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Love Triangle Killings at Burbank Trailer Park

May 29, 1959, Everything's OK

"Everything's Okay, Honey, Go Back to Sleep, Huh?"

May 29, 1959, GOP

May 29, 1959, Trailer Murders

May 29, 1959, Editorial Cartoon

May 29, 1959, Audrey Hepburn

May 29, 1959, Unwed Mothers

May 29, 1959, Disney

May 29, 1959, TV


May 29, 1959, Bud Abbott

May 29, 1959, Marriage

May 29, 1959, Zen

May 29, 1959, Pachmayr

The Old Hollywood Game

May 29, 1939, Hollywood

May 29, 1939: Getting ready for Joan Crawford's bathtub scene.

Specialists in Men's Problems

May 29, 1899, Men's Health

May 29, 1899: What to do about men's "loss of vital force." 
May 29, 1899, Briefs

Murdered Teenager Found Near Tracks

May 29, 1919, Body  

May 29, 1919

Found on EBay -- Bullock's Wilshire

Bullock's Playsuit

Talk about a period piece! This polyester outfit from Bullock's Wilshire has been listed on EBay.  Bidding starts at $9.99.

Matt Weinstock, May 28, 1959

A Fast Start

Matt Weinstock A long-cherished dream of the professors of the Italian department at UCLA -- a cultural magazine named the Italian Quarterly -- recently came true. As any proud authors, the profs were keenly interested in its reception. Would it be a hit or a miss? And so, on publication day they hovered about a bookstore near the campus to see how the 20 copies planted there were going.

To their pleased amazement all 20 were quickly snapped up.

And then the truth hit. It seemed some prof had assigned a class to translate into English some work by Machiavelli, which by pure chance the authors had included in Vol. 1, No. 1.


A SKUNK occasionally skulks through the Sierra Vista section where Bob Will lives and Bob is careful not to excite it. But the other day he saw four baby skunks near a storm drain outlet and because his children are inquisitive about wildlife he phoned the Animal Regulation Department for advice.

He was referred to the North Side office where a lady told him, "We have an individual who traps skunks." She took his name and phone number. And then she added, "But don't call us, he'll call you!" To Bob, who works in Hollywood, it was the ultimate switch.



He is always right,
I am always wrong.
If I keep this in mind,
We always get along.



LEE BELSER'S series of articles on the problems faced by released criminals has brought some curious reactions.

One man phoned her and said he was a "perfect rehabilitated ex-con," happily married to a girl of Japanese descent. Another said he needed rehabilitating badly and asked where he could find an "understanding" woman. Another felt Lee had slighted hisalma matter, the Vacaville men's prison. "It's just as plush as Corona," he said proudly, "and I think you should have given it more space."


THE "Save for Ball" campaign is rapidly becoming ubiquitous. This is the madness devised by playful friends of Doarwell Ball, a pressman, of printing the phrases on walls, buildings, vacant store fronts and tall girders, mostly in the Civic Center. The running gag grew out of Ball's habit of salvaging scraps of wood and other materials by printing the phrase on them. Well, IvanNemo reports that a portable Chic Sale installed by construction company on a project in San Fernando Valley now has the sign, "Save for Ball" on it.


THREE YEARS AGO Janet Salter gave a party with nearly 100 guests for her polite, intelligent black cocker spaniel Windy, in honor of his 13th birthday. Next week she planned another for his 16th birthday. But Windy's poor old heart couldn't hold out for it. He died Sunday. In terms of human life she estimates he was about 112 years old. possibly the oldest pooch in town.


IT SEEMS to be spring, all right. Samuel Anderson spotted this ad, in a girlish handwriting, among those posted on the "customer service" bulletin board of a Long Beach market: "Cute boy wanted. Short, 7th grade, dark hair, blue eyes." And her phone number.


AT RANDOM -- Inasmuch as all sorts of weird proposals for solving the water problem are echoing against the woodwork Ernie Maxwell of Idyllwild has another -- how about towing icebergs here from the Antarctic ... There's a scene in "A Hole in the Head" in which the sheriff comes to evict Frank Sinatra from his debt-ridden Miami Beach Hotel. Frank smooth talks him with, "Hello, sheriff, how's everything at Dodge City?" A poke at westerns ... Not many people know that L.A. has a Madison Ave., too, near Beverly Blvd, and Virgil. But charcoal gray clothes are not required garb ... The gang in a downtown office has not only a win pool on the Indianapolis race but a death pool. You pick the name of the driver you think might get killed. They call it a ghoul pool.

Paul V. Coates -- Confidential File, May 28, 1959

Confidential File

Medical Profession Recognizes a Peril

Paul CoatesThere are groups in this town that are highly sensitive to criticism by the press. So sensitive, in fact, that I get the feeling sometimes they'd just as soon we didn't exist.

They don't like the idea of our reporting -- to coin a phrase -- all the news that's fit to print. Especially, if the news happens to place them or their cohorts in a bad light.

They can't stand having their mistakes hung up in public places.

And they're not the least bit timid about running to a reporter's boss if they feel their dignity has been sullied.

A few days ago I wrote an article directly concerning a group which prides itself on its dignity.

Probably it's the most respected profession in the world today; the medical profession.

I told the story of a doctor who had been very careless -- careless enough to have almost caused a tragedy involving a 2 1/2-year-old child.

He had disposed some prescription medicine -- pretty, colored pills -- and some hypodermic needles in an alleyway where some kids got their hands on it and began passing it around as "candy."

