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Note: This is a post I originally wrote for the 1947project in 2005. I’m reposting it for newer readers.
CAIRO, Nov. 30. (AP) With Arab bitterness mounting in the Middle East, Syrian demonstrators set fire to the United States Legation in Damascus today.
The Arab League’s secretary general declared his people will never permit the United Nations to partition Palestine.
A reliable source here said King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia has agreed to contribute the oil revenues of his kingdom—paid to him by American oil companies and estimated at $18 million a year—to support Arab military forces to fight partition.
There was no indication the Arabs planned immediate military action, but six Jews were killed and 16 wounded in Palestine outbursts today.
In Damascus, 6,000 youths, dominated by Moslem brotherhood members, marched to Government House and asked for arms and a jihad (holy war). Premier Jamil Mardam Bey told them:
“President (Shukri) Al-Kuwatly approves your demands because partition threatens not only Syrian independence but the very being of all Arab nations.”
Nov. 29, 1983: Bridget Marie Hicks was a 17-year-old girl with two children and apparently too many problems.
A worker at the South-Central Multi-Purpose Child Development Center found her hanging from a tree. Police said Bridget, a student at nearby Locke High, tied a jacket to a tree limb and hanged herself.
Bridget’s father told the late George Ramos: “She was not the type of person to take her own life. I can’t believe it.”
And some family speculated that she had might have been killed.
But friends said she was “despondent over personal problems,” Ramos wrote.
The Times never followed up on this story, so we know nothing more about Bridget. She would be 47 now and her children would be about 30 and 31.
I’m always looking for Oviatt items and here’s a jacket that has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at $149.99.
And not just any jacket. This one was tailored for future President Lyndon Johnson.
For the record: As Wayne Selover points out, the EBay listing took the LBJ Oviatt’s label from an online photo gallery. In other words, we were apparently quoting ourselves. Thanks, Wayne. We should read more closely even if it is Thanksgiving morning!
Here’s a traditional roast turkey recipe from the “Every-Day Cook-Book and Family Compendium,” written about 1890 by Miss E. Neill. Be sure your fire is bright and clear and watch out for the gall-bag.
A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal.
The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged “for the duration” to use prepared mixes, packaged pie crust and canned pumpkin to cut preparation time.
Nov. 28, 1943: Rumors of what will be known as the Tehran Conference (Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 1943) of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.
Opening soon: “In Old Oklahoma,” starring John Wayne, Martha Scott and Albert Dekker, at the Paramount, Hollywood and downtown.
Marine Maj. Henry Pearson “Jim” Crowe of Boston and Los Angeles uses a double-barreled shotgun during fighting on Tarawa.
Film director Mitchell Leisen “has a special way with the ladies,” Hedda Hopper writes.
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Police sketches of “Little Cowboy” by LAPD artist F.G. Ponce.
I call her “Little Cowboy” because her shirt said “I’m a Little Cowboy.” She was Jane Doe No. 62, coroner’s No. 77-8735, DR 77 596-048
In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches and other items dating from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. I am organizing and cataloging the material and I’ll be posting selected items on a weekly basis.
July 21, 1977: About 8 p.m., the body of “Little Cowboy,” a girl 3 to 5 years old, was found near Sunset and Glendale Boulevards. She was described as Latin, “brown hair, brown eyes, 37 inches long, 28 pounds.” Her upper front teeth were chipped. She had pierced ears and shoulder-length brown hair tied with an elastic band.
Jan. 13, 1936: One look and I knew this gem was gone. In fact, even the cross street has been obliterated. The U.S. Hotel was at Main and Market, across from City Hall.
Times columnist Timothy Turner writes:
“Rapid change and disregard of traditions is considered the rule in Los Angeles. Yet we have the U.S. Hotel, which was built in the 1860s by Louis Mesmer, remodeled in the 1880s and is still owned and operated by his son, Joseph Mesmer, in the 1930s.
And for Monday, a mystery fellow.
Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign.
In the early 1920s, developers began opening virgin tracts of land for construction all around Los Angeles. To help sell these new developments, real estate agents coined fancy names like Bryn Mawr, Outpost Estates and Whitley Heights, while also constructing large signs spelling out their names with individual letters in white and red.
The Beachwood Canyon development named Hollywoodland opened March 31, 1923, under the auspices of real estate developers Tracy Shoults and S. H. Woodruff, on behalf of landowners E. H. Clark and Moses Sherman, and partner Harry Chandler. They considered the best way to advertise their new planned community, as well as outshine the myriad other developments around the city.
Mary Mallory’s “Hollywoodland: Tales Lost and Found” is available for the Kindle.
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 death in June 1947 and Parker didn’t become police chief until August 1950. In other words, Parker became chief three years after Siegel’s death.
Why can’t anybody get L.A. history right?
ps. You know that Siegel was killed in Beverly Hills, not the city of Los Angeles, right? Good.
Note: This is a post I originally wrote for the 1947project in 2006.
Nov. 23, 1907 South Pasadena
Warning: This is a grotesque, tragic story with graphic details.
Pasadena Detective Wallace H. Copping is investigating the murder of a young baby boy, whose half-eaten body was found in a pigpen on the Berry ranch in South Pasadena.
Authorities say the boy, weighing about 14 pounds and less than 10 days old (yes, quite a large baby by today’s standards), was discovered by Mrs. J.H. Anderson, whose husband leases the ranch. Apparently Mr. Anderson picked up the baby’s body as he made the rounds of about 20 homes gathering garbage to feed his pigs.
Eve Golden poses an interesting question: How did America observe the 50th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination?
And for Friday, a mystery chap, courtesy of Christopher McPherson.
Thursday’s mystery guest, Alice Joyce, was identified by Laura, Mary Mallory, Eve Golden, Joan Myers, Bob Hansen, Kent, Mike Hawks and Maedez. Congrats!
Nov. 22, 1963: The Times publishes an extra.
I recently attended graduation exercises for a local college and the commencement speaker spent quite a while talking about how the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a watershed moment in her life.
As she was speaking, I studied the faces in the audience — the family and friends of people in their early 20s who were graduating from college — and wondered: “What on Earth do these kids make of this? Does it resonate at all?” Actually, no. Not in the least. And why should it?
“Return of the Living Dead 3” as interpreted by an artist in Ghana.
The Ernie Wolfe Gallery at 1653 Sawtelle Blvd., in West Los Angeles is presenting a show titled “The Horror, The Horror,” curated by Brandon Boyd featuring hand-painted movie posters from Ghana. The artists’ interpretations of Hollywood films are quite amazing. The show continues through Dec. 8.
Here’s a sample: Michael Jackson in “Thriller.” | “Critters 2.” | “Return of the Living Dead.”