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April 27, 2004 | Emmett Berg, Special to The Times
In the early 1950s, San Francisco surfers would wait until water temperatures dipped below 50 degrees before bothering to wrestle into a proto-wet suit. "It was a straitjacket," said Jack O'Neill, 81, of his early innovation, which was nothing more than unicellular foam plastic glued onto thin plastic in the shape of a vest. "In those days, you would last about an hour before the ice cream headaches set in."
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June 3, 2007 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
MORE than most of its contemporaries, the 1966 scifi thriller "Fantastic Voyage" has stayed on the right side of the line separating vintage kitsch from risible camp. Directed by the versatile genre pro Richard Fleischer ("Soylent Green," the underrated noir "The Narrow Margin"), written by Harry Kleiner and later novelized by Isaac Asimov, it's perhaps the trippiest variant on the difference-of-scale conceit that has fueled fantasies from "Gulliver's Travels" to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."
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October 11, 2005 | Matt Warshaw, Warshaw is the author of "The Encyclopedia of Surfing."
From the moment the first neoprene suit was poured, cooled, cut and stitched, its manufacturers have tried -- with mixed results -- to blur the distinction between fashion and utility. After all, who wants to shiver like a wet puppy or look like something out of "Creature From the Black Lagoon"? Early '50s: In the beginning, the dive suit was the surf suit, and the surf suit was the dive suit. Fortunately this didn't last long, but the concept was clear.
NEWS
October 18, 2005
Regarding "Surfing Whodunit" [Oct. 11]: You forgot the "dry suit" from the early '50s. The tight fit around the waist, neck and wrists made it uncomfortable. And if water got in, it was cold and stayed cold. JAKE CLARK Redondo Beach I worked with Hugh Bradner at Scripps institute and attended a 1961 interview that formed the basis of an article in Skin Diver magazine wherein he was acknowledged as the inventor of the wetsuit. JIM DODDS Indian Wells
NEWS
October 18, 2005
Regarding "Surfing Whodunit" [Oct. 11]: You forgot the "dry suit" from the early '50s. The tight fit around the waist, neck and wrists made it uncomfortable. And if water got in, it was cold and stayed cold. JAKE CLARK Redondo Beach I worked with Hugh Bradner at Scripps institute and attended a 1961 interview that formed the basis of an article in Skin Diver magazine wherein he was acknowledged as the inventor of the wetsuit. JIM DODDS Indian Wells
NEWS
June 3, 1985 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
Alternately swimming in six-foot seas and floating "like a cork" for more than four hours, a Monrovia scuba diver who was washed overboard from his boat six miles out in the Pacific was flung ashore near Oxnard on Sunday night--less than a mile from where his boat beached itself.
BOOKS
January 17, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN
The thrillers of William F. Buck ley Jr. are political advocacy continued on alternate routes. Mongoose, R.I.P. celebrates, if that's the word, Buckley's loathing for the life and works of Fidel Castro, who is presented as a lecherous murderer. Blackford Oates, Buckley's recidivist hero and master of disguise, is deeply involved in Mongoose, the CIA plots to assassinate Castro, one involving a poisoned wet suit, another a poison-bearing hooker.
NEWS
December 2, 1993 | RICK FIGNETTI and DAVID REYES, Rockin' Fig is Rick Fignetti, a Huntington Beach surfer/shop owner. Times staff writer David Reyes has reported on U.S. surf teams competing in Bali and Brazil.
Last week's late-season, Southern Hemisphere swell created head-high waves at Orange County's best spots. It also brought in colder water, signaling this month's arrival of winter. "It's definitely full-body wet-suit time, " said Rockin' Fig. Yo, Fig, with water temps 60 to 62 and threatening to go lower, what's the latest in cold water gear? The new feature in wet suits is "O" rings. Everybody's puttin' O-ring seals in the neck, ankle and wrist holes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Ask a few surfers about the genesis of the wet suit. Chances are they will credit clever surfers. They may tell you surfers tried greased sweat shirts, old cashmere sweaters, plastic-coated foam suits. Finally, an intrepid surfer discovered neoprene rubber. The truth, however, may be a little different. Many say the first neoprene wet suit was developed in a laboratory at UC Berkeley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1992
It is difficult to take exception with much of Gov. Pete Wilson's outline of a new California water policy--especially one that he argues will work for both people and wild creatures. But the most difficult part of water policy has always been injecting detail and substance into even the most visionary of outlines, and Wilson has stopped short of the hard part.
