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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: Broadcasting

In Walter (Cronkite) We Trust, March 14, 1981


   March 14, 1981, Dan Rather  

March 14, 1981: Howard Rosenberg, The Times Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic, watches Dan Rather’s debut in taking over from Walter Cronkite on the “CBS Evening News” and he is not a happy man.

Art Seidenbaum and I overlapped at The Times, but I was a rookie and he was one of the senior writers at the paper, so I never introduced myself when I would see him in the hallway or (usually) smoking a cigarette somewhere. I regret that now because I enjoy reading him and he sounds quite approachable. The book he's reviewing, Bill Henderson's "His Son: A Child of the Fifties" may not be remembered now (it ranks 9.3 millionth at Amazon), but Art's insights are well worth reading.
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Paul Coates, March 6, 1961

  March 6, 1961, Mirror Cover  

March 6, 1961: Paul Coates has the story of 8-year-old Lillian Gonzales Gossett, who lives in Tijuana because immigration officials won’t allow her to join her mother and stepfather in the U.S.

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Jim Murray, Feb. 19, March 5, 1961

  March 5, 1961, Gene Fullmer  
  March 5, 1961, Fullmer Beats Robinson  

  Feb. 19, 1961, Jim Murray  

Feb. 19, 1961: Baseball fans are over-conservative, Jim Murray says, so they don't like Phil Wrigley's idea of using eight coaches and a computer to manage the Cubs.
March 5, 1961: Jim Murray writes about a conference call between him, Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson after watching their televised bout at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. "It all brings up the fine point of whether you can really see a fight on TV," Murray says.  

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Paul Coates, Feb. 28, 1961

  Feb. 28, 1961, Mirror Cover  

  Feb. 27, 1961, KNX ad  

Feb. 28, 1961: Arthur Godfrey announces that he’s leaving TV’s “Candid Camera” and Paul Coates takes the opportunity to say he can’t understand Godfrey’s appeal.

Notice: This KNX ad actually ran Feb. 27 but I wanted to include it because it has the full day’s programming schedule. Please notice Bob Crane in the morning slot. (And, yes, Arthur Godfrey!)

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Ronald Reagan and 'A Time for Choosing'

  Oct. 27, 1964, Time for Chosing  

Oct. 27, 1964, Programming In speaking at the tribute honoring the Ronald Reagan centennial on Friday night, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin invoked his now-famous speech “A Time for Choosing.”

Times reporter Maeve Reston noted that Reagan gave the televised speech in October 1964 on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the details. The Times was a stalwart Republican paper in this era and endorsed Goldwater for president, so it seemed likely that there might be some coverage of Reagan’s speech.

My research found that if the address has become one the landmarks of Reagan’s political career, it certainly didn’t start out that way.

In fact, The Times’ clips and other news sources show that for nearly two years before his televised address, Reagan had been delivering a speech on the theme of “A Time for Choosing” to business and political groups.   Given the time references in the televised version (“Senator Humphrey last week…”) , it’s evident that Reagan revised the work and I will defer to Reagan scholars to compare drafts of the speech, although I imagine it would be a fascinating project.

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Movieland Mystery Photo -- From Our Readers [Updated]

  Feb. 1, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Photos courtesy of Matthew Harris  

[Update: Please congratulate Steve Stoliar for identifying this mystery group as the T-Bones! Nice research, Steve!]


[Update: Here’s a frame grab from YouTube.]

Here’s a series of mystery photos from reader Matthew Harris. He says they “are photos taken on the set of the TV  show, "Hullabaloo." I have a pal that was a musician on the show & he  snapped these, but has no idea who they are.”

And yes, the first thing I thought of was the Beatles “butcher” cover on "The Beatles Yesterday and Today." Although I’m the right vintage, I never watched “Hullabaloo” or “Shindig,” so I’m not much help.

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Matt Weinstock, Jan. 26, 1961

  Jan. 26, 1961, Comics  

Jan. 26, 1961: The sound of an auto collision at Sunset Boulevard and Roxbury Drive attracted the usual crowd of onlookers and as Eugene Rodney, producer of the Robert Young TV show, dejectedly appraised the damage to his white Thunderbird, one of them, a man in sports shirt and slacks, asked, "Is there anything I can do?"

Rodney recognized him as pianist Jose Iturbi and after a moment's contemplation said, "Yes, there is! Would you play 'The Ritual Fire Dance' from 'El Amor Brujo' by De Falla--Softly!"

