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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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Attorney general runs for governor, Dodgers win against Giants 5-3, September 4, 1958



Democratic Atty. Gen. Pat Brown announces that he will run for governor of California. His first promise is to ensure equal job opportunities. Brown also denounces Proposition 18, a right to work measure. Brown rejects Republican Sen. William F. Knowland's challenge to a debate.

In sports, baseball Commissioner Ford Frick is asking club owners to approve expansion of the National and American leagues to 10 teams.

The Dodgers beat the Giants 5-3 with a two-run homer by Duke Snider. Sandy Koufax (10-9) says it's his best game since being injured July 5 in a collision at first base with the Cubs' Jim Bolger.



The Times publishes the city's annual report. Above, the City Council, 1958

Ratio of police to population is lowest since WWII. Major crimes are up 15%.

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Though it does not show up on Keye Luke's credit database, in the mid Sixties he had a recurring role on 'General Hospital' for ABC. I used to see him often on the ABC lot.

During that period, and probably for another decade, there was only one talent agent who provided 'oriental talent'. Her name was Bessie Loo. An aging matriarch who always got the call to produce Asian talent from walkons to leads. And her agency was not very big. She would encourage her actors to take even the most demeaning roles. Largely because they were almost the only things offered, and it meant money to her.

Keye Luke was an exception. He infused all his roles with a dignity and complexity rarely available to Asians.

Hard to accept that such stereotyping held on so very long.


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