November 17, 1990
Northern Dancer, who died yesterday at 29, has been hailed as the greatest progenitor in thoroughbred history. Through three generations and counting, his offspring have been named champions in the United States, Canada and, most significantly, Europe.Although he never sired a winner of an American Triple Crown race, his grandsons and great-grandsons have accounted for all three: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He was leading sire in North America in 1971, but soon thereafter, Europeans began to buy virtually all his high-priced offspring at American auctions, and his sphere of influence was transferred overseas.
October 28, 1994
For most of the past decade, Bryan "Dexter" Holland figured his future would be in a science lab, where as a budding microbiologist he'd been cloning viruses in hopes of improving treatments of genetic diseases.Lately, though, as his "hobby" has begun to take on a life of its own, Holland has had to put his scientific plans on hold.Holland, guitarist/singer for the Orange County, Calif., punk band The Offspring, has watched two of his band's songs -- "Come Out And Play" and more recently "Self Esteem" -- become major alternative radio hits.
October 12, 1995
In the fall of 1991, a 4-year-old bay colt named Polish Numbers, boasting one of the most desirable pedigrees in the American Stud Book, first set foot on Maryland soil.But the son of the country's leading sire, Danzig, out of the champion filly Numbered Account, was still essentially a former racehorse nursing an injured ankle.He was set to be bred to his first group of mares in the spring, but his future was as uncertain as his ankle.Now 8, Polish Numbers is the most valuable thorough bred in Maryland.
April 11, 1993
The Utopian dairy farm would be an exclusive female club: cows giving birth to cows, bulls represented solely by their sperm.It would be more efficient and would make possible more rapid improvements in genetics, the sort of changes that have already tripled the average American cow's milk production in the last 50 years.,.5l The trouble is, nature likes a balance in births, roughly half male and half female. And no one's been able to figure out how to change that.Until now.At the National Agricultural Research Center in Prince George's County, scientists have devised a high-tech answer to the ancient question of how to select the sex of offspring.
December 15, 2003
Iggy Pop has proven there's punk life after 50 with still-explosive performances at 56, yet the question of how long a punk rocker can stay angry remains relevant to many of his musical offspring. "I think we have a few good years left," says Bryan "Dexter" Holland, lead singer and songwriter of the Offspring, the Orange County, Calif., punk outfit that will reach its 20th anniversary next year. "It's always hard to imagine still doing this more than a few years out," Holland, 37, says.
May 27, 1999
Radio hits make strange bedfellows.There was a time when the only place you'd hear a song by the Offspring was on an alt-rock or underground station. Nobody thought that odd, either, as the California punk quartet was not aiming for the Top-40. These guys made music for their own amusement, not to push their album to the top of the charts.Imagine their surprise, then, when "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" -- a cranky satire of suburban wannabe- homeboys from the band's latest album, "Americana" -- wound up becoming one of the winter's biggest hits.