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February 18, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . BANKABLE: "Unsolved Mysteries" is turning into an annuity for NBC as it marks its 100th edition Wednesday. Once a sleeper, the reality series hosted by Robert Stack, former star of "The Untouchables," now is just a flat-out smash. In the last four weeks, for instance, the unshowy but rock-solid series has demonstrated its clout--ranking 3rd, 16th, 8th and 10th in the ratings.
December 23, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I took my family on a trip to Seattle on Alaska Airlines in August. While unpacking my luggage in my hotel room, I found a nasty surprise: a filthy latex glove. Obviously, someone had gone through my belongings and left it behind. Besides the ick factor, there was no form in my suitcase saying it had been inspected. I didn't notice any items missing, but I had to launder all my underwear just to feel comfortable wearing them. My baggage has been searched before; in one case, a form was left; in another, items were stolen and no form was left.
April 10, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
(Emulating TV, Calendar today begins a new, mysterious feature that readers will not want to miss.) The following column contains re - enactments. Sleuthing is getting to be big business on television. Networks are doing it. Local stations are doing it. Obviously, this is no time to be left behind when it comes to public service. So today, we bring you the long-awaited debut of. "CALENDAR'S MOST WANTED."
May 10, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING - She was a promising student at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, a talented musician who loved to swim and dreamed of studying German and computer science. But in her sophomore year, Zhu Ling began suffering acute stomach pains and hair loss, eventually becoming severely disabled. Lab tests showed she had been poisoned with thallium, a toxic metal used in rat poisons, but police made no arrests and quietly closed the investigation. Today, 19 years after Zhu first fell ill, she remains paralyzed, nearly blind and has the mental capacity of a child.
May 8, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . THE QUIET MAN: He doesn't make much fuss. Never has. But Robert Stack has his biggest TV hit since "The Untouchables" three decades ago. Stack's Wednesday NBC show, "Unsolved Mysteries"--re-enactments with actual participants and witnesses--ranked No. 11 among all TV series this season. He's the host.
It had been 44 years since Alma Sipple had seen the woman, and then only briefly, yet she could not forget her--the no-nonsense brown hair, the rimless glasses, the air of authority. Everything about her said "authority"--and that's why Sipple had handed over her infant daughter. This nice woman was going to take the child to a hospital for a checkup. Alma Sipple never saw her baby again.
February 10, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
But for its modern, mass-media twist, the story is right out of Dickens. Their mother dead of cancer, three children cling fiercely to each other in the temporary care of a family friend. A year goes by, and finally word comes from the court: The oldest is to be shipped off to Texas to live with the troubled father who left the family years before. The younger two are adopted into a settled, middle-class life with a childless couple in Maine.
A pregnant wife is raped and stabbed to death in the couple's Costa Mesa apartment. A famous car race promoter is gunned down in front of his garage, his wife shot in the family van. A young secretary's nude body is discovered in her Fullerton home. These unsolved crimes took place 10 to 20 years ago and have nothing in common other than that law enforcement officials now believe they have a shot at solving them.
April 6, 1990
The prime-time television schedule now has two series whose titles are redundancies: "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Equal Justice." GEORGE D. PUTNAM Santa Monica
September 17, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Most Wanted List: The FBI and two nationally televised crime programs--"America's Most Wanted" and "Unsolved Mysteries"--have a new arrangement whereby additions to the nation's 10 most-wanted fugitives list are announced on their shows first.
August 30, 2009 | By Nick Owchar
Remember Robert Bly's bestselling 1990 book "Iron John: A Book About Men"? It was the manifesto for a movement -- a call for men to get back in touch with their primal selves. Go out in the woods, strip off your shirt, bang on a drum and howl at the moon. Bly's book and its cause have long been easy targets for comedians and columnists, but don't smirk -- there was a point there. Bly drew on the Grimm brothers' tale of Iron John/Iron Hans, a wildman in the woods who teaches a young prince some necessary lessons in order to move from childhood to maturity.
August 22, 2008 | Charlotte Stoudt; Philip Brandes; David C. Nichols
Who knew Arthur Miller yearned to be Mickey Spillane? In his 1982 one-act, "Some Kind of Love Story," now at the Hayworth Theatre, the playwright serves up a dime novel plot complete with trench coats, bishop-tempting blonds and cops on the take. Somewhere outside of Boston, private eye Tom (Jack Kehler) pays a visit to Angie (Beege Barkette), nursing a fresh bruise and a case of the mean reds. Like all femme noires, she holds the clues not only to a murder investigation but also to the detective himself.
December 30, 2006 | Michael Sims, Special to The Times
SOME curmudgeons complain that they miss good old-fashioned fiction -- orderly stories that begin at the beginning, proceed through the middle and end with all strands knotted in a tidy bow. The implication, of course, is that standards have declined because of our decadent postmodern preoccupation with style over substance. "Uncertain Endings," the latest anthology from the prolific Otto Penzler, disproves this theory. Either standards fell long ago or untidy stories have always been popular.
August 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
What ever happened to Judge Joseph Crater? The disappearance of Crater, an associate justice on the New York State Supreme Court, captured the public's imagination for decades. Long before Elvis, Judge Crater sightings were an international phenomenon. There were reports of Crater in a Manhattan nightclub and a Maine cottage, of Crater wandering through Havana and playing bingo in North Africa.
March 27, 2005 | Michael Haag, Michael Haag is the author of "The Rough Guide to 'The Da Vinci Code'" and "Alexandria: City of Memory."
In 1912 Wilfrid Voynich, a London book dealer, discovered a mysterious manuscript in a secluded castle outside Rome. At first glance it had the look of a medieval treatise on natural history, but the illustrations depicted a world of fantastical plants, strange astronomical diagrams and vascular systems inhabited by naked women, and the text itself was written in no alphabet or language that Voynich had seen before.
August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A member of the Biotic Baking Brigade, a loose network of San Francisco pie-throwing politicos, said Wednesday that he did not believe anyone from the group was responsible for the pastry flung in the face of consumer activist Ralph Nader on Tuesday. The brigade tends to target rich oppressors of working men and women and "wouldn't get involved in progressive politics infighting. It's not our bag," said the operative, who goes by the moniker Agent a la Mode.
May 8, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Suing a Star: Actor Robert Stack, host of "Unsolved Mysteries," has filed a $10-million libel suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the Star tabloid and its parent, the National Enquirer Inc., charging false publication of statements, including that he has health problems and uses a wheelchair.
November 13, 2002 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Ten years ago, writer-director Neil Burger was a fledgling filmmaker making a documentary in Texas about World War II vets. One evening, he was having dinner alone at a bar and grill when "sort of an odd old guy" started up a conversation with him. Their chat was the seed for Burger's documentary-style thriller, "Interview With the Assassin," which opens Friday. "He asked me what I was doing and I told him," Burger recalls.
The latest offering from the Circle X Theatre Company, "Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog," a world-premiere musical now at the 24th Street Theatre, is the ground-floor production of what could well be a theatrical event. Despite a shaky vocal performance or two and a few rough patches in thematic cohesion, this consummately well-realized entertainment is a technical knockout with Broadway potential.
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