Category Archives: Books and Authors

Aug. 12, 1947: Distinguished UCLA English Instructor Dies in Plunge from S.F. Building; ‘He Was Not Married’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Dr. Stanley Dean Johnson sounds like quite a fellow. He’s a specialist in the works of John Donne, having received his bachelor’s and master’s from the … Continue reading

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Aug. 7, 1907: Too Late for Wife to Repent Marriage to Abusive Husband, Judge Rules

  Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Aug. 7, 1907 Los Angeles He swore at her and told her to go to hell. He rarely worked and only helped her run their boarding house when he felt like … Continue reading

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Scotty Bowers’ Mountain of Lies — Not the Hill I Care to Die On

Scotty Bowers’ mountain of lies is not the hill I care to die on. But be assured that he has told a mountain of lies. Have you seen even one photograph of him with one of his alleged amours? Scotty … Continue reading

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Aug. 3, 1947: ‘Kingsblood Royal’ by Sinclar Lewis Leads Bestseller List

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Kingsblood Royal,” like “Gentleman’s Agreement,” deals with prejudice, in this case, discrimination against blacks. Lewis’ novel was criticized in some reviews for superficial characters and a … Continue reading

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July 27, 1947: Chinese Author Visits Dr. George Hodel,

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Knowledge is desirable, but learning is pleasure.” That is one of the sayings of Author Helena Kuo, who came a long way from her native China … Continue reading

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July 27, 1907: Mayor Harper Calls for More LAPD Officers, New Library, More Schools

Above, Mayor Harper’s goals for his administration. Note especially item No. 11–more police officers–and item No. 17: new schools. Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 27, 1907 Los Angeles One of Mayor Harper’s promises in taking over … Continue reading

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July 24, 1907: Columbia University Professor Becomes an Explorer of the Occult

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 24, 1907 Los Angeles On a speaking tour of America, former Columbia professor James H. Hyslop is trying to raise interest in a scientific approach to psychic research while deflating the … Continue reading

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July 23, 1907: A Belated Tribute to Heroic Officer

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 23, 1907 Los Angeles John Conroy, a career criminal, planned his work carefully: He would wait until 10 p.m., pry open the skylight of J.C. Fleming’s jewelry store at 531 S. … Continue reading

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July 21, 1907: What the President Is Reading

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 21, 1907 Los Angeles President Theodore Roosevelt suggests “reading of certain books of pure fiction that have the prime quality of being interesting.”

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Architecture, Preservation and Noir

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Architecture, murder and hardboiled writing. Do you suppose McCoy had the 1947 Project in mind when he knocked off this forgotten little tale? (Note the first-person … Continue reading

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1947: Bookstore Owners Fined for Selling Obscene ‘Memoirs of Hecate County’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In the days when I lived in Hecate County, I had an uncomfortable neighbor, a man named Asa M. Stryker. He had at one time, he … Continue reading

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Mechanical Engineer Publishes First Book

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Hard at work as a mechanical engineer during the day, the former naval aviation researcher still finds time to do a little writing. At the moment … Continue reading

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Can This Be the Fourth of July?

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 4, 1907 Los Angeles And how does Los Angeles celebrate Independence Day? With cricket matches and bagpipe contests.

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Slander, My Sweet: Raymond Chandler, John Houseman and ‘The Blue Dahlia’

Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in “The Blue Dahlia.” Here are the opening paragraphs of the piece I’ve been working on for the last few months as I waited for the clamor to die down about Piu Eatwell’s “Black Dahlia, … Continue reading

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June 28, 1907: 62 Cars Enter Endurance Race From Los Angeles to Lakeside

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 28, 1907 Los Angeles Give cars to a bunch of wealthy Los Angeles residents and what do they do? Race them, of course. Not on a track this time, but in … Continue reading

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June 27, 1947: Ray the Newspaper Boy Publishes First Book, ‘Dark Carnival’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. I’ll be putting that little landmark on my tour of the Black Dahlia crime scene, which is about three miles away. Bradbury’s first book got a … Continue reading

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June 26, 1907: A Case of Elder Abuse?

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 26, 1907 Los Angeles Fred D. Samuels is a monster and nothing less, according to his aunt, Sister Kostka, assistant mother superior of the Ursuline Convent in Frontenac, Wis. As her … Continue reading

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June 23, 1947: Jim Tully, Hobo Novelist and Prizefighter, Dies at 56

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. For me, stumbling across Jim Tully is one of those wonderful accidental discoveries that are a byproduct of research. He’s as obscure and forgotten today as … Continue reading

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Writing on 1940s L.A. That’s Worth a Look: Beth Hahn’s ‘A Girl Like You’

Is it possible to write fiction about Los Angeles in the 1940s without falling into one of the common traps? I believe Beth Hahn has done it. I have read many works of fiction set in Southern California of the … Continue reading

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Jan. 20, 1947: ‘Good Night. Sleep Peacefully With Compliments of Jacks’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. I was talking with Siegel about seven o’clock on the Friday evening of his death. He called me at the office of Hollywood’s Daily Variety, for … Continue reading

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