Monthly Archives: May 2013

Answering Michael Rosenblum: What IS a Library?

A fellow named Michael Rosenblum, whom I have never encountered before, has written a Huffington Post essay on libraries and meanders about on the idea that Google has made them obsolete. Mind you, this is not a direct point — … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 16

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Voices — Anne Knudsen

March 9, 2013: Former Herald Examiner photographers Anne Knudsen and Mike Mullen at the Herald Examiner Building. Photo courtesy of Mike Mullen. I recently wrote a column about a reunion of Herald Examiner photographers only to discover that one of … Continue reading

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‘Gangster Squad’: Fail — Part 3

In responding to my post on “Gangster Squad,” Earl Boebert raised the interesting question about whether officers used a one-handed or two-handed grip in the 1940s. For comparison, here’s a picture from Jack Webb’s “The Badge” (1958) showing LAPD cadets … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth – Part 15

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery – alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy – as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Revert War: Wallace Beery vs. Ted Healy, Round 9

Folks have been busy on the Ted Healy entry!  Will clarity emerge? We can only hope.

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Black Dahlia: What Is the Address of the Crime Scene?

I received a query yesterday from someone at Los Angeles magazine wanting to know the address on South Norton Avenue where the body of Elizabeth Short was found. The crime scene is usually given as “39th and Norton,” the nearest … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 14

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery – alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy – as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth – Part 13

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery – alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy – as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated +++)

And for Monday, we have a mystery switchboard operator.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Vice to Nice – Cigarette Cards

A cigarette card of Boots Mallory, courtesy of Mary Mallory. From the beginning of time, people have collected things, be it books, coins or people, in order to feel important, to be connected, to grow and to learn. Through the … Continue reading

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‘Gangster Squad’: Fail — Part 2 (Updated)

“Inspired by a True Story” is movie shorthand for “what you’re about to see is all b.s.” Much against my better judgment, I forced myself to watch “Gangster Squad” again when it came out on DVD and “on demand.” Not … Continue reading

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Was Coleman Harris From ‘Gangster Squad’ a Real Person?

Josh Brolin, left, as Sgt. John O’Mara with Anthony Mackie as Officer Coleman Harris in “Gangster Squad.” Drinking in uniform in a nightclub while on duty? I don’t think so. Now that “Gangster Squad” is out on DVD and available … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Revert War: Wallace Beery vs. Ted Healy, Round 8

Wikipedia: Now you see it, now you don’t. The story is gone — at least for today. DoctorJoeE has been busy updating the Wallace Beery and Ted Healy entries. Having been involved with Wikipedia for years, however, I would bet … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Revert War: Wallace Beery vs. Ted Healy, Round 7

Wrapping up our third week (well, I did warn you that this would be long and tedious) of looking at the “Wallace Beery beat Ted Healy to death” yarn here’s where we stand: Our friend DoctorJoeE has been at work … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 12

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Revert War: Wallace Beery vs. Ted Healy, Round 6

And here is where we get to one of Wikipedia’s great amusements: long, turgid squabbles over the content of a post. (The protracted, impassioned rag chew over whether the entry should be titled “Black Dahlia” or “The Black Dahlia” remains … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 11

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Revert War: Wallace Beery vs. Ted Healy, Round 5

The battle continues!

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Wikipedia: Murder and Myth — Part 10

In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve … Continue reading

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