Category Archives: UFOs

The Daily Mirror Is Moving

       I’m moving to LADailyMirror.com Henry Fuhrmann, one of the assistant managing editors at The Times, likes to say: “Always take the high road. The view is nicer up there.” Henry is my friend, as well as my … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 7

        These days, many of The Times photos and negatives are held at UCLA. Here’s one of two negatives that Scott Harrison of our photo department got from the archives. As I said at the beginning, the … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 6

        July 8, 1947: The first links between the searchlight photo, the Battle of Los Angeles and flying saucers seem to have emerged in the late 1940s.  A Times editorial dismissing UFOs compared them to the mystery … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 5 [Updated]

    [Update: The Times published this photo with a story about the Battle of Los Angeles, but the photo was actually taken another time and used in error, according to Scott Harrison, who researched it for The Times'  Framework … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 4

        Oct. 29, 1945: The Times publishes the searchlight photo to accompany a story about the Air Force account of the incident. Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, people began arguing over whether the 1942 air … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 3

        Photographs by Larry Harnisch/Los Angeles Times   The original 1942 print of searchlights over Los Angeles.     The back of the print, showing editors’ notations and the publication date Feb. 26, 1942.     Feb. … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 2

           Feb. 24-25, 1942: Two days before the so-called Battle of Los Angeles, a Japanese submarine shelled the Elwood oil fields,  12 miles north of Santa Barbara, according to The Times, which added that the attack … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! — Part 1

          Los Angeles Times file photo   Searchlights rake the nighttime sky over a blacked-out city on Feb. 25, 1942, in the so-called Battle of Los Angeles. A powerful image, to be sure. But is it … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined — Saucers Over L.A.!

      Los Angeles Times file photo   I have been working with The Times’ historic photos for years and I know how the newspaper’s art department used to retouch pictures, so the moment I saw this image last … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined — The Battle of Los Angeles

      Los Angeles Times file photo     http://www.traileraddict.com/emd/34600   I haven’t talked to a movie publicist since Brian De Palma’s ghastly “The Black Dahlia” came out, but I was recently bombarded with pitches to do some sort … Continue reading

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, Dec. 3, 1960

       Dec. 3, 1960: Matt Weinstock says: "People are warming up to our town's pro basketball team, the Lakers. But something will have to be done about that name, which derives from their former home state, Minnesota, with … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Nov. 28, 1960

       Nov. 28, 1960: Are American children lagging behind their Soviet counterparts? Matt Weinstock (who admits he was lousy in geometry) doesn’t think it’s so important.  “I thought it was a ridiculous waste of time, effort and money … Continue reading

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Oh, Tin-enbaum!

           Nov. 24, 1960: Yes, the aluminum Christmas tree is back again, in all its shimmering majesty, at Sears! The 7-foot tree with 153 branches cost $178.73 in 2009 dollars. ALSO Aluminum Christmas trees on the … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Nov. 23, 1960

       Nov. 23, 1960: Joseph J. Cracchiolo traces a flaming object in the sky and watches it land in the 1200 block of West 120th Street. The space object turned out to be a plastic dry-cleaning bag, "with … Continue reading

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Flying Saucers Over L.A.

  Aug. 2, 1960: Oh they didn’t really do that, did they? Yes, they did.   Aug. 1, 1960: Only a portion of a front-page story about UFOs was saved in the microfilmed edition of The Times.  Aug. 9, 1960: … Continue reading

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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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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, June 28, 1960

  June 28, 1960: Former hotel clerk Otis T. Carr has a plan to send a man to the moon and back – and Paul Coates has the story.

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, June 22, 1960

  June 22, 1960: In case you missed it, Earth was invaded by spacemen on Dec. 6, 1957, and Paul Coates has the story. And the Mirror has added what must be one of the most forgettable slogans in the … 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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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, March 19, 1960

     Mash Notes and Comment     (Press Release)  "John Mason Brown is a conversationalist critic whose verbal outpourings since birth have never ceased  to be witty and original, as well as readily and steadily forthcoming . . . " … Continue reading

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