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March 4, 1998
Albert Lippert, 72, who helped develop Jean Nidetch's diet plan into Weight Watchers International. A Brooklyn-born Army veteran of World War II, Lippert earned a degree in business administration from City College of New York and did graduate work at Baruch College, then began a career in the garment district. Concerned about their expanding girth, he and his wife, Felice, heard about Nidetch and her offer to teach a diet program and invited her over.
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BUSINESS
May 12, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Weight Watchers International said its quarterly profit dropped, and it blamed the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets in the United States for a lower full-year forecast. Net income fell to $36.8 million, or 34 cents a share, in the first quarter, which ended April 3, from $40.6 million, or 37 cents, a year earlier, a spokesman said. Revenue climbed 12% to $281.4 million. The company expects to earn $1.70 to $1.80 a share for the year, down 10% from an earlier forecast of $1.90 to $2.
BUSINESS
November 20, 1999 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weight Watchers International has an unusual recipe for trimming down its potential Y2K problems: Get rid of its computers. The Woodbury, N.Y.-based weight control business on Monday will begin eliminating all electronic registers at its centers and revert back to a manual record-keeping system. Employees at hundreds of company centers will adhere to a strict regimen of pen and paper by Dec. 19.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Felice Marks Lippert, 73, a co-founder of the Weight Watchers diet system, died Saturday in Manhasset, N.Y. The cause of death was lung cancer. Born in New York City, Lippert graduated from Hunter College and taught in New York public schools. She helped develop the company's programs and served as a director and vice president of Weight Watchers International until H.J. Heinz Co. bought the business in 1978. At the time of her death, Lippert was chairwoman of the Weight Watchers Foundation.
NEWS
January 21, 1988 | GARY LIBMAN, Times Staff Writer
She arrived bearing the same message as ever: If you follow this program, you lose weight and you keep it off. The road to slimness is as simple as that, Jean Nidetch said repeatedly as she visited Los Angeles this week to promote the 25th anniversary of the Weight Watchers program she founded as a New York housewife in the early 1960s.
HEALTH
January 10, 2011 | Tammy Worth
Fifty-six-year-old Lynn Kaufman of Los Angeles has maintained a healthful weight on Weight Watchers for 10 years. But she was snacking way too much on the wrong kind of stuff, she says ? like 100-calorie cookie packs and hot chocolate. Today she jokes that Weight Watchers must have been spying on her. "I think there was a video camera in my house and they said, 'We don't like the quality of the food you are eating.'" In November, Weight Watchers unveiled its new point system, PointsPlus, to its 1.3 million members worldwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine's College of Medicine received a $50,000 grant from the Weight Watchers Foundation on Thursday to expand its medical education program in nutrition. The grant, one of only two given in this country by the nationally known organization, will be used to augment existing classes and create programs in clinical nutrition and obesity prevention. In accepting the money, school officials pointed out that about 55% of Americans are overweight and 30% are obese.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here is what it's like to be Sarah, the Duchess of York, on your first official day as spokeswoman for Weight Watchers International. After a long flight from England, where it has just been announced that you finally paid off that $6.89-million overdraft, you are awakened at dawn and taken to a morning news show where, while getting made-up in a room full of chocolate doughnuts, someone asks when you'll be appearing on "Melrose Place." (Probably never, you say, because you have yet to be asked.
BUSINESS
January 16, 1997 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A slimmed-down Sarah Ferguson, once dubbed the "Duchess of Pork," signed on as a spokeswoman Wednesday for Weight Watchers International. The company said it believed the Duchess of York, who went on the Weight Watchers program in December, would inspire others to lose weight. But marketing experts said Ferguson, caught in tabloid photographs topless and having her toes sucked by her financial advisor, might prove an embarrassment to Weight Watchers, a company with a wholesome appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1998 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She arrived at the Century Plaza Hotel in a shiny black GMC Suburban, private security guards in tow. As she stepped out into the driveway of the hotel towers, she smoothed her sleek gray skirt, the hem of which rested a good three inches above her perfect thoroughbred-like knees. (In all her various incarnations--heavy and thin--she has always had fabulous legs.
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