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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

Feb. 14, 1959: Paul Coates Gets Some Reader Feedback

Feb. 14, 1959: It’s Saturday in 1959, and Paul Coates ends the week with some letters, a typical ploy in the days when columnists published six times a week, a punishing schedule. And there is a Parkey Sharkey alert! Also … Continue reading

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Feb. 14, 1882: Valentine’s Day Love and Jokes

Feb. 14, 1882: Love and practical jokes flourish by the wagon load in Los Angeles. “More hearts are made sad by the villainous characters and miserable doggerel sent out broadcast, than can be cured before the next valentine day comes … Continue reading

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Feb. 13, 1959: Matt Weinstock and Valentine’s Day

Feb. 13, 1959: Matt Weinstock ends the day with a few thoughts about Valentine’s Day. Plus the usual assortment of short poems and amusing stories. The Mirror’s copy desk must have had some wags. I was about to say that … Continue reading

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Feb. 13, 1959: Paul Coates — Behind Bars in a Mexican Jail

Feb. 13, 1959: Paul Coates takes another look at Americans held in jail in Tijuana. Those who were arrested in a raid on a Rosarito Beach casino were the elite. A man who was being held for running a red … Continue reading

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Feb. 12, 1959: Matt Weinstock and ‘The Last Days of Lincoln’

It’s a worthwhile experience to put down whatever you’re doing for half an hour today and read something about one of the world’s great men. It doesn’t matter which of the books about him you read. His wisdom and humor … Continue reading

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Feb. 12, 1959: Paul Coates – When VD Was ‘Cured’

Feb. 12, 1959: After World War II, many Americans assumed that penicillin had eliminated venereal disease (STDs to you youngsters). And, no, it was still around. This column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on … Continue reading

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‘Dear Los Angeles’: 1,000 Quotes in Search of a Book

We have Edwin Mims, long-forgotten teacher, author and head of the English Department at Vanderbilt University, to thank for what may be the most famous quip about Los Angeles. Mims, who died in 1959 at the age of 87, was … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Rah! Rah! Hollywood Celebrates Pennants

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Hollywood has always been creative in promoting its films and personalities to the public. Employing posters, lobby cards, window cards and photographs, silent film production companies hyped upcoming films. With the success … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1942 MGM film “Eyes in the Night,” with Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Horace McNally, Katherine Emery, Allen Jenkins, Stanley C. Ridges, Reginald Denny,  John Emery, Rosemary de Camp, Erik Rolf, Barry Nelson, … Continue reading

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Ed Fuentes: We Lose a Member of the Brain Trust

Dear friends and members of the Brain Trust. We lost a charter member with the death of Ed Fuentes, who apparently suffered a fatal heart attack, according to Facebook. Ed was the subject of my first column at The Times … Continue reading

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Feb. 6, 1959: Matt Weinstock – Looking for the Real ‘77 Sunset Strip’

Feb. 6, 1959: The wildly popular Warner Bros. TV show “77 Sunset Strip” has people visiting the location at 8532 Sunset Blvd., next to Dino’s, and writing letters. Lots of letters. Kookie, man. Weinstock’s column was originally published in the … Continue reading

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Feb. 6, 1959: Paul Coates — Butch Harris Joins Cub Scouts at Last

Feb. 6, 1959: Paul Coates writes a happy ending to the Lewis “Butch” Harris saga. This comes after the Sentinel reported a different outcome. Coates’ column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in … Continue reading

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Feb. 3, 1939: Nuestro Pueblo

Feb. 3, 1939: Nuestro Pueblo, by Joe Seewerker with illustrations by Charles Owens, was one of my favorite discoveries in The Times. The columns were collected and published in a book that is also one of my favorites. It’s a … Continue reading

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March 1902: A ‘Cure’ for Anorexia

March 5 1902: Apparently lying with a cinder block on the stomach is a “cure” for the “emaciated” woman. “The bony woman is, ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the typical creature we know at a glance and summarize as … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: George Hodel and Rachmaninoff – A Meeting That Never Occurred

So here we have a passing mention of piano prodigy George Hodel, age 9, meeting Sergei Rachmaninoff “accompanied by the Russian minister of culture.” I’m particularly interested in this line because Rachmaninoff (Kristof Konrad) shows up in “I Am the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: George Hodel Boy Genius, and Rachmaninoff

Do you love research? Of course you do or you wouldn’t be reading the Daily Mirror. But do you love research about the Hodel family? Possibly not.

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Feb. 4, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘A Taxpayer Votes No!’

Feb. 4, 1959: Anecdotes, a poem and some amusing stories. Another light column to finish the day at the L.A. Mirror, courtesy of Matt Weinstock. The column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was published on latimes.com … Continue reading

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Feb. 4, 1959: Paul Coates Visits Americans Jailed in Raid on Mexican Casino

Feb. 4, 1959: Paul Coates does more reporting on the case of Americans being held in Tijuana after a raid on a gambling casino in Rosarito Beach. The story originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished … Continue reading

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Feb. 4, 1959: Airliner With 72 Aboard Plunges Into East River; Dodgers Sign Contracts

Feb. 4, 1959: Plane crashes were much more common 60 years ago. The late Eric Malnic, who specialized in covering them for the L.A. Times, once noted that “we haven’t had a big plane crash in years.” In sports, Wally … Continue reading

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Feb. 3, 1959: Matt Weinstock on Pool Sharks, Young and Old

Feb. 3, 1959: Matt Weinstock on difference between looking good on a dinky bar-sized pool table and a regulation table. This post originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in 2009. It is available … Continue reading

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