Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: Daily Pilot HomeCollectionsBell Curve
IN THE NEWS

Bell Curve

NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | September 22, 2010
My youngest daughter, Debby, lives in Boulder, Colo., and I've made a fair number of trips via Denver International Airport to visit her. And one of the satisfactions is the drive to and from that airport. I've never failed to admire the beauty of the surroundings en route. I'm not talking about the foothills of the rugged Rocky Mountains. I admire them, too, of course. But given our current airport history, I'm referring to the admirable site chosen by public officials for a new airport when the needs of Denver and its surrounding cities outgrew the old one. Denver officials avoided all the easy traps in their planning.
Advertisement
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | September 15, 2010
"Locked up in a federal prison in Durango, Mexico, is a short, slight, frightened farmer with a pencil mustache and an ugly growth on the side of his neck. I was allowed to interview him, and I'll never forget his face. Nor will I forget that this small bewildered man is at the same time villain and victim in the growing efforts of the Mexican government to find and destroy the sources of the burgeoning drug traffic from Mexico to the United States. As a villain, this farmer had been growing — deep in the wilds of the mountains of central Mexico — illegal fields of amapola, the poppy from which opium and heroin are extracted.
NEWS
Joseph N. Bell | September 8, 2010
Two socially important things happen every year in late September: The baseball season ends for teams that don't make the playoffs and back-to-school nights inevitably take place. In the first instance, the players representing our home team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, have been sleepwalking ever since they hosted the All-Star game in mid-July. They've been wandering off base without a compass. Failing to keep track of the outs. Throwing to the wrong base. But most of all, leaving hosts of base runners stranded in scoring position.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | August 25, 2010
Give my regards to Broadway, Remember me to Herald Square, Tell all the gang on 42nd Street, That I will soon be there … Well, not so fast. Two weeks ago this would have been a slam dunk as a Costa Mesa victory song. The city was that close to having the central business district gussied up with huge flashing lights reminiscent of Times Square and the Las Vegas Strip. The Costa Mesa Planning Commission had slipped a 5-0 mickey under the door of an unsuspecting city that would have legitimized these monsters headed for the Triangle Square area.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | August 18, 2010
It's been rather disquieting during the past two weeks to see my name in large black type on the front page of the Los Angeles Times almost daily. Rather as if they finally caught up with me and now the world is learning the grim details of my life in the cryptic language of headlines. My name is short and fits well into tight spaces. It also has created a lifetime of high visibility in front rows, most notably in lecture classes at the University of Missouri, where I sat for two years beside a girl named Virginia Bell.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | August 11, 2010
First off, let's deal with the bias. For the past two weeks, you may have been following the adventures of a lady named Cynthia Angel, who got bumped from a Delta Air Lines flight for disputed reasons that have turned into one of those lingering stories that especially captivate consumers who have run afoul of the system. One thing that isn't in dispute is Cindy Angel's anger at her treatment. She's mad as hell. She's also my sister-in-law. Let's look at the facts that aren't in dispute.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | August 4, 2010
What's the biggest problem facing Newport Beach today? I mean for the people who live here. You and me. C'mon, give me a straight answer. I'm taking a poll. Think about it for a while if you must. It's a little disheartening — even for deaf people like me — if the answer doesn't leap out at you. So let me give you some clues. This is the sort of man-made disaster that we can prevent from happening. We can't prevent tidal waves or typhoons or hurricanes or earthquakes.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | July 21, 2010
Many years ago, I was working at my desk in my Corona del Mar home when I got a telephone call from a gruff voice telling me that my wife had been injured in an auto accident and was on her way to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. And that I had better get to the emergency room. Pronto. Janet had left the house in our only car on an errand 15 minutes earlier. When I rushed next door shouting "I've got to borrow your car," our neighbor — and good friend — took one look at me and silently handed over her keys.
NEWS
By Joseph N. Bell | July 14, 2010
So the military brass has found a battle they think they can win back home. While they fight real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, they have enlisted a corps of copy machines as their choice of weapons at home. There they have printed and are circulating 400,000 copies of a survey to current military service members allegedly designed to determine the potential effect of lifting the ban on homosexual men and women serving openly in our military. And critics are saying that recipients, who were neither hostile nor confused about the prospect of fighting alongside a gay comrade, may well likely be both now. The director of the Palm Center research organization at UC Santa Barbara, Aaron Belkin, put the criticism succinctly when he said: "There are some things you don't poll the troops about."
NEWS
Joseph N. Bell | June 30, 2010
I won't be making it to North Carolina this Fourth of July. I can't remember how many years that has been a part of my life. But I can best guess this by recalling a vision of my stepson, Erik, on our first Carolina Fourth. He was tall and gangly for his age, which must have put him at 11 or 12. He didn't hang out much with the old folks. Mostly he sat with a spiral notebook and pen, writing his first novel. That must have been almost 20 years ago, and he hasn't yet finished it. But he's written a dozen plays and movie scripts since.
Daily Pilot Articles Daily Pilot Articles
|