"I am the sworn, uncompromising enemy of the liquor business."
Evangelist Billy Sunday fills the house at the Shrine Auditorium. The former baseball star died of a heart attack in Chicago in 1935.
"You hear a great cry up and down the land about personal liberty.
Has liberty fallen so low that you have to go into the hellhole of a saloon to
hear its name spoken?" --Billy Sunday
Dick Ferris and the crews of his balloons, the American and the United States.
A wonderful description of Los Angeles by air, 1909. Notice especially that with recent heavy rains, the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers cut new channels because in 1909, the beds weren't lined with concrete.
Aviation pioneer Dick Ferris dies in 1933.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times
On a recent trip to the city archives, the Daily Mirror looked into the agenda packets for the Los Angeles Police Commission. We found an investigation of an application for a cafe permit at Pandora--later Pandora's Box--8118 Sunset Blvd. The file reveals attitudes toward gays, includes an account of an arrest for prostitution, takes a look at jazz (those cats were noisy), describes the neighborhood (which also included the Garden of Allah and Sherry's) and shows the challenges faced by restaurant operators--and police--in the 1950s.
"Location frequented by prostitutes and homosexuals," hearing examiner said.
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Reese was one of the veteran Dodgers who came with the team to Los Angeles in 1958. He clearly was not the same player who was a perennial all-star during his tenure as the Boys of Summer's shortstop. Reese played only 59 games for the Dodgers in 1958, hitting .224.
The retirement story led the sports section, but it just didn't seem like enough of a send-off. Even the headline, "Reese Finally Retires," missed the marked. Finally?
"He could have remained on the active roster of another big league club but the Dodgers, in rebuilding, must make room for another youngster," general manager Buzzie Bavasi told The Times. "That's baseball." Reese stayed with the Dodgers as a coach, a logical step for a player long praised for his leadership skills.
"He was the heart and soul of the Boys of Summer," Vin Scully was quoted as saying in Reese's 1999 Times obituary. "He was the rare man who had the voice of authority and was still loved by his teammates."
Reese played a key role in helping Jackie Robinson when he joined the Dodgers in 1947. Tot Holmes, a baseball historian, recounted an incident in Cincinnati when the Dodgers were on the field and Robinson was being verbally abused.
"Reese had enough of the abuse, called time and walked over to Robinson and simply put his hand on his shoulder," Holmes said in Reese's obituary. "Eyewitnesses said the crowd quieted as if a lightning bolt had struck."
Reese, whose full name was Harold Henry, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
||The new movie about San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk has brought a bit a ephemera to EBay. Here's the extra the San Francisco Examiner brought out the day of the shooting. Bidding started at $9.99 and rose quickly.
Above, "Therese and Isabelle," 1968.
"Reminds us anew that there's nothing quite so puritanical as a dirty picture."
-- Kevin Thomas
Some clips on YouTube for the curious.,,,
It's like the familiar movie plot where the character time-travels with a handy newspaper so he can bet on last year's big game. Of course, no money was waged in researching this post.
John Hall's column in The Times devoted a section to Tom Lasorda, then a manager in the Dodgers' minor league system, who called the columnist to defend the organization's prospects. Lasorda had been working in the Arizona instructional league.
"Remember these names," he told Hall. "Ted Sizemore, Billy Buckner, Steve Garvey and Bob Valentine. They're all eventually going to be tremendous hits in Los Angeles."
How'd Lasorda do? All four had a big impact on the Dodgers. Three of the four were involved in big trades.
Sizemore was rookie of the year in 1969 but was traded with another player a year later to St. Louis for Dick Allen. Buckner was traded to the Cubs in 1977 in a deal that sent Rick Monday to the Dodgers. Valentine was part of a big swap with the Angels in 1972 that included Andy Messersmith, Frank Robinson and Ken McMullen, among others.
Garvey had the longest career with the Dodgers, leaving in 1982 to sign as a free agent with the Padres.
To be fair, Lasorda didn't pitch a perfect game with his predictions. "Besides the kids, I've also got Bill Sudakis, Willie Crawford and Paul Popovich with me in Arizona and they've been looking great," he said. "Sudakis is for real."
-- Keith Thursby
Photograph by the Los Angeles Times
Newsmen gather outside Ramon Novarro's house, 3110 Laurel Canyon, after he was found beaten to death, 1968.
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The 3100 block of Laurel Canyon, where Ramon Novarro lived, via Google maps' street view.
At left, a quote from a 12-part series running in The Times. Howard Whitman is identified as a "noted writer and commentator." After filing stories from wartime London in 1944 and the D-day invasion, Whitman returned to such fare as "Smoldering Youth" (1946), "Sex Education Grows Up" (1948) and "What Makes Good Girls Bad?" (1949).
"Modern science for the most part views homosexuality as a personality disease, comparable to alcoholism or drug addiction"
-- Howard Whitman," from "Crisis in Morals"
After "Crisis in Morals," Whitman wrote "Our Drinking Habits" (1958), "Frontiers in Living" (1960) and "The U.S. Way of Love" (1964).
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May 29, 1908
Above, President Eisenhower tells African Americans to be patient about gaining civil rights ... Below, Dr. Lawrence Michael Dillon, formerly Dr. Laura Maude Dillon, who was apparently the world's first trangendered man, is interviewed in Philadelphia. In 1945, Dillon began a series of operations to change his sex, The Times said. Dillon was a member of the British nobility and his change was noticed by readers of books on British peerage. According to the Gender Centre website, Dillon fled after his operation was revealed and eventually became a Tibetan monk in Bengal, taking the name Lobzang Jivaka.