October 29, 1988
You sportswriters have it all wrong, using Hollywood images on the Dodgers. If you’ve ever seen off-duty stunt men joyfully tear up a bar without anything broken but the customers’ composure, then maybe you can understand the Dodgers’ Stuntmen. As for the whole team of quirky men–I hear words like gallantry. the French vaillance. the Spanish valor– good old words with good old meanings long before the movies arrived.
December 13, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gunman who walked into his old workplace, fatally shot a man and then killed himself was acting on an old grudge, police said. Investigators believe John Gardner had had problems with the co-worker, Jose Manriquez, nearly 2 1/2 years ago. Gardner may have walked into the PrintXcel printing plant on Tuesday with two handguns with the intention of killing Manriquez, police said. Company officials said they had tried to provide workplace counseling to the two men to resolve the dispute.
January 15, 1989
A state appellate court opinion has restricted a Kern County school district’s ability to ban two books from its curriculum and said the school board had no authority to ban the books if the decision was based on religious grounds.
Several people have stepped forward to assist the family of a slain South Los Angeles teenager who was also the target of gang harassment. John Gardner, the boys’ father, said his family will move into an affordable housing apartment at Playa Vista, thanks to the efforts of the volunteers. Daniel Fitzgerald, 16, a promising Washington High School basketball player, was shot to death Aug. 23 near Hoover Street and West 104th Street. His killer is still at large.
December 10, 2003 | Azadeh Moaveni, Times Staff Writer
A former printing business employee shot a worker to death Tuesday, then set fire to rolls of paper and an office at the Visalia plant before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. Police equipped with oxygen tanks entered the smoke-filled PrintXCel plant minutes after the 7:44 a.m. emergency call, and found the two men dead, Visalia Police Sgt. Michelle Figueroa said.
April 8, 1986 | Heidi Evans \f7
Just three weeks after homeowner opposition led the City Council to quash plans for a 30-story office tower, developer C. J. Segerstrom & Sons is asking residents for advice on how to build an acceptable project.
Good luck to advertising whiz Hal Riney, who landed the account for General Motors’ Saturn cars (“GM Selects Riney Ad Agency for New Line,” May 25). People like me, long amused by crazy names for cars, laugh our heads off noting that “Saturn” is the ancient alchemist’s name for the metal lead, and the adjective saturnine, derived from the planet’s slow motion relative to other planets, means “slow, sluggish, disagreeable.” Great name for a car going head-to-head against imports. JOHN H. GARDNER San Pedro
Regarding “LAUSD sees a future in career ed,” Rick Wartzman, California & Co. April 27: I think John W. Gardner, former secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said it best: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy.
Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” Our society should reward excellence, not labels.
May 6, 2006 | Chris Pasles
Former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Evelyn Cisneros-Legate has been named academy director of Irvine-based Ballet Pacifica. She will take over as head of the company’s school from husband and wife John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow when their contracts expire at the end of July. Gardner and McKerrow are former American Ballet Theatre principal dancers hired last year by artistic director Ethan Stiefel, who resigned in March after the company’s 2006-07 season was canceled.