May 12, 1991
A number of us were very pleased to read "Boogieing on Back to '70s" and "The Disco Devotees of the Decade." A '70s underground movement is alive and well here in Santa Barbara. We are a force of about 10 to 15 University of California graduate students--I won't name our academic department to protect the innocent--who are dedicated to reviving '70s culture, specifically modest menus that include Jell-O, white bread, Cheese Whiz on Ritz crackers, and real TV shows like "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," for the simple, communal values that such shows promote.
February 3, 1991
Ford's comment about President and Mrs. Bush: "Any man who can age a woman like that can't be good for us." Who is Ford--this WASP from Minnesota--to call comedian Jerry Seinfeld a "white-bread boy"? Seinfeld's humor is brilliant. He doesn't have to stoop to sleaze. JOANNE G. MURPHY Los Angeles
January 31, 1991 |
The best thing that has happened to food in the last 20 years is the return of robust, flavorful bread. Serious bakers, dedicated to the old-fashioned methods of bread baking, have spread across the country, which means the true "staff of life" is now available to most of us. For years we have used spongy, white slices of bread to carry our sandwich fillings, sop up our sauces and make wimpy toast.
September 4, 1990 |
Soviet citizens are used to waiting in line for bananas, paying under the table for meat and using ration coupons for sugar. But bread, that staple of the Russian diet, was always fresh and plentiful. Now that has changed. On Monday, Soviets lined up for bread at stores across Moscow for the first time in years. Many were grumbling, blaming President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's reforms for shortages of a growing list of products that includes tobacco, paper, cheese and gasoline.
September 28, 1989 |
The Times' Food staff was taste-testing muffins from a local bakery when wine writer Dan Berger started talking about the great bran muffins he buys near his home in Santa Rosa. A few days later, he showed up with a sack of them to prove his point. They were devoured posthaste and Berger was issued a friendly ultimatum--bring the muffins south every trip or get the recipe.
August 20, 1989 |
The economic boom of the Reagan era was, to put it mildly, less beneficial to some groups of Americans than to others. For those who had some cash, or else owned real property, times were good; for those living more or less at the limit of their resources, not to speak of those on fixed incomes or on welfare, they were not. Indeed, many economists now estimate that while the 1980s saw a 15% rise in the assets of the most affluent, the poor grew 9% poorer during the same period.
May 2, 1989 |
Let's hope George Strait has had all his inoculations. If not, he's bound to catch something from all those flower-bearing babes he kissed between songs Sunday at the Pacific Amphitheatre. But then, the health risk was the only risk the big-grinnin', big-hatted Texan took in a show marked by a superficial and safe nature that pretty much summed up the sad state of country music, 1989. And there's no vaccination for vacuousness. Sunday's show left little doubt that the whistle-baiting hunk's success is due as much to his looks as to his music--a Strait-arrow, white-bread distillation of Texas swing and honky-tonk, without a hint of the innovative genius associated with such pioneers as Bob Wills and Hank Williams.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1989
When I read about the death of Dali, I remembered a happening in connection with him, which I believe occurred in 1947. Ernst van Leyden, a Dutch painter, lived in a house on Barrington Avenue. His property included a big barn and stables. My son Albert, 10 at the time, kept a horse and several sheep there. Van Leyden called me in West Los Angeles one morning, asking whether my son would rent two of his sheep to Dali the next day. Dali offered to pay $10 and Albert readily agreed, provided no harm should come to the sheep.