I've had misgivings about freeways for a long time. But not the way you might think. I've merely been suspicious of the comparative mileage.
This is to report that I have confirmed my suspicion. I checked my speedometer in driving on Barrington Ave. in West L.A. from Sunset Blvd. and got 2.6 miles.
Another time I drove from Sunset to Olympic on the freeway and got 2.9 miles.
Barrington has signals which detain you, and the freeway is clear but meanders.
In short, the freeway is .3 miles of a mile longer but it's shorter in time. In fact it takes less than half the time.
WHILE READING the financial page the other night, Arthur H. Nadel said to his wife, "Can you imagine! American Tel. & Tel. made over a billion dollars last year!"
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
The book Coates is talking about is, of course, "Black Like Me."
DARING THE 'HATE STARE'
A White Man Turns Negro
(This is the first of two exclusive columns on the remarkable story of a white author who turned "Negro" to get the facts on discrimination in the South.)
Male, white, American. Age 40. Born, Dallas, Tex. College graduate. Married. Three children. Talks with slight Southern drawl.
These are the statistics that describe John Howard Griffin.
And with them, as his lot, his heritage, he became a successful citizen of the United States. He was a respected man of comfortable means.
Then, last fall, he changed one of his vital statistics.
He became a Negro.
Through pills, ultraviolet ray treatments and dyes, he changed the color of his skin. That's all he changed.
Nervous Cat's Tale
As the animal regulation department's files prove, life in our vast jungle compound is fraught with peril. It is not uncommon for people to be frightened, by roving pythons or straying wildebeests and to be bitten by ocelots,coati mundis or owls.
One night recently around 7, Jeanne Weston, who lives on Mulholland Dr., received a call from a neighbor who said excitedly that Jeanne's Siamese cat Farkleberry was having a fight with a wildcat.
Armed with a broom and a flashlight that didn't work, Jeanne joined the neighbors on their front yard. They were shining lights on the growling wildcat which had retreated under a bush. Farkleberry had retreated home.
Apparently the wildcat had been stirred out of its habitat by another Cat -- Caterpillar tractor, that is -- which has been noisily carving a path through the nearby wild section.
Everything is normal again except Farkleberry. He's as nervous as a human.
Charlie Neal, right, is on the receiving end as four aspirants try out for the Dodger shortstop starting position. They are, from left, Don Zimmer, Bob Aspromonte, Bobby Lillis and Maury Wills.
March 3, 1960: James Kendrick, top, reenacts the slaying of Highway Patrolman Richard Duvall near Victorville.
|Feb. 26, 1960: Gov. Pat Brown will answer questions about granting a reprieve to Caryl Chessman … and on skid row, Officer V.P. Farmer shoots an ex-convict who is holding a gun to the head of Officer Ernest Searles Jr. "I'm no marksman but I guess we had God on our side," Farmer says.|