May 16, 2010
IWannaGoThere.com makes building a personalized plan easy. - Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Don Payne, 48, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons who also wrote the hit movie Thor , has died. His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Payne shared four Emmys won by The Simpsons . He also wrote the 2006 Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer . - AP
May 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Ed Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died in Southern California. He was 84. William Selditz, a close family friend, told the Los Angeles Times that Shaughnessy had a heart attack Friday at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles. The New Jersey native began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. From 1963 to 1992, Shaughnessy was a late-night television fixture as part of the house band on NBC's "Tonight Show.
June 15, 2013
Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart, 94, died June 6. She had regular roles on The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night. Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, told the Los Angeles Times her mother died of natural causes at home in Beverly Hills. Ms. Stuart began her career in the New York theater. She had small movie roles but was best known for her TV work, which included guest appearances on shows such as Peyton Place, NYPD Blue, and Judging Amy. She received a 1989 Emmy nomination for her role as a piano teacher in The Wonder Years.
February 25, 2013
Petro Vlahos, 96, whose work took movie viewers to a spectacular chariot race in Ben-Hur and let Dick Van Dyke dance among penguins in Mary Poppins , died Feb. 10, his family announced. No other details were released. Mr. Vlahos laid the groundwork that made a modern movie genre - the blockbuster - possible. He did it by vastly improving a composite-image process commonly known as the "blue-screen effect. " By devising new ways to combine separately shot footage of actors and backgrounds into a single scene, he opened the door to such spectaculars as Star Wars and Titanic.
October 3, 2010
USTravAbility.org points out resources for people traveling with disabilities. - Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2001
My partner and I have been talking about having a baby. But like many prospective parents these days, we've been given pause by a question we once considered maudlin: Why would we want to bring a child into a world like this? . . . Upon reflection, [we] have concluded that the . . . births of American children in the wake of Sept. 11 will sting our enemy more sharply than the deaths of all of al-Qaeda's already eagerly moribund assassins. . . . The most life-affirming thing we as a nation can do . . . is to conceive and raise many, many thousands of open-minded, freedom-loving, democracy-partaking Americans.
July 18, 2010
You can use MeetOnCruise.com to find out who's on your cruise before you set sail. What's not: If you're new to meeting people by Internet, it's hard to put yourself out there. - Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2010
L.W. "Bill" Lane Jr., 90, a pioneering environmentalist and philanthropist who as the co-owner and publisher of Sunset magazine helped define the postwar lifestyle of the American West, died Saturday of respiratory failure in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Lane, who also served as a U.S. ambassador, published Sunset from 1959 to 1990, imbuing it with idealized yet practical advice for the millions of Americans who poured into California after World War II. From 1975 to 1976, he was an ambassador at large in the Pacific.
June 19, 2013
Helen Brush Jenkins, 94, a pioneering photojournalist who made Life magazine when she snapped a photo of her child moments after giving birth, has died. Her daughter, Genji Leclair, told the Los Angeles Times that Ms. Jenkins died Wednesday at her home in Chicago, days after suffering a stroke. Ms. Jenkins became a photographer for the now-defunct Daily News in Los Angeles in the 1940s at a time when few women held such jobs. Over more than a dozen years, she snapped Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and John Wayne.