I pointed out that the doctor wasn't very concerned with the health and safety of the public to have committed such a negligent act.

Then I sat back and waited for the repercussions. And I'd been around long enough to know that I could expect some.

But I was mistaken.

I did get some calls from doctors. They weren't "incensed subscribers," however.

One thanked me for the column and added:

"If you didn't reach anybody else, you reached me. Just before I sat down with the newspaper. I had absent-mindedly tossed a package of sample pills from a pharmaceutical house into the waste-basket."

I heard from the Los Angeles County Medical Assn. They assured me that the occurrence which I described wasn't a common one.

"However," I was told, "it can happen. Every now and then we run a reminder about it in our bulletin."

The LACMA issued a special bulletin on the subject the day after the column appeared.

Another doctor told me that the Los Angeles Police Department had recently sent out warnings of its own to various medical associations.

The police were more concerned with the hypodermic-needle problem.

A new type of disposable injection unit, called a preloaded hypodermic syringe insert, is beginning to find its way into the hands of addicts around town.

It's a simple matter to turn one of the disposable inserts into a hype kit -- and the LAPD urged the doctors to break the needles before tossing the inserts into the trash.

I was also told by the California Osteopaths Association that they plan to run the LAPD warning in the next issue of the monthly publication.

But most interesting was the information I received that a lot of the pharmaceutical house free samples which flood local doctors' mail boxes end up where there's a genuine need.

The alumni association of the College of Medical Evangelists' school of medicine has had as a pet project since 1951: the collection of medical equipment and surplus drugs for distribution to missionaries throughout the world.

Medical Evangelists at Work

In the last 12 months they've shipped out 18 tons of medical equipment and supplies.

The alumni contribute their surplus free drug samples to the project, but -- I'm told -- they'll welcome similar contributions from other doctors. Any doctor interested may contact the project's co-ordinator, Mrs. Esther Hackman, at ANgeles 2-2173.

For my part, I'm glad the doctors took my criticism as it was intended, I guess they're too busy being sensitive about more important matters to have time to take offense at a published account of a mistake by one of their colleagues.

A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept: Your Music

May 28, 1981, Technics
May 28, 1981. $842.16 USD 3008

Mayor Reelected, Angels Fire Manager

May 28, 1969, Yorty Wins
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Sam Yorty wins the mayor's race, but ...

May 30, 1973, Bradley Wins
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... loses to Tom Bradley in 1973 after a particularly dirty campaign.

May 28, 1969, Sports Looking back, it's easy to see why the Angels hired a former Dodger executive to run the team and he hired a former Dodger scout and coach as manager. The Angels were going nowhere fast in 1969, an expansion year when new weak teams should have allowed established clubs a little breathing room.

Instead, the Angels were dead last in their division and owners of a 10-game losing streak when General Manager Dick Walsh decided to end the Angel career of Bill Rigney, the only manager the franchise had known. Harold "Lefty" Phillips, who had been with the Dodgers for 17 seasons, replaced Rigney.

The Angels weren't the only team filled with Dodgers. The San Diego Padres were in their first season and were being built by longtime Dodger executive Buzzie Bavasi. He hired former Dodger coach Preston Gomez as manager and the coaching staff was sprinkled with ex-Dodgers.

Would the Dodgers make much of a difference in Anaheim? Here's how The Times' Ross Newhan put it: "On a bright, warm day in Anaheim, they changed managers for the sake of changing managers."

Rigney, whose roots were in the Giants' organization, had a long run for a manager of an expansion team. He was manager of the year in 1962, when the Angels flirted with a pennant and finished a remarkable third. After leaving the Angels, he managed in Minnesota and San Francisco.

Phillips said of Rigney: "He was a very sound manager. I'd say that 95 percent of the time I agreed with the way he did things. The other 5 percent you could go either way."

The Angels lost their last game with Rigney, 10-0, to Detroit. They won their debut with Phillips, beating Cleveland, 2-1.

--Keith Thursby

U.S. Plays England in Los Angeles Soccer Match

May 28, 1959, Soccer

May 28, 1959: Ed Hopkinson during practice before the U.S.-England match.

May 28, 1959, Sports Peter Young writes:

I'm a regular reader of your blog, and I've e-mailed you a few times before with praise for the blog and a correction or two.
I've just realized that on Thursday it's 50 years since I attended my first big soccer match in the U.S.A.  It was U.S.A. 1 England 8 at the old Wrigley Field on May 28, 1959, attended by 10,000.  I believe the match was arranged on very short notice as the England team finished a tour of South America and Mexico.  The dirt baseball paths were in front of one of the goals, which made things a bit difficult for the teams.
It was perhaps the first time a European national team had visited Los Angeles for a full international match.  And it was one of only a few games the U.S.A. national team played in the Fifties.
Ten years ago I posted a story on the match on my England team website.  You can find it at
It was my first visit to Los Angeles, and I remember the experience as if it was yesterday.   But I would love to have whatever the press of the day had to say about the game.

May 26, 1959, Soccer

May 28, 1959, Soccer
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At left, The Times on May 26, 1959: the British team arrives. They practiced at Hollywood High School.  

May 29, 1959, Sports
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England defeats the U.S., 8-1
May 29, 1959, Soccer
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Johnny Hynes makes it 8-1 with a tricky kick from 10 yards out.


Jewish Refugees Pour Into Shanghai

 May 28, 1939, Jews

Woman Charged With Robbing Man

May 28, 1899, Robber

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