April 3, 1913: That is author L. Frank Baum and composer Louis F. Gottschalk, the team behind “The Tik-Tok Man of Oz,” which was a blockbuster in Los Angeles. The Times said it “is the reigning sensation of the local theatrical world and with a succession of crowded houses at the Majestic there is every tangible indication that this new musical extravaganza with its wealth of pictorial beauty is an out and out success.”
In other news, Police Chief Sebastian (yes, I know) wants $1 million so he can add 75 new patrolmen, three motorcycle officers and four policewomen. He also wants to increase the minimum salary of patrolmen from $83.33 to $100.
The city is struggling to deal with traffic congestion – caused by Los Angeles’ sainted streetcar system.
This is all really great stuff! Especially the story about L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk. This info lead to Harry Haldeman* a prominent L.A. businessman who founded “The Uplifter’s Club” that later was expanded and met in Santa Monica Canyon. The story of the Uplifter’s is a fascinating one on its own merit. Simm Crabill an executive of the L.A. Times Mirror Company was a member. L. Frank Baum, writer of Wizard of Oz Fame was a very influential man in L.A. during this period. *Haldeman, among other things was the father of H.R. Haldeman Asst. to Nixon during the Watergate era.
It was interesting to research Baum’s “Tik-Tok Man of Oz” because I found that even with something fairly esoteric, the Wikipedia entry was incorrect. As usual. Wikipedia is truly a sinkhole of mistakes and myth, and a haven for coding tweakers and factoid zealots. If you are looking for a detailed plot summary of every episode of “The Simpsons” or an exhaustive biography of Eric Cartman, it may be fairly accurate. But on anything else, beware.