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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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Stunt man dies in John Wayne film, December 6, 1958


File this under quaint notions of the 1950s: Highway officials taking control
of speeding cars and forcing them to slow down.

U.S. moon launch fails.
At left, stuntman Fred Kennedy is killed when he takes a fall from a horse in the final scene of the John Wayne film "The Horse Soldiers." Kennedy was in many of Wayne's films, including "The Searchers," "The Quiet Man" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." 
Isaac Stern plays the Bruch Violin Concerto with the L.A. Philharmonic under Georg Solti.
Don Jordan wins the world welterweight title at the Olympic.

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My first solid memory of wanting to get my hands on a newspaper was to read about the Space Race. I read the stories, studied the diagrams went out an looked at the night sky. It was a national obsession. I drank Tang (hot or cold), ate Spacefood Sticks and built model of the Lunar Lander, reusing the newspaper to keep the glue and paint off the kitchen table.


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