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October 17, 1989
George H. Shellenberger, 89, former executive of the Merchants and Manufacturers' Assn. in Los Angeles and the principal volunteer of the United for California campaign fund, which encouraged the candidacies of conservatives seeking a seat in the state Legislature. He also, in 1924, helped organize the Los Angeles Community Chest.
February 16, 1992 | Charles Solomon
Hendrickson has compiled 1,200 stories, quotes and bon mots about American authors, many of them humorous. Don Marquis, the creator of Archie and Mehitabel, compared publishing a book of poetry in America to "dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
April 7, 1994 | DANIEL P. PUZO
Most people imagine government-sponsored conferences to be dull events. But when Edward L. Menning DVM, executive vice president of the National Assn. of Federal Veterinarians, spoke at a food safety summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington March 31, the audience encountered the Howard Beale of the food world.
February 21, 2008
Re "Lost in the Hollywood jungle," Opinion, Feb. 19 I had a different reaction from Ernest Freeberg to the movie "There Will Be Blood." Granted that Upton Sinclair's socialist message was not explicit, I thought that the character of Daniel Plainview and his ruthless, evil drive was a metaphor for the strengths and evils of the oil industry itself. Shirley A. Conger Corona del Mar -- Sinclair's book, "Oil!," was published shortly after the Teapot Dome scandal. We continue to celebrate a crook named Edward L. Doheny, who made a fortune from a bribe.
June 26, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
It was a wedding the guests would never forget. Everybody of consequence in the village had been invited to a banquet to celebrate the marriage of the son of one of the wealthiest families. Fifty tables groaned under a lavish spread of dumplings, steamed chickens, pork ribs, meatballs, stir fries, all of it exceptionally delicious, guests would later recall. But about an hour into the meal, something seemed to be wrong. A pregnant woman collapsed. Old men clutched their chests. Children vomited.
August 25, 1998
Shortly after Upton Sinclair's 1906 book "The Jungle" exposed the filth in Chicago's meat processing plants, Congress passed a law requiring daily inspections. That law halted hazardous practices like processing meat from long-dead animals. As a new report by the National Academy of Sciences points out, however, today's food safety system has itself become a jungle: an impenetrable thicket of outdated rules enforced by a dozen federal agencies.
July 21, 1990
A memorial service for James Burford, a unionist, political organizer and supporter of liberal causes, will be held July 28 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Santa Monica Library. Burford, whose activism dated to the anti-poverty campaign of Upton Sinclair in the early 1930s, was 79 when he died July 12 in a Santa Monica hospital of the complications of pneumonia.
March 29, 1987
Armand Hammer flies all over the world in his private jetliner to promote his image as a human rights activist, benefactor, peacemaker and collector of some of the world's great art. He should make a flight to Dakota City, Neb., where his Occidental Petroleum Corp. operates a giant meatpacking company with sub-human working conditions ("Injury Rate Soaring, Workers at Meatpacking Plant Say," March 2). Shades of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," the expose of the meatpacking industry in Chicago early this century.
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