#art, #black dahlia, #books, #courts, #crime, #history, #railroads, 8|10|2011


Photo: BMW M1. Credit: Bonhams

A BMW M1 painted by Frank Stella is being auctioned at the Quail Lodge Sale, Aug. 18-19, in Carmel. The BWM belonged to racecar driver Peter Gregg, who committed suicide after an accident left him with double vision and therefore banned from racing.     Phil Patton in the New York Times.


A filing in Bankruptcy Court reveals that Steve Hodel is claiming unpaid royalties for “Black Dahlia Avenger.” The unpaid sum: $224,571.07. The court rejected Hodel’s claim for interest against Arcade Publishing.

Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times looks at Michele Bachmann’s views on the Renaissance.

Tea party queen and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is convinced that America is sinking into tyranny. Why? In a remarkable profile of the candidate appearing in the Aug. 15 issue of the New Yorker magazine, the artistic flowering of the Italian Renaissance takes a beating for having done away with the God-fearing Dark Ages.

The L.A Daily Mirror and L.A. Crime Beat from Twitter feeds prepared to the most exacting specifications by the bots at paper.li.

Photo: Jabberjaw lunchbox.

Jeanne Huber of the Washington Post writes about renewed interest in collecting lunchboxes.

Workers cutting down a fallen oak tree on Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg National Military Park discovered bullets lodged in the trunk. Two portions of the trunk where bullets were found are being preserved at Gettysburg’s museum.

Erica Goode of the New York Times
writes about the search for evidence that might provide DNA from serial killer Ted Bundy.

The African American Heritage Trail lists sites in Washington, D.C., that are historically significant. There’s an online database.

Dwight Garner, writing in the New York Times
, reviews Steve Wick’s biography “William L. Shirer and ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.’ ”

Shirer’s thick, black book was a fixture in libraries of the “Greatest Generation,” but I was never able to plow through it. I stumbled across Howard K. Smith’s “Last Train From Berlin” and found it much more readable.

Stephan Benzkofer of the Chicago Tribune writes about the long and short robbers, who struck Chicago in 1896.

Ridgley Tower, one of the last railroad control towers, was torn down after the task of controlling traffic was turned over to a computer center. Some items were saved from the rubble and given to a railroad historian. Dave Bakke in the Springfield State Journal-Register.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to #art, #black dahlia, #books, #courts, #crime, #history, #railroads, 8|10|2011

  1. frank martin says:

    The people of the greatest generation kept copies of “The Rise And Fall” on their shelves the way that hunters mount the taxidermied head of boars. No matter where you went, it was always there, it was always prominent in the middle of the collection no matter how small or how large, that book glared down at you. The Swastika on its spine stared at you, but the word “FALL” showed you that it was now harmless. That book served as a trophy, a talisman meant to tell one and all that “we beat these monsters”. Its worth remembering that the folks of that age spent a significant amount of time being told that such a thing was impossible and nearly as much time worrying that it might be true. All the same, they fought the beast and as much to their own surprise as anyone elses, they won. The book was a constant reminder to that generation not to give council to their fears, that no matter how bad things were in the current time, things were once very bad indeed and that in spite of all, things worked out for the best.


    • lmharnisch says:

      @Frank: You’re right. It was a trophy to be seen, like the Winston Churchill “Second World War” series, which everybody had and nobody read. Shirer’s less ambitious “Berlin Diary” is much more readable and engaging.

      Not sure I would agree with the second part of your statement, though. I think the 1940s papers, movies and the rest of popular culture are living records of how often Americans were told that they could beat the Axis. But I agree, as I heard from my family, that there was enduring anxiety, especially in the early years.


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