Friday, October 1, 1999


Neiman Marcus
Ellen Tracy designs for fall will be shown.

Italian fest continues

Festa D'Italia continues at Neiman Marcus with wardrobing seminars at 6 p.m. today and 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Level 2 Sport Shop.

Ellen Tracy representative Barbara Andrioli will show the Fall '99 collection and ways to customize a wardrobe with separates.

Call 948-7404 for information.

Additional events:

Bullet Saturday -- Ferragamo scarf-tying demonstration, 2 to 3 p.m. in Fashion Accessories, Level One.

Bullet Monday -- Italian cooking demonstration with Cass Castagnola, noon to 2 p.m. in Epicure, Level Three.

Bullet Thursday -- Wine tasting featuring some of Italy's best wines as well as Italian vodka, 6 to 8 p.m., Epicure.

Bullet Oct. 8 -- Rebecca Collins jewelry trunk show and personal appearance, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Designer Jewelry, Level Two. Repeats 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Bullet Oct. 9 -- Learn to make Pumpkin Gnochetti with Seafood from Eugenio martinago of Nick's Fishmarket, noon to 2 p.m., Epicure.

Bullet Through Oct. 7 -- See a display of Hawaii Opera Theatre 2000 season costumes, Fine Apparel, Level Two.

File photo
A plantation foreman radios instructions to field
workers from the comfort of his car in the 1950s.

Wireless wizardry of
radio seduced the masses

Used to be, you saw the connections. Pull the handle, the pump works. Turn the knob, the door opens. Signs of Everyday Life in the 20th CenturyYell down the tube, noise comes out the other end. It made everything orderly. Everything else fell under the rubric of "magic," the effects that seemed to have no visible causes.

On the cusp of the 20th century, however, scientists discovered an invisible universe of causes and effects, an entire spectrum in the ultraviolet and the infrared and beyond. The invention of radio opened the door for invisible connections. No wires, no handles, no manipulator -- just a collection of electronic wizardry that pulled voices out of the ether and tied the world closer together.

Today, we have cellphones and television and FPS transponders and garage-door openers and wireless keyboards and a whole host of items that work in isolation. It is a measure of our increasing isolation from the realities of life that we depend on and assume control of devices that a century ago would have been classified as magic.

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin

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