Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
In an earlier post, I noted that these youngsters were giving an unusual salute and asked if anyone could shed some light on the issue. David Knox of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., writes:
In your April 10 posting, you note that the children watching "Snow White" are engaging in an odd salute. That is the end stage of the Bellamy Salute. Francis Bellamy penned the first version of the Pledge of Allegiance. He also suggested a salute that could go along with the pledge. As you started the pledge, you were to cock your arm as in a military salute, then slowly straighten your arm until the arm was outstretched with the palm up pointing at the flag. After World War II, given the similarity to the Nazi or fascist salute, the so-called Bellamy Salute was replaced with our current hand over the heart.
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My good friends across the newsroom are having so much fun with L.A. Unleashed that I thought I'd add a special mystery picture, just for them. OK, who is our dog lover and, for bonus points, what's the dog's name?
- Natalie Wood? Good guess. But no.
- Patricia Breslin and Theo from "The People's Choice?" Alas, no.
- Carole Lombard and her dachshund, Commissioner? Excellent guess! But no.
- Susan Hayward? Sorry, no.
- Shirley Temple? Alas, no.
- Bette Davis? I'm afraid not.
- Audrey Hepburn? Interesting guess, but no.
- Judy Garland? Sorry, no.
- Ingrid Bergman? Alas, no.
- Marie Prevost? Interesting guess. But no.
- Joan Crawford? (Jessell Ranilla). Joan Crawford and Pupschen? (Heath Hewitt). Absolutely right. Very impressive. This is Mrs. Franchot Tone in 1936 with "Pupchen." Hey wait! Where's your collar, Pupchen?!
Here are some other photos of Crawford and her pets.
Photograph by Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times
Half a century does nothing to erase the pain of this picture. The young man is David Greenstein and he's being comforted by his mother, Gladys, after a coroner's jury ruled that his slaying of his father, Rubin, was justifiable homicide.
Rubin and Gladys were separated and Rubin had come to her home, 16631 McCormick St., Encino, for weekend visitation. He became furious when David and his two younger brothers, Sherman and Barry, weren't there and went looking for them.
He found Barry at a playground and took him back home. The Times said. David returned and got into a fistfight with his father that went from one room to another. Rubin and his son ended up in David's bedroom, where the youth pulled a .45 from a drawer. In the struggle over the .45, David was shot in the arm and his father was shot in the throat, stomach and left side. Rubin Greenstein, 47, was dead by the time police arrived.
Above, an interesting picture. Keep your eye on Police Capt. Peter Del Gado. And no, in case you're wondering, the Haldeman of Savage-Haldeman Pontiac is Henry F. Haldeman. Harry F. Haldeman was the father of H.R. "Bob" Haldeman of Watergate fame. Below, needy children belonging to an organization called the Knothole Gang attend a showing of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The youngsters are extending their arms to salute the flag, in case you are wondering. I've never seen this type of salute before. Maybe someone can shed some light on the issue ... Harry Raymond is ready to testify in the trial of Police Capt. Earle Kynette ... Officials tighten enforcement of a dog quarantine due to the risk of rabies ... And Senaida Guzman, granddaughter of Don Antonio Rocha I, who received the land grant for Rancho La Brea, dies at the age of 69.