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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

Sept. 21, 1947: Los Angeles Leads U.S. in Burglaries, Ranks 3rd in Killings After New York, Chicago

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Sept. 21, 1907: 26 Men Deported to China

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 21, 1907 Los Angeles It is one thing to know in the abstract about racial intolerance at the turn of the 20th century and quite another to have to read it … Continue reading

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Sept. 20, 1947: Marie ‘The Body’ McDonald Marries Karl the Shoe Man

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Marie (The Body) McDonald, 23-year-old film actress, last night was married to Harry Karl, 33, shoe merchant, in a quiet civil ceremony at the home of … Continue reading

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Sept. 20, 1907: Suicide Note — ‘Everything Is Boiling’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 20, 1907 Los Angeles For weeks, Colorado mining investor John Geisel, 57, had confided in his diary as he felt his mind and his life coming unraveled “Good God,” he wrote, … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Herb Jeffries Cast in All-Black Production of ‘Camille’

Sept. 18, 1947: The Sentinel reports the intriguing production of an all-black, musical version of “Camille,” produced by Thomas Hammond with a score by Serge Walter, lyrics by Rene Du Plessis, starring Herb Jeffries.  A previous commitment prevented Lena Horne … Continue reading

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Sept. 19, 1947: L.A. OKs Right Turn on Red Light!

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Adopted across the country and lampooned by Woody Allen, Los Angeles’ right turn on a red light was born in obscurity. Although the city used traffic … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Annual Halloween Reminder

Somewhere, somebody is already thinking about a Black Dahlia costume for Halloween, so here is my annual reminder: Dressing up like the victim of a grotesque murder is not the look you want. Please rethink your choices. Thanks.

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Black L.A. 1947: The Week’s Juke Box Hits

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Sept. 18, 1947: Navajo Teenagers Arrive at Sherman Institute

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. RIVERSIDE—A contingent of 369 Navajo Indian boys and girls from New Mexico and Arizona has arrived at Riverside’s famed Sherman Institute. Many of the youngsters, who … Continue reading

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Sept. 17:1907: L.A. Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 17, 1907 Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day was celebrated in a grand program sponsored by the Club Porfiro Diaz of Los Angeles at Turner Hall, 325 S. Main (demolished 1951), which … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

For Monday, we have a mystery gent. He does not approve of such goings-on.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Hamburger’s Department Store, Arrow Movie Theater

A postcard of Hamburger’s Department Store is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $2.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. The classy, oversize May Co. Department Store located at 801 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Sept. 16, 1907: Occidental Upperclassmen Enforce Fashion Law — No Cords for Freshmen!

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 16, 1907 Los Angeles Occidental’s fall semester has gotten underway with a boisterous gathering in the Hall of Letters. The first order of business was to punish underclassmen who dared to … Continue reading

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Sept. 16, 1947: Stanley Beltz, Colorful Lockheed Test Pilot

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Low flying charges have been filed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration against Stanley Beltz, Lockheed test pilot, who reportedly took a four-engined Constellation down to 200 … Continue reading

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Sept. 15, 1947: On Rosh Hashana, a Call to Mobilize for Peace

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The ram’s horn, once a trumpet of war but now a symbol of faith, sounded at sundown yesterday in Los Angeles synagogues to mark the dawn … Continue reading

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Brian De Palma’s ‘The Black Dahlia’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Further note: Rotten Tomatoes, gives this film 32% on the Tomatometer. “The Black Dahlia,” directed by Brian De Palma, screenplay by Josh Friedman based on the novel by James Ellroy. Starring Josh … Continue reading

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Sept. 14, 1947: How Many HR Violations Can You Spot in One Ad?

Sept. 14, 1947: Let’s see. White couples or single women wanted. Age limit 55 years. No, we don’t do this anymore.

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Sept. 13, 1947: The Light Rail That Failed — Transit Plan Calls for Trains on Freeway Medians

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Someday an inquisitive person studying the history of transportation and urban planning will tell the world exactly what became of Los Angeles’ 1947 blueprint for dealing … Continue reading

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Sept. 13, 1907: Girl’s Foot Amputated After Being Crushed by Streetcar

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 13, 1907 Los Angeles The family was too poor to take a streetcar, so Concepcion Parra, 60, and her sister Mrs. J.L. Ghiotto began walking the 12 miles to El Monte … Continue reading

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Sept. 12, 1947: L.A. Times Columnist Lee Shippey

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Henry R. Wagner of San Marino will be 85 years old Sept. 27 but the Zamorano Club couldn’t wait that long. In order to surprise Dr. … Continue reading

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