May 22, 1988 |
China on Friday flew an urgent consignment of military supplies to London for the British army--a sackful of yak hair to replace the thinning plumage adorning the helmets of the Queen's Household Cavalry. Tibetan tribesmen cut the coarse black hair from the underbellies of yaks in the Himalayan foothills after the Defense Ministry in London sent telegrams to British military attaches in Beijing and Katmandu. "Urgent requirement for prime yak hair. Cut to regimental specification of 18 inches.
April 20, 1986 |
"The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me," the salesman said. "Something is wrong with a person if they will send me $20,000 or $30,000 over the phone." The salesman, who works in North Miami Beach under the name Kevin O'Brien, is typical of thousands of high-pressure telephone sales people around the country pushing questionable investments despite aggressive state and federal efforts to clean up the telemarketing industry.
October 30, 1998 |
Leslie W. Light, the haranguing judge of Santa Monica, began the latest proceedings at the trial of accused embezzler Susan McDougal by telling McDougal's sister to sit down and shut up. (In so many words.) A few minutes later, Light gave a similar tongue-lashing to the prolix McDougal, who even while sitting on a witness stand doesn't know when to shut up. McDougal is a woman who, if you ask her what time it is, will probably tell you how to build a clock.
April 18, 1993 |
Here is how it became clear to me that normalcy, for better or worse, was returning to Los Angeles. It was midmorning Saturday, about three hours after the verdicts were read. I was roaming about in my car, just looking around, listening to talk radio and generally attempting the impossible--to determine the singular "mood" of this schizoid mass of urbanity we call, for a lack of a more precise term, a city. The radio was full of nothing but Rodney King.
February 7, 2003 |
A lot of siblings use the weekend to call each other and catch up. Few, though, have strangers across the country eavesdropping, or joining the conversation. The five Dolan sisters will be doing just that on Saturday, when their radio program "Satellite Sisters" debuts on KABC-AM (790) and other ABC network stations. The show, which originated with a two-year run on public radio in 2000, features the five women, ranging in age from 37 to 47, chatting about subjects from momentous to minuscule.
August 26, 1994 |
Twenty-nine years ago, a doctor at a Denver mental hospital sat a sickly, slightly retarded boy named Tim Baley down at a piano and watched him run his fingers across the ledges and valleys of the keyboard. The puzzled doctor began jotting down notes. Baley had undergone hundreds of tests, but medical minds were still having a hard time coming up with a diagnosis for the boy's developmental problems and poor health. The piano test only deepened the mystery.
March 6, 1986 |
A 30-pound baboon named Rosie gingerly handled a rubber ball "bomb," then gleefully tossed it to her trainer, dressed like Indiana Jones. He juggled it in mock horror and tossed it back. These antics drew youthful giggles from a crowd of 200 at Moorpark College's Wildlife Theater. A few little faces leaned forward to see if Indiana's cave girl nemesis, co-trainer Janine Turlik, who ended up with the "bomb," had discovered the prop in enough time to save herself. Not to worry.
January 15, 1988 |
For 33 years the Palomino has set aside one night of the week for something called talent night. The level of talent varies. "I'd say 10% of the acts are exceptionally good," said Harry Orlove, lead guitarist in the house band at the North Hollywood nightclub, "and 30% are really, really terrible. It's like a Fellini movie." With that, a succession of performers took the Palomino's stage one recent Monday and proved him right.
April 6, 2004 |
Covering 'yaking in all its forms for close to 20 years, this mag was the first publication dedicated solely to sea paddling and kayak touring, and a glance at back issues shows articles on places from the Arctic to Turkey to Flathead Lake in Montana. Saltwater or fresh, it seems there's hardly a body of water that a serious kayaker won't consider for an excursion.
October 11, 1987 |
How many times have you had a reasonable, clear and seemingly conclusive discussion with a colleague who closed the conversation by asking: "Would you send me a memo on that, please?" This isn't only irritating and an enormous waste of time. It also reflects an unfortunate bias in modern organizations toward overvaluing literacy, underplaying verbal contracts and the simple honesty they require, and creating layers and layers of meddlesome paper-pushers.