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  • Patt Morrison Asks: Two from the 'typosphere'

    Patt Morrison Asks: Two from the 'typosphere'
    There'll be a pair of Pasadena institutions along Colorado Boulevard for New Year's -- the Rose Parade, and a company marking 100 years in business. Anderson Business Technology, nee Anderson Typewriter Co., has bucked two trends: It's been a one-family operation all along, and it's managed to leap from the age of slammed return levers and carbon paper to ctrl.alt.delete. Don Anderson and his son, David, are chairman and president, the second and third generations in the firm. Change has been crucial to their century of success, and yet a romantic roll call of anachronistic mechanical brands -- Royal, Underwood, Smith Corona, Olivetti, Sholes and Glidden, Hermes -- still connects the Andersons to the "typosphere," where poet Charles Bukowski's manual Olympia stars on a mouse pad, and composer Leroy Anderson's whimsical "The Typewriter" stars on YouTube.
  • Frederica Sagor Maas dies at 111; silent film screenwriter

    Frederica Sagor Maas dies at 111; silent film screenwriter
    One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925's "The Plastic Age," which launched actress Clara Bow. But she watched in horror as her serious treatment on women and work was turned into a frivolous 1947...

    History Maters: Laurel mayor, city council offer $50 for information on 'blind tigers'

    100 Years Ago Tiger, tiger, luring site In the Times' Laurel column: "At a recent meeting of the Mayor and city council, it was stated that reports were in circulation that the law prohibiting the sale of spirits and malt liquors is being violated in...

    Cowardly Lion's lair in Beverly Hills is listed at $25.5 million

    Cowardly Lion's lair in Beverly Hills is listed at $25.5 million
    A Beverly Hills home built for actor Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," is back on the market, this time priced at $25.58 million. Designed by Paul R. Williams in 1941, the gated estate encompasses 1.38 park-like acres. The Connecticut/...

    Tinseltown holidays

     Tinseltown holidays
    Bring on the feather fascinators, the fur collars and the sparkly shoes. The holidays are the stuff of fashion fantasy, the one time of year when, no matter your age, you can get away with dressing like a disco ball. Whether you take your cues from...