“I’m going to be celebrating to the break of dawn. Trust me. Look me in the eyes and see that I will revel tonight. If they only knew what’s going to happen tonight.”—Jared Leto, an Academy Award winner tonight for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” backstage at the Oscars
"A newspaper of uncommon excellence." That’s how Gordon Phillips, known as “The Voice of The Times,” describes the paper in a 1970s radio ad introducing the San Diego edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Phillips’ incredible voice and knack for a catchy phrase is in evidence in the four recordings above, brought to you by Times reporter Bob Pool and producer and developer Armand Emamdjomeh.
The first recording appears to be from 1962 — that’s when the Mirror folded into The Times. (“The best of the Mirror is now in The Times.”)
In the next spot, Phillips describes former Hong Kong bureau chief Ed Meagher’s helicopter journey from Vietnam to Laos. A search of The Times’ archive shows Meagher was writing extensively about Laos from 1962 to 1965.
The next ad is likely from 1972 1978, when The Times’ San Diego edition launched.
And based on the music, I’m going out on a limb that the final recording was made in the ’70s as well.
Sadly, Phillips was killed in an accident in New York City in 1984 while on Times business. Vance Stickell, then the paper’s executive vice president of marketing, praised his professionalism but was more interested in his personality. “Our biggest loss, however, will be the humor and personal relationship of a dear friend,” Stickell said.
(That’s Phillips above. The image is from a screengrab from the April 25, 1984, Times story about his death.)
Pharrell Williams sat down to talk with L.A. Times entertainment writer Mikael Wood today about his Oscar-nominated original song “Happy,” his performance with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder at the Grammys and more.
He also answered questions from viewers. Williams said he is a big fan of the homemade lip-sync versions of “Happy” that are a You Tube sensation: “They’ve been amazing. What better way to spread that sentiment than for people to take the song on and make it their own.”
Chechclearr has built up a substantial readership online with his frequent commentary and photos of the conflict, in a war that’s being fought on social media as well as on the ground.
He’s seemingly unfazed by the brutality of many militant groups in Syria, saying nothing compares to the tactics Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. And amid the de facto “Ask a Militant” forum, he requests commenters to: “Please mind your language.”
“He gave performances of sacred and terrifying intensity. Phil burned so brightly and with such unrelenting love — it made him one of the great theater performers of his or any generation.”—Theater director Peter Sellars, on the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, acclaimed for his work in both theater and film, was found dead on Sunday; he was 46.
“If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this [bleeping] balcony … You’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”—
That’s Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), threatening a reporter after last night’s State of the Union address.
The reporter’s apparent crime? Asking about a questions about Grim’s campaign donors, which have already sparked a federal probe. Grimm has since apologized, but his words have already been immortalized online.