Monthly Archives: March 2010

Eight Women Graduate From Police Academy

  March 26, 1960: Eight female officers graduate from the Police Academy. In a reflection of the way policewomen were used at the time, four were assigned to the Juvenile Division and the other four were sent to the main … Continue reading

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Artist’s Notebook: L.A. Marathon

  “L.A. Marathon,” by Marion Eisenmann Marion Eisenmann and I decided to try something different from our exploration of local landmarks by going to Santa Monica to see the finish of the 2010 L.A. Marathon. I found a good viewing … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Angel City in Turmoil

This signed copy of Guy Finney’s “Angel City in Turmoil,” one of the more collectible books about Los Angeles history, has been listed on EBay.  According to The Times’ clips, Court Lytton was a real estate salesman. Bidding starts at … Continue reading

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Jury Duty

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times July 27, 1936: Mary Astor in court.  Note: I’m on jury duty, so posting will be light until it’s over.

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Found on EBay – Brenda Allen

This Aug. 9, 1949, AP photo of Hollywood madam Brenda Allen has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $9.99.

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In Support of Libraries and Librarians

The Arroyo Seco branch library via Google maps’ street view. Wednesday’s story by Maeve Reston on a proposal to cut hours in the Los Angeles Public Library system mentioned several branches that could be affected, including the Arroyo Seco Regional … Continue reading

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Jury Duty

Notice: I’m on jury duty, so posting will be light until it’s over.

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L.A. Moment

Dec. 25, 1944: Glenn Miller’s plane disappears. I was coming back from lunch at Koo-Koo-Roo on Grand Avenue this afternoon and while waiting for the light, I heard Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol” floating out a window of one of the … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, March 23, 1960

  Police Problems in Hunting Arsonist       You're a cop and, maybe, he's a pyromaniac.       A special kind of criminal.       His weapon isn't a gun or a knife.  Shake him down and you learn nothing. … Continue reading

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Hedda Hopper, March 23, 1947

March 23, 1947: Robert Mitchum has all the coyness of a barrel of TNT, Hedda Hopper says.

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Hedda Hopper, March 23, 1946

March 23, 1946: John Ford is at work on “My Darling Clementine,” Hedda Hopper says.

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Support for Capital Punishment Drops to 51%, Poll Finds

March 23, 1960: The Caryl Chessman case has underscored the worldwide debate over capital punishment, the Gallup Poll says. Americans support state executions 51% to 36%, with 13% undecided, the poll found, a decline from 68% support in 1953. 

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Fatal Jealousy Over Sister’s Wardrobe

March 23, 1910: Catherine Manx, 16, is charged with poisoning her older sister Elizabeth, 19, out of jealousy over her wardrobe, The Times says. Catherine says she bought the strychnine on behalf of a stranger. The chloroform was for cleaning, … Continue reading

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Sophomore With 41-Inch Bust Too Distracting to Male Students, College Says

March 21, 1960: I passed this item to my friend Gwen Sharp, a writer for Sociological Images. Her post on our friend Sandy Cherniss has made it to Jezebel.

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Matt Weinstock, March 22, 1960

  “Hello? Anybody There?” A Courageous Move     Along with spring, a sign has appeared in the Brentwood Country Mart, out in bosky del country, stating firmly, "Men Must Wear Shirts."  It is the first voice of protest in a … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, March 22, 1960

  Cynical Columnist Gets More Cynical       You think I seem a little sallow lately?  A kind of drawn, hunted look about me?  Deepening circles under the eyes?       You're right.  I'm sick.       But it's nothing … Continue reading

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Hedda Hopper, March 22, 1946

  March 22, 1946: Metro shelves “Frankie From Frisco” because the subject matter is too tough to lick, Hedda Hopper says. Based on a James M. Cain story with a screenplay by Robert D. Andrews, "Frankie From Frisco" was set … Continue reading

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KFI Expects Big Ratings From Scully and the Dodgers

  March 22, 1970: The Dodgers destroyed the Angels in radio ratings.

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Meet Pat Nixon

   March 22, 1960: Pat Nixon supported herself after her parents died, including work as a movie extra. Look for her in “Becky Sharp.” On the jump, “The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond” … and Roy Campanella is taken … Continue reading

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In the Days of Film Flacking

  March 22, 1920: The Times says Annette Kellerman takes too many risks to get accident insurance or life insurance,  but she can get “coverage” – so to speak — for her figure.

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