November 12, 2007
The English rock band Radiohead has produced some of the spookiest tracks in modern pop music, with dissonant chords, moaning vocals and lyrics about alien invaders and the secret police. But the band’s latest endeavor doesn’t scare John Hughes, the marketing director for the Second Spin used-CD store. Radiohead’s latest album, “In Rainbows,” came out digitally last month, and in a historical first, the band allowed its fans to pay what they wanted for the music or even download the album for free.
September 21, 2007
Which of the following three men commands the most capital: music industry tycoon David Geffen, “Star Wars” visionary George Lucas or Newport Beach philanthropist Donald Bren? According to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 400 richest Americans, Bren is the wealthiest of the three. The Irvine Co. chairman placed 23rd on the magazine’s list, joining three other local luminaries in rubbing elbows with Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and the leaders of Wal-Mart.
December 2, 2003
The answer to Steve Smith's query about the difference between a teacher and an educator ("When teachers get bullied too," Saturday) could be either of the following: Either an educator is a teacher who feels that the word "teacher" doesn't carry enough societal weight, or an educator is a former teacher who opted out of the classroom to become an administrator, but still considers him or herself an educator. To the first-case scenario I can only say, "grow up."
July 5, 2003
The American Heart Assn. put up for bid rocker Eric Clapton's riding cap, heartthrob Justin Timberlake's autographed photo and tickets to Bruce Springsteen's upcoming New Jersey concert. It was all part of a charity effort to fight heart disease and stroke, and raise awareness concerning drug use. The community responded, helping the association to raise significant sums at the evening held at Irvine's Hyatt Regency. The music industry connection was the idea of Max Harlow, wife of the late John Entwistle of the rock band The Who. Entwistle died last year while being treated for a heart condition brought on by drug use. Chaired by Newport's Tom Neilsen, the event and the Heart Assn.
April 29, 2011
James Thomas Buchanan Dickson (“Jim”) passed away on April 19, 2011 at the age of 80. A native of Los Angeles, California, he had a life-long love of sailing. He grew up sailing with his father on the Jubilo and his passion for sailing continued throughout his life. In the 1955 Transpac race, Jim was 1st in class and 3rd overall on the Nalu owned by Peter Grant and in the 1959 Transpac race he sailed on the Constellation with Sally Blair Ames...
September 14, 2002
Young Chang It is Michael McDonald's way to let chance and spontaneity rule what happens, to not "presuppose" what he should do, to throw music up in the air and let it fall where it will. In the late '70s, the music fell into stardom's lap and ushered McDonald to platinum-status fame as part of the Doobie Brothers. Today, after a subsequent solo career in the early '80s best known for the single "I Keep Forgettin," McDonald is still playing music and letting it get dictated by chance with the Michael McDonald Band.
October 9, 2007
For 40 thunderous minutes every week, music teacher Sarah Grenier teaches fourth graders at Eastbluff Elementary School musical notes with the aid of Boomwhackers, colorful hollow plastic tubes that emit As, Bs, Cs and Gs when hit against something. Think PVC pipes whacking the ground and creating a melody. Well, the melody comes much later in the class. After a few lucky kids pass out the Boomwhackers, color coded with notes printed on the outside, what you have is a room full of 9- and 10-year-olds with plastic tubes built for whacking.
May 5, 2003
Paul Clinton Apple Computer rolled out its new iPod music player Friday, drawing sizable crowds of technophiles at Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza who were eager to get a first glimpse of the device. The unveiling followed Monday's announcement by Apple, which runs retail stores at both shopping centers, of its new iTunes service, which allows users to download songs. The new iPod can store up to 7,500 songs, compared to the 1,000 songs the device could store in its first incarnation two years ago. "The appeal of it is the idea that you used to have to bring five or six CDs with you," said Mark Adams, the manager of the Fashion Island store.
January 14, 2005
Elia Powers Jim Mahoney has never been to Venice, Italy. He has Irish roots and a Connecticut upbringing. Yet Mahoney is perfectly at ease with his role as owner and operator of Gondola Co. of Newport Beach. He grew up on an island with a boat almost always at his disposal. He first drove a powerboat at age 10 and has fished throughout his life. Though he spent much of his career in the music industry, Mahoney said he never gave up his on-the-water hobbies.
July 8, 2000
Claudia Figueroa As one of the most prolific performing acts of the 1980s, Berlin took new wave music to higher levels before the members parted ways in 1987. For the Orange County-based band's front woman, Terri Nunn, surviving success proved difficult at first. Nunn, who will appear Wednesday with a new lineup at Fashion Island's Summer Concert Series, said she is looking forward to discovering a new kind of success as her own boss. Nunn was only 20 when she shed her innocent-girl looks and joined Berlin, with bassist John Crawford and drummer Rob Brill.