Daniel Hajek

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For Danny Elfman, The Strange Worlds Of Tim Burton Just Make Sense

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken us from a pastel suburban paradise to the dark streets of Gotham City. But what would Burton's mysterious films be without Danny Elfman's iconic music?


The Man Who Saved Southwest Airlines With A '10-Minute' Idea

Sunday, June 28, 2015

When a little startup called Southwest Airlines was on the brink of failure in 1972, an executive named Bill Franklin had a simple solution that saved the company: the "10-Minute Turn."


The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

Saturday, June 20, 2015

He drove a garbage truck in LA and fibbed his way into Hollywood westerns. But Jonathan Goldsmith's big break was getting cast in Dos Equis beer commercials as "The Most Interesting Man in the World."


Bankrolling A Dinosaur Dig And Unearthing A Giant: The Giganotosaurus

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don Lessem was the dinosaur adviser for the first Jurassic Park, a job he says sounds more impressive than it was. His real big-dinosaur break happened years later, thanks to a blurry photo of a bone.


From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

Sunday, May 31, 2015

When the distance swimmer turned 60, she vowed to complete her life's biggest challenge: a 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West. It was her fifth attempt at the feat — and, ultimately, a triumph.


How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn't approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.


A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ethan and Joel Coen spent months searching for the right actress to play Mattie Ross in their 2010 film True Grit. Then, just weeks before filming, Hailee Steinfeld showed up — dressed in character.


After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A young Air Force captain thought his career was over. Instead, he was invited to join a stealth program — and told, "You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened."


20 Years Later, Sabotage Of Amtrak's Sunset Limited Still A Mystery

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In October 1995, a passenger train was bound for Los Angeles. But it never reached its destination. The train derailed in the Arizona desert, killing one and injuring dozens — and it was no accident.


LA's Ragtag Army Of Graffiti Busters Fight A Perpetual Battle

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Larry Bender has been a Los Angeles graffiti buster for 20 years, hunting down and painting over gang tags around the city. He's one of hundreds of unseen, early-morning beautification workers.


After Tentative Port Deal, Container Ships Still Line The Horizon

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shipping companies and dock workers reached a tentative deal after labor disputes jammed cargo along the West Coast. But at the nation's largest port, you can still see the backlog of container ships.


Facing 1,000 Miles Of Frigid Winds With Loyal Dogs And Willpower

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The 1,000-mile-long Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race is underway Saturday. It's not so much a race as it is a test of survival — and veteran musher Lance Mackey knows all about fighting for the finish.


Eyes Of The Courtroom: Sketching The Nation's Biggest Trials

Saturday, January 10, 2015

You may not have heard of illustrator Mona Shafer Edwards, but you've probably seen her work: she's been drawing high-profile courtroom cases for years. She says behind every sketch, there's a story.


Black-Market Diesel: Thieves Sell Fuel By The Truckload

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Some criminals hide payment-card skimmers in gas pumps to steal credit card numbers. But that isn't the end of the story: Those stolen numbers are just the start of a highly profitable operation.


In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he's been playing music for just as long. "Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says.


The Case Of The Stolen Stradivarius

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was carrying his rare Stradivarius violin out to the parking lot after a show when he was suddenly attacked. The violin, worth millions, was stolen.

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A New Golden Age For 'Silver Bullets'? Airstreams Make A Comeback

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The iconic aluminum trailers bring back nostalgic memories. But the company is still manufacturing new trailers — and enjoying a recent surge in sales, fueled by demand for the sleek, retro style.


No Reason To Quit: Driver John Force Still Racing Full Throttle

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Force has been drag racing professionally since 1974. The 65-year-old has gone from blowing up his 10,000-horsepower engines to winning championships, and he has all the scars to prove it.


Lucrative Illegal Animal Trade Thrives In Southern California

Saturday, April 05, 2014

From sea cucumbers to deadly scorpions, exotic-animal trafficking is a multibillion-dollar business. Here in the United States, Southern California is a hub for distribution.


Inside 'Regular Show,' Where Every Clip Is A Big Production

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Emmy-winning cartoon is one bizarre and hilarious plot after another. For the show's creators, making each 11-minute episode is its own adventure.