August 15, 1995 |
The house that Mickey Mouse built just became the multinational of Mickey and the two Michaels. Mickey, 67, is the short one with the big tail. Michael Eisner, 53, is the tall one (6-foot-4) with the big ears. Michael Ovitz, 48, is, as ever, the one in the middle, of medium height (5- foot-9) and medium cool. Widely perceived as the most powerful man in Hollywood, Ovitz has played many roles during his 26 years in the business. He is the meteor who worked his way through UCLA in the late '60s as a Universal Studios tour guide and in 1990 brokered Matsushita's billion-dollar buyout of MCA/Universal.
February 7, 2014 |
THE BUFFALO are gone, the beating drums replaced by tree branches colliding in the winter wind, and on a frigid afternoon last month a wide, metal gate blocked the entrance to what was once South Jersey's only Native-American reservation. Beyond the gate, down a snow-covered road, the Powhatan Renape Nation's museum sat empty, its artifacts in storage. Deeper in the forest, two-pronged deer tracks led to the late Chief Roy Crazy Horse's rancher, built illegally atop a bluff overlooking Rancocas Creek, birds now fluttering in and out of its chimney and broken windows.
August 30, 2016 |
Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals. In his first debate, he famously dismissed the email issue, it being beneath the dignity of a great revolutionary to deal in things so tawdry and straightforward. Sanders failed to understand that Clinton scandals are sprawling, multilayered, complex things. They defy time and space. They grow and burrow. The central problem with Hillary Clinton's emails was not the classified material. It wasn't the headline-making charge by the FBI director of her extreme carelessness in handling it. That's a serious offense, to be sure, and could very well have been grounds for indictment.
August 2, 1993 |
TEMBISA, S. AFRICA AT LEAST 30 IN ZULU RAMPAGE Zulus rampaged through a township with guns blazing, leaving at least 30 blacks dead in one of the country's worst massacres, police said yesterday. The Saturday-night slaughter in the Tembisa township, about 12 miles east of Johannesburg, was particularly brutal even in a nation where mass killings have become routine. Many residents had fled the area by early yesterday, but the evidence of the battle remained: blood-stained streets, burned-out cars on the roadside and many houses with broken windows and smashed doors.
November 30, 1999 |
Elizabeth Gray Vining, 97, a Philadelphia Quaker who taught English and the concepts of Western democracy to the future Emperor Akihito of Japan after World War II, died in her sleep Saturday at Kendal at Longwood, a Quaker retirement home in Kennett Square. Mrs. Vining also taught history and described the outstanding personalities of the West to the then-crown prince, who was 12 when she began tutoring him. As a commoner, she recounted, she encouraged him to think for himself and turn to members outside the imperial family for friendships.
December 22, 2006 |
Like a Greek tragedy (incest! infidelity! betrayal!) with Cecil B. DeMille crowd scenes (armies of thousands!), and a Technicolor color chart, Curse of the Golden Flower is a dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul. Where the great Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's previous epics - his surprise U.S. hit Hero, and House of Flying Daggers - turned on dazzlingly constructed martial-arts set pieces, Curse of the Golden Flower offers flying ninjas and bloodied battalions trooping forth, but also, weirdly and wonderfully, has the rhythmic energy, elan and sensuality of a vintage Hollywood musical.
August 3, 2005 |
Thomas W. Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute The death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has brought forth reassuring words from Riyadh of a smooth transition to the new monarch, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and stability in the kingdom. The kingdom does indeed appear stable now as the terrorism of the past two years has subsided, but in a very few years, the succession issue could become potentially destabilizing. After Abdullah and his half-brother Sultan (the defense minister who now becomes crown prince)
October 4, 1996 |
Sunday marks the end of Oktoberfest, the 16-day Munich beer-drinking celebration that honors the 19th-century marriage of some Bavarian crown prince. The fest is a sanctioned citywide event in which the government encourages its citizens (and tourists) to consume mass quantities of excellent lagers served by large-busted women. They shut down schools, close offices and run naked through the streets. You know, America sure could use something like that - something to loosen our tight-butted, humorless, who-stole-the-dream, millennium-fearing, downsized psyches.
November 5, 2007 |
Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of absence for unspecified personal reasons. In a statement issued by his public relations firm yesterday, the 73-year-old Hall of Famer said the matter was not health-related, but the specific reason was not given. Assistant coach Kevin O'Neill will assume Olson's duties in his absence. Olson has a 780-280 record in 34 seasons as a major college coach. Former Connecticut star Diana Taurasi scored 26 points to lead the U.S. national team to an 83-72 exhibition victory over No. 1 Tennessee in Knoxville.
February 11, 1998 |
Japanese venerate their ancestors and communicate with them often, symbolically, through prayer and actual conversation, So, what do you say to a dearly departed father when you've just set your nation afire with its first Olympic gold medal since 1972 and only the fourth that Great Nihon has won in Winter Games history? You need some eloquent words ready for the occasion, right? Hiroyasu Shimizu, whose tea-died hairstyle and infectious grin led the front page of every shinbun from the Sakhalin Islands to Okinawa, flashed to an Olympic-record 35.59 victory in the 500-meter speedskating sprint yesterday.