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Found on EBay -- Florentine Gardens

Florentine Gardens Menu

This menu from the Florentine Gardens nightclub on Hollywood Boulevard has been listed on EBay.
Most of the Florentine Gardens menus offered for sale feature a cowgirl in an abbreviated costume. This style is a bit more uncommon.
Bidding starts at $9.99.

Matt Weinstock, June 6, 1959

Supreme Insult

Matt Weinstock Mostly the people in state employment offices who deal with the public, a wearing and thankless job, take things as they come, but occasionally there's an exception.

A man came into one office for his unemployment insurance as he had for many weeks and, as before, the lady got his folder and looked at it. Then she asked what he did for a living.

The insult to his intelligence combined with his frustrating and unsuccessful search for a job was too much. He knew his record as an architectural draftsman for 30 years was written there. So he said ironically, "I'm a plumber."

The lady took his folder to a supervisor, who came over and inquired, "Why did you say you're a plumber?"

The applicant for the dole replied, "What would you say?" Then he added, "I suppose that kills me for the week."

The supervisor flashed him an understanding look and said simply, "No."


ANOTHER INCIDENT in the playful running feud between newspapermen and TV reporters occurred when Max Conrad landed his light plane at International Airport Thursday after flying nonstop from Casablanca.

Conrad was telling of his flight to the churning cameras when this paper's Howard Williams came up and said, "We've got your daughter on the phone in San Francisco."

"Where?" the delighted Conrad asked.

"Over there in the phone booth," he was told.

"What'll I do with this?" Conrad asked, holding up the microphone he'd been talking into.

"I'll take it," Williams said. And as Conrad headed for the phone to talk to his daughter Molly, 21, Williams dropped the mike on the ground, providing a fine view of nothing for the cameras.



From vacation I've returned,
Flat of purse and quite sunburned.
Both funds and self were spent with zest;
And now I'm back at work to rest.



THE CURTAIN used by the Bolshoi Ballet in its performances is a thick, ornate red and gold affair with a hammer and sickle on it.

As it came down amid thunderous applause at the conclusion of a number at the Shrine Auditorium, Fred Fox couldn't help hearing an elderly, fur-bedecked woman in a nearby seat say irrelevantly and yet not so irrelevantly to her elderly, fur-bedecked companion, "You know, I haven't been reading the Wall St. Journal as much as I should lately."

SPEAKING OF the Bolshoi troupe, about 15 of them came downtown during a recess from their labors and bought some trinkets at the National Silver Co. on Los Angeles Street.

They were attended by an elderly man who went among them, seeking someone who could speak some English.

He found one and told her he felt a certain bond with them because he was born in a village near Kiev, although his parents had brought him to this country in infancy. He also said he had tried to get tickets to see them but couldn't.

"Perhaps we can make up for that," said the young woman, named Larica Trembolevskaia, and without ado graciously performed a little dance for him.

FOOTNOTES -- Inasmuch as there are maximum and minimum speeds for motorists, Molly Prager contends it should be compulsory for pedestrians in crosswalks to move "not less than the speed of an arthritic snail with a cramp in legs wearing tight, pointed shoes" ... While attending the aviation writers' dinner in Chinatown this week, publicist DonFlamm opened a rice cookie and found the printed admonition. "Travel by road or rail" ... When the phone rings at George Trammel's house on W 76th St., his parrot Pancho says, "Hello, just fine!" ... Anyone else besides George B. Hill recall the easier times when Chinese Red meant simply a color used by painters?

Paul V. Coates -- Confidential File, June 6, 1959


Confidential File

Mash Notes and Comments

Paul Coates(Press Release) "Recently, Don Porter saw an elderly lady standing at the curb of a busy street.

"Going up to her, Don said, "Are you going across?"

"The old lady took his arm and started off. At the other side, the old lady turned to Don and said, "There you are, my dear, you are quite safe now. But never be afraid to ask anyone to help you across.'"
(signed) Aleon Bennett, Public Relations, 8273 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, 46.

-Next time, ask a boy scout, Don. They don't give you all that lip.


"Dear Paul,

"I hope you will not be offended at the use of the first name, but being that we are both in the same 'age group,' I have taken the liberty.

"I'm not in the habit of writing 'fan' letters but I felt I just had to this time, to let you know how much we enjoy your program; particularly the one when you presented one of the cinema GREATS - Ramon Navarro.

"The whole program was such a joy to listen to, and it was so wonderful to find Mr. Navarro was the wonderful person I always believed him to be.

"I've been in small theater groups in and around Hollywood quite a bit and know how many phonies there are. It just gave you a real tug.

"I'm a hairstylist, Paul, and one of my patrons (who is also in our 'age group') and I have the best time just talking over your program and reminiscing.

"Well, enough of this and back to the old grind."
(signed) Bernard Carroll, 185 D St., Tustin.

-Tote that bob, lift that bang, eh, Berny?


"Dear Paul,

"I'm glad there is one real journalist who is not afraid to speak his mind and expose the Beverly Hills petty tyrants.

