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Jim Murray, June 8, 1961

  June 8, 1961, Tommy Davis  

  June 8, 1961, Jim Murray  

June 8, 1961: Danny Murtaugh is like the Pirates. Tough, blue-bearded, underslung jaw, he looks like a sulfurous-tempered truck driver. Actually, he is shy and modest and the kind of worrier whose biggest fear when he took the manager's job was that other managers around the league might not want to take him on as a coach if he failed.

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Tip Poff, July 17, 1932

  July 17, 1932, Comics  

  July 17, 1932, Tip Poff  

March 19, 1939, Tip-Off!
July 17, 1932: I’ve been meaning to post some of the Tip Poff  gossip columns that The Times used to run in the movie/drama pages of the 1930s. The Times experimented with the column and by 1939 was calling it Tip-Off! Isn’t this March 19, 1939, logo great? Of course it was too bold for The Times, which dumped it immediately.

I’ll try putting Tip Poff in the afternoon slot as a substitute for Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock. They will return for January 1962, when The Times absorbed their columns after Otis Chandler killed the Mirror-News.
Notice the fine quality of Hal Foster’s version of “Tarzan.” He doesn’t seem to have any problems with perspective, unlike Rex Maxon, who was drawing the strip in the 1940s. 

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North American Aviation Strike


  June 7, 1941, U.S. Ready to Seize Plane Plant  

  June 7, 1941, Comics  

June 7, 1941, North American Strike June 7, 1941: The strike at the North American Aviation plant, in which Army troops dispersed union activists and took over an essential American defense facility,  is one of the landmark events in Los Angeles history.

Because of its importance – and because the details are sometimes mangled –  I’m going to devote several posts to the events that unfolded in the first half of 1941 at  North American Aviation, which was making the NA-73 (P-51) Mustang, the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber and the  AT-6A trainer at a sprawling facility at 5701 Imperial Highway.  Notice that North American is usually described as being in Inglewood, but the plant was actually at Mines Field in Los Angeles.

Although the United States would not enter the war until December, it was clear by the middle of 1941 that America would almost certainly be involved, making aircraft production a vital defense industry not only for the U.S., but for Britain, which was receiving some of North American’s planes. Aircraft workers were deferred from the draft because of the nature of their jobs.


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Jim Murray, June 7, 1961

  June 7, 1961, Weightlifter  

  June 7, 1961, Jim Murray  

June 7, 1961: Gene Tunney's chief claim to fame is he licked an over-aged Jack Dempsey twice. It won him respect but not affection. A peculiar thing about the public is it resents a man who topples a popular champion and Gene was no exception. Just ask Ezzard Charles. He overturned Joe Louis and could hardly get anybody to go to lunch with him. Sandy Saddler beat Willie Pep and people stopped speaking to him on the street. And so on.
Notice: Women’s weightlifting in the 1960s. The caption notes that Judy Miller lifts weights, but she’s still “pretty.”

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Police Chief on His Way Out

  June 6, 1941, Hohmann  

  June 6, 1941, Comics  

June 6, 1941: Police Chief Arthur Hohmann and Deputy Chief C.B. “Jack” Horrall are about to trade jobs. 

Horrall will remain chief through World War II and into the postwar period, finally retiring during the Brenda Allen scandal – as did Assistant Chief Joe Reed. It should be emphasized that Horrall was chief during an especially difficult time in Los Angeles history. The LAPD lost hundreds of men to the armed forces and had to relax its hiring standards to get enough replacements. Afterward, the “war emergency” officers had to make way when the LAPD’s regular police returned to duty. Some WE officers (their serial numbers included the letters WE to indicate their special status) remained with the LAPD but many others lost their jobs.

At the same time, remember that under Chief James Davis, Horrall headed the Police Department’s “bum blockade” of 1936, in which LAPD officers were sworn into local departments to prevent Okies and other transients from coming into California during the Depression.  Horrall later headed the vice squad.

After all these years, 9 out of 10 Hollywoodites still pass Harold Lloyd without recognizing him, Jimmie Fidler says.
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Remembering Robert F. Kennedy

  Robert F. Kennedy, Ambassador Hotel, June 5, 1968.  

  June 5, 1968, Kennedy Shot  

I pulled together a series of posts in 2008 for the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel. Here’s an index to the Daily Mirror’s coverage:

June 1, 1968: Robert Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.
June 2, 1968: Kennedy debates Eugene McCarthy.
June 3, 1968: Kennedy leads McCarthy in state poll; Arab nations are in a sober mood before the first anniversary of the Six-Day War.
June 4, 1968: Kennedy to watch election returns at Ambassador Hotel.
June 5, 1968: Kennedy shot.
June 6, 1968: Kennedy dies.

