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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

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Know your Dodgers

April 3, 1958


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April 3, 1958


Above, spring break in Bermuda. Below, flooding in San Francisco ... A warrant is issued for Judy Garland ("Judy" in tight headline counts) on income tax charges ... Here's what The Times considered a lede on a weather story in the days before we had Eric Malnic: "Benign but fickle sunlight flirted with Los Angeles yesterday ..."  I can just hear him yelling, "Hold it, Shakespeare!" 


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April 3, 1938


Above, a conference of American Jews focuses on aiding victims of European fascism and persecution ... Below, one of the stunning maps The Times published on the section fronts ... Note the real estate ads.

Quote of the Day: "With proper development, the Holy Land can be prepared to absorb approximately 4 million Jews without dispossessing any other inhabitants." --Abba Hillel Silver, head of the United Palestine Appeal


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The comics

April 3, 1938


Big Chief Wahoo by John Saunders and Elmer Woggam, another excursion into ethnic humor with dialect and stereotypes.... In later years, the strip added an investigative reporter named Steve Roper. Authentic Native American humor: BIA stands for "Boss Indians Around."


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April 3, 1908


Above, Sunset Magazine urges readers to send copies to their friends back East. Presumably it worked more often than not. Below, a tragic accident between two streetcars in heavy fog leaves a carload of oilfield workers injured and at least two dead ... A house painter suffers a heart attack on the roof of a two-story home at 2673 Vermont and goes home to die ... A trainload of 10,000 boxes of oranges is leaving for Iowa ... A speaker who is a last-minute replacement for the postmaster will give a talk at the YWCA on "The Ostrich, Its Eggs and Feathers." Don't worry: The big birds from the Cawston farm in South Pasadena will be in strong cages, and each young lady will receive a small memento ... A wealthy Louisiana farmer tries to kill himself in St. Louis because he can't decide which of four widows, including a local woman, he should marry ... Plans for a dance at a school out toward Calabasas are scuttled because of rules that the desks can't be moved. Some locals are pleased because they think dancing is immoral.


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Fleetwood Pugsley

May 26, 1971


Paul Coates

April 2, 1958


Paul Coates

April 2, 1958


Know your Dodgers

April 2, 1958


April 2, 1958


Above, the popularity of TV westerns spreads to "Ozzie and Harriet." Below, Holy Week is presented in a daily news feature based on the Gospels. It is difficult to imagine that even in the 1950s anybody thought this was a good idea--but then again, the Mirror ran page toppers in something like 48-point Gothic telling readers to go to church for Easter Sunday ... Mickey Cohen has a black eye and is in court--how unusual ... Republic abandons theatrical releases ...  And a pilot describes bailing out at 650 mph.


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April 2, 1938


Above, Joseph Greenwald, who played Nick Papadakis in the original Broadway production of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," dies on stage. Below, the Vatican condemns Austrian bishops'  endorsement of the union with Germany because they didn't get the pope's permission. "This is the sort of Catholicism that is condemned by all good Catholics," a Vatican radio broadcast says ... The Vatican also reports that 50 monks were slain by Spanish loyalists at a monastery in Catalonia.  [Note: Today's full page is especially blurry and I can't seem to correct it--lrh]

Quote of the Day: "The unmarried, childless woman of the of the 'individualist type' can hardly hope to escape functional derangements somewhere in her system. She never abandons hope for marriage and children" --Dr. Russell L. Roles, on Depression-era unemployment that has prevented men from marrying, producing a generation of single women who are competing with "their younger sisters."


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April 2, 1908


Above, the tars of the Great White Fleet are fed up with the same old songs. I'm not sure about "I'm Afraid to Go Home in the Dark," but I did find a song titled "I Used to Be Afraid to Go Home in the Dark. And what's this? "You've Heard of Hiawatha" at Indiana University's sheet music collections. Of course, it's a model of multiculturalism.


Below, a crowd of unemployed men in the council chambers applauds as the city approves hiring 80 men for 20 days to work for the street department ... The council also approves a law making it illegal for bicyclists to hitch a free ride by grabbing hold of a streetcar or automobile ... A man is granted a divorce after testifying that he has made his own breakfast and lunch for years and that although his wife cooks his dinner, she refuses to sit at the table with him while he eats it ... And a judge rules against a motorist who was fined for not having a license plate on his car and claims that the law is biased because motorcycles don't need to carry license plates.


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