Monthly Archives: September 2007

Oh for a time machine

Sept. 30, 1957Los Angeles

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

Sept. 30, 1957 SUBJECT’S NAME–Judy Smith or Judy Burris SUBJECT’S DESCRIPTION–Age 30. Height, 5 feet, 5 inches. Weight, 125 pounds. Dark brown eyes. Light brown hair. Slight scar on left side of jaw. Any person with information as to subject’s … Continue reading

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Comic pages

Sept. 29, 1957Los Angeles Fifty years ago, The Times included Bible stories in the Sunday comics with a strip titled "Tales From the Great Book," drawn by John Lehti. This is a sample of his work, telling the story of … Continue reading

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Smog

Greg Armento, history librarian at Cal State Long Beach, dropped me a note about early uses of "smog" in The Times. He noted that on March 29, 1914, The Times said: "[Kokomo Times:] The esteemed Weather Bureau has sprung a … Continue reading

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In which I bring in the expert

Several people have noticed that the postcard of The Times Building in the earlier entry doesn’t show the eagle. So I queried Carolyn Strickler, a friend and former head of The Times History Center. She says the post-bombing structure was … Continue reading

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History on EBay

Although I don’t often post items from EBay, these are exceptional: Two historic postcards of The Times. The first shows the presses. Perhaps regular readers at the Olympic Plant can shed some light on the equipment. (Personal note: The Times … Continue reading

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Redwood revisited

Attention art sleuths: A close examination of the Redwood ad reveals this startling detail!   Yes, that’s right! According to this 1960 ad, the "famed ‘Poker Dog’ original oil paintings" were on display at the Redwood. And the paintings were … Continue reading

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Hollywood confidential

Sept. 28, 1957Los AngelesThis isn’t looking good.

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

Sept. 27, 1957 Aug. 12, 1957–A 19-year-old youth was stabbed and seriously wounded last night as he fought to say an 11-year-old girl from criminal attack in Hollenbeck Park. The youth, Edward Gandara, and Jesus Rodriguez, 16, routed the molester, … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

Sept. 27, 1957I never thought the time would come when I would write an ode to a single-chamber incinerator but here I am, doing it. Well, not exactly an ode but maybe a panegyric or at least a paean. After … Continue reading

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One more incinerator picture

Sept. 27, 1957Los Angeles This one’s special. It was taken by Delmar Watson of the famous Watson brothers and features Pop Watson.

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It was loaded

  Sept. 27, 1957 Los Angeles Thomas Lee Anglin’s first mistake was buying a gun so his wife could protect herself. His next mistake was arguing with her while she was holding the loaded .22-caliber pistol. His third mistake, which … Continue reading

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It was a kinder, simpler time

Sept. 27, 1957Los Angeles

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

Sept. 26, 1957 I talked yesterday with two men. One was fresh out of San Quentin, pardoned after nine months for a crime he didn’t commit. The second was a witness to the crime. His positive identification of the suspect … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

Sept. 26, 1957 You can’t fight City Hall, states an old dictum, but Kenneth Reiner, 41, doesn’t agree. Last April, work started on Reiner’s showplace home at 2138 Micheltorena St. Located atop a high hill in the Silver Lake district, … Continue reading

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The fall season

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Mickey Cohen arrested

Sept. 26, 1957Los Angeles Alas, the old Redwood at 234 W. 1st St. was demolished before my arrival at The Times, although it lives on in newsroom lore. One incident I’d never heard about was the arrest of Mickey Cohen … Continue reading

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Incinerator update

Former Mirror reporter Cliff Dektar recalls: The "burying" of the incinerator was interesting….It did wreck those who made and sold backyard incinerators.   On Western, east side, just south of Santa Monica Blvd., was Safety Incinerator…  which had a building which … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

Sept. 24, 1957 As dedicated ocean fishermen know, this is one of the greatest seasons in years for pulling in the elusive beauties of the deep. For many years they’ve had to be satisfied with getting "skunked" completely or with … Continue reading

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Fatal crash

  Sept. 25, 1957 Los Angeles John and Beatrice Stone had been warned that their home at 16433 Chase St. would be condemned by 1959 for expansion of Van Nuys Airport. Although most of the houses had already been cleared … Continue reading

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