Tag Archives: alcoholism

Dec. 26, 1947: No Sympathy for Alcoholics!

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. On Christmas Eve 1947, the LAPD arrested 35 adults for drunk driving, 2 juveniles for drunk driving, and 19 for being drunk in an automobile. Of … Continue reading

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The Drunkard

  I found this program from "The Drunkard" in a scrapbook that I bought years ago and rediscovered while unpacking a box of books today. "The Drunkard" was one of the most popular and long-running plays ever staged in Los … Continue reading

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Feb. 9, 1908

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Drunk farm

Jan. 13, 1958 Los AngelesIf you’ve read Jack Webb’s "The Badge," (Page 236-240) you’ll recall a section on the LAPD’s farm for rehabilitating alcoholics. According to Webb, who unfortunately is not a terribly reliable source, the project began because there … Continue reading

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Gail Russell–in memoriam

Photographs by the Los Angeles Times Sgt. C.H. Specht examines damage to Jan’s Restaurant, 8424 Beverly Blvd., caused by Gail Russell’s convertible.  Below right, Russell fails a test for intoxication administered by Specht. July 6, 1957 Los Angeles You poor … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

June 28, 1957 Rehabilitation can come in curious ways. Let a man who occasionally checks in here tell his story of self-appraisal and reinstatement in society. One day he picked up a book, “Blood on the Boards,” by William Campbell … Continue reading

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Boy kills drunk father

  May 27, 1957 Maywood Drunk again, Harold L. Johnson, 43, lay passed out on a bed at 3069 Prospect Ave. in Maywood. His wife, Agnes,  38, helped herself to some money in his pocket. When Johnson came to and … Continue reading

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