NEWS
October 11, 2005 | Matt Warshaw, Warshaw is the author of "The Encyclopedia of Surfing."
From the moment the first neoprene suit was poured, cooled, cut and stitched, its manufacturers have tried -- with mixed results -- to blur the distinction between fashion and utility. After all, who wants to shiver like a wet puppy or look like something out of "Creature From the Black Lagoon"? Early '50s: In the beginning, the dive suit was the surf suit, and the surf suit was the dive suit. Fortunately this didn't last long, but the concept was clear.
HOME & GARDEN
July 8, 2004 | Chris Erskine
"MOM? Mom? Mom-mom-mom-mom-mom ... " It sounds like the call of a sea bird. In fact, it is the call of the American child, identifiable by its relentless pursuit of sugared food and an inability to do anything for itself. They cannot be domesticated. Believe me, we've tried. "Mom? Mom? Mom-mom-mom-mom-mom ... " We are at the beach with four other families. One of the American children wants something done. Fast. But first, the mother must: -- Stir it. -- Pour it. -- Patch it. -- Tweezer it.
NEWS
April 27, 2004 | Emmett Berg, Special to The Times
In the early 1950s, San Francisco surfers would wait until water temperatures dipped below 50 degrees before bothering to wrestle into a proto-wet suit. "It was a straitjacket," said Jack O'Neill, 81, of his early innovation, which was nothing more than unicellular foam plastic glued onto thin plastic in the shape of a vest. "In those days, you would last about an hour before the ice cream headaches set in."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For $42,000 a year, Graham Wright does a job that few other people would want to do--at any price. * Several times a year, Wright, 44, dons a disposable body suit, hip boots and a paper surgical mask and descends into Laguna Beach's sewers, wading through the effluent of the affluent, in what his bosses describe as a heroic effort to keep the sewage from backing up and spilling into the ocean.
NEWS
March 14, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the painter Paul Gauguin played the mandolin, and the pugilist actor Sylvester Stallone wields a brush, why shouldn't the ruler of the Grateful Deadheads, Jerry Garcia, have a second coming as a visual artist? Some high-profile creative souls know no bounds when it comes to crossover--they've found that commercial isn't such a dirty word if it means translating celebrity je ne sais quoi into product punch.
NEWS
January 25, 1995 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They headed in after a day of storm surfing. Two got smashed against the rocks. Another was toppled, cut and bleeding. Yet another was trapped in La Jolla Cove and heading for the flesh-cutting rocks and caves nearby. With the right timing and serious paddle power, they all finally made it across the cove to "Tiger's Paw" bluff. Barely. All this for what? A couple of six-second rides straight down 15 feet of icy water?
NEWS
March 13, 1985
A man who donned scuba gear to clean boats has been arrested on suspicion of burglaries at several waterfront homes in Newport Beach and is suspected of stealing as much as $1 million in jewelry and family heirlooms, police and Tuesday. Steven Scott Warren, 23, of Costa Mesa was arrested and charged with three counts of burglary and was being held Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail at Orange County Jail. Warren had worked for a Costa Mesa boar maintenance firm, police said.
NEWS
August 14, 1986 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Bess Dopps, 76, and her sister, Meryl Herron, 67, never go near the water. It makes them seasick. But that doesn't stop the two great-grandmothers from having hundreds of scuba-diver fans up and down the Pacific Coast--Navy divers, Coast Guard divers, state Fish and Game Department divers, fire department search-and-rescue team divers, commercial divers and weekend sports divers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1994 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paddling beyond the breakers, three dozen surfers formed a floating semicircle of mourners in the chilly waters at Surfers Point in Ventura. The Sunday morning congregation was quiet, even somber, as Erin Quinn cast a lei of yellow, purple and red flowers into the calm, gray waters. She opened a small wooden box and scattered ashes of her late husband, Nick Vlaco, onto the waves that he loved to ride.
NEWS
December 2, 1993 | RICK FIGNETTI and DAVID REYES, Rockin' Fig is Rick Fignetti, a Huntington Beach surfer/shop owner. Times staff writer David Reyes has reported on U.S. surf teams competing in Bali and Brazil.
Last week's late-season, Southern Hemisphere swell created head-high waves at Orange County's best spots. It also brought in colder water, signaling this month's arrival of winter. "It's definitely full-body wet-suit time, " said Rockin' Fig. Yo, Fig, with water temps 60 to 62 and threatening to go lower, what's the latest in cold water gear? The new feature in wet suits is "O" rings. Everybody's puttin' O-ring seals in the neck, ankle and wrist holes.
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