You’re outta here!When the Dodgers completed the 1992 season with a disastrous 63-99 win-loss record, 99 Cents Only stores ran a large newspaper ad that said:
“Congratulations, Dodgers, on your 99 losses! You’re just like us. Nothing over 99 ever.”
Tony Ciulla, a company vice president, said the ad was just in fun. The two organizations were corporate buddies. Ciulla pointed out that 99 Cents Only had donated a $99 gift certificate to the Dodgers’ annual Fan Appreciation Day giveaway for the past several years.
But not this year. Ciulla said the Dodgers told him his company would not be allowed to participate in the Oct. 3 event because the ad hadn’t “gone over well with management.”
A Dodger spokesman insists the ad had nothing to do with the shunning of 99 Cents Only. “We decided to go after more expensive prizes this year,” a team spokesman said with more than a hint of condescension.
Go north, young man: It’s reassuring to see our schools striving to make education relevant to the real world. The catalogue for the South Bay’s El Camino College lists an extension class called “Relocating to the Pacific Northwest.” Tuition is $29, plus "$5 for materials.”
Free fall: E.M. Black of Sherman Oaks sent along the accompanying ad, adding that if he ever signs up, he’ll first practice his arm-flapping for a few weeks.
Dueling--or at least Mysterious--Signs Dept.: Manny Gleicher of Studio City noticed this surrealistic duo off Coldwater Canyon Drive. What, he wants to know, happens to the road after sunset?
Has Al Davis moved the Raiders to Buena Park?In an apparent exclusive, which carried an Anaheim dateline, a New York Times sportswriter disclosed the other day that the Raiders are located “about a mile up the freeway” from the Rams.
Cafe au L.A.: Speaking of errors, we mentioned the other day that a sign in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eric Younger offers free coffee to jurors “on the day you settle.” The rest of the time, we said, the cost of the java is “a quarter to jurors and a buck with four refills to others.” Actually, we should have said “free” refills. We don’t know anyone who drinks four refills of coffee, except perhaps fans trying to stay awake at Rams games.
When we heard about the new “Wildlife Viewing” signs on the Pomona Freeway, we wondered if they had been placed along the stretch that is used by the county’s most dangerous drivers. Actually, they were put up by Caltrans in cooperation with the National Watchable Wildlife Program to promote awareness of the Whittier Narrows Nature Center near South El Monte.