(From today's New York Times (April 25, 1989)) Pigeons, squirrels and other animals continue to become mired in the Rancho La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, and despite the chain-link fences around them, people occasionally get stuck, too. Eric Scott, the chief excavator of the George C. Page Museum, climbed over one of the fences last summer to retrieve a traffic marker someone had thrown over. "The asphalt looked crusted and hard, but before I knew it, I was mired," he said. "The tar was soon up to my ankles and I was calling for help." Visitors to Hancock Park watched him from outside the fence for a while without intervening, he said, adding, "I heard one father explaining calmly to his kid that a man was stuck in the tar and was going down, just like one of the old mammoths."
(From the "Rest" of RHF)