Matt Weinstock

March 21, 1958

Rather suddenly, after several years of unaccustomed luxury to which
people became accustomed, and forgetful, the world seems to have gone
sharply economic again.

Once more the big talk is of nickels and dimes. Oops, better make that dollars. Inflation, you know.

In any event, the familiar incongruities and paradoxes are showing up.

Olympic bus was overheard by Don Drake saying to his companion, "Jerry
and his family are really up against it. He’s been out of work for more
than three months."

"Well," came the query, "he’s drawing unemployment insurance, isn’t he?"

"Sure, but after they make the payment on the car what have they got to live on?"

ought to be ashamed of himself) tells it, there was this gullible and
cooperative halibut which saw a baitless fishhook drifting loose
through the water off Manhattan Beach and said, "OK, take me to your

THE PIXIES have been busy again.

A motorist trying futilely to break into the jammed traffic on Fairfax
Avenue north on Wilshire, reports Larry Thor, was waving a white
handkerchief in token of surrender.

And Don C. Harvey broke up at a line some leprechaun wrote on a sign on
Hollywood Ranch Market warning that illegally parked cars would be
impounded and hauled away, to wit, "My big brother can whip your big

Gamma Delta Upsilon, City College journalism fraternity, will observe their 28th anniversary tonight at the Press Club.

As usual, special tribute will be paid to a talented and ubiquitous
member, Bart Reynolds. He’s everywhere, he has done everything,
including getting out the tong’s fine, recently published book,
"Paisano," consisting of eloquent letters written by members in the
service during World War II.

Now it can be told that Bart Reynolds doesn’t exist except as a
fictitious byline created by the fun-loving members. He’s their ideal,
the guy they all wanted to be in their youth. Which makes him one of
the longest-running gags in existence.

"Who’s watching the store?" let us present Miss Gladys Paul. For 50
years she has presided at the same main floor counter at the Broadway,
handling women’s neckwear, ribbons and cuffs. Monday, in observance of
this half-century, she’ll receive a diamond-studded watch. Many persons
would say, "Monotonous, wasn’t it?" Not Miss Paul. She enjoyed every
day of it.

waitress in a lunchroom near 6th and San Pedro streets was overheard by
Alan Ferber saying to a customer, "Sure he ought to see a psychiatrist
but they charge about $25 an hour and he hasn’t got the money. That’s
the trouble, poor people can’t afford to find out what’s wrong with

Santa Monica restaurant has a refinement on the "Happy Birthday"
routine. Instead of the cake and candles business, a waitress marches
to the celebrators’ table carrying a plate of pastries with two Fourth
of July sparklers alight … Coronet has a scary article on
"California’s Sinking City" –Long Beach … A La Mirada entrepreneur
figures to do all right. He’s selling car stickers stating both "Help
Stamp Out Republicans" and "Help Stamp Out Democrats" … The ultimate
in this particular category, however, was spotted by Cully of Culver
City, a sign on a Cad, "Help Stamp Out People" … While hiking on
Mulholland Drive, Arlene Cersky came upon a sign, "Site of Future
Bel-Air Presbyterian Church. Trespassers will be forgiven."


About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Matt Weinstock

  1. Bruce says:

    The Gladys Paul story reminded me of the bartender at Cole’s who was said to have worked there, as a bartender, all his working life, at least 50 years.
    Back about 1990 or so I had my hair cut by a barber in Glendale who said he had worked in the same shop, at Broadway and Brand, since the 1920s. I couldn’t believe it, but he said it was true.


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