| Apr 25, 2008
Autographs can become very valuable. Just ask someone who got reclusive Dodger Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax to sign a baseball.
That's why kids are coming up to some high school players with pens, programs and balls, hoping they've discovered a future...
| Dec 2, 2007
His offense ran off the field for the last time, their soiled and bandaged jerseys passing his spotless and pressed jacket.
They didn't look at him. He didn't look at them.
Moments later, he was jogged off the Coliseum field followed by five...
| Dec 12, 2007
When I heard that President Bush wants to bail out homeowners caught up in the sub-prime mortgage mess, I figured I better move fast if I want to profit from other people's misfortune.
So I high-tailed it over to the Pasadena Hilton, where a seminar...
| Dec 16, 2007
Donald Trump wasn't happy with Wednesday's column about his seminars on profiting from the foreclosure market.
I know this because I was instructed by his executive assistant to give Trump a call after the column ran, and when Trump came on the line,...
| Jan 27, 2008
He's how old?
Twenty, was the answer.
And he's a violinist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic?
Yes. He nailed his audition last spring at the age of 19, beating out hundreds of applicants who had far more experience.
So went my conversation with the...
| May 25, 2010
Jim Brownfield, who achieved prominence as a football and girls' track coach at Pasadena's John Muir High School in the 1980s and '90s, died early Monday. He was 81.
FOR THE RECORD:
Jim Brownfield: The obituary in Tuesday's...
| Oct 24, 2009
The little girl popped in the other morning, just showed up for pancakes as if nothing much had changed, as if she hadn't gone off to college 2,000 miles away two months before. She'd even made her own airline reservations. This is no simple task anymore,...
| Jun 13, 2010
Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times magazine, March 29, 1998
I am just steps out of John Wooden's condo when I realize he has, once again, transformed me into Jack Nicholson, gazing across the dinner table at Helen Hunt. Wooden has made me want to be...
| Jan 18, 2010
"Oh, you mean the guy with the 70-year-old head and the 20-year-old body-builder body? That picture has got to be Photoshopped."
Dr. Jeffry Life smiles when I tell him about the general reaction I get about the famous picture of him with his shirt off,...
| Oct 31, 2010
Common as Air
Revolution, Art and Ownership
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 306 pp., $26
The late Jack Valenti, who was Hollywood's ubiquitous lobbyist for four decades, fully agreed that copyright terms should be limited. The proper term, he...
| Jan 15, 2011
Mark Yudof became president of the University of California in 2008. Some timing. Since then, the university has seen its state funding, which accounts for about 13% of its operating budget, cut again and again.
Now Gov. Jerry Brown wants another $500...