Monthly Archives: February 2010

Downtown Parking Ban to Ease Traffic

  To ease congested streets, Los Angeles will ban street parking from Figueroa to Los Angeles streets and 1st to 9th streets. Notice that Spring hasn’t been straightened out yet, another attempt to relieve traffic.    L.O. Keown  and his … Continue reading

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Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel Shut Out Disco at Grammys

  Feb. 28, 1980: The Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes" wins the Grammy for best single while Billy Joel's "52nd Street" wins for best album. Bonus appearance: Bob Dylan! … and Jim Murray writes about Spectacular Bid.

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Hearing on the Gas House, Part 3

  Sept. 8, 1959: This is the third part of a transcript of testimony by “Holy Barbarians” author Lawrence Lipton before the the Los Angeles Police Commission on the Gas House, the Beat hangout in Venice.  Part 1 is here. … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

  Feb. 28, 1938: Hedda Hopper writes, "I chatted, for the first time, with Franchot Tone. A fine, intelligent actor. His crooked smile always annoyed me, and suddenly I knew it was to cover up an inferiority complex. I'd like … Continue reading

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U.S. Doomed by a Culture of Leisure

“Give Me Your Pistol, Buck. Mine’s Overheated!”   In 1960, The Times was inserting This Week magazine in the Sunday papers. The editor was William I. Nichols, who countered the phrase “Better Dead Than Red” with the slogan “Better Brave … Continue reading

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A Romantic Entanglement for Future Times Columnist

     Feb. 28, 1920: My heart skipped a beat when I pulled up this story. Could this be our own  Lee Shippey, author of “The Great American Family” and “It’s an Old California Custom?” Yes it is.

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Body Found in River

   Feb. 28, 1910: The old newspapers didn’t hold back on gory details, like this story about the unfortunate fellow found in the San Joaquin River in a bag weighed down with rocks.

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 27, 1960

Briton's a Stevereno     I've been reading the short stories by Peter Ustinov in the Atlantic and wondering how he does it.  Acting, speaking, traveling — and writing superlative fiction, I mean.  In the versatility sweepstakes, he's Britain's answer to … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, Feb. 27, 1960

  Mash Notes and Comment     (Press Release)  "Marriages are sometimes shaken or dissolved for reasons hidden in the parents' unconscious mind," Dr. Harry F. Tashman reveals in "The Marriage Bed."     "This book, by one of New York's leading … Continue reading

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Americans Lower Expectations for Presidency

  Feb. 27, 1980: This page is such a time capsule of the 1980s that I couldn’t decide on one story. There's Baltimore Sun columnist Matt Seiden's a piece on the war between humans and computers, an essay by Calvin … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

  Feb. 27, 1965: Hedda Hopper gives a plug to “My Mother, the Car!”

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Movie Star Mystery Photo

       Los Angeles Times file photo Update: Our mystery fellow is Daniel Frohman, shown above left with Pola Negri and Jesse Lasky  in a photo dated Oct. 8, 1922. This week’s mystery fellow is the man on the left … Continue reading

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Closing Arguments in Finch Trial; Chessman’s Fate Up to Legislature

 Photograph by John Malmin / Los Angeles Times July 22, 1959: Carole Tregoff waits to be questioned by investigators. Los Angeles Times file photo Feb. 19, 1960: Students on Market Street in San Francisco protest the upcoming execution of Caryl … Continue reading

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America Rejects Its Rural Roots

“When a Feller Needs a Friend,” by Clare Briggs.   Feb. 27, 1920: “How Ya Gonna Keep Them Down on the Farm?” You can’t, according to The Times’ Harry C. Carr, who says former servicemen are abandoning farming in favor … Continue reading

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Mob Beats Strikebreakers, Police

  Feb. 27, 1910: Crowds in Philadelphia attack non-union men operating the streetcars, beating them and the police officers protecting them …  F.D. Underwood, president of the Erie Railroad, says: "There is a growing spirit of greed in this country … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 26, 1960

The Court Is a Stage     One of the travesties of court procedure is that most divorces are obtained on grounds that have little or nothing to do with the breakup of the marriages.     The ladies come into court … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, Feb. 26, 1960

  So Mexico's Justice Is Just, Eventually     Pfc. Robert Peterson, U.S. Army, dropped by my office yesterday on his way back to Ft. Ord.     He was a headline last June.  I'd worked on his story.  But yesterday, when … Continue reading

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‘Kramer,’ ‘All That Jazz’ Get 9 Oscar Nominations

  Feb. 26, 1980: "Apocalypse Now," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Norma Rae," "All That Jazz" and "Breaking Away" are nominated as best picture of the years. Plus Peter Sellers for “Being There,” one of my favorites, and Al Pacino before he … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

  Feb. 26, 1964: Hedda Hopper writes, “Stanley Kramer's remarks before presenting Paine Knickerbocker, of the San Francisco Chronicle, as best critic of the year were insulting. We all cringed.” Now I’m wondering what he said. Anyone have any idea?

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Officer’s Shot Saves Partner’s Life

  Feb. 26, 1960: Gov. Pat Brown will answer questions about granting a reprieve to Caryl Chessman … and on skid row, Officer V.P. Farmer shoots an ex-convict who is holding a gun to the head of Officer Ernest Searles … Continue reading

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