March 11, 2012 |
The gig: Gary Yamauchi, 67, owns Tri-Star Vending, one of the largest independent vending companies in the Los Angeles area, with yearly sales of about $2 million. He's also an Alhambra councilman, a position that earns him $875 a month. "In my wildest dreams, as a kid, I never had thoughts of becoming an elected official," but he takes pride in doing hands-on community service, said Yamauchi, who also has served as the city's mayor. "If somebody has a pothole in their front yard or a tree is falling down, they call me. I get it done in two days.
August 8, 2010 |
After discovering the frozen remains of British explorer George Mallory on Mt. Everest in 1999, mountaineer and author Conrad Anker, 47, returned to the world's tallest mountain in 2007 with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Anthony Geffen to retrace the steps of Mallory, the first adventurer believed to have reached the summit, in 1924. "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest," their National Geographic Entertainment film narrated by Liam Neeson, opened in theaters this weekend. Other than "because it's there" — George Mallory's famous answer to the question of what motivated him — why do people risk their lives to climb Everest?
August 6, 2010
'The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest' MPAA rating: PG for thematic elements involving hardships of climbing and some historical smoking images Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes Playing: the Landmark, West Los Angeles
August 6, 2010 |
The most famous comment about the reason for climbing Mt. Everest was made by a man who never made it to the top. Or did he? That would be British mountaineer George Mallory, who replied, "Because it's there," when asked why he wanted to conquer the highest peak in the world. Mallory looked on his quest as "the wildest dream," and an absorbing new documentary called "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest" deals with the climber's fate and his legacy in an unexpected combination on ways.
May 21, 2009 |
Self-mythologizing is as much a part of rock as the 15-minute guitar solo. Tom Waits knows the drill: He's been messing with our heads for a full generation. Like Bob Dylan, he has proven a canny master of disguise, creating an impenetrable wall to keep his life from a discerning public. But more like David Bowie than Dylan, Waits has utilized exaggerated theatricality as his mask of choice. He emerged in 1971 as a flophouse poet and beat-influenced boozer. When that conceptual well ran dry, he became a sonic junk man, a cockeyed carnival barker shilling opaque shards of sound.
February 18, 2006 |
FOR ALL OF US who carry on a tortured romance with Internet voyeurism, there's a new flame in town. Zillow.com, which launched Feb. 8 and attracted so many users that the site crashed in less than 12 hours, is as close as we've come to a virtual epicenter of the American consciousness. Granted, it doesn't let us secretly probe the brains of friends and strangers to learn their innermost thoughts, but almost: We can access the ultimate metaphor for their aspirations -- their property values.