Monthly Archives: October 2008

Voices — Studs Terkel, May 17, 1987

Photograph by Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times Studs Terkel, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oct. 23, 2001. Bewildered, Insecure, Cynical Studs Terkel on today’s troubled blue-collar worker By Stuart Silverstein,Times staff writer Chicago’s Studs Terkel, 75, is … Continue reading

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Vintage fashions on EBay — Bullock’s Collegienne

I did promise that I wouldn’t go off the deep end on vintage fashions, but here’s a real period piece: A young woman’s hat from the Collegienne department at Bullock’s Pasadena. Bidding starts at $9.98.           … Continue reading

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Vision of an African American utopia — Allensworth

Photograph by Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times A LOOK BACK: The sun sets on Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, where original buildings and replicas provide a glimpse of the utopian community founded by a former slave and retired Army … Continue reading

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Movie star mystery photo

Los Angeles Times file photo This week’s mystery guest has 125 credits on imdb. Update: Steven Bibb and Gregory Moore have correctly identified our mystery star. I’m going to defer revealing her name to give other readers a chance. Congrats, … Continue reading

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Serial killer Harvey Glatman captured, October 31, 1958

Harvey Murray Glatman is arrested and freely admits killing three women.  He was executed in the gas chamber Sept. 18, 1959. It took him eight minutes to die. Los Angeles Times file photo Judith Ann (Vanhorn) Dull, Glatman’s first victim. … Continue reading

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Changeling — Part V

Los Angeles Times file photo The Northcott ranch. Notice the stop sign used as a precursor to crime scene tape. Los Angeles Times file photo Detectives find a gun and an ax in the Northcott home in Los Angeles, but … Continue reading

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Travel — Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast

Photograph by Jay Jones The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, Mass. By Jay JonesReporting from Fall River, Mass. Karen Zorn and her boyfriend fled their cozy bed-and-breakfast earlier this year. It wasn’t that the place was dirty or … Continue reading

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American Basketball Association comes to L.A., October 30, 1968

By Keith Thursby Times staff writer The American Basketball Assn., which gave the world three-pointers, slam dunk contests and Dr. J., came to Los Angeles for a brief stop. The team was called the L.A. Stars but its real star … Continue reading

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Nazis stop expulsion of Polish Jews, October 30, 1938

    What’s wrong with the movies these days? Hedda Hopper knows! Too much boy meets girl with too much sugar and too many contrived obstacles standing between the young couple and happiness. Saying grace at the table used to … Continue reading

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Changeling stories — Part IV

Los Angeles Times file photo Louisa Northcott, the mother of Gordon Northcott, isn’t portrayed in "Changeling," but played a key role in the actual case. Above, she’s booked in jail. Los Angeles Times file photo Louisa Northcott with one of … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright home — $2.7 million

Photograph by Scott Mayoral The Fawcett residence, built for Randall and Harriet Fawcett. Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1959-1961 Fawcett residence in Los Banos, Calif., has been offered for $2.7 million. A memoir about the home is here. The realty agents’ website … Continue reading

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New pope elected, October 29, 1958

Pope John 23rd, 1958-1963  Angelo Cardinal Roncalli, patriarch of Venice, is named Pope John 23rd. At 77, he defied expectations that he would be an interim figure before a younger man took over, according to The Times’ Robert Hartmann. On … Continue reading

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Changeling stories — Part III

Photograph by Tony Rivetti Jr. / Universal Pictures Above, Colm Feore as Police Chief James Davis, "Changeling," set in 1928. Los Angeles Times file photo Above, Police Chief James Davis, 1926. Northcott signs confession. I don’t care much for the … Continue reading

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Vintage fashions on EBay — Irene Lentz

I promised I wouldn’t go off the deep end on vintage fashions, but I did post something about menswear and don’t want to be biased. Here’s an Irene Lentz number from the 1950s priced at $349.   

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Colts win over Rams, October 28, 1968

I wondered if somewhere during my tour of the Rams’ 1958 and ’68 seasons I’d find the same name pop up in a story, 10 years later. What were the odds, given that length of time and two very different … Continue reading

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Mayor investigates honorary LAPD badges, October 28, 1938

Above, Police Chief James Davis turns over a list of more than 7,800 people who have received honorary badges from the Los Angeles Police Department. Recipients include Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Louis B. Mayer, Joe E. Brown, King Vidor, Bela … Continue reading

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Changeling stories — Part II

  The "Enigma Boy" who fooled police into believing that he was Walter Collins is identified as Arthur Hutchins Jr. of Iowa. Read Part I of The Times reports on the story that formed the basis of "Changeling." Enigma Boy … Continue reading

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Neutra house — $12.975 million

Photograph by Scott Mayoral The 1946 Kaufmann house in Palm Springs. October 26, 2008 By Diane Wedner Richard Neutra, a pillar of 20th century Modernism, is known for his sleek, glass-sheathed designs that take advantage, to beautiful effect, of the … Continue reading

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Voices — Tony Hillerman, 1925 – 2008

On the Case With the Navajo Tribal Police A THIEF OF TIME by Tony Hillerman Photograph by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times Mystery writer Tony Hillerman poses at the foot of Sandia Mountain near his home in Alburquerque, NM, … Continue reading

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Cardinals vote on new pope; Lions win over Rams, October 27, 1958

The Rams lost their rematch with the Detroit Lions, 41-24, who finally looked like a team that won the NFL title in 1957. Players of the game: The Lions’ defenders, or as The Times’ Cal Whorton called them, "the pilfering … Continue reading

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