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Matt Weinstock, June 5, 1959

June 5, 2009 |  4:00 pm

Passing the Writ

Matt Weinstock As every sane motorist knows, the best thing is to obey the law. Don't run any red lights. Stop for pedestrians. Don't go too fast or too slow. Make boulevard stops. Especially now. The law is bearing down from all sides.

But some people are bad drivers or careless or inconsiderate or unlucky and they get jammed up.

Consider the case of a man, one of 4,700, who recently received notice from the Motor Vehicle Department that his driving license has been suspended for 90 days.

He drives 28,000 miles a year on his job. In the last 18 years of driving in California he has had no 502s, no reckless-driving charges and only one speeding ticket in the last three years (60 in a 40 mph zone in Claremont, which he says was a speed trap).

June 5, 1959, Guardrails HE HAS NEVER had his insurance canceled. He has always been covered under the financial responsibility law.

He believes the MVD's widely publicized campaign to revoke licenses is a good one. However, he considers his punishment unduly harsh and he had a writ of mandate drawn up to file in Superior Court.

Before filing it, he is required by law to serve Robert McCarthy, MVD director in Sacramento. This he did according to legal procedure by sending a copy of the writ to the sheriff with a blank signed check to cover costs.

The writ was returned to him a few days ago and he dutifully took it to the county clerk's office to file. He was not allowed to file it because it had not been served personally on McCarthy but on his secretary. Now he must make out a new writ and start over.

Somehow he has the feeling that he is getting the runaround.


NOT LONG AGO Ed Dowd innocently asked his class at Montebello High to use the words synonymous" and "bemoaning" in sentences. Among the examples were these headshakers:

"The lady gave birth to synonymous twins."

"The man looked out of the window, and, although it was still dark, he knew it would soon bemoaning."


June 5, 1959, Comics HEAVENLY

Don't look now!
(It's too much fun"
We're up in orbit
'Found the sun!



FARMERS HAVE long debated whether hogs fatten better when kept in enclosures or when allowed to browse at will on the greensward. At last an animal husbandry study group, after comparing weights achieved by the two methods over a period of years, has come up with the answer. "The pen," states the report received by Maurice Ogden of Garden Grove, "is meatier than the sward."

AS REPORTED here, a lady shopping for a new phonograph became so confused by the hi-fi talk that she described her old machine to the salesman as "an old lo-fi." Comes now another lady who became so distraught because her daughter kept the volume so high on their set that she disconnected the ply. Now she proudly boasts of a "no-fi" set.

June 5, 1959, Abby A BIG CRISIS is reported in the Toastmasters International monthly publication which has headquarters in Santa Ana. The Warren (0.) club president inquired if it is acceptable parliamentary procedure to turn off his hearing aid when he is subjected to unwarranted or undesirable debate. No immediate decision.


AT RANDOM -- A short snorter $1 bill on which was written "Dr. W. W. Kamerer July 17, 1943" was handed in on a purchase in a San Fernando Valley store the other day. If the doc is around and wants the bill as a keepsake it's being held for a few days ... Only in Disneyland: By the touch of a button, the four waterfalls on the new Matterhorn there will be set in motion June 14. Yep, push-button waterfalls. Not all the magic is taking place in outer space ... Bob Ferris remarked onKABC yesterday that it will only be a matter of time until the Russians send up a cat-bearing satellite to hunt down the missing mice ... Pat Buttram said it: "The only person who ever got the week's work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe."