January 4, 2010 | 4:00
“When Doc Rides and When He Walks.”
March 14, 1927, Peter the Hermit learns some dance steps.
|Jan. 4, 1920: During a police raid on the Mazdaznan temple, "an old, queer looking man, attired in blonde whiskers, long frock coat and white tennis shoes shuffled into the place and attempted to eject them. He gave his name as 'Peter,' admitted he was a soapbox orator from Los Angeles Street and stated that he had 'blown into the temple' to receive a lesson on 'Truth.' He was held as a witness while the search was being conducted and later released,” The Times says. |
This sounds like Peter the Hermit, shown at right in a Sept. 30, 1923, photo, who was one of the more colorful street characters of Los Angeles from the 1920s to the 1960s. His real name was Peter Howard, though it is sometimes listed as Herman Mangold. He died in 1969 at the age of 90.
March 15, 1969: Peter the Hermit dies.