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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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Giants win over Cubs, August 4, 1938

The Giants beat the Cubs, 8-3 ... Pittsburgh wins against Boston ... Bronko Nagurski flattens Gus Sonnenberg in wrestling ... beautifying downtown Los Angeles ... and Mayor Frank Shaw dismisses the upcoming recall recall election.

Imagine this: There was a time when the north side of 1st Street between Spring and Broadway wasn't a bombed-out moonscape. Fit only for renegade skateboarders, the moldering foundations and remnants of pavement are the one place in downtown Los Angeles that makes Pershing Square look like Yosemite.
Bronko Nagurski wrestled? Who knew? King Kong Kashey? Dr. Patrick O'Callahan? These names are unfamiliar to me ... And Maxie Rosenbloom is in training for a "ten-round boxing ballet" against Broadway Bob Pastor.
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At the bottom right hand of the August 4 38 front page there's a story of Alfred Hesselbein who is on a hunger strike to prevent being deported back to Germany. He claims he's a foe of Hitler and fears returning.

However 2 years later an Alfred Hesselbein publishes a pro-Hitler rant: Same person?


(1940) Alfred Hesselbein, Hitler Is Right!

Yet another tribute to the power and wisdom of the First Amendment, a 452 page rant against the Versailles Treaty, Jewish financiers, black rapists, and whatever other demons happened to cross the author’s field of vision at any particular moment as he sat down to his typewriter. Somehow the author managed to survive the downfall of his hero, and four years after the war ended, his next book was published---in Buenos Aires!


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