June 16, 1989 |
Bruce Broughton writes the kind of music that makes things happen: Lovers embrace, thugs brawl, cars are demolished. "It's music with a purpose--you can make people feel things," the composer said. This Saturday, Broughton, who's accumulated four Emmys, a Grammy for his "Young Sherlock Holmes" sound track and an Oscar nomination for his score of "Silverado," brings his music to an environment that is unusually sedate for him: the concert hall. The San Fernando Valley Symphony will perform Broughton's work--along with a piece by a fellow named Brahms--as it winds up its 1988-89 season Saturday.
May 23, 1989 |
Everybody knows you can buy a fairly good ballpoint pen for a quarter or a felt-tip pen for a buck. So why do some people spend $25, $100, or $250 to buy a fountain pen? "A fine pen is made to help a person write better," says Marilyn Brown, manager of the International Pen Shop at Arthur Brown & Bro. in New York. "You can write all day and not tire. A well-balanced pen feels good in your hand. It lets you write with a gliding motion, with a freedom unlike any other writing tool."
July 18, 1992
Having Mike Downey write about soccer is like having Jesse Helms write about contemporary art. MERRILL RING Claremont
August 25, 2002
William Clay Ford Jr. muses: "People used to write songs about T-Birds and Corvettes. Now they write regulations" ["Ford Hopes to Quell Emissions Rhetoric," Aug. 8]. I have a ready answer. When people didn't know what the makers of T-Birds and Corvettes were up to, they wrote songs about their cars; now that they do, they write regulations. Rudy Vietmeier Lakewood
April 13, 1986
Edy Williams' "still" would not be free, but rather drastically overpriced, if it costs me 22 cents to write for it. BOB EDWARDS Los Angeles
November 28, 1992
I am moved to write a letter of complaint about Grice (or should I say Mrs. Wallace A. Smith, the station president's wife?). I've been meaning to write for some time about her cutesy-wootsy talk, not to mention her ghastly corny "witticisms." Someone already complained to her about that, so she told us, but then she responded with a thumbing-of-her-nose "joke." Oh, to have Gail Eichenthal back! Since that's unlikely, how about the former programming director, the bringer of this embarrassing lawsuit, Tom Deacon?
December 6, 2003
Bill Plaschke isn't all that bad. Unlike T.J. Simers, who can write only one column over and over, Bill can write three: 1. Human interest tear-jerker. 2. Wrongheaded analysis. 3. Unfunny "correction" after wrongheaded analysis gets exposed. Jim Bateson Monrovia
November 7, 2009
Two unusual things happened Friday. I read T.J.Simers, because of the headline, and I liked the article. Why does he write like a jerk most of the time when he can obviously write well when he wants to? Ted Bartscherer Pasadena