"You are right about the Beverly Hills police. If they don't find violations, they create them.

"I know from personal experience.

"Before I became a Californian, I was attempting to park in Beverly Hills. My car was stopped preparatory to backing into a parking space.

"A motorcycle (three-wheeled) officer pulled up behind my car, preventing me from backing up.

"He greeted me with a surly questions, "Where do you think you're going?"

"I said, 'I'm going to park there,' and started to back into the parking space.

"He said, 'You foreigners (I had Illinois license plates) think you can come here and run all over us, but I'm going to teach you a lesson.'

"He then proceeded to give me a ticket for DRIVING BACKWARDS."
(signed) Les Norman, 8770 Shoreman Dr., L.A.

-If you don't like it here, why don't you go backwards where you came from.

A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Phonograph Records

June 6, 1922, Music

June 6, 1922: The Victor No. 100 is $1,910.91 USD 2008.

Jerry Doggett Calls the Plays

Jerry Doggett, Aug. 25, 1983
Photograph by Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 25, 1983: Jerry Doggett in the broadcasting booth. He did not want to be photographed calling a game.

June 6, 1959, Jerry Doggett Jerry Doggett spent more than 30 years happily in Vin Scully's shadow. He came with Scully to Los Angeles when the Dodgers moved west and remained his broadcast partner until retiring in 1987.

"This year without a doubt has been one of the most wonderful years of our lives," Doggett wrote in The Times' radio column about living in California. Doggett was pinch-hitting for the vacationing Don Page.

Generations of baseball fans who grew up in Southern California can remember games or calls made by Scully. Not so much with Doggett, who gave Scully a break of two during the game in a solid if unremarkable manner.

"He never complained about not getting more of the limelight, he never showed any ego or any of that baloney. Jerry Doggett was just a terrific guy and I will miss him forever," Scully told The Times' Larry Stewart when Doggett died at age 80 in 1997.

--Keith Thursby

Here's a rarity--the ninth inning of a Dodger no-hitter not called by Scully. Doggett did the play-by-play for Sal Maglie's gem in 1956. Scully was also on the broadcast and wrapped up the game.

[Gosh, look who picked up a photo from the Daily MIrror! Mr. Doug Miles--lrh]

Teacher Puts the Broom to Process Server in Communist Probe; Meet Wilt Chamberlain

June 6, 1959, Terry

"Terry, What's Wrong?"

June 6, 1959, Jackie Leonard Beating

Police have few leads in the beating of boxing promoter Jackie Leonard, who was left partially paralyzed. Leonard had testified before the State Athletic Commission on corruption in prizefighting.
June 6, 1959, Red Probe

June 6, 1959, Teacher
Kindergarten teacher Ruth Adair Bishop, 54, whacks Grant P. Lewis with a broom when he tries to subpoena her to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

June 6, 1959, Mystery Plane

A B-24 Liberator that vanished on a bombing run on Naples, Italy, on April 4, 1943, is found in the Libyan desert with no sign of its crew: 1st Lt. William J. Hatton; 2nd Lt. Robert F. Toner; 2nd Lt. D.P. Hays; 2nd Lt. John S. Woravak; Tech. Sgt. Harold S. Rispslinger; Tech. Sgt. Robert E. La Montte; Staff Sgt. Guy E. Shelley; Staff Sgt. Vernon L. Ford; and Staff Sgt. Samuel R. Adams.

June 6, 1959, Gun Ad

Our favorite Pasadena gun shop has muzzle-loading shotguns. I can't imagine there was much demand for them, but maybe they looked good hung on a wall.
June 6, 1959, Shavuos

Jews prepare to observe Shavuos.

June 6, 1959, Sports Column Dodgers Wall

Frank Finch says Walter O'Malley didn't bring the Coliseum fence close enough.
June 6, 1959, Dick Shawn

Dick Shawn, best known today as L.S.D. in "The Producers," performs at the Cocoanut Grove.


Akron has Hakata figures.
June 6, 1959, Exploting Women
The women's club convention takes on a controversial subject: portrayal of women in American culture. Unfortunately, our story is vaguely written and incomplete.

Mrs. Walter Magee contended that the " 'loss of such a priceless possession' (respect for women) results from mass media downgrading of woman through overemphasis on bodily measurements and presentation of lower moral standards of conduct."

It difficult to be sure, but the resolution evidently called for some sort of boycott, which was strongly opposed by California delegates because the movie industry was a strong supporter of the women's clubs federation. The resolution was amended to remove the call for a boycott.

June 6, 1959, Exploit

Vincent Price delivers the closing speech!


June 6, 1959, Wilt Chamberlain Long before he became a Laker, Wilt Chamberlain was part on Los Angeles history.

Chamberlain would be part of the first NBA game played in the new Sports Arena Oct. 1. His Philadelphia Warriors would play the St. Louis Hawks in an exhibition game to help open the arena. It would not be Chamberlain's first pro appearance in L.A. He played a game with the Harlem Globetrotters.

--Keith Thursby

U.S. Sells Seized Narcotics to Highest Bidder!

June 6, 1889, U.S. Sells Opium

June 6, 1889

June 6, 1899, Kubato

June 6, 1899: Yasijura Kubato has an imaginary girlfriend.

Found on EBay -- Haggarty's

Belt from Haggarty's  

This extremely red belt from Haggarty's has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $14.99.

Matt Weinstock, June 5, 1959

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."

Sculptor Kills Himself With Home Remedy for Back Pain

Jan. 6, 1947, Hanged

Jan. 6, 1947: Of course, it could be that Charles Atchison had a bad back. Then again....

Paul V. Coates -- Confidential File, June 5, 1959

June 5, 1959, Peanuts

"I Don't Think It's Right to Bring New Babies Into This Uncertain World. This Is the Wrong Time!"

We're not used to seeing issues like this in the "legacy" version of "Peanuts." The strip had much more of an edge in its early days.

Confidential File

Reading Big Words Was Miracle to Mike

Paul CoatesThirty-three days ago Mike's miracle began.

Around dusk, he was walking home past San Bernardino's St. Anne School when he met two friends. They were headed into the school to set up some chairs in a lecture room, and although Mike didn't attend there, he decided to help them.

And he met Sister Mary Caroline. She came into the room where they were working, carrying some cards with words on them. She mentioned to the three boys that her first-grade pupils were going to give a demonstration at her lecture: reading by phonetic analysis.

That's when Mike joined the conversation. "C'mon," he said, "no first-graders can read those big words."

In the next few minutes, Sister Mary Caroline learned a lot about Mike. He was 16, in junior high school. But he didn't have the faintest idea how to read.

1959_0605_mirror_cover_thumb "Maybe 15, 20 words," he told the Sister. "Mostly two-letter ones."

The other boys laughed, but it wasn't funny. Mike couldn't read. His background was a jumble of report card "F's," fruitless private tutoring and special counseling, useless expensive remedial reading phonograph courses and futile attempts by our public school to teach him the bare fundamentals of the subject.

Sister Mary Caroline has a technique of her own for teaching students how to read. It's not a popular technique now, but she's very proud of it, and its results.

By shifting the emphasis from sightword, or memory reading, to phonetic analysis, and by adding a few techniques of her own which enable a student to understand what he's doing, she has been amazing educators and parents alike with her results.

Yesterday I talked to Mike about what's been happening since he met Sister Mary Caroline.

"When I was in there that night," he started, "she showed me a sentence that said, "Sandy ran down the street." I knew the words 'down' and 'the,' so she started talking to me about the other words I didn't know.

June 6, 1959, Father  "She showed me some cards and had the other two guys hold them up, and the way she put it about reading -- by sound -- was a lot different than I'd ever heard it before. A word -- well, it says what it says."

Before Mike left the school that night he and Sister Mary Caroline "both kind of asked each other" to get together again. For the past month he's been stopping by three or four times a week for an hour's personal tutoring.

He told his regular remedial reading teacher nothing about his extra instruction. "But one day a couple weeks ago, I went and read to her and she was so surprised that she had me go from class to class," he told me. "Naturally, then, I let her know.

"I just finished a book with 250 different words in it," he added. "Now there's a lot of words I can figure out that are pretty long -- playhouse, children, something -- words like that."

Mike brought a third-grade reader to my office with him. He read from it. At one point the word "game" stopped him.

"I used to just guess," he said, "but now I know how to analyze it. What does it start with? 'G' like go. What are the vowels in it? 'A' and 'e.' E's on the back door knocking, so you can't hear it, so the 'a' is long. The 'm' --mmm. Game.

The kid looked up and smiled. "There's a couple other guys in my class who are real interested in how I'm learning. Maybe next year, if I can read good enough, I'll teach them how to read, too."

Young Old Hermit Retires

After Mike left, I talked a few minutes with his mother.

"You know," she told me, "a month ago, my boy's big ambition was to be a hermit. 'An old hermit,' he called it. He said he was going to dig a cave and stay there.

"Now," she added, "he wants to be a rocket engineer."

The miracle of Mike could be just beginning.

LAPD Detective Held in Death of Ex-Boyfriend's Wife

Here's the breaking story by Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin:

By Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times staff writers
11:33 AM PDT, June 5, 2009
A well-regarded, veteran Los Angeles Police Department detective was arrested today in connection with the 1986 slaying of her ex-boyfriend's wife, marking one of the few times in the department's history that one of its own officers has been accused of murder.


And our previous stories:

February 27, 1986
An official at Glendale Adventist Medical Center said "an important part of the team" was lost when a key nursing director was shot and killed this week in her Van Nuys apartment.

October 23, 1986
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of a prominent hospital nurse shot to death in her Van Nuys condominium earlier this year, police said.

November 24, 1987
The parents of a hospital nurse shot to death in her Van Nuys condominium in 1986 held a news conference Monday to ask the public's help in finding their daughter's killer.


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