose no significant health risk, according to a new report by a UC San Francisco radiology specialist. Still, Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor at the university's radiology and biomedical imaging department, recommends more independent testing to ensure the scanners are operating as designed. The report published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine comes in response to opposition from privacy rights groups such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center to the use of full-body scanners.
November 12, 2010 | By Rajan Menon
China has generally handled its extraordinary global ascendance with finesse, assuring neighbors that it remains a developing country and is embarked on a "peaceful rise. " This astute policy is informed by the past. Heirs of an ancient civilization, China's leaders have a keen sense of history, and Chinese strategists have studied the experiences of other rising powers intently. Britain's smooth adjustment to being surpassed by the United States in the early 20th century is one case that gained China's attention.
June 2, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Chris Haney, a former Canadian journalist whose fascination with entertaining, barely useful tidbits of information led him to co-create the bestselling board game Trivial Pursuit, died Monday in Toronto. He was 59. He had been in poor health the last two years with kidney and circulatory problems, said Scott Abbott, who created the game with Haney more than 30 years ago and watched it become a cultural phenomenon across North America and around the world. "I was the architect and Chris was the general contractor.
July 15, 1990
Congratulations on the excellent, informative article, "Life at the Beach Turns Into Life With the Bottle," (Westside, June 28). Attempts to look at health and safety issues that surround alcohol sales are too frequently dismissed as prohibitionist. Citizens ought to have some means of protecting their home and family in the event that the police or city government fail to respond to the risk of increased alcohol outlets. The contributions of the alcohol industry to political campaigns and the tax revenue generated by additional alcohol sales may indeed influence voting patterns and conflict with the health and safety needs of residents.
September 24, 1987 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
Who owns the trivia in the game Trivial Pursuit? Probably no one, but certainly not Frank L. Worth, according to a decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a copyright-infringement case decided earlier this month. Worth sued the creators and distributors of the Genus, Baby Boomer and Silver Screen editions of the popular home game, claiming they infringed the copyright he held in Volumes 1 and 2 of "The Complete Unabridged Super Trivia Encyclopedia," which he authored.
February 23, 2010 | Sandy Banks
It was no shock that my column Saturday criticizing public scrutiny of Tiger Woods' apology drew plenty of e-mail response from readers, most of whom agreed that Woods is accountable to his family, not his fans, for whatever "transgressions" occurred in his personal life. What surprised me, though, was that so many readers were offended by the photo that accompanied the piece. "It's hard to take your comments seriously with the backdrop of television lawyer Gloria Allred, media hound and high-profile attorney who works the system to make millions, as she seems to be in constant hunt of suing very rich men," e-mailed Nick Antonicello.
In a bunker beneath Berlin, in a room crowded with staff, a tired Adolf Hitler leans over his desk. Tracing a finger across a map, an officer speaks: "Sir, the Russian army is almost to Berlin. They are approaching from all sides but will be entering the city from the south by nightfall. We have also spotted their infantry moving in from the east with several tank divisions and about 2,000 soldiers." "I don't care about any of this," Hitler replies, waving his hand distractedly.
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