Monthly Archives: February 2011

Faith and the Negro ‘Question’

        Feb. 25, 1911: Religion columnist William T. Ellis has a few things on his mind about the Negro “question,” but none of them involve defining what the “question” might be. Presumably it was so familiar to … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 24, 1961

       Feb. 24, 1961: Crazy times on the back lot at MGM: As one crew was shooting a scene for "Gunslinger," a Confederate cavalry charge from "The Americans" came thundering through the scene (evidently the riders had trouble … Continue reading

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Feb. 24, 1961, Paul Coates

             Feb. 24, 1961: Notice the different headlines between the two editions: "I JUST HAD TO KILL," L.A. SLAYER ADMITS and SUICIDE BARES THIRD IOWA BANK SCANDAL. All of this will change when the Mirror … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Feb. 24, 1941

        Feb. 24, 1941: Heavy rains are causing flooding in Los Angeles, so Tom Treanor visits the Los Angeles County flood control center. Notice that Devil’s Gate Reservoir is still in operation.  Clark Gable will thank anyone … Continue reading

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What Next for Richard Chamberlain After ‘Shogun?’

            Feb. 24, 1981: Young persons…. There was once a sensationally popular TV miniseries called “Shogun,” based on James Clavell’s novel set in feudal Japan, that aired in September 1980 and starred Richard Chamberlain, the … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 23, 1961

    Feb. 23, 1961: Mildred and Gordon Gordon celebrate the sale of their suspense novel "Operation Terror" with … ice cream bars. In their early days, they had to give up ice cream bars because they were too expensive … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Feb. 23, 1961

      Feb. 23, 1961: For a column pegged to Washington’s birthday, Paul Coates  recalls his suspicions about a lemon tree that met an unhappy fate.

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Town Called Hollywood, Feb. 23, 1941

        Feb. 23, 1941: An old hand at writing columns but feeling his way in his new assignment, The Home Front,  Tom Treanor writes: "Of all the times in the history of the world to be writing … Continue reading

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Van Nuys Is Born!

               Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Boulevard via Google maps’ street view.     Feb. 23, 1911: The Times says, “There are few more beautiful sites for a city anywhere than that which lies … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 22, 1961

       Feb. 22, 1961: The Arriba Poulson group has been formed in East Los Angeles to support the mayor in his upcoming campaign, Matt Weinstock says.   DEAR ABBY: My Mommy and Daddy got a divorce and I live … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Feb. 22, 1961

         Feb. 22, 1961: Longtime readers of the Daily Mirror may recall Paul Coates’ 1959 columns about a young African American boy named Butch Harris, who faced exclusion from the Cub Scouts because of his race. Today, … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Feb. 22, 1941

        Feb. 22, 1941: Los Angeles gets nearly 2 inches of rain in 24 hours, leaving Reseda and Canoga Park virtually cut off because of rising floodwaters, The Times says. Dr. E.H. Pitts of Sacramento writes a … Continue reading

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Grammys Hit a New Low in Conservatism

        Feb. 22, 1981: “The nominees this year represent a new low in Grammy conservatism,” Robert Hilburn says. "The gap in attitude between NARAS members — the people who are in the business of making music — … Continue reading

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Found on EBay — Parkey Sharkey

A copy of “Whiskey Road” by the incomparable Parkey Sharkey has been listed on EBay. Sharkey was a frequent presence in Paul Coates’ columns and many readers suspected that Coates fabricated Sharkey’s letters. Not at all. Sharkey was an actual … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 21, 1961

    Feb. 21, 1961: Ever wish there was a traffic cop around to catch some idiot driver? Well, this time there was, Matt Weinstock says.  CONFIDENTIAL TO N.H.: Tell your children nothing about your past "sins." If you are … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Feb. 21, 1961

      Feb. 21, 1961: The choice of which Mercury astronaut will be the first launched into space narrows to Marine Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr., Air Force Capt. Virgil L. Grissom and Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Feb. 21, 1941

        Feb. 21, 1941: Tom Treanor has the day off. Instead, we have a column by Lee Shippey on Walt Disney. Shippey was blind, but almost never refers to it in his columns. MGM AT A GLANCE: … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined — The Battle of Los Angeles

      Los Angeles Times file photo     http://www.traileraddict.com/emd/34600   I haven’t talked to a movie publicist since Brian De Palma’s ghastly “The Black Dahlia” came out, but I was recently bombarded with pitches to do some sort … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Feb. 20, 1961

        Feb. 20, 1961: Matt Weinstock has an item from J. Farrington Barrington Arrington, the sage of Bunker Hill, on a homeless drunk bedding down under some copies of the Mirror. DEAR SUSPICIOUS: You have an evil mind…

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Paul Coates, Feb. 20, 1961

         Feb. 20, 1961: Paul Coates follows up on a story about the DMV insisting that Spanish speakers attempt—and fail—the test in English before taking it in Spanish. A new directive allows applications to take the test … Continue reading

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