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Sex Talk in Pasadena Canceled Due to Lack of Interest

Sept. 12, 1953: Angry San Fernando Valley residents picket Lockheed’s plant in Van Nuys after a jet trainer crashed, killing Phyllis O’Kray, 16504 Chase St., Sepulveda. Lockheed executive Courtland S. Gross expressed regret over O’Kray’s death and noted that the … Continue reading

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May 26, 1908

Above, J.S. Zerbe and his "Aeronef," Jan. 19, 1909. May 26, 1908 Yes, Professor Zerbe’s "Aeronef" was a strange-looking contraption and I’m not sure he ever got it off the ground (he later experimented with a dirigible). But the Aero … Continue reading

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Bel-Air jewel theft

Oct. 23, 1957

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Aerospace crashes

  July 17, 1957 Los Angeles With the cancellation of the Navaho cruise missile program, North American Aviation made plans to lay off 15,600 employees, nearly a third of the workforce at its plant in Downey. Efforts were made to … Continue reading

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A blast

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West is hosting a two-day conference in August on the history of the aerospace industry in Southern California. Speakers will include writers, historians, pioneers in the aerospace industry and military officials. "Rocket Science … Continue reading

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