Category Archives: Jack Smith

What’s Troubling Today’s Young Women, Part 2

           March 27, 1961: Parts of this series on young women are patronizing and naive, and perhaps reflect the first tremors of what was called the Generation Gap. Some of the attitudes about college being a … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Is No Ordinary Man!

    Dec. 23, 1960: Take that, Sluggo, you gender-stereotyping clod! On the jump, a “legless World War II veteran” is charged with having 250 reels of stag films…. Jack Smith goes Christmas shopping and finds his fellow human beings … Continue reading

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Voices — ‘Howlin Mad’ Smith

March 21, 1960: Jack Smith profiles retired Gen. Holland Smith, who died in 1967 at the age of 84. 

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Secretary Found Stabbed to Death

The killing of Joyce Gayle Walker on the cover of the final edition … … and a bylined version by Howard Hertel and Jack Smith. Nov. 27, 1964: The death of Joyce Gayle Walker is one of the more haunting … Continue reading

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Plane Crash Kills 42

Nov. 17, 1959: Investigators speculate on whether a bomb exploded on a National Airlines DC-7B that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 42 people. Ultimately, no cause was ever determined. … And  Gene Sherman reports on border drug traffic. … Continue reading

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Teen Hoped to Bear Errol Flynn’s Child

 Los Angeles Times file photo Errol Flynn and Beverly Aadland in a photo published Oct. 15, 1959. Oct. 28, 1959: Jack Smith interviews Errol Flynn’s teenage girlfriend Beverly Aadland (whom Smith describes as the actor’s “last playmate”)  and her attorney … Continue reading

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The Tax Man Comes for Mickey Cohen; Covering the Mets

Sept. 25, 1969: A typical screamer headline we put on the late final edition, which was for street sales. The front page of the home delivery edition didn't look like this. The National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of … Continue reading

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Second Takes — Samuel Goldwyn

June 17, 1959: Jack Smith's series on Samuel Goldwyn continues. "[Robert] Sherwood and I were watching the first cut of the picture," Goldwyn says of "The Best Years of Our Lives." "It was very rough. Sherwood turned to me and … Continue reading

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Second Takes — Samuel Goldwyn

Part 3 of Jack Smith's series on Samuel Goldwyn. Goldwyn describes discovering Vilma Banky — and making her into a star of silent films. He also spent a fortune on her marriage to Rod La Rocque.

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Second Takes — Samuel Goldwyn

The Times' Jack Smith continues his series on Samuel Goldwyn. "When I arrived in New York I was absolutely alone, with no friend or relative to greet me," Goldwyn says.

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Nixon Urges Whittier Grads to Avoid Prejudice — and He Likes the Dodgers

Gus Arriola is one of my favorite comic strip artists. His drawings are so clean and he's a marvelous draftsman. Vice President Richard Nixon and his family visit Disneyland and stay at the Disneyland Hotel. He also says he shaves … Continue reading

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Top Comedian Goes Crazy in San Francisco! May 14, 1959

Winters later used his hospitalization in some of his routines. The Arechiga family, featured in the news because members were forcibly removed from two homes in Chavez Ravine, own 11 homes, The Times says. Mayor Norris Poulson angrily says: "The … Continue reading

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North Korea Shoots Down Navy Plane; Dodgers Beat Padres, 14-0, April 16, 1969

Jack Smith on God and Mr. Gomez. N. Korea a test for President Nixon.  Art Seidenbaum on talk radio.  Kevin Thomas on "Twisted Nerve." 1960s art influences the comics. The Dodgers moved home plate 10 feet closer to center field … Continue reading

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Trouble Was His Business — Raymond Chandler

 

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Yma Sumac, April 24, 1957

Former Los Angeles Police Detective Fred Otash gets some rough treatment during a brawl at Yma Sumac’s home in 1957. By Jack Smith Singer Yma Sumac’s home yesterday was the scene of the champion brawl in Hollywood’s history–featuring the Peruvian … Continue reading

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Jack Smith, October 21, 1958

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May 20, 1958

Photograph by Ed Gamer / Los Angeles Times Times columnist Jack Smith pays a farewell visit to the Amestoy Building at the northeast*   corner of  Market and Main (shown in 1945 map) across from City Hall. Built in 1887 by … Continue reading

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Fleetwood Pugsley

July 26, 1971

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April 18, 1958

Above, note that Robin Ogle was drafted by the Dodgers as a first baseman in 1972. Below, The Times drops the nameplate for the Dodgers’ mug shots and runs a nice, deep picture of Carl Erskine … Also note the … Continue reading

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Fleetwood Pugsley

June 7, 1971

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