DEAR ABBY: Yesterday I saw two people together who had absolutely no business being together. The man is the husband of a very good friend of mine. The women is the wife of a respected professional man. He was helping her into his car and they were laughing and so wrapped up in each other's company they didn't know anyone else was on the street. This was about noontime.

It worked on my mind so much I decided to call up my friend and tell her about her husband....

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Jack LaLanne, 1914 - 2011 [Updated]

  Oct. 4, 1974, Jack LaLanne  

Oct. 4, 1974: Jack LaLanne celebrates his 60th birthday by swimming from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf  in San Francisco -- with his hands and feet tied and pulling a 1,000-pound boat.

In addition to his usual training program -- rising at 4 a.m.  for 90 minutes of weightlifting, 30 minutes of swimming and 30 minutes of running -- he had sat for an hour a day in a bathtub filled with water and 100 pounds of ice, which brought the temperature to 55 degrees, The Times said.

[Updated at 9:32 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said LaLanne was handcuffed. His hands and feet were "bound by cords that allowed minimal freedom."]

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, Jan. 21, 1961

  Jan. 21, 1961, comics  

Jan. 21, 1961: Paul Coates has a terrific item on a radio announcer whose life fell apart after he  lost his job because the station went to rock ‘n’ roll.

Charley used to patronize a place on Hill Street near 5th where one doughnut and coffee were 10 cents. But it became a hangout for beatnik types who would dawdle for hours over their cups of java, crowding out the regulars. The place recently changed ownership and the price was raised to 16 cents. Now everything is back to normal, Matt Weinstock says.

DEAR ABBY: How does a married woman, 29, cope with a 14-year-old neighbor girl who hangs around her husband constantly? The girl is as physically mature as I.
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The Loud Family, Seven Years After TV Series

  Jan. 6, 1980, Loud Family  

Jan. 6, 1980, Loud Family

Jan. 6, 1980: Years before there was MTV’s “The Real World” (or MTV, for that matter), there was Craig Gilbert’s “An American Family,” the story of the Loud family of Santa Barbara, which aired on PBS in 12 one-hour episodes in 1973. During what is now considered the first reality TV show, oldest son Lance Loud announced that he was homosexual and Pat Loud ordered her husband, Bill, out of the house because of his infidelity. 

Margaret Mead called Gilbert's approach "As important in the history of human thought as the invention of the novel" but critics were less enthusiastic, saying that all the Louds seemed to do was lounge around their swimming pool. Several members of the family criticized Gilbert for selective editing that trivialized them.  
A follow-up film was made in 1983 and a 2001 film explored the life of Lance Loud, who died in 2001 at the age of 50.

Note to Times copy desk: 1980 - 1973 = 7, not 8.

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Location Sleuth -- ‘Starsky and Hutch’


Starsky and Hutch

Look! They had a two-for-one sale on Volkswagen Beetles!

I’m a respectful researcher. So when someone writes to The Times and asks about the location of a sleazy hotel featured in the “Bounty Hunter” episode of “Starsky and Hutch,” I assume there’s a good reason. Why people at The Times know to pass a question like this to me is an issue that I’m just going to ignore.

Young persons: “Starsky and Hutch” was one of those popular cop shows of the 1970s that your parents probably watched. The program moved between Wednesday nights at 10 and Tuesday nights at 9 and starred David Soul (yes, that’s his name) as Det. Kenneth Hutchinson and Paul Michael Glaser as Det. David Starsky

Here are screen grabs from Hulu of the sequence in question. Notice that the top of City Hall is barely visible in the opening frames. 

The entire episode is on Hulu. The hotel sequence begins at the 36:26 time mark.

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Labor Secretary Calls for Immigration Crackdown

  Dec. 1, 1930, Bruce Russell

Dec. 1, 1930, Immigration

Dec. 1, 1930: Editorial cartooning from the pen of a younger Bruce Russell, in the days when newspapers ran them on the front page. And no, Russell’s concepts didn’t get any clearer over the years. Compare his 1960 cartoon on Richard Nixon’s experienced hair.  (Hm. Reminds me of A. Victor Segno.)

Also on the front page: James J. Davis, President Herbert Hoover’s outgoing secretary of Labor (he resigned to become a senator from Pennsylvania), calls for tighter restrictions on immigration.  Notice the proposal of Sen. David A Reed (R-Pa.) who wants to shut down immigration for two years.

On the jump, how should sports announcers cover football games? Lots of color and constant chatter or pure statistics and long pauses?


Times Editorials on Immigration:

The Japanese ‘Menace,’ 1920

Accepting Jewish Refugees Is Impractical, 1938

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