Monthly Archives: December 2009

Matt Weinstock, Dec. 31, 1959

   Modern Shepherd           It is an era of compulsions.  Apparently everyone has had them all along but now it’s considered not only proper but fashionable to express them, no matter in what murky paths they lead.           Publicist Doris … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, Dec. 31, 1959

  So We Call Them as We See Them, Sort Of   (News item)   CHICAGO, Dec. 30 — Wilbur Geoffrey Gaffney, associate professor of English from the University of Nebraska, today revealed the results of a 10-year study on the … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

     Dec. 31, 1942: "Woman substituted for man power on the "Coney Island" set the other day when one of the boys in a dance sequence was ordered to his draft board instead of his studio. Starlet Vanita Wade … Continue reading

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Monkey Business on ‘Inherit the Wind’ Set

  Sheriff John covers preparations for the Rose Parade!   Dr. Charles F. Sebastian dies, Sept. 4, 1971. You may recall him from the Harry Raymond bombing. The Central Receiving Hospital was replaced by the Rampart Division station, shown by … Continue reading

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Cult Leader Accused of Molesting Children

  “Somebody Is Always Taking the Joy Out of Life,” by Clare Briggs.      Dec. 31, 1919: Ottoman/Othoman Zar-Adusht Hanish, "little master" of the sun worshiping Mazdaznan cult, arrives in Los Angeles. He is accused of "revolting offenses against … Continue reading

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Man’s Skull Fractured in Assault

    Dec. 31, 1909: Former stockbroker Henry SO. Clark  is hospitalized after hitting his head on the pavement at Spring and 9th streets when a man struck him for talking to his wife. 

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Matt Weinstock, Dec. 30, 1959

   Year-End Recess             Again this year there’s an unmistakable though unorganized trend toward calling everything off between Christmas and New Year’s Day and letting the week drift itself out, which it does anyway.            Nobody feels up to anything, … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, Dec. 30, 1959

  Pappy Coates Cases Learning With Kids             Feeling good all over, today.  In this age of neurotic juveniles and delinquent parents, I, at least, have met my responsibility as a father.           Maybe you don’t know “Where Are … Continue reading

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Three Tristans Update

      Three Tristans update: I sent this item to bass-baritone  Alan Held, who’s appearing in the current Metropolitan Opera production of “Tales of Hoffmann.” Held says, “ I have been in several performances where a singer had to … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

  Dec. 30, 1941: “Jackie Cooper is studying the finer points of drumming with Buddy Rich of Tommy Dorsey's band these days and doing so well that he sits in with the band at the Mocambo now and then just … Continue reading

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On the Brink of the 1960s

Hedda Hopper tapes a “Ben-Hur” segment with Stephen Boyd, Francis X. Bushman and Ramon Novarro, but not Charlton Heston. Los Angeles officials struggle once more to deal with congested streets. I have said this before, but it bears repeating: Traffic … Continue reading

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A Poem for the New Year

  Isn’t this a great drawing? I suppose in 1919 smokestacks meant progress and not pollution.   Enumerators prepare to take the 1920 census and have a few questions. Is a lone man or woman without any known relatives a … Continue reading

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No Gunfire for New Year’s Eve

Joseph’s has a sale on Stickley furniture! Dec. 30, 1909: Rules for New Year’s Eve – No slapping of people on the back, no rude jostling, no disrespectful address of persons one does not know. Most important, “no discharging of … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Dec. 29, 1959

   Blacklist Blunder           The case of writer Louis Pollock, who was unaware for five years that he was on a film and TV blacklist through mistaken identity, has recalled an even weirder case.           About a year ago a … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, Dec. 29, 1959

Incredibly, Old Con Game Still Works           The name of the game is “pigeon drop.”           And, like pinochle, it generally requires three players.           Unlike pinochle, however, two of them must be equipped with glib tongues.  The third player … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

Behind the news of Hollywood divorces (which, statistics prove, are no more numerous than those of any other town in America) behind the lurid news that our people sometimes make while blowing off steam, is the story of a job … Continue reading

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Three Tristans!

  Ramon Vinay, the tenor cast with Birgit Nilsson in "Tristan," said he was too ill to do the entire opera, so Rudolph Bing had Vinay sing Act I, Karl Liebel (likewise under the weather) sing Act II and Albert … Continue reading

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Husband Shoots Wife, Two Others, on Streetcar

 “That Guiltiest Feeling,” by Clare Briggs. Dec. 29, 1919: Former Army Capt. Raymond C. Potter gets on a streetcar and shoots his wife because she’s riding with another man. One of his shots goes wild and hits her companion, then … Continue reading

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Airplanes Arrive for Aviation Meet

  Dec. 29, 1909: Preparations continue for Aviation Week and the railroads are reporting unusually heavy ticket sales to people coming to Los Angeles for the event.  In addition to the airplanes and balloons, the meet will feature a carnival … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Dec. 28, 1959

The Pigeon Problem           A woman on the telephone a few days ago asked excitedly, “What should I do about these crazy pigeons?  They’ve moved into our neighborhood (3rd and La Cienega) and they’re all over the place.  One of … Continue reading

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