Category Archives: Television

1970s VHS Nostalgia — ‘Saturday Night Live,’ 1978

I recently watched an episode of “Saturday Night Live” (guest star Jill Clayburgh) that I taped in 1978, and I found rather sad. Out of the four people in this skit, only Bill Murray is still alive. John Belushi, Clayburgh … Continue reading

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1970s VHS Nostalgia

I have been going through some of my old VHS tapes, which I burned to DVDs. Who remembers this ad campaign from 1979?

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Bree Walker and Jim Lampley, February 1989

We went into the Daily Mirror archives this evening and found a KCBS-TV Channel 2 broadcast from February 1989. In case you were wondering what all the fuss was about with the mug shot from her recent arrest. Jim Lampley … Continue reading

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part I

Aug. 27, 1946: Harvey Glatman in the Yonkers, N.Y., Herald Statesman. Whenever I am contacted by TV producers about appearing on a crime show, I always caution them that I’m a specialist not a generalist. I don’t do Sal Mineo, … Continue reading

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Baby Boomer Cultural Intervention!

An anonymous drawing of Cafe de Leche found in Cafe de Leche. I am at Cafe de Leche in Highland Park this morning and a little while ago I heard the woman at the next table tell her companion that … Continue reading

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Bonnie and Clyde — The FBI Files

Speaking of FBI files, here’s an image of Clyde Barrow’s funeral found in his FBI file. Bonnie and Clyde’s FBI files are also online in seven sections.

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Mob City: Bugsy Siegel’s FBI Files

“Bugs” Siegel refers to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover “in a most degrading and insulting manner.” As long as we’re on the subject of Bugsy Siegel (d. 1947), fans of “Mob City” might consider perusing his FBI files, which are … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files

In going through the jumbled mass of pictures, press releases, artist sketches and tattered maps of the LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files, I found this photograph. And then a few more. And a few more. Was she a city … Continue reading

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‘Bonnie and Clyde’ — Oh Dear

I don’t expect much from period productions these days. But my goodness, get a load of these two.

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Another Good Story Ruined: William Parker vs. Bugsy Siegel

By Yvonne Villarreal in The Times. Let’s get this straight: There was never a “long and often bloody struggle between LAPD Police Chief William Parker and gangster kingpin Ben ‘Bugsy’ Siegel” for the simple reason that Siegel was shot to … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: George Hodel — Soil Samples at the Sowden House: FAIL

Saturday was, in case you had forgotten, the one-year anniversary of Buster the Wonder Dog’s frolic at the Sowden House in a search for evidence to link Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel to the Black Dahlia killing. You may recall … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions – Honoring CBS Studio Center Oct. 19

Mary Mallory and Marc Wanamaker will be speaking at this event on Oct. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Studio City Library, 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City.

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LAPD Spied on Mayor, Attorney General, Detective Says

Aug. 16, 1983: Former Times reporter Joel Sappell reports on allegations by Detective Michael J. Rothmiller that the LAPD’s Organized Crime Intelligence Division spied on Mayor Tom Bradley, then-Atty.Gen. John Van de Kamp, and other U.S., state, county and local … Continue reading

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When Hollywood Tries to Get It Right

July 5, 1983: Calendar writer Judith Michaelson has a most enjoyable story about De Forest Research, founded in 1952 by Kellam de Forest and located on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. At that time, the company had seven researchers, 16,000 … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Today on ‘Midday Sunday’

Set your DVR: I will be discussing the Black Dahlia case and Buster the cadaver dog’s romp at the Sowden House – Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel’s purported Murder HQ –  with my good friend Tony Valdez on “Midday Sunday” … Continue reading

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TCM: Fail

Hobart Bosworth’s previously unknown role as Bob the Tomato.

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Millennial Moment: Ban on Blood Donations From Gay Men Urged

Jan. 18, 1983: Gay men are “known to be at increased risk of acquiring a mysterious and often fatal new disease that suppresses the body’s immune system” so the National Hemophilia Foundation is seeking to bar them from donating blood, … Continue reading

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Punk Rock Riot on Sunset Boulevard!

  How about this retro artwork on the ad for “Nicholas Nickleby?” Sort of Peter Max via “Yellow Submarine.” Jan. 10, 1983: A riot breaks out among an estimated 2,000 punk rockers during a concert at Studio Instrument Rentals at … Continue reading

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Millennial Moment: Hit Man Says Car Dealer Belongs to Mafia

Oct. 18, 1980: In one of the more unusual revelations in testimony by admitted hit man Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno, El Monte Toyota dealer Dominic Longo (d. 1985) is described as a Mafia member. Appearing at the trial of five … Continue reading

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Highway Patrol Day: 10-4!

Here’s a salute to one of my favorite childhood TV shows. Remember: “Leave your blood at the blood bank, not on the road. For ‘Highway Patrol,’ this is Broderick Crawford.”

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