| Feb 2, 2014
| 4:44 PM
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years.
A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world.
So it was at...
| Feb 6, 2014
Re "The voyage back," Feb. 3
Thanks to Robert Krakow for writing the play "The Trial of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," and to The Times for printing the article about the hundreds of European Jewish refugees in 1939 who were refused entry into Cuba and the...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, "The Monuments Men" talks a better game than it can deliver. Inspired by true tales of World War II derring-do, it can't decide what kind of a film it wants to be and so ends up failing across a fairly...
| Jan 28, 2014
The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst's political allies rallied around...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:27 AM
"In America," I once quipped, "the old are always ready to give those who are young the sad news that history, with its opportunities for fresh ideas, is over." And they often do it in the columns of Jonah Goldberg.
On Monday, The Times posted a...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:09 AM
Prohibition ended 80 years ago Thursday. The top headlines on the Los Angeles Times' front page conveyed the news:
"Dry Era End Proclaimed on Utah’s Ratification: Roosevelt Calls on Nation to Ban Bootlegger and Saloon’s Return; Huge Liquor...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:21 PM
When Jack Valenti, the president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, asked historian and public television host Richard Heffner to oversee the group's controversial movie ratings system, Heffner turned it down, saying his mother "did not raise me to...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:52 PM
Broadway during the holidays 1937-1941...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 9:04 PM
MANZANAR, Calif. — Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Are you afraid of Friday the 13th? Then you may be one of 21 million Americans who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, or a paralyzing fear of Friday the 13th.
Here are 13 more tidbits about Friday the 13th that may convince you to shut the doors and...
| Oct 26, 2013
Re "Poof goes the middle class," Opinion, Oct. 23
Thanks to Doyle McManus for his timely review of Tyler Cowen's book, "Average Is Over." The trends crippling the middle class that Cowen writes about have been in the making since the 1970s. It took...