May 30, 2003 |
Zachary Karabell's "Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal" inevitably will be compared with David McCullough's immensely popular "The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914." Both are about the building of the two major public works that shrank the world when travel by sea was the only way to go. Both are about small groups of strong-minded men, rooted in the 19th century belief in progress, who overcame doubters and skeptics to achieve their bold visions.
December 10, 2000
I have to agree with Pete Kossoris that the TV production of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Mary Martin and John Raitt was "incomparable" (Letters, Nov. 26). I have played more than 2,000 performances of "Annie Get Your Gun" with many different Annies, including three different production with Mary Martin, and there can be no doubt that Mary was the best. However, I must correct one point: We did the NBC production in 1957, not 1954. ZACHARY A. CHARLES Burbank
May 12, 2000 |
"The Last Campaign" is a lively retelling of one of the oddest yet most interesting presidential campaigns of the 20th century. Despite its subtitle, it is not confined to Truman's winning "Give 'em hell" campaign but covers with equal thoroughness the glacial but principled campaign of Republican Thomas E. Dewey; the mystical, self-defeating campaign of Progressive Henry A. Wallace; and the sullen racist campaign of Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond.
February 22, 2000
The Loren L. Zachary Society's Competition for Young Opera Singers is accepting applications through March 16 for auditions in Los Angeles. Preliminary and semifinal auditions will take place April 11-14, with a finals concert set May 21 at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre. Contestants--female singers, ages 21 to 33, male singers, 21 to 35--must be prepared to pursue a professional operatic stage career and must compete in person.
October 28, 1999 |
Dr. Loren L. Zachary, who translated his love of Viennese opera into a support group to help young opera singers begin their careers, has died. Zachary died Saturday of heart failure in Brotman Hospital in Culver City, where he had practiced for four decades, said his wife, Nedra. He was 85, although he disliked revealing his age and once told The Times, "I'm too old to tell." With his wife, Zachary founded the Loren L.
October 2, 1999
I read in Newswire [Sept. 28] that the last boxing show at the Forum drew a "crowd" of 891. At what point does a group become a crowd? ZACHARY A. CHARLES Burbank
February 20, 1999
As quoted in Randy Harvey's column of Feb. 12, Michael Katz of the New York Daily News called Oscar De La Hoya "chicken" and said he would lay an egg against Ike Quartey. Well, the only egg in evidence is on the face of Katz. ZACHARY A. CHARLES Burbank
December 26, 1998
Mike Tyson says that Francois Botha will suffer the same fate as his previous opponents. Does that suggest that Botha should wear earmuffs when he steps into the ring? ZACHARY A. CHARLES Burbank