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September 13, 1987
A memorial service for longtime Artesia resident and historian Albert O. Little will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Artesia Community Center, 18750 Clarkdale Ave. Little, who was known to many residents as "Mr. Artesia," died Tuesday at Pioneer Hospital. He was 87. The center was renamed the Albert O. Little Community Center on Aug. 10. Today's ceremony had been originally planned to be a rededication ceremony, City Manager Eugene Romig said.
Question: What interests you about writing history? Answer: I'm interested in telling stories, in capturing those moments when the internal imagined experience intersects with social reality. Individual lives give this experience context. I have to be adept at telling the tale and using the factual record. I have to be particularly choosy about which facts I get to keep. Q: What aspect of California history interests you most?
September 12, 2008 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Tina Allen, whose monumental sculptures of prominent African Americans through history -- including abolitionist Sojourner Truth and author Alex Haley -- fill public spaces across the United States, has died. She was 58. Allen died Tuesday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center of complications from a heart attack, her former husband, Roger Allen, said. She had been a resident of North Hills. Her first major commission, in 1986, set the course for her future. She made a 9-foot bronze sculpture of labor leader A. Philip Randolph, who helped organize a union for sleeping car porters in the 1920s, for a train station in Boston.
April 1, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ed Turner, 66, who helped establish CNN as a respected major news organization, died Saturday of liver cancer in George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Turner was hired in 1980 as one of the first news professionals brought into the fledgling network. The fact that he coincidentally shared the last name of CNN founder Ted Turner earned him the nickname "No Relation" Turner, which he had printed on matchbooks he distributed from his office.
February 19, 1989 | SHARON DIRLAM, Times Staff Writer
From Edinburgh Castle's military tattoo to London theater performances, Maupintour offers 10 tours to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The tours to the Emerald Isle include a banquet in a medieval castle, two nights in Dublin, evening entertainment and treasures off the beaten path. Land rates are from $1,298 for eight days to $2,498 for 15 days. A "Highlands and Islands" itinerary goes from the Channel Islands in the south to the Isle of Skye in Scotland; 16 days for $2,969.
July 16, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Harry Potter didn't even wait until the sun rose to start vanquishing box-office records. The last big-screen adventure of the boy wizard, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2," raked in $42.5 million at midnight screenings in the U.S. and Canada, according to Warner Bros. The previous record was about $30 million, set in 2009 by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon. " Fans eager to see Harry's final battle with the evil Lord Voldemort began lining up early Thursday for the shows.
December 29, 1985 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Just about everything that has happened in tiny Sierra County in Northern California since its discovery in 1849 is recorded in James J. Sinnott's six-volume history. If you ever lived in the sparsely populated, isolated, mountainous county, chances are you are mentioned in Sinnott's historical series, which probably is the most comprehensive history of any California county.
When it comes to immigrants, the mood is getting ugly. Jobs are scarce and as the U.S. economy sputters, people accuse foreigners of stealing paychecks from Americans. One huge labor union poster says it all: "Restrict All Immigration. Protect Yourself And Your Children Against Ruinous Labor And Business Competition Through Unrestricted Immigration." Millions talk wistfully about the good old days, when immigrants seemed less exotic, more respectful and truly eager to learn the English language.
Stefan Hatos, co-creator, writer and producer of the durable game show "Let's Make a Deal," has died at the age of 78. Hatos, who produced a variety of other television shows and had a long history in radio, died March 2 in a Toluca Lake health club of heart problems. He had homes in Beverly Hills and Pebble Beach, Calif. With Monty Hall, who was the show's on-air host for about 4,500 episodes, Hatos created the popular "Let's Make a Deal" for daytime television in 1963.
February 26, 1995 | Carolyn See, Carolyn See's "Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America," from which this article is excerpted, will be published by Random House in March
I'm almost the only one around here who drinks anymore. But I like to sit out back and look at the steep walls of Topanga and sometimes--after or during a third glass of Chardonnay--I dream a little bit about my family. I've been writing a history of how drugs and drink have worked in our family for the last 50 years. We've been here since before the Revolution. How lucky for those starving peasants--to make it out of England, Ireland, Scotland, over here to a land of unimaginable opportunity.
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