Joseph’s has a sale on Stickley furniture!
|Dec. 30, 1909: Rules for New Year’s Eve – No slapping of people on the back, no rude jostling, no disrespectful address of persons one does not know. Most important, “no discharging of firearms in the city limits.” |
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Behind the news of Hollywood divorces (which, statistics prove, are no more numerous than those of any other town in America) behind the lurid news that our people sometimes make while blowing off steam, is the story of a job being done – a job that has great influence on the public that seeks its diversion seven nights a week in movie theaters.
|Dec. 29, 1940: Hedda Hopper still has good things to say about Charlie Chaplin. “ ‘The Great Dictator’ had faults, but deserved more than faint praise from some critics. It was the greatest work of slapstick Chaplin ever made, and was a cry from the depths of the soul of humankind, through the little man, for a world at peace and a people united for one cause -- goodwill among men.” Eventually, Hopper will support “good Americans” in boycotting Chaplin’s films. |
Ramon Vinay, the tenor cast with Birgit Nilsson in "Tristan," said he was too ill to do the entire opera, so Rudolph Bing had Vinay sing Act I, Karl Liebel (likewise under the weather) sing Act II and Albert da Costa (also ill) sing Act III.
Hedda Hopper interviews Ernie Kovacs.
Jeane Hoffman profiles Stanford’s Dick Norman.
|Dec. 29, 1959: A fascinating bit of insight from Ernie Kovacs: “The part of the public I lose completely is the 8-to-5 clerk who bowls every Thursday night and has Sunday dinner with his mother one week and his wife's mother the next.” I wonder what Kovacs would say about TV audiences today. |
“That Guiltiest Feeling,” by Clare Briggs.
|Dec. 29, 1919: Former Army Capt. Raymond C. Potter gets on a streetcar and shoots his wife because she’s riding with another man. One of his shots goes wild and hits her companion, then strikes the woman sitting in the seat behind them. Not only did his wife survive, the Potters reconciled and said they would profit by their experience. The Times never reported on whether charges were filed against Potter for shooting the other people.|
|Dec. 29, 1909: Preparations continue for Aviation Week and the railroads are reporting unusually heavy ticket sales to people coming to Los Angeles for the event. In addition to the airplanes and balloons, the meet will feature a carnival midway with a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round and an “educated horse.” |
(News item) TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 20. A double-decker bus and a cattle truck collided head on today, killing nine persons and injuring 32.
The bus was a Greyhound special added for holiday travelers. On the Los Angeles-to-New Orleans run, it was only minutes out of Tucson when the crash occurred . . .
“I’m the commission agent for Greyhound in Redondo Beach,” Helen Stierli told me. “I know that I’m not supposed to become personally involved in these matters. It shouldn’t be any of my business, really.
“But in a small town -- well, things are a little more personal than in a big town.”
Mrs. Stierli explained that she first heard about the crash on Sunday night.
“Immediately, I had the terrible feeling that I’d sold somebody a ticket on that bus,” she said. “I was restless and worried all night. Then, Monday morning, I rushed to the office and checked the list.
“And sure enough,” she added, “there was Mrs. Rodden and her two sons. I saw those names and I just broke down.”
(The news reports read: Dead: Johnny Lee Rodden, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rodden, Redondo Beach. Injured: Mrs. Margaret Rodden, 38; Charles Rodden Jr., 15.)
Mrs. Stierli continued: “I’ve been in Redondo 11 years, but I didn’t know the family. Not until the week of their trip. They were going to spend Christmas with Mrs. Rodden’s mother in Lubbock, Texas.
“Just the mother and the boys were going. Mr. Rodden was going to stay in Redondo and work. I don’t know. Maybe he was going to join them later.
“She called me three times about the trip. The first time was just for information. The second time was on how much baggage they could take. And the last time was to ask if she could wait until Friday to pay for the tickets. That’s when her husband would get his paycheck.
“I remember the last call. She said she was turning it over on her mind whether she should drive, instead.
“I told her . . .” Mrs. Stierli hesitated. “I told her that it was safer to go by bus. You see, I was in a head-on auto crash once. And five years ago, my husband lost a leg in a traffic accident.
“Maybe that’s why I can’t keep out of this case. I know the sorrow and the hardship. At times like these the financial strain can make it so much worse, and the Roddens were just average people. They weren’t rich.”
Mrs. Stierli sighed. “The day she came in for the tickets, they were $10 more than she’d figured. She’d misadded. Two round-trips from here to Lubbock were $60.45 apiece, plus the half-fare ticket for Johnny Lee. The $10 difference seemed to mean a lot to her.
Asks About Refund
“That’s why, after the accident, I checked with Greyhound downtown right away to find out about getting their fare money back for them. That way, before they came in, I would know how to handle it.
“I’ve never had a situation like this before.”
“And what happened?” I asked Mrs. Stierli.
“Well,” she replied, “the man in the traffic office checked company policy for me. He told me that when they brought the tickets in, I could refund for the distance from Tucson to Lubbock and the return trip.
“But,” she added, “they’d have to pay for the trip from Los Angeles to the time of the accident. That’s the policy.
“I can’t say as I understand it,” she told me, “but there’s a lot of things nowadays that I don’t understand.”
| Dec. 28, 1959: “Should the president have consulted Congress before ordering Americans into action? |
“Would there be time, in the next war, to consult Congress?
Detectives Brown, Barnett and Harry Raymond in a raid on a club in Little Tokyo.
Dec. 28, 1919: The Times analyzes the first six months of Prohibition and finds that many predictions have not come true. Some minor offenses have decreased, but violent crimes have risen sharply, police say. Instead of needing fewer officers, the LAPD says it needs to double the force and build bigger jails for all the prisoners charged under the new laws.