Elaine Woo

Writer

Elaine Woo is a Los Angeles native who has written for her hometown paper since 1983. She covered public education and filled a variety of editing assignments before joining "the dead beat" – news obituaries – where she has produced artful pieces on celebrated local, national and international figures, including Norman Mailer, Julia Child and Rosa Parks. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Tom Koch, comedy writer for Bob and Ray, Mad magazine, dies at 89

    Tom Koch, comedy writer for Bob and Ray, Mad magazine, dies at 89

    Tom Koch, a laconic satirist whose refined sense of the absurdities of everyday life informed thousands of radio scripts for the comedy team Bob and Ray as well as a memorable Mad magazine sports spoof called "43-Man Squamish," died March 22 at his Laguna Woods home. He was 89. The cause was pulmonary...

  • Sarah Brady, gun control advocate and widow of James Brady, dies at 73

    Sarah Brady, gun control advocate and widow of James Brady, dies at 73

    After the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, nearly everyone knew that White House spokesman James Brady had been shot in the head and partially paralyzed in the attack by a mentally deranged assailant, John W. Hinckley Jr. But that wasn't why his wife, Sarah, became a warrior...

  • Gary Dahl dies at 78; creator of Pet Rock, 1970s pop culture icon

    Gary Dahl dies at 78; creator of Pet Rock, 1970s pop culture icon

    Over beers in a Los Gatos bar, Gary Dahl's drinking buddies spewed tales about incontinent dogs, destructive cats, overly fecund gerbils and vacations foiled because no one could baby-sit the bird. Everyone had problems with a pet except for Dahl, who claimed his was hassle-free. "I own a pet rock,"...

  • Steve Smith, leading U.S. tea connoisseur and entrepreneur, dies at 65

    Steve Smith, leading U.S. tea connoisseur and entrepreneur, dies at 65

    Steven Smith, a Portland, Ore., entrepreneur whose enchantment with tea and wizardry at blending flavors helped turn the United States into a nation of tea connoisseurs, died Monday at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore. He was 65. The cause was complications of liver cancer, said his daughter, Carrie...

  • Sen. William Campbell dies at 79; longtime state lawmaker

    Sen. William Campbell dies at 79; longtime state lawmaker

    Former state Sen. William Campbell, a moderate Republican from Hacienda Heights whose affable style won allies on both sides of the political aisle during his two decades in the Legislature, has died. He was 79. The former Senate Republican leader, who had diabetes and heart problems, died in his...

  • Yoshihiro Tatsumi dies at 79; cartoonist who chronicled postwar Japan

    Yoshihiro Tatsumi dies at 79; cartoonist who chronicled postwar Japan

    Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a Japanese cartoonist who expanded the boundaries of graphic storytelling with gritty tales rooted in the frustrations and disappointments of ordinary people in post-World War II Japan, died March 7 in Tokyo. He was 79. His death from cancer was confirmed by Peggy Burns, a spokeswoman...

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