Monthly Archives: June 2009

A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Music

June 27, 1979: The Zenith, with stereo tuner, plays records, cassettes and eight-track tapes. The price is $469.95, including speakers. That's $1,376.31 USD 2008. And you can probably pick up one in a thrift store for $10.

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Minister, Wife, Pray as Confession to Sex Crime Is Read

Los Angeles Times file photo May 4, 1939: Church members rally around the Rev. Joseph Jeffers and his wife, Zella, after their arraignment. June 27, 1939: The Rev. Joseph Jeffers and his wife, Zella, pray as her confession is read … Continue reading

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Woman, Baby Hurt in Bike Crash

  June 27, 1899: The Times published many stories about fires that were started by gasoline stoves. Given the primitive nature of firefighting at the time, the results were often tragic.   June 27, 1899: A woman with her baby … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Over Estate Reveals Abusive Home

June 27, 1889: Redondo Beach and Inglewood are being developed. June 27, 1889: A contested will brings the dirty linen of the Banta family into court … Eugene Destry's father-in-law accuses him of vagrancy as a last resort after Destry … Continue reading

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Found on EBay — Hanging Rock

  A postcard listed on EBay shows an old Ventura County landmark that has been hidden for decades. The famous Hanging Rock was submerged by the reservoir of Matilija Dam, built to hold the Ventura River. The Matilija Coalition is … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, June 26, 1959

An Act to Remember Unintentionally profound remarks come from the strangest places. The setting for this one was postwar Japan. It was told to Hal Humphrey by publicist John Plake, who was there. The soldiers in a certain headquarters company … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates — Confidential File, June 26, 1959

Confidential File Mickey to Hit Banquet Trail Mickey Cohen, reputed former czar of a million-dollar bookie empire, is preparing to hit the banquet trail to spread the word that "crime don't pay." Already a verbal-contract agreement has been reached between … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Wardrobe

June 26, 1976: Johnny Carson and Jack Nicklaus leisure suits at Silverwoods. In texturized polyester!

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Michael Jackson: End of the Jacksons?

Sept. 13, 1981: Michael Jackson tells Robert Hilburn that he's done touring with the Jacksons. "I sometimes feel like I should be 70 by now," Michael Jackson says. "Our parents did push us, but it wasn't against our will," Tito … Continue reading

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Movie Star Mystery Photo

     Los Angeles Times file photo Update: As many people guessed, this is Lois Wilson. Above, a publicity still from "The Covered Wagon," July 16, 1924.   Lois Wilson; Star of Early Silent Movies March 9, 1988 By PAUL … Continue reading

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Man Builds Model of 1881 Los Angeles

Nov. 8, 1931: For its 50th anniversary, The Times re-creates Los Angeles as it was in 1881. Above, Robert H. Sexton Jr. displays an elaborate model of the city in 1881, measuring about 8 feet by 5 feet. The model … Continue reading

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Nuestro Pueblo: Point Fermin

June 26, 1939: Nuestro Pueblo visits Point Fermin.

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Police Raid Colored Republican Club

  Dec. 15, 1887: Effie Smith, a prostitute on Los Angeles Street, burns to death. She took a dose of morphine and lapsed into unconsciousness after lighting a cigarette. I found this item while trying to determine the location of … Continue reading

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Women Gets Divorce From Missing Husband

June 26, 1889: Reynolds Bros. Architects. Josephine Abel gets a divorce from her husband, Abel.

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Found on EBay — Oviatt’s

This size 11 pair of wingtips from Oviatt's has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $10.

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Matt Weinstock, June 25, 1959

"Never Touched Me." Happy Ending Roy Huerta got up at 2 a.m. yesterday, drove to Tijuana and brought his wife Manuela and their six children back to L.A. to stay, thereby ending a frustrating, 10-year, across-the-border separation. Roy and Manuela … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson — Master of Marketing

Jan. 15, 1984: Michael Jackson as a master of marketing. "Jackson is assuredly not the innocent he's usually presumed to be."

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Michael Jackson in Victory Tour

July 9, 1984: Michael Jackson's Victory Tour: "Michael Jackson is passively aggressive, childishly macho, asexually passionate, dreamily realistic … The 25-year-old pop sensation is the living, dancing embodiment of an oxymoron … a figure of speech in which opposite or … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates — Confidential File, June 25, 1959

Confidential File A New Instrument for Crime Detection A man without a camera took my picture yesterday. It's not a particularly flattering one, but it wasn't intended to be. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy C. E. MacElroy, who took it, … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept: Your Music

  June 25, 1973: Phil Ochs (1940 – 1976) performs at the Ash Grove, 8162 Melrose, (1958 – 1973).

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