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Matt Weinstock, Dec. 10, 1959

December 10, 2009 |  4:00 pm

Dec. 10, 1959, Peanuts
Dec. 10, 1959, Peanuts

Christmas Story

Matt Weinstock It's about that time again so, as the saying goes, let's see if we can jerk a few tears.

    A couple with four children have been in serious financial difficulty since the father was injured recently and unable to work.  The worst hardship has been getting through the waiting period required for his unemployment insurance and compensation to go in effect.

    Learning of the family's plight, teachers at the elementary school some of the children attend have taken action to provide them with temporary free lunches and milk.

    As is customary, the case was referred to Child Welfare and Attendance and the other day Monty Minock, CWA worker, called on the mother.

Dec. 10, 1959, Krishna Venta    "I think things will be all right now," she said.  "My husband has a temporary job as a Santa Claus in a department store."


complaining about smog are merely caustic or indignant or irrelevant.  Now and then a real chiller comes along.  Such as one woman's comment about Rule 62, which restricted the use of fuel oil by industry until it became inactive Sept. 30.  A gas company official stated recently that restoration of rule 62, which some people advocate, would require considerable expansion of natural gas supplies which, he said, "would be unsound and very expensive."
"Tell them for me," the woman wrote, "that lying in a hospital bed under an oxygen tent is also very expensive -- and so are funerals."


Here's to Venice, Cal., the
    haunt of the haunted,
Where positive thinkers are
    frankly not wanted.


    IT'S THE FIRST real Christmas for Douglas Mestad, 2, and his folks have been briefing him on the glorious occasion, particularly through the song on the radio, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

    His grandmother asked him the other day, "Douglas, who's coming to town on Christmas?"  He seemed puzzled so she reminded, "You know, you heard it on the radio?"

    "Mack the Knife!" he said triumphantly.


    MT. SAN JACINTO, second-highest peak in Southern California, stands only 10,786 feet, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey map -- not the elevation claimed, 10,831 feet, and a logical question is, "Where did that 45 feet go?"

    Did disgusted deer hunters blast it off one bullet at a time?  Did Boy Scouts whittle it away with arrows?  Did a mighty abominable snowman slice it off with a machete in a  fit of pique? Flying saucers?

    Of course not.  Ernie Maxwell of the Idyllwild Town Crier reports the 45 feet apparently disappeared due to refinement of survey methods.  In other words, it was never there in the first place.


   Ernie was told by Ranger John Gilman, "We're curious who made the survey.  We know that 45 feet of granite hasn't just eroded from the top since the last check 12 years ago."

    There's no telling if anything has happened to our highest peak, San Gorgonio, 11,485 feet, but it looks rugged from a distance.


Dec. 10, 1959, Puccini     YOUNGSTERS
visiting the Invitation to Play exhibit at the State Museum of Science and Industry in Exposition Park are climbing up on a large galvanized steel elephant and sliding down its back, as intended, but they almost didn't have the chance.

    While the toyland exhibit was being put together it was discovered that six feet of Ellie's body was missing.  In the nick of time a man named Eugene Jackson phoned and said a piece of elephant was parked on the Harbor Freeway.  Apparently it had fallen off the truck.


To other famous last words, Joe Hecht says, we can now add, "Please, no help from the audience!" . . . Two thoughtless boys at a West Side high school hoisted a Japanese flag on the school flagpole Dec. 7.  The report is that they've been expelled . . . Actor George Lee said it.  "I love all blonds -- regardless what color their hair is!"