Monthly Archives: January 2011

Matt Weinstock, Jan. 31, 1961

       Jan. 31, 1961: Matt Weinstock has an item about author Leonard Wibberley’s experiences in Portugal – recounted in the book “No Garlic in the Soup.” DEAR ABBY: Help me make a decision that involves a child's future. … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Jan. 31, 1961

       Jan. 31, 1961: After hearing reports that the Lady in Black had vanished, and then rumors that she had returned, Paul Coates interviews Ditra Flame.

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

      Los Angeles Times file photo   [Update: As everyone realized, this is “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” in an image published Sept. 3, 1939, with Edwin Schallert’s story about the current trend in Hollywood of "just what … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Jan. 30, 1961

       Jan. 30, 1961: Can anybody do abstract art? Matt Weinstock has an item on a man who thinks so – but there’s a twist to the story. And Abby has a follow-up on the controversy over square … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Jan. 30, 1961

         Jan. 30, 1961: Paul Coates has a feature on Ditra Flame, who mourns at Valentino’s tomb as the Lady in Black. ALSO The Ladies in Black on the Daily Mirror

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Jan. 30, 1941

           Jan. 30, 1941: Tom Treanor, who was killed covering World War II for The Times, writes about an unforgettable image from his tour of Europe: At the police station in Bucharest, Romania, an Iron Guardist … Continue reading

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Voices — Mohamed ElBaradei

    Photo: Mohamed ElBaradei via Al Jazeera Calm Is Urged in Iran Debate * Mohamed ElBaradei, the U.N. nuclear agency chief, sees no imminent danger from Tehran and asks those discussing the issue to `lower the pitch.' March 31, … Continue reading

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‘Fantasia’ Acclaimed as Film Masterpiece

           Jan. 30, 1941: The Times publishes three items on the Los Angeles premiere of “Fantasia”: A review of the film by Edwin Schallert, a music review by Isabel Morse Jones and a color story on … Continue reading

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Voices: Milton Babbitt, 1916 — 2011

        March 7, 1986: As he nears the age of 70, composer Milton Babbitt tells Times arts writer Marc Shulgold, "Even so-called popular composers don't really care what an audience likes. In the end, you write for … Continue reading

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Hidden Artistry — Fooling the Camera

      “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”         “Tennessee Johnson”   Arye Michael Bender's comments on the "carved panels" in "Mr. Smith" reminded me of the painted statues in "Tennessee Johnson." Here's a better look.

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Jan. 29, 1941

              Jan. 29, 1941: “Fantasia” premieres in Los Angeles tonight! Greta Garbo, shadow boxer: Despite her yearlong idleness, the illusive Miss Garbo has managed to keep in shape by industriously dodging crowds of curious … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

      Los Angeles Times file photo       [Update: Here’s a fun discovery. The Times published this photo to accompany a 1970 feature on cameraman Virgil Miller. According to the caption information, this is the crew filming … Continue reading

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, Jan. 28, 1961

       Jan. 28, 1961: Matt Weinstock’s daughter Jane graduates from Paul Revere Junior High. After the ball was over one weary father said to another: "We got them this far but I don't know if they'll make it … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Jan. 28, 1941

        Jan. 28, 1941: Times reporter Tom Treanor, having recently returned from Europe, writes about conditions in Nazi-occupied France.  Edwina Booth, whose life turned to tragedy when she contracted a tropical fever during filming of "Trader Horn" … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

      Los Angeles Times file photo   [Update: This is Hugh Herbert, but the rest of the people in the photo are unidentified. Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Mary Mallory, Carmen, Rotter, Mark Heimback-Nielsen, Eve, Cold in Phoenix, Roget-L.A., … Continue reading

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Atlanta Police Seek to Solve Slayings of Black Youths

            Jan. 28, 1981: Lee Manual Gooch, 15, is missing four days after the discovery of the strangled body of Terry Lorenzo Pue, the 14th black child to be killed  in Atlanta in 1 1/2 … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Jan. 27, 1961

       Jan. 27, 1961: Matt Weinstock has an item about folk music featuring singer Joyce James and guitarist Bill Fernandez. One of their songs is David Arkin’s “The Klan,” about a cross burning in East L.A. CONFIDENTIAL TO … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Jan. 27, 1961

             Jan. 27, 1961: Carroll Van Court asks Mirror readers to pray for Mel Blanc, who was badly injured in a car crash. Paul Coates dips into the mailbag and endures a reader’s taunts that … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Jan. 27, 1941

        Jan. 27, 1941: Tom Treanor writes about the popularity of the Lockheed Hudson among British fliers. “The Hudson's such a sweetheart to the British airmen that it has been made the heroine of their next-to-the-dirtiest war … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

      Los Angeles Times file photo   [Update: This is a production shot from “Tennessee Johnson,” published Jan. 2, 1943. The fellow  on the ladder with the gloves is director William Dieterle.] In this mystery scene, we have … Continue reading

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