Category Archives: 2009

Exploring Historic Photos on Flickr (Yes, Flickr)

In 2007, the Library of Congress began putting historic images on Flickr (remember Flickr?) and this was one of my favorites: The first all-woman jury in Los Angeles AND the first all-women jury in California.. Warning, you will see this … Continue reading

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Jan. 18, 1959: Jerry Lewis Plays First Base for the Dodgers

Jan. 18, 1959: OK, it was a benefit game. But still.. Keith Thursby writes: Rosalind Wyman was a bright, young politician and a driving force in bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles. The paper profiled the City Council member as … Continue reading

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Jan. 17, 1959: Matt Weinstock – Bashing Los Angeles

Jan. 17, 1959: Matt Weinstock invented the “Only in L.A.” column while he was at the L.A. Mirror. In this edition, Weinstock is cataloging some L.A.-bashing: It is a city without the power to assert its own identity; a city … Continue reading

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Jan. 17, 1959: Paul Coates Dips Into the Letters File

Jan. 17, 1959: It was Saturday in 1959, so Paul Coates ends his week with a letters column. Pretty standard for those guys who wrote six columns a week. (In case you don’t know, afternoon papers did not publish on … Continue reading

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Jan. 13, 1959: Matt Weinstock

Jan. 13, 1959: Horseracing, Al Capone, a poem, a couple of funny stories, and we have another Matt Weinstock column. Weinstock perfected the art of the light touch. Rarely anything controversial and he never swung for the fence, like Coates … Continue reading

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Jan. 13, 1959: Paul Coates Interviews Soviet Leader Mikoyan

Jan. 13, 1959: Paul Coates worked himself into an early grave. In addition to writing six columns a week for the L.A. Mirror, he also had a show on KTTV-TV Channel 11. It was definitely another era. In this piece, … Continue reading

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Jan. 5, 1959: Paul Coates Confidential File – Desmond Slattery Is Home

Along with Parkey Sharkey, Desmond Slattery was one of the colorful characters in Paul Coates columns.. The entire piece is here, via Archive.org.

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Jan. 4, 1959: Grocermat – The Supermarket of Tomorrow!

I love “futurism” stories like this one, featuring a 7-Eleven for the Jetsons.  In sports, football coach Earl “Curly” Lambeau says the split-T offense is dead. He also thinks college ball should put the goal posts back on the goal … Continue reading

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Victor Segno: ‘How to Live 100 Years’

A. Victor Segno is my favorite Los Angeles charlatan. I wrote a feature about him for The Times in 2012.. The entire Daily Mirror post appears on Archive.org.

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Jan. 2, 1959: Paul Coates ‘Repeal the Mann Act?’

Jan. 2, 1959: Long before Nate Silver launched 538, Paul Coates was skeptical of polls and to prove his point formed his own polling concern: the Los Angeles Survey Institute. His question: “Do you think the Mann Act deters or … Continue reading

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Another Fine Mess? Stan Laurel Accused of Planning to Bury Wife in Backyard

I have written more than 10,000 posts about L.A. history over the years and I don’t remember many of them. Like this one, which was turned into a “Then and Now” a feature that continued briefly after Cecilia Rasmussen left … Continue reading

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Jan. 1, 1959: Matt Weinstock, ‘Unsung Heroines’

The other joy of doing the Daily Mirror was reintroducing readers to the columns of Matt Weinstock, taken from the Mirror (d. 1962). Weinstock is remembered today for the 1947 book “My L.A.” (I have enough copies, thank you), which … Continue reading

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The Santa Claus Massacre

Last night at work, we got to talking about the Bruce Pardo case. He’s the man who dressed up as Santa Claus and killed nine people, including his ex-wife, at a Christmas Eve party in 2009. Here’s the story by … Continue reading

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Marion Eisenmann: Artist’s Notebook – Third Street Promenade

Third Street Promenade by Marion Eisenmann, Sept. 4, 2009   Note: This is one of the sketches that Marion Eisenmann did for the Daily Mirror when it was at latimes.com. I’m reposting it just as it was in 2009. Santa … Continue reading

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Marion Eisenmann: Artist’s Notebook

Olvera Street by Marion Eisenmann, Aug. 8, 2009 Note: I’m reposting artwork that Marion Eisenmann did for the Daily Mirror when it was with the L.A. Times. To visit the old Plaza is to stand at the crossroads of the … Continue reading

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Time Traveling With the L.A. Daily Mirror [Updated]

Photo: Pier Angeli and friend with a reminder on Daylight Saving Time, 1958 I decided to import my old lmharnisch blog, devoted mainly to dissecting “The Black Dahlia Files” by Donald “Fake Document” Wolfe. Now there are posts going back … Continue reading

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Coming Tomorrow: Marion Eisenmann

City Hall, July 3, 2009, by Marion Eisenmann I’m going to be reposting the artwork Marion Eisenmann did for the Daily Mirror when it was with the L.A. Times. Tomorrow’s sketch will feature Olvera Street. You can contact Marion here.

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