Category Archives: Matt Weinstock

Jan. 7, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘News From Detroit’

A group of grimly playful fellows at SC who call themselves Asthmatics Anonymous advise that at a raw-lunged meeting in the basement which serves as headquarters they have regrouped as Asthmatics Militant. First move was to change the association’s motto … Continue reading

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Jan. 6, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Law Is Upheld’

A very upsetting ruling came down recently from Appellate Justice Paul Vallee. Shocked by the discovery that three men were held in jail for five days before being arraigned, he stated in an opinion, “It appears the police are permitted … Continue reading

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Jan. 5, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Men of Good Will’

Matt Weinstock was a master of stringing little vignettes into a column. He didn’t do major reporting, like Paul Coates, but had a nice, light touch and occasionally stirred the heartstrings of Los Angeles. He also delved into L.A. history … Continue reading

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Jan. 2, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Reader’s Choice’

The old-school newspaper columnists were tough, writing six pieces a week. Six-day-a-week columnists like Matt Weinstock and Paul Coates took it easy by making their Saturday columns a roundup of readers’ letters. In those days, apparently, newspaper columnists received interesting … 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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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, April 15, 1961

       April 15, 1961: Matt Weinstock has two items on people who are crossing the country in walks for peace. One is a group that is walking from San Francisco to Moscow and the other is Miss Peace … Continue reading

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, April 14, 1961

    April 14, 1961: Like some huge, weird, robot-like monster in a dream, the steel and concrete pillars and bridges of the Santa Monica Freeway are advancing slowly westward from Figueroa Street to Venice Boulevard, laying waste all before … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 13, 1961

    April 13, 1961: The Mirror publishes a tough editorial on Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. A sample: "Welch's spurious reasoning went the full circle and came back to the familiar cry — if you are not … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 12, 1961

DEAR ABBY: I boiled when I read the letter from the woman who signed herself “Fed Up.” She was annoyed because her clergyman (Protestant) visited her in the hospital after her seventh child was born and asked her if she had ever heard of birth control.
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Matt Weinstock, April 11, 1961

    Men are from math class,  women are from Planet Prom, evidently. April 11, 1961: What's with the high handlebars set? Well, an elderly gent in Bermuda shorts was reaching for the sky, as seems to be fashionable, while … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 10, 1961

    April 10, 1961: Lawrence Clark Powell, head of UCLA’s library school, surveys students’ attitudes on reading and touches off an interesting exploration of their reading habits. Many say they don’t have time to read for pleasure or that … Continue reading

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Buses Replace Red Cars to Long Beach, April 8, 1961

             April 8. 1961: Red Cars are being replaced by buses on service between Los Angeles and Long Beach, San Pedro and Compton. Transportation conspiracy buffs please note: The Metropolitan Transit Authority is making the … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 7, 1961

       April 7, 1961:  A bail bondsman takes a lesson from “The Untouchables” and finds his missing client in a barber chair, Matt Weinstock says. CONFIDENTIAL TO "HAVING OUR TROUBLES": A very wise woman once told me that … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 6, 1961

    April 6, 1961: Regular passengers on the 5:15 p.m. bus that leaves the 6th and Los Angeles Street terminal for Seal Beach gave a farewell party Wednesday to Glenn Van Auker, the nice driver, who is being transferred, … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 5, 1961

       April 5, 1961: Anyone who patrols the downtown beat becomes accustomed to odd sights. There are the resolute pigeon feeders and the sad characters who poke through refuse cans for hidden treasure. There are the men with … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, April 4, 1961

    April 4, 1961: ONLY IN L.A. — On a recent dewy day, an ad stating "Utter-McKinley Understands" on the side of a bus had soaked through, revealing the previous ad underneath, which John Watson was delighted to observe, … Continue reading

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, April 1, 1961

           April 1, 1961: Barbara Mills, a dancer who performed as April Adams and Chondelli, dies after being found in a coma at the Coronet Motel, 5410 Hollywood Blvd. We don’t know much more about her … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, March 31, 1961, Matt Weinstock

       March 31, 1961: KNX radio personality Bob Crane is looking for a word that rhymes with orange, Matt Weinstock says. CONFIDENTIAL TO "MODERN MOTHER": Granted, your daughter CAN be trusted, but why place such temptations in the … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, March 30, 1961

    March 30, 1961: The Scottish Daily Express quotes Caltech seismologist Hugo Benioff (d. 1968) as saying that a devastating earthquake is set to hit Los Angeles.  The reporter apparently misquoted or distorted what Benioff said, according to Matt … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, March 29, 1961

      March 29, 1961: Brendan Behan’s play “The Hostage” is opening in Los Angeles and Matt Weinstock has a few lines about the playwright …  The gagged-up menu at the Writers Guild awards dinner included "Great Impasta," "Aspartacus … Continue reading

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