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When Jochen Rindt died in a Formula One crash, the great driver Jackie Stewart spent the week before the funeral fulfilling obligations. He did a fashion show, filmed a television commercial, met with lawyers. As to why he did all that in a time of grief, Stewart said, "The funeral is less important than the accident." A racer who lived on the razor's edge, he wanted to know why Rindt's accident happened. He wanted to know why his friend died with medical attention within reach.
October 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Carly Simon's so vain. The 45-year-old singer said she is trying to "come to terms" with getting older but acknowledged it has been difficult. "In five years maybe I won't be so attractive. People won't whistle at me on the street anymore," she said in an interview for the TV show "Personalities." "I'm not above having those fears or apprehensions about losing my attractiveness, or whatever," Simon said.
August 6, 2003 | Randy Lewis
NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol evidently is so rich that he, and he alone, will find out who was so vain in Carly Simon's 1972 hit single. Ebersol has ponied up $50,000 for the information in a celebrity auction raising money for Martha's Vineyard Community Services.
September 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Rescuers searched the Gulf of Mexico by helicopter for a man who vanished in rough surf, one of four people believed to have drowned off Panhandle beaches during the holiday weekend. "We are just waiting for a body to surface," said Greg Pearson, a spokesman for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. The man was missing off the coast of the Gulf Island National Seashore, where three people drowned over the weekend.
June 25, 1994 | Reuters
A 2-year-old boy whose three-story fall was cushioned by a family cat was recovering in a hospital Friday, but the cat was dead. A spokeswoman for Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center said Matthew Mikels was in stable condition with minor injuries following the accident Wednesday. Matthew and the cat fell together from a third-floor balcony, Camden police Detective Gary Miller said.
October 6, 2001 | JEAN DESMOND, Jean Desmond lives in Rancho Palos Verdes
At my writers' workshop, Peggy began her reading, "They have not died in vain," and went on to say how, after the Sept. 11 disaster, flags were sold out in the stores and are being displayed all over town. I felt myself growing angry, and when she repeated, "They have not died in vain" at the end of her essay, the fury rose in my chest. We have a rule: no cliches and I can't think of a worse one. Five minutes later, when it was my turn to critique her work, I exploded. "I'm furious!
March 7, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Michael Shirman, the Soviet emigre biologist who took his battle for life to the superpower summit meeting in Iceland last October, has died of leukemia four months after his sister was finally allowed out of the Soviet Union for a bone marrow transplant in a vain effort to save him. Shirman, who was 32, died Thursday and was buried Friday with about 300 friends and supporters looking on. Doctors advised a bone-marrow transplant after Shirman was diagnosed in October, 1985, as having leukemia.
June 19, 1985
Relatives of two San Fernando Valley-area couples released from the TWA plane being held by Arab terrorists watched at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night as passengers disembarked--all but the anxiously awaited ex-hostages. Both couples, William and Almeda Berry of Burbank and Theophilos and Elizabeth Tartas of Thousand Oaks, remained in Paris when they were expected to be hugging family and friends in Los Angeles. TWA officials say they will come home Wednesday.
May 26, 2001 | Associated Press
Frustrated high school tennis players in Tennessee can yell "Jesus!" or "Christ!" without censure. What they can't do is scream "Jesus Christ!" Those two words were shouted by Bearden High's Cameron Boyd after he lost serve in the third set of the Class AAA championship doubles match--and he and partner Brandon Allan were disqualified. Jan Genosi, the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Assn.
May 26, 1997 | ALEXANDER NIBLEY, Alexander Nibley is a freelance writer and managing editor of the Instrument Business Outlook
There is a growing trend of using the names of great authors in the titles of films--"Bram Stoker's Dracula," "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" are examples. Sincethe authors are dead and can't sue the socks off the producers, I can't help feeling that someone should speak up on their behalf about the use of their names to sell products. The latest film is "Rudyard Kipling's Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo" ("Thin 'Mowgli and Baloo' Goes Back to the Jungle," May 16).
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