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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Aha! EBay has another envelope addressed to A. Victor Segno of the Segno Success Club, 701 N. Belmont.
Segno, author of such books as "The Law of Mentalism," "How to Be Happy Though Married" and "How to Have Beautiful Hair," was a mentalist with a simple scam: For a $1 a month, he would send out a mental "success wave" twice a day. And it was quite successful--for him. In a few years, he was able to build an elaborate center in Echo Park (now demolished, apparently).
The Power of Thought
by A. Victor Segno
"I hold it true that thoughts are things
Endowed with bodies, breath and wings,
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results--or ill.
That which we call our secret thought,
Speeds to the earth's remotest spot,
And leaves its blessings or its woes,
Like tracks behind it as it goes."
"We awaken in another
Just the thoughts our minds contain.
If we're kind, we win their kindness,
If we hate, they hate again.
We pass on to brother mortals
The vibrations of the soul,
And the knowing ones receive them,
As they search from pole to pole."
"We build our futures thought by thought,
Or good or bad, and know it not--
Yet so the universe is wrought.
Thought is another name for Fate,
Choose, then, thy destiny and wait--
For love brings love and hate brings hate."
--The Law of Mentalism, A. Victor Segno, Los Angeles, Calif., 1902
Here's more about him at the 1947project.
A 50-foot tower of flames fed by 7,000 gallons of pressurized liquid propane being transferred from a truck to a storage tank was snuffed by a 28-year-old man who said it was no big deal.
Gerald D. Potter, a heating fuel executive living at 14847 Lassen, may have saved a block of businesses at Sepulveda and Oxnard boulevards, as well as untold lives, but he said: "It would have burned out after a while anyway."
Potter heard news reports of the blaze on the radio and drove to the American Butane Co. storage yard, 5919 Sepulveda Blvd. As firefighters provided a protective cover of spray, Potter turned a total of 10 valves on the tanker truck and in the storage yard to quench the flames.
The only reported injury was second-degree burns suffered by firefighter Paul B. Ruddick of Engine Co. 39 when he shut off another valve.
Note: The original estimate of 15,000 gallons of propane was later reduced to 7,000 gallons.
June 24, 1957
SUBJECT'S NAME: Delbert Wilson Miller.
SUBJECT'S DESCRIPTION: Age, 60. Height, 5 feet, 10 inches. Weight, 155 pounds. Bald, rim of gray hair. Glass right eye. Tattoo: "IRMA-DELL" upper right arm. Tattoo of swastika on left forearm.
Any person with information as to subject's whereabouts is requested to contact Sgt. Ketcherside, Missing Persons Section, Los Angeles Police Department.
Large cities have swallowed up persons before.
But never has a metropolis done a job more thoroughly than it did with Delbert Miller.
Fact and circumstance make his disappearance a near impossibility.
Yet, he's gone.
And no one, in six months of thorough search, has even a hint as to where or why.
Miller is a blind man. He never left his room at the St. Regis Apartments, 237 S. Flower St., without a friend to guide him.
Yet, on Jan. 17, he walked out alone. And vanished.
I talked last week with Miller's daughter-in-law, Mrs. LaJune Miller of 2963 Partridge Ave.
She told me many things about the missing subject: his habits, his disposition, his dependency on others.
Miller, his daughter-in-law told me, was an independent sort of man. But age had mellowed his quick temper. And blindness had limited his activities.
"My husband and I tried several times to get him to live with us," she said. "But he'd always go back to Flower St. That's where all his old cronies were."
Sometimes, she said, he'd stay with them for a month or so, but always, with a firm, "I'm just in your road here," he'd return downtown.
And have dinner with his son and daughter once or twice a week.
Mrs. Miller and her husband carefully traced the final known movements of the missing man. So did the police.
It was learned that he left his room on the morning of Jan. 17 to shop at Grand Central Market with a friend.
The friend later reported that he returned as far as the Third Street tunnel with Miller. Then Miller said he could find his way alone and they parted.
But Miller reached his room. He put his groceries on the table, stepped out, locked the door, and was never again seen.
The rotting groceries and meat were found a few days later.
"It was like he was planning on coming right back," said Mrs. Miller.
She and her husband spent the next six weeks in the neighborhood.
"We'd drive over in the early evening. Sometimes we'd knock on doors, asking questions. Sometimes we'd approach strangers on the street. They'd look at us like we were crackpots.
"And sometimes, around midnight, we'd drive home and no sooner would we get there than my husband would say to me:
" 'Let's go back. Maybe he'll be there.'
"And we'd go back and look and wait some more--until 2 or 3 in the morning."
Meanwhile, the police continued a thorough investigation.
They checked relatives, hospitals, hotels, mental hygiene clinics, the FBI. They, too, quizzed neighbors. They distributed circulars and placed his fingerprints on FBI file.
Mrs. Miller found one possible clue--but so far it's done no good.
"The landlady told me," she said, "that a stranger came asking for my father-in-law just three days before he disappeared.
"He was a tall, slender gentleman, well dressed and in his 40s."
I asked her about the swastika tattoo on Miller's arm.
"Oh, he was so ashamed of it. He'd had it for years--long before Hitler--and he used to talk quite often about having it removed.
"Just because of it, he'd always wear long-sleeved shirts."
Before we finished our conversation Mrs. Miller admitted, hesitantly, that in desperation she had gone to a fortuneteller for help.
"I don't believe in them, but I had no place else to go."
"What," I asked, "did the fortuneteller say?"
"That we'd hear from him very soon," she answered.
"But that--that was over two months ago."
June 24, 1957
Police Capt. Walter R. Koenig was out walking his dog in the 5500 block of Green Oak Drive, where it dead ends in the Hollywood Hills, when he found Baby Boy Doe.
He was 1 to 3 months old, and someone had wrapped him in blankets and put him in a cardboard box. An animal discovered Baby Boy Doe and dragged him out. "Police said the baby's legs are missing and one appears to have been cleanly severed with a sharp instrument," the Mirror said. He had been dead three or four days.
Koenig told investigators he had seen a young couple in the area a week earlier. When he questioned them about what they were doing, the man asked for directions and they left, Koenig said.
Rest in peace, Baby Boy Doe.
Koenig joined the LAPD in 1938, a watershed year in Los Angles politics because it marked the recall of Mayor Frank Shaw and the reform administration of Fletcher Bowron. In 1964, he became the police chief in Torrance. In 1969, shortly before reaching retirement age, Koenig accepted a teaching job at Georgia State University.
In an extremely rare honor for a police officer, the American Civil Liberties Union paid tribute to Koenig with its Courage of Conviction award. "As chief of police, Koenig, while enforcing the law firmly and fairly, always displayed an awareness of the rights of the individual as embodied in the Constitution," the ACLU said.