New TogethernessMaurice Ogden of Garden Grove has a fearful short story titled "Freeway to Wherever" in the Southwest Review, depicting the tension and apprehension that strikes a family trapped in the flow of traffic on an unfamiliar freeway. It is painfully true to life.
Yet there was the thing that happened a few days ago on Santa Ana Freeway. Two trucks collided on the outbound lane during the eventing rush hour and traffic was stopped bumper to bumper for almost an hour.
Jerry Smith, executive of the Montebello YMCA, describes the scene: "Instead of popping their stoppers, people dismounted and chatted amiably with neighbors. Some found books and magazines in their cars and read. Considerate drivers on the inbound lanes slowed to give us progress reports on what was happening ahead. Those with radios turned the ball game up loud and repeated information from helicopter reports. There was the feeling that we were all trapped together and there was no use fighting it. Somehow I felt restored."
APPARENTLY it's true that once an ad writer, always an ad writer. While reading a magazine, Dick Irving Hyland, L.A. public relations executive, came upon a Hathaway shirt ad, the one showing a snobbish looking fellow wearing a black eye patch, and the old fever gripped him.
THE LANGUAGE of smog becomes increasingly complicated. For a while all we had to worry about were unsaturated hydrocarbons. Now it's the elusive olefin that worries the smog chasers. And what is an olefin? As near as can be determined, it's an unsaturated hydrocarbon.
Tune in next week for another chapter in the smog drama -- a real tear jerker.
WAIT LONG ENOUGH -
The fashion's trend toward pointed shoes
May cause most girls to sing the blues,
I've found at last my tootsies' treat
For I was born with pointed feet.
He outlined this idea: An Indian pointing to a row of Madison Avenue types, all wearing eye patches, saying, "They went Hathaway." He sent it off with a note stating he didn't expect payment but his shirt size happened to be 17, his sleeve length 34.
In a few days he received a letter stating they loved his idea but the present campaign was so successful they wouldn't dream of changing it. In an enclosure, in appreciation, was a black eye patch.
NO QUESTION about it, the Mafia is a bad bunch. But there's one thing to keep in mind whenever the subject is warmed over. Writer Courtney Riley Cooper said it, J. Edgar Hoover said it and the other day Acting Dist. Atty, Manley Bowler said it: "Organized crime cannot exist without corrupt public officials."
Bowler added, "We are aware of the presence in our community of certain individuals who have been closely associated with organized crime in other parts of the nation. We have no evidence these individuals are presently engaged in criminal activities in this county."
ONLY IN L.A. -- U.S. Atty. Laughlin Waters will wear a Roosevelt ribbon at the clambake honoring Paul Ziffren to make sure he is not mistaken for a Democrat. Theodore Roosevelt ... Fascinating non sequitur overheard by R. Smith at the Rainbow bar: "So her old man gets sprung from Quentin and she dyes her hair."
AT RANDOM -- A man I know is pretty sure he has figured out what happened to the $113,000 missing from an armored bank truck. But he isn't telling. He hopes to sell the idea to Alfred Hitchcock ... LeeShippey's autobiography, "Luckiest Man Alive," will soon be off the presses. Lee, 76, retired after 50 years of column writing, now lives in Del Mar ... An egg ranch in Van Nuys, Gerald M. Bronson reports, has two signs in the driveway -- "Entrance" and "Eggsit."