Jan 31, 1970: Lefty Phillips was fired--the radio personality, not the Angels' manager.
KMPC decided to cancel the Lefty Phillips Show, which The Times' radio critic Don Page thought was a terrible idea. Not that the Phillips show was good radio.
"Some critics called Phillips' show a disaster--and it was," Page wrote. "It was a colorful, beautiful, charming, unequaled disaster."
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Category: January 2010
Jan. 31, 1960: A progress report on the construction of Los Angeles’ freeways.
The Democrats try to assess the political weaknesses of Vice President Richard Nixon. The unpublished study obtained by the Herald Tribune News Service finds that most people have only a dim awareness of Nixon’s 1950 campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas. “Although the image of Nixon as a ruthless opportunist, it reports, is held by some voters, almost all of them are Democrats,” the story says.
Native Americans protest their portrayal on television.
Goodbye, M-1 Garand and BAR! Of course the M-14 will be replaced by the M-16, which was developed by George C. Sullivan, a Lockheed engineer tinkering in his garage in Hollywood.
Jan. 3, 1966: George C. Sullivan, a hunting enthusiast who was tired of carrying a heavy rifle and decided to improve it, shows off the latest version of the weapon, an AR-18.
Cecil Smith talks to John Cassavetes about “Shadows.”
Braven Dyer recaps boxing at the Coliseum.
|Jan. 31, 1960: A new Gallup poll offers sobering news for the Republican Party despite the popularity of President Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon, and attributes Democrats’ strength to better canvassing for candidates. |
“Oh, Man!” by Clare Briggs.
|Jan. 31, 1920: “Mr. Thorkildsen was a lavish host. When pressed to state how much was drunk at the Thorkildsen home, one witness put it at 24 quarts of Champagne and numerous glasses of Scotch highballs and other liquors in one evening.”|
|Jan. 31, 1910: Some grand old names of the past are at the auto show, like Packard and Pierce-Arrow. Buick and Cadillac seem to be about the only survivors. The first Los Angeles auto show was held in 1907 at Morley's Rink, Grand Avenue between 9th and 10th streets. It was the first auto show on the West Coast and the largest west of Chicago. Of the 99 cars on display, two were electric and the rest were powered by gasoline. Fiesta Park, where the show was held in 1910, was at 12th and Grand. |
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Jan. 16, 1942: Carole Lombard delivers a speech in Indianapolis in a rally to sell war bonds.
Jan. 17, 1942: Lombard is killed on the flight returning to Los Angeles.
|Jan. 31, 1942: Norman Corwin turned down an opportunity to write a speech for a Hollywood personality and later discovered it was the late Carole Lombard, Hedda Hopper says. |
Two youths are questioned in the killing of honor student Leonard Moore.
Former homicide Detective Aldo Corsini dies at the age of 65. He handled many gruesome ax murders and poisonings of the 1930s and early 1940s and as an investigator for the district attorney he worked on Louise Peete case.
Dec. 21, 1938: Detective Lts. Aldo Corsini, Lloyd Hurst and D.R. Patton investigate the disappearance of Rose Spinelli.
|Jan. 30, 1960: Police Chief William H. Parker denies published reports about his comments on Mexicans, saying that he was misquoted. |
Los Angeles Times file photo
|January 1910: Here’s a photo taken inside one of the tents that was erected at Dominguez Field to serve as a temporary hangar. According to the handwritten information on the back, the man at the controls is “Col. Johnson of Frisco in his Curtiss machine.” The man on the left is C.B. Harmon, the balloonist of the New York. On the right, Glenn Curtiss. Notice that the engine is mounted behind the pilot and is driving a “pusher” propeller. |
An armored truck, the kind that picks up and delivers large sums of cash for banks and stores, stopped a few days ago at 1st and Main Sts. The armed attendants got out and grimly looked about. They conferred briefly, then the one who had been riding shotgun dashed into the Health Department building while the other stood guard.
City employees, watching from the windows, envisioned a repeat of the famous Brink's robbery in Boston.
Soon the attendant emerged from the building and joined his colleague. In a little while an emergency truck pulled up. A man got out with a red can and under an armed escort poured the contents into the truck. Yep, plenty of money but no gas.
ONLY IN L.A. -- Floodlights flashed across the sky Wednesday night from the area of Pan-Pacific Auditorium and a man I know, driving toward it, guessed they were for the lavish $100-a-plate Republican fund-raising dinner at which the President spoke. As he reached the battery of searchlights he saw they were for the opening of a new taco and pizza diner nearby.
When I'm late for a show
His footsteps are slow.
When I've hours to spare
He sprints like a hare.
DOCTORS ARE aroused by Seymour Kern's novel, "The Golden Scalpel," a localized tale of ruthless, unethical medical practices -- object money. Some say it's one-sided and unfair, others that it doesn't go far enough in revealing medical skullduggery.
Meanwhile, the book has gone into a second printing and Kern, a real estate broker here for 25 years, is working on another. It will deal with real estate in L.A. during the depression. Kern calls it "a remarkable period of contemporary history, hitherto untold."
AS NATIONAL and local politics take on a bitter aspect, it was refreshing to come upon a fine lesson in civics or, as it is called today, social studies, in the Railsplitter, weekly newspaper at Abraham Lincoln High School on N Broadway. The page 1 banner-line story by John Hernandez begins, "Last week, 53 students ran for student office and 26 were elected. The students who did not succeed should try again and never give up hope."
A RADIO newscaster reporting the funeral of actor Matt Moore remarked glibly that his brothers Owen and Tom didn't attend. A young lady named Catherine, who reveres the memory of all three acting brothers, became angry at what she considered a flippant, gratuitous comment. She phoned the station and asked the announcer if he knew why they hadn't been there. He admitted he did not so she told him, "Because he attended their funerals when they died!" She hopes he'll be more careful in the future.
IT WAS inevitable and the other day, reports Yetta Davis, volunteer worker for the Red Cross blood bank, 1130 S Vermont Ave., it happened. When a receptionist finished interviewing a donor and he had removed his jacket he said to the nurse, "O.K., take me to your bleeder!"
AROUND TOWN -- Big new thing at pay playgrounds are Jumping Beans, ground-level trampolines. It's an odd sight, driving by, to see youngsters seemingly suspended in mid-air . . . Many recent arrivals from the East complain they miss the seasonal changes. Not so a gal named Mary Louise, who says, "I can tell the days are getting longer -- the sun now rises over my drainpipe and sets two inches from the pine tree in the yard" . . . The flu epidemic has turned up many instances of sacrifice. One lady was at her wits' end trying to persuade her reluctant husband to take a scheduled green pill and finally, to show her derision for such sissy conduct, swallowed it herself.