MEDIA RELATIONS: LOS ANGELES TIMES, TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE

Alfonso Ribeiro wins the Pro/Celebrity race at Grand Prix of Long Beach

 By: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times

Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan521597674 favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” also won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.

“I owe an awful lot to the city of Long Beach, they’ve been so supportive, and to Toyota, 40 years putting on this fantastic Pro/Celebrity Race and promoting Long Beach the way they have,” Ribeiro said.

Max Papis won the Pro category by finishing 4.872 seconds behind Ribeiro.

“It is just an amazing event and who won was the kids this event supports,” said Papis. “This is the best street course in America, maybe the world.”

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MEDIA RELATIONS: Los Angeles Times, Premier Exhibitions Inc.

Titanic and ‘Bodies’ exhibits will stay, for a little longer, in Buena Park

By: Debbie Zucco, Los Angeles Times

Premier Exhibitions Inc. announced Monday that it has worked out an arrangement with Buena Park to keep its “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and “Bodies: The Exhibition” in the city for the next several months.

t300x182The exhibits were to have vacated the property at the beginning of January but now will have until April 17.

The “Bodies” exhibit offers a close-up look at the human body through a display of human specimens that have undergone a plastination preservation process. This exhibit, at 7711 Beach Blvd., has been touted as an educational aid for young students on up to pre-med level.

“This is exciting news,” said Kelsey Duckett, local spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company. “We’re already booking schools for the next four months. This buys us some time to continue to look for a place, to scout out various locations. Hopefully, we won’t be shipping things back to Atlanta.”

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MEDIA RELATIONS: LOS ANGELES TIMES, Premier Exhibitions

‘Bodies’ Exhibit in Search of a Home

By: Debbie Zucco, Los Angeles Times

Helen Reynolds summed up “Bodies: the Exhibition” in Buena Park this way: “Cool — but kind of grosses me out.”

That assessment came even before the 14-year-old freshman at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach had gotten to the cirrhotic liver, diseased from alcohol abuse, the dark and enlarged lungs of a smoker, or the array of glass-jar-encased fetuses, each arrested at a particular stage of development — 24 weeks, 22 weeks, 20 weeks, 18, and so on. tn-2444919-tn-wknd-et-bodies-exhibition-1-jpg-20151127

That is not to suggest that the exhibit is morbid, freakish or even frivolous, as it sits in the shadow of the tall rides of nearby Knott’s Berry Farm. For many, it’s serious business.

The anatomy expert who designed the exhibition is emphatic about the educational purpose.

“Can you imagine what they have learned?” Roy Glover said of the 300,000 people who have visited “Bodies” since it opened on Beach Boulevard in August 2013. (It opened in the U.S. in 2005 in Tampa, Fla., having come from a showing in Blackpool, England, the year before.)

“People have decided to quit smoking when they see what happens to the lungs and eat healthier when they see what plaque can do to their heart, and drink less because they see that their liver can become fibrotic and function ineffectively. And they learn the language of the body so that when they go to the doctor, they can communicate more effectively.”

But the exhibition is in its final days in Buena Park. It is expected that it will be hosting its last visitor on Jan. 3.

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