Category Archives: Ronald Reagan

L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Gladwin Hill’s “Dancing Bear: An Inside Look at California Politics,” published in 1968, is a new addition to my annual holiday gift suggestions. I’m generally cool toward books on California politics (the result of reading a zillion stories out of … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 12, 1941

        May 12, 1941: Producers have a new name for their movie: “Bahama Passage.” The working title may have provoked some unwanted reaction.    Garner Curran fills in for Lee Shippey, who is recovering from surgery, and writes … Continue reading

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‘Citizen Kane’ Opens in L.A.!

            May 9, 1941: “Citizen Kane” opens at the El Capitan and the RKO Hillstreet. “Orson Welles strikes out in a dozen new directions with his technique of ‘Citizen Kane.’ Yet what he does can … Continue reading

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From the Stacks – ‘Dancing Bear’ (1968)

    Out of curiosity, I picked up Gladwin Hill’s “Dancing Bear” at the Southern California Library’s book sale.  I never met Hill (d. 1992), the New York Times bureau chief in Los Angeles, but I had heard about him … Continue reading

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Military Snaps to Attention for Reagan

        Feb. 27, 1981: Military officers are back in uniform around Washington after an informal switch to civilian clothes, apparently prompted by a remark in 1955 by President Eisenhower that “the place looked like an armed camp.” … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan and ‘A Time for Choosing’

    In speaking at the tribute honoring the Ronald Reagan centennial on Friday night, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin invoked his now-famous speech “A Time for Choosing.” Times reporter Maeve Reston noted that Reagan gave the televised … Continue reading

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Iran Hostages Spend 2nd Christmas in Captivity

            Dec. 24, 1980: The nation’s Christmas tree is lit for 417 seconds, one for each day the 52 hostages have been held in captivity in Iran…. San Fernando Police Officer Dennis Webb is shot … Continue reading

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Reagan May Call Economic Emergency

Ronald Reagan’s political education: The new Assembly speaker, Van Nuys Democrat Bob Moretti, went to Reagan and said, “Look, you don’t like me and I don’t like you but if we want to get anything done here we’ve got to work together.”
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A Season of Optimism for Dodgers, Angels

      Nov. 29, 1970: State income from tax revenue is running lower than expected while state spending — primarily for social welfare — is running higher than earlier estimates.       Nov. 29, 1970: The Dodgers and … Continue reading

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