July 12, 1958
Los Angeles officially threw its hat into the Olympic rings for the 1964 Summer Games.
Mayor Norris Poulson announced the bid after a meeting with the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
"We in Southern California, Los Angeles in particular, already have unparalleled facilities for the successful staging of the Games," Poulson said in Braven Dyer's story in The Times. The 1932 Olympics had been a success in Los Angeles.
Money was already an issue in picking future Olympic cities.
Dyer wrote that "many European countries claim, after having made the long trip to Australia for the 1956 Olympics, that they will seek to keep the big international program in Europe for years to come, travel expenses being so heavy for many nations which lack the financial standing of the United States."
Unlike many of the paper's stories leading up to the Dodgers' move, Dyer's piece kept the Olympic bid in perspective. He pointed out that Tokyo was expected to make a bid in 1964 since the city was awarded the 1940 Games, a competition that didn't take place.
Tokyo was named the host city in 1964, with Detroit finishing a distant second in the International Olympic Committee voting. Detroit was viewed as a better Olympic city than Los Angeles? California did get another Olympics in 1960, with the Winter Games coming to Squaw Valley.
L.A. had to wait until 1984. Detroit is still waiting.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
But of course, the Daily
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| t's difficult to be certain, but I believe the house shown in Google maps' street view is the one designed by Clara Content Alden. Fortunately, Riverside County has posted its historic maps online, so I was able to find the River Crest Tract. It took a bit of detective work to locate the homes, however, because all the streets have been renamed. I try to note women's history whenever I get a chance and hoped to write about Alden, but there is nothing to be found of her in The Times. I can only recall one other woman in this period whom we wrote about as an aspiring architect, Penelope Murdoch. Nor is there much in The Times about Harry Hawes, although I learned about a man by that name who was the attorney for Mrs. Adolphus Busch and was a senator from Missouri. |
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4139 Bandini Blvd., the location of the Bandini Fertilizer Co. in 1938, via Google maps' street view feature. I was unfamiliar with the terms "Bandini Mountain" and "Mt. Bandini" until now.
| erhaps someone in LAPD communications will enjoy discovering that crackpots haven't changed much in 70 years. Above, Howard C. Nutt takes the calls. |
At left, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gates wants to return to the whipping post for a husband who spent most of his earnings from a WPA job on drinking and gambling.
And the Park Commission will plant 20 Cape Chestnut trees along 65th Street between Vermont and Kansas.
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65th Street via Google maps' street view.
|| ive people riding in an auto are badly hurt when the driver tries to pass a wagon on San Fernando Road and hits a utility pole. |
"Although the victims were all seriously injured, not one was taken to a hospital for treatment through fear that names would become known," The Times said.
It was soon learned that chauffeur C.L. French went off on a joy ride in the car of his employer, insurance executive George Ira Cochran, after taking the Cochran family to the theater, and he was racing back when the accident occurred.
Vaudeville actress Minnie Grace was pinned beneath the car in the crash; D.H. Christie suffered a fractured pelvis and his sister, Alma, was badly bruised on the head. Frank Dolan and another couple in the car were also injured, The Times said.
Cochran fired French and was weighing whether to take legal action, The Times said.
Apparently the Armour car repair shops, where the crash occurred, were so well known that The Times didn't need to say where they were. Today, unfortunately, the location is a bit more obscure.
Bonus fact: George Ira Cochran died in 1949 at the age of 86. He was a University of California regent from 1919 to 1946.
|| arning: Some readers aren't going to like this post because it contradicts today's popular wisdom that the wealthy led the campaign for better roads to accommodate their fancy new automobiles.|
Don't blame me; blame John Scott, a rancher from La Habra. Scott addresses a meeting of ranchers from the La Habra and Los Nietos valleys urging support for a bond measure for a massive road-building project throughout Los Angeles County.
Selections from his speech:
"The question of good roads is one the importance of which cannot be overestimated. To no class of people are they of greater moment than to the rancher. We will profit by the system of highways to a greater extent than any other class of people and it is but right that we should bear a good share of the brunt of the campaign."
"Roads with us are public utilities and not ornaments. The pleasure carriage and the automobile are not the chief vehicles that pass over our highways. I venture to say that, many as they are, they are greatly outnumbered by the fruit and grain wagons.
"A six-horse wagon, loaded with sacks of grain, makes no light load, and it is a heavy tax on any road's surface. We all of us know what it is to be delayed by mud in winter and smothered by dust in summer."
""If there were nothing to be considered but the comfort and the welfare of the ranchers, the highways would certainly be worth all they will cost. They will mean that we can transport our crops to the railroads with the greatest speed and convenience, thereby saving time and energy."
"To be sure, there are careless auto drivers, but the average man is not in the business of maiming and killing, and the man who is careless of the safety of his fellow man will be just as dangerous on a poor road as on a good one."
|| r. Roy L. Smith, chairman of the Federation for Civic Betterment and pastor of First Methodist Episcopal Church, announces that he plans to file petitions seeking the recall of Mayor Frank Shaw (see story at left). |
Smith made the announcement in a memo to the City Council asking it to defer action on the mayor's appointments to boards and commissions. The council refused to speculate whether the mayor would be recalled and did not second a motion by Councilman James M. Hyde to defer voting on the mayor's nominees. You may remember that Hyde had already called on the mayor, Police Chief James Davis and the Police Commission to resign over the Harry Raymond bombing.