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October 1, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
With millions of books sold worldwide, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Robert K. Massie has devoted the majority of his career to studying the House of Romanov, Russia's royal family from 1613 to 1917. He will be lecturing on the craft of writing history Monday night at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont. Massie, author of  “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman,” now available in paperback, became an expert on the imperial family beginning with "Nicholas and Alexandra.
September 15, 1985
I am a former member of the 15th Hospital Center, a World War II Army medical unit that trained at Camp Barkeley, Tex., and served in the Zone of Interior at Cirencester, England, during 1944-45. I am writing a history of the old Army unit and am attempting to contact as many of our former members, or their survivors, as I possibly can. Many of my addresses are 40 years old. Four of our group came from the Los Angeles area: Leo Block, Merle E. Blough, Charles N. Morris and the late Glenn V. Woodward.
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?
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, 2012 | By Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Watergate A Novel Thomas Mallon Pantheon: 448 pp., $27.95 A few months ago I attended a book launch party for Adam Hochschild's World War I history, "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918," where he offered a concise dissection of the difference between writing novels and writing history. To write history, he said, the story needs only to be true. To write a novel, the story must be plausible - an often much more difficult thing to accomplish.
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.
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.
January 30, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A new education group chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean today proposed a mandatory national achievement test for all high school seniors attending public and private schools. Educate America, based in Morristown, N.J., made the national exam proposal its first initiative in a campaign to "drive the education policy agenda for the 1990s." Kean, now president of Drew University in Madison, N.J.
March 30, 1987 | Marcida Dodson \f7
UC Irvine has won a $1-million contract from the state to conduct a summer training program for junior and senior high school teachers. Two hundred teachers from throughout the state will take part in the four-week Summer Technology Training Institute, designed to integrate technology with English, language arts, history and social science, said Carol Booth Olson, institute director and co-director of UCI's Writing Project.
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