March 14, 1999 |
Jake Engel won last week's pi memorization contest at South High School in Fargo, N.D., by reciting the never-ending number to 1,001 digits. The number, which equals the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is usually rounded off to 3.14. "It really didn't take too much work," said Engel, 16. "I stepped it up a little toward the end and learned 500 digits in the last four days. It kind of became an obsession. It's a wonder I can remember my own phone number. " Arbin Timilsina, recently certified to climb Mount Everest, says he'll make an assault this spring in an attempt to become the youngest person ever to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain.
January 30, 1993 |
Turf Man is at it again. "We still have a lot of work to do; it's coming down to the wire," said George Toma, who is charged with creating the ideal playing field for tomorrow's Super Bowl game, between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Two weeks ago, Toma salvaged the turf at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, transforming it from slop to grass in time for the NFC championship game. The Rose Bowl is nowhere as messy as Candlestick, but Toma says this job is more stressful because thousands of people tromp on the field daily.
June 18, 1991 |
Things I'd like to hear but won't: FROM PETE ROSE "Come here kid, I'll sign that for free. " "Damned right I'm excited; today I auction off my prison work shirt. " FROM NASA "Everything's a go. " "On the way back, you guys want to swing over the Playboy Mansion and try out that new zoom lens. " FROM ANY RAP GROUP "What do you say we try learning some instruments?" "I finally got a chance to listen to some of those old Motown records last night, and we might be making some changes . . . you guys ever hear of the word harmony?"
June 29, 1989 |
Hugh Hefner, the longtime playboy of the western world, is getting married for a second time this weekend. The 63-year-old founder of Playboy magazine will wed 1988 Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad, 26, Saturday afternoon at the Playboy Mansion in exclusive Holmby Hills outside Los Angeles. About 450 guests will then party the night away beneath a huge white tent alongside the mansion's exotic grotto. "It was the kind of thing I felt quite certain would never happen in my life," Hefner said.
April 18, 1989 |
No less an authority than Jessica Hahn declared yesterday that religion in this nation is in bed with the government. "You wouldn't believe what I have learned about the political ties with religion," the former church secretary said in Charlotte, N.C., where she gave a closed-door, 2 1/2-hour deposition in a class-action suit against PTL and Jim Bakker. "They have the IRS, the FBI and the CIA all involved. As far as church and state go, there is no separation. That's dead. They work hand-in-hand.
January 30, 1989 |
LOVE AND MARRIAGE. Only one-third of those who married in the mid-1970s are still happy with their spouses. So says Norval Glenn, a University of Texas sociologist, whose study of declining marital happiness will be published in the National Journal of Sociology in March. Similar studies done in the 1970s showed that 50 percent of people married in the '60s were still together and happy. LAUGH THERAPY. A laugh a day truly might keep the doctor away. Swedish researchers put six women suffering from painful musculoskeletal disorders and feeling depressed through 13 "humor group" sessions featuring jokes, books, films and other material unrelated to their illness.