Monthly Archives: October 2007

It was a kinder, simpler time

Nov. 1, 1957Los Angeles I can’t believe Christmas ads have started running already! It certainly wasn’t like this when I was your age!

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Trick or Treat murder

  Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times The "Trick-or-Treat Murder" house, 13236 Community St., Oct. 27, 2007. Oct. 31, 1957 Los Angeles They had planned the murder for months as the vague wish turned into a solid, horrible … Continue reading

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Foreign correspondent

Oct. 31, 1957

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Oct. 31, 1957  

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With the angels

  Oct. 30, 1957 Los Angeles In the last few hours of his life, the young boy was unable to tell anyone who he was. A newspaper circulation worker found him lying naked in a driveway at 1459 N. Main … Continue reading

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Oct. 30, 1957

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Mystery photo

This one really should be easy. I’ll bet someone gets it in an hour or two. This is a "what" question. What is this? Michael Myers’ House "Halloween" 1978 Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times And in case … Continue reading

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Elvis live!

  Oct. 29, 1957 Los Angeles He came out of nowhere, barely a blip on the nation’s radar in 1955 (according to Proquest, he wasn’t mentioned even once in The Times that year). But by 1957, he was an unstoppable … Continue reading

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Oct. 29, 1957

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Random shot

  Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles TimesCircus Liquor, Burbank Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, Oct. 27, 2007.

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  Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times1116 S. 10th Ave., Arcadia, Calif., Oct. 28, 2007.  Arcadia Police Officer Harry Sessor was wounded when he responded to an incident at 1116 1/2 S. 10th involving Ernest Edward Yeager.  Yeager … Continue reading

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It was a kinder, simpler time

Oct. 28, 1957Los Angeles The Christmas ads start earlier every year! I remember when the merchants at least used to wait until after Halloween! When I was a kid, you didn’t see Christmas ads until after Thanksgiving!! Christmas has gotten … Continue reading

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Oct. 28, 1957

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Found on EBay

Here’s a wonderful photo I found on EBay. I’ve seen many vintage postcards of downtown, but this one is new to me. Because it’s an extended exposure, there are no people, just lights. Note what appears to be some sort … Continue reading

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Beckham update

  Clinton Erickson, who keeps track of retired and deceased Los Angeles Police Department officers, says that James "J.O." Worden retired on June 17, 1979, and died Sept. 16, 1999. He has no information on Worden’s partner, K.E. Gourley.

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Tribute to Jack Gaunt

The Times published the obituary of photographer Jack Gaunt, who won a Pulitzer for his 1955 picture of a couple whose young child had been swept out to sea. Joe Jares writes of Gaunt: I had the privilege of working … Continue reading

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Oct. 27, 1957

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The rules of the game

Oct. 27, 1957 Here I am, giving away the punchline of a "Nancy" comic. My bad. Which reminds me of a game called "Five Card Nancy" that I learned about from Kim Cooper of 47p.   Five Card Nancy works … Continue reading

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Too much noir!

Oct. 27, 1957Los Angeles I’ve had so much downbeat crime and so many tawdry stories lately: stag films, shootings of law enforcement officers and unsolved killings. Time for some good news! A salute to the La Habra Kiwanis Club! And … Continue reading

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The Digital Age

Clay Haskell sends along an enhanced version of "Lazy Boy" Beckham’s mug shot. Note the hairline mustache.   And here’s Officer Christensen.

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