Category Archives: Science

Matt Weinstock, Aug. 2, 1960

  A  cargo of stolen Caltechium? Aug. 2, 1960: What do you suppose is in Caltechium? Matt Weinstock looks at one family’s problems in having a swimming pool.

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Pages of History – The Medical Profession of Southern California

The other day while researching the 1910 Times bombing, I discovered a digitized book that I have been trying to buy for years: Dr. George H. Kress’ “A History of the Medical Profession of Southern California.” Notice that this is … Continue reading

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On the Frontiers of Education

  June 9, 1910: Officials dedicate Pasadena Hall, the first building constructed at Throop Polytechnic Institute.  “The new Throop is designed to become one of the great engineering schools of the United States,” The Times says. The hall, which was … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘First Spaceship on Venus’ (1960)

Well, "First Spaceship on Venus" is quite the odd little movie: a vintage space epic filmed in East Germany and co-produced with Poland. It features an international team of characters and a strong anti-nuclear message! Released in German as "Der … Continue reading

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U.S. Launches Spy Satellite

    May 25, 1960: The U.S. successfully launches a Midas satellite after a previous attempt failed. The Times editorialized that the satellites would make spy planes such as the U-2 obsolete. Which is why the Midas satellites became space … Continue reading

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Mt. St. Helens Erupts

    May 19, 1980: Mt. St. Helens erupts in what The Times called “the largest volcanic eruption in historic times in the contiguous United States.” The eruption killed 57 people, including 21 who were never found, The Times said. … Continue reading

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Miracle TI-99/4 Home Computer Has 16K RAM, Runs BASIC!

May 16, 1980: The absolutely amazing TI-99/4 home computer … with 16K RAM! BASIC! 16-color graphics! Thermal printer! An an acoustic coupler! Notice that the ad doesn’t even list a price. Update: If you poke around a little bit you … Continue reading

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Little Damage From 6.0 Quake, 1910

  May 16, 1910: Here’s an interesting problem – how did newspapers report an earthquake 100 years ago? The Times gathered brief accounts over a wide area, from San Diego and Santa Catalina Island to Riverside, Banning, Mt. Wilson and … Continue reading

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Air Force Studied Antimissile Ray Gun

  April 4, 1960: A little boy, a dog, an ice cream cone … and an ice bag? Very cute. No, we don’t do this anymore. On the jump, the Air Force discontinues work on a light ray that would … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, March 21 1960

Journalism Lesson From a Dixie Editor     My mother didn’t exactly cancel her subscription to The Mirror News. What she did, she called me up — collect — from her flat in the Bronx just before Christmas last year with … Continue reading

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Lummis Quits Library Job

  March 5, 1910: This was one of those days when there were too many good stories to focus on one: Charles Lummis resigns as city librarian … a veterinarian's assistant dies a horrible death after being bitten by a … Continue reading

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Ultimate Baby Einstein? Sperm Bank Specializes in Nobel Winners

Look! It’s a Trash 80 with 64K RAM and an 8-inch floppy drive for only $3,450 [$8,902.02 USD 2008]. Feb. 29, 1980: Let’s see … a sperm bank of Nobel-winning scientists. These children should be at least 30 now.Wonder what … Continue reading

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Paulhan Takes First Day of Aviation Meet

 Los Angeles Times file photo Glenn Curtiss at the Aviation Meet, 1910.   Lt. Beck inspects a Gnome engine. Jan. 11, 1910: The Times says of Louis Paulhan, who flew 10.75 miles: "Handling his steering apparatus with one hand and … Continue reading

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L.A. Ready to Take to the Air

  An aerial view of Los Angeles. The Times publishes photos of the aviation grounds and members of the aviation committee. "Each of the big aviators are made headliners each day and will contest for one prize or another daily. … Continue reading

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Pilots Assemble Planes for Aviation Meet

  Two views of the Gill-Dosh biplane at Dominguez Station.    3rd and Boylston streets, home of the Collins wireless station, via Google maps’ street view.   Jan. 7, 1910: Airplanes are being assembled at Dominguez Station for the Aviation … Continue reading

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World’s First Wireless Phone?

  Texting is next!  Dec. 16, 1909:  The Times reports that disagreement over education and missionaries has been resolved on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. “The ruling faction at Oraibi is well content to be included in the progress of … Continue reading

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Predictions for Aviation Week

  Dec. 7, 1909: How would you describe flying in an airplane to someone who’s never done it in a time when all but a few people are earthbound?  "By climbing to the top of a tall tree in a … Continue reading

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Plans for Aviation Meet

  Glenn Curtiss takes to the air over Los Angeles, 1910.   Plans are underway for an aviation week in early 1910. Glenn Curtiss has already signed a contract to appear. The “woman in black” may be involved in white … Continue reading

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Council OKs Raises for Police, Firefighters; Union Effort Collapses

Successful businessmen use the Dictaphone. Great lettering, no?   Nov. 5, 1919: The City Council gives police officers and firefighters a raise and the attempts to unionize the Police Department collapse.

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Dark Side of the Moon!

  Oct. 27, 1959: In another setback for America in the space race, the Soviets release a photo of the hidden side of the moon, while two U.S. satellites plunge from orbit.

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