| ||This book of Los Angeles Examiner front pages from World War II has been listed on EBay. I’ve only seen these books on EBay so I’m not positive but judging by the vendors’ photos, the reproduction appears to be fairly readable. The Examiner was once the leading paper in Los Angeles but merged with the afternoon Herald-Express to form the Herald Examiner in 1962 and is little more than a memory these days. Bidding starts at $24.95. |
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
| ||A copy of “Quick Watson, the Camera,” has been listed on EBay. Long out of print, “Quick Watson” is terrific survey of photographs by the Watson family and was edited by the late Delmar Watson, formerly of the Mirror-News. Bidding starts at $9.99.|
Nov. 1, 1939: Charles Conner of Chicago, who ran away at the age of 14 to fight in the war, is sent home after a remarkable series of adventures. At one point, when the ocean liner carrying him was stopped by a British patrol for nine days, he decided to swim 2 1/2 miles to shore … And Jews are fleeing Vienna for “a reservation in former Polish territory.”
The Los Angeles Examiner was Hearst's morning competition to the Los Angeles Times. Hearst's afternoon paper was the Herald-Express, created in the early 1930s in the merger of the Herald and the Express. There was also the Daily News (not related to the current Daily News of Los Angeles), which was founded in the 1920s.
After World War II, The Times acquired the Daily News and incorporated it into the Mirror, which became the Mirror-News, an afternoon paper competing with the Herald-Express. The Mirror (where I got the name for the blog) was intended to be a more sensational counterpart to the staid, traditional Los Angeles Times.
In 1962, The Times folded the Mirror-News and Hearst folded the Examiner, leaving The Times as Los Angeles' sole morning paper and the new Herald Examiner as the sole evening paper. (Of course the region had many other suburban papers--but I'm keeping this simple). Because the names Herald-Express and Herald Examiner are similar, many people, especially younger folks who don't remember the Examiner, confuse the two.
Paul Cardinal writes:
"I am a 73-year-old who was about age 10 when the Black Dahlia murder happened. The actual name of the paper then which was an afternoon paper was, the "Herald Express." What most people today would not believe, is, when the Dahlia murder happened, initially, the Herald actually had front page photos of Elizabeth Short's Torso and Morgue photos. Yes, they actually did that in 1946 or 47. The morning delivered Times nor the Examiner would never have anything to do with printing those photos and of course the Herald in their eyes printed them to boost circulation. I don't make this stuff up. The former Examiner Reporter either wasn't around at that time or doesn't have much of a memory."
As Vincent Bugliosi says: "The palest ink is better than the best memory." Actually, the Examiner ran a Page 1 photo of Elizabeth Short's body with a blanket painted over it, shown above. The Herald Express and the Daily News followed with heavily retouched morgue shots on Page 1 in an attempt to identify her.
The Times, in one of its most questionable news decisions, ran the story inside every day with one exception: The arrest of Joseph Dumais as a suspect.
Here's more on the early history of Los Angeles' newspapers, from 1932.
||Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs include an interesting anecdote about his stop at San Luis Obispo on the trip to San Francisco. While mingling with people at the train station, he lost a gold medal of Lenin presented by the Society for Peaceful Coexistence.
Back on the train, Henry Cabot Lodge handed Khrushchev the medal, which had been returned by a man in the crowd.
"A feeling of respect for this unknown person welled up in me. After all, someone else might have just kept what they found as a souvenir or have been tempted to hold on to this treasure because the medal was made of gold," Khrushchev says.
David Middlecamp of the San Luis Obispo Tribune has more about Khrushchev's visit.
Oct. 4, 1959, Republic Corp. President Victor M. Carter describes comments made by Nikita Khrushchev during a tour of housing developments in the San Fernando Valley. Khrushchev told ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge that the Soviets had intercepted and read secret messages between President Eisenhower and foreign leaders.
|Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson asked Carter to serve as a guide because he was Russian-born and spoke the language fluently. However, there was evidently friction between Carter and Khrushchev. The Soviet leader remarked that Carter could not be a true American, apparently because Carter was a Russian Jew and was born in Rostov, the site of massacres by the czar's cossacks, according to a 1959 analysis by The Times.
According to The Times, Khrushchev's motorcade visited a housing tract centered at 16200 Rinaldi St.
Next: The Ambassador Hotel.
Sept. 19, 1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev arrives in Los Angeles.
Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department
Four tiers of scaffolding are set up for photographers and TV cameras, which are already in place. Khrushchev's travels required three aircraft: One for the Soviet leader and his entourage, another carrying the press and a third hauling luggage, The Times said.
| Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department|
Khrushchev at the microphone.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Aug. 22, 1959: The Redskins beat the Rams in The Times annual charity game ,,, Sir Thomas Beecham, 80, marries his 27-year-old secretary ... and Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state. The House Un-American Activities Committee cancels hearings on communist influences in California's schools. Teachers subpoenaed by the committee will instead be interrogated by their local school boards.
Nancy is a resourceful young lady!
The Giants beat Philadelphia, putting them 2 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers in the pennant race.