Monthly Archives: August 2009

Mt. Wilson in The Times Archives

Nov. 22, 1957: A wildfire forces the evacuation of Mt. Wilson. June 9, 1889: A trip up Mt. Wilson, including a visit to the temporary observatory.

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Matt Weinstock, Aug. 31, 1959

Matt Weinstock is on vacation.

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Paul V. Coates — Confidential File, Aug. 31, 1959

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Comics

Aug. 31, 1979: "Drabble," in an early, crudely drawn panel, replaces "Jeff Hawke." Notice that Stan Lynde has stopped drawing "Rick O'Shay," which is being done by Mel Keefer and Marian Dern. Also notice the reference in "Apartment 3-G" to … Continue reading

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Two Blacks Killed in Fight With White Co-Workers

Aug. 31, 1899: Boston Optical has sunglasses. A racial fight between members of a crew working on track for the Illinois Central Railroad near Rockford leaves two African Americans dead and one more injured. The contractor and his son say … Continue reading

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Eastside Scandal

A juicy item about a "frisky grass widow" and a prominent real estate man — with a "deluded" wife and "two or three" children. 

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Comics

Aug. 30. 1978: I had forgotten about Tom K. Ryan's "Tumbleweeds" until I started going through the old comics pages. The strip is full of annoying stereotypes but the one I found the most obnoxious was Hildegard Hamhocker, the desperately … Continue reading

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Study Finds Widespread Grade Inflation at L.A. County Schools

Aug. 30, 1899: Hawley, King & Co. buggies, 5th and Broadway. The county Board of Education finds "deplorable laxness and inefficiency" in most Los Angeles County schools. By 1899, California required each county to send standardized tests to all its … Continue reading

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The Los Angeles Tribune Does Not Tell the Truth

  Aug. 30, 1889: Mrs. E.C. Freeman is moving her bakery to 339 S. Spring St. Harrison Gray Otis responds to an article in a rival paper: "The Los Angeles Tribune, as usual, does not tell the truth." The Tribune … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Aug. 29, 1959

Matt Weinstock is on vacation.

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Paul V. Coates — Confidential File, Aug. 29, 1959

    

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Comics

Aug. 29, 1977: "Kelly" is replaced with Sydney Jordan's "Jeff Hawke," another short-lived strip. 

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Movie Star Mystery Photo

  Los Angeles Times file photo Above, Paramount dance director LeRoy Prinz with, from left, Esther Pressman, Beula McDonald, Bonita Barker, Kay Gordon, Dorothy Thompson and Dene Myles, April 15, 1935. Update: Our mystery guest is LeRoy Pnriz. Just a reminder … Continue reading

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Judge Bars Bus Strike; Giants Beat Dodgers

Aug. 29, 1959: A judge's temporary restraining order prevents a bus and streetcar strike. Someone has a Cold War souvenir in the shed. Let's fire it up and see what happens. The threat of communist aggression casts a shadow over … Continue reading

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Wife Shoots Cheating Husband in the Head

  Aug. 29, 1899: Cupidene restores lost manhood.   Katie Cook kills her husband, Tom, the terror of Orange County's peat country, as he sleeps because he refused to stop his affair with their new servant girl. The jury acquitted … Continue reading

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Man Nearly Suffocates While Hiding From Police

Aug. 29, 1889: J.T. Sheward has the latest in mourning fashions, including wool warp Henriettas. Detectives looking for stolen merchandise at a bordello find an opium setup and a naked man hiding in closet. One of the officers makes himself … Continue reading

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Artist’s Notebook — Pasadena City Hall

Pasadena City Hall by Marion Eisenmann, Sept. 6, 2008 Marion sends her impressions of this Pasadena landmark, which was closed for a major restoration and renovation after being badly damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 1991 Sierra Madre … Continue reading

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Found on EBay — Mullen and Bluett

This Palm Beach suit from Mullen & Bluett has been listed on EBay. Of the fashion items I follow on EBay, Mullen & Bluett shows up  about as often as Oviatt's, which isn't much. The suit is listed at $89 … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Aug. 28, 1959

Matt Weinstock is on vacation.

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Paul V. Coates — Confidential File, Aug. 28, 1959

Above, L.D. Tallent  

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