For Monday, we have a mystery child.
For Monday, we have a mystery child.
Note: This is an encore post from 2006.
Americans at the turn of the century lacked many things, but they had some amazing live entertainment. Here’s a snip of a performance courtesy of Edison Studios, 1904. These guys rock. I have watched them dozens of times now and I still find them amazing.
Anne Redding, courtesy of Santa Barbara City College.
Anne Redding, chair of the School of Justice Studies at Santa Barbara City College, will present the annual faculty lecture tomorrow on “Crime Across the Curriculum.”
Redding’s lecture will examine the impact of crime across the spectrum of human experience. “Crime is a living organism that is feeding off social deterioration, rage, and human fragility,” Redding told Baraa Alkassir of the campus paper, Channels.
“I wouldn’t say that there is a crime culture in America. However, our culture has a great fascination with basic human interest in crime,” Redding told Alkassir.
Redding was selected to deliver the lecture by a committee based on nominations by her students and peers. We have heard her lecture many times on the Black Dahlia killing and she gives her students an excellent synthesis of this complex case.
Redding will give “Crime Across the Curriculum” on Wednesday, March 21, at 2:30 at Garvin Theatre on the SBCC campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
I’m blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files (which have been mostly ignored so far): The Mob (a bit of that), the Mogul (no sign yet and we’re 63 pages into the book) and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.”
Wolfe is using the “Laura” format, in which the butchered, anonymous body is discovered and the narrative is told in flashbacks. We’re at the point in the story in which Elizabeth Short has been befriended by the French family in San Diego about a month before her murder in 1947.
The two-minute executive summary:
In the last week, we have seen a continuing disinterest in facts, heavy reliance on John Gilmore’s “Severed” (to the extent that it’s rather amazing that Gilmore can dismiss “Mogul” as “crap” since it relies so heavily on his book) and bold fabrication. We have also found that Wolfe is not the least bashful about making statements that are easily disproved. Glynn Wolfe is casually described as procurer of girls for Syndicate brothels in a complete fabrication of what allegedly exists in the Los Angeles County district attorney’s files. Nor is Wolfe shy about making up quotes and attributing them to fairly inaccessible sources, down to making up what movies were playing in San Diego theaters.
Universal City in the Washington Times, Feb. 10, 1915.
Note: This is an encore post from 2015.
In an age where businesses come and go, bought up by larger competitors or going under due to bad financial decisions, finding one in business for decades and at the same location is very rare. Film conglomerate NBC-Universal has operated for over a century at its current Universal City location, the thriving second Universal City for the company, celebrating its Centennial, March 15, 2015.
Founder Carl Laemmle jumped into the film business as a Chicago exhibitor in 1906, quickly turning his Laemmle Film Service into one of the largest film exchanges in the country in 1909. After threats and questions by the Motion Picture Patents Company, Laemmle established his own production company, IMP Corporation (Independent Motion Picture Corporation).
Note: This is a video I did in 2006 as part of the 1907 blog. Remember that this was in the early days of YouTube.
My little ode to my favorite city, covering a roughly 20-year period centered on 1907 with the idea of giving a general introduction to Los Angeles from the 1890s to the eve of World War I. (The Times bombing and the air meet at Dominguez Hills were in 1910, for example). The Skunks of Los Feliz actually discovered this sometime back but I didn’t want to tip my hand by saying anything. Fortunately, I received some very flattering comments. Although the music sounds very contemporary, I chose it because it was written in 1907.