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September 9, 1990
Thanks to Faye Fiore for the timely reminder (Times, Aug. 19) to all former Long Beach Ford employees that our old plant is, indeed, "near the end of the line." That plant really impressed me, a sailor stationed at the Naval Air Base on Terminal Island in 1942. It was then a U.S. Army supply depot with antiaircraft guns high on the roof by the big "Ford" sign. West of the plant was a fleet of barrage balloons protecting strategic L.A. Harbor. Discharged from the Navy after V J Day, I drove down to the plant to apply for a job at Ford.
April 29, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
With the frightening wail of air-raid sirens, routine duck-and-cover drills and fallout shelters, the government prepared Americans for Japanese bombs during World War II and nuclear attacks during the Cold War. In the wake of the recent killing rampage at Virginia Tech, governments and institutions are debating how to warn people of emergencies today.
August 19, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Long known for being genteel and charmingly indifferent to headline news, the New Yorker in recent years has earned a reputation of skewering political and cultural figures with its cover art. Barry Blitt's infamous 2008 Barack and Michelle Obama fist bump cover poking fun at the perception of the then-presidential candidate, for instance, spawned countless satiric imitations. With "Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See" (Abrams), art director Fran├žoise Mouly gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process.
December 9, 1994
The U.S. Postal Service, asked by the White House and others to reconsider the controversial design of a commemorative stamp, has appropriately decided to abandon the mushroom-cloud image originally selected to mark the atomic bombings at the end of World War II. The stamp, one of the commemoratives scheduled to be issued next year to mark turning points in the war, depicted a composite of mushroom clouds created by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and by postwar tests.
March 31, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
Remember Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of the sailor impulsively kissing the nurse on V-J Day in the middle of Times Square in New York? Or Frank Capa's dramatically Goya-esque shot of a Spanish Loyalist fighter falling dead, his rifle upright in his hand? These and other remarkable journalistic images by famous and less-known photographers (mostly in non-vintage prints made during the lifetimes of the photographers) give "We Were There: 1933-1963" a grand historical vividness.
August 16, 1989
Retired Gen. Minoru Genda, architect of the fateful Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, which brought the United States into World War II, died Tuesday, ironically on the 44th anniversary of V-J Day. The pilot and politician was 84. He died of heart failure in Minami Takai Hospital where he had been a patient since Aug. 4, hospital spokesmen said. The facility is in Matsuyama on Shikoku, Japan's smallest main island.
April 1, 2003
Re "On Oscar Night, a Kiss Is More Than Just a Kiss," by Drew Limsky, Commentary, March 28: Lighten up! Adrien Brody's gesture was the highlight of the show and surely not meant as a diminution of Halle Berry. I choose to believe he would have done the same no matter the presenter's racial origins or beauty quotient. Please allow the man the exuberance of a moment he earned through hard work and dedication to his craft. Eloise Harris Villa Park Note to Limsky and to Wilda L. White (letter, Calendar, March 29)
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