The late Times reporter Eric Malnic recalls the Kennedy assassination.
Former City News Service reporter Sandi Gibbons recalls the Kennedy assassination.
Remembering Robert F. Kennedy
Sirhan B. Sirhan on the Daily Mirror

Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  June 4, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  
March 19, 1939, White Cargo March 29, 1939, White Cargo

[Update: Well our torrid mystery gal stumped everybody! I wish I had more photos of her, but there aren’t any. This is Ann Ainslee in “White Cargo,”  a rather notorious Los Angeles stage production of 1939. The Times reported that Ainslee left “White Cargo” to go into pictures, but she had almost no film career as far as I can tell. And in case you’re wondering, I used her photos because they are too great not to share. I wonder what became of her.]

Here’s our weekend mystery gal!
There’s a new photo on the jump!

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  May 30, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update:  Dorothy Ford, one of Earl Carroll's most beautiful girls, swims and rides horseback for relaxation between nightly appearances at the Hollywood Carroll theater, in a photo published Oct. 11, 1941.]

Here’s our mystery woman for the week!
There’s a new photo on the jump!

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Jim Murray, June 6, 1961

  June 6, 1961, Day in Sports.  

  June 6, 1961, Jim Murray  

June 6, 1961: Track and field is still a wholesome LIVING sport, not bound down to tradition like, say, baseball. A trophy for everything and everything for a trophy. I don't know whether you know it or not, but Olympic events are the least standardized of any in the whole fabric of sports. Today it can be high-jumping or hop-step-and-jumping. Tomorrow, it could just as well be pushing a peanut on your nose around a circular course over two jumps and a water hole.

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Times Woman of the Year – Anais Nin

   March 30, 1976, Anais Nin  

  March 30, 1976, Anais Nin  

I stumbled across this article while searching for something else (research is like that) and was stunned. When I started at The Times in the late 1980s, the Women of the Year Awards were viewed as something of  a joke, one of Dorothy Chandler’s  pet projects begun in 1950 and dropped by Otis Chandler in 1977, who explained that they were “unnecessary in today’s world.”

In truth. the Women of the Year Awards were unfairly viewed as a plaything for clubwomen, patronesses of the arts, etc. Agness “Aggie” Underwood, for example, was shocked that she was a recipient because she worked for a competing paper.  Opera singer Lotte Lehmann, Olympic athlete Martha Watson and actress Lily Tomlin were also honored.

This is Digby Diehl’s 1976 profile of Anais Nin, who lived "in a lovely home in the Silver Lake district" (2335 Hidalgo, according to a little Web sleuthing).

Nin says: "The woman of the future, who is really being born today, will be a woman completely free of guilt for creating and for self-development. She will be a woman in harmony with her own strength, not necessarily called masculine or eccentric or something unnatural. I imagine she will be very tranquil about her strength and her serenity, a woman who will know how to talk to children and to the men who sometimes fear her... The woman of the future will never try to live vicariously through the man, and urge and push him to despair, to fulfill something that she should really be doing herself. So that is my first image -- she is not aggressive, she is serene, she is sure, she is confident, she is able to develop her skills, she is able to ask for space for herself."

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Jim Murray, June 5, 1961

  June 5, 1961, Day in Sports  

  June 5, 1961, Jim Murray  

June 5, 1961: It is always a source of wonder to me that a sport as savage and cruel as prizefighting doesn't brutalize its practitioners. Yet, it doesn't. A ballplayer after losing a game is a snarling, cursing, tantrum-throwing terror. Football players smash fists into lockers. But a fighter weeps.

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Senator Demands Probe of Lewd 'Soundies'

  Oct. 21, 1941, Soundies  

July 2, 1941: Sam Coslow announces a deal with Mills Novelty Co. to produce 208 "soundies"  and plans to make 20 of them in the next month, directed by Josef Berne. The acts include Gale Page, Martha Tilton, Cliff Nazarro, Buddy Rogers and his orchestra, Mary Healy, the King's Men, Benny Rubin, Johnny Downs and the Duncan Sisters, The Times says.

Oct. 21, 1941: Sen. Burton K. Wheeler (D-Mont.) denounces soundies, saying that some of the films are "lewd and lascivious."

"I hope these pictures are not going to be shown in the camps to the soldier boys," Wheeler said. "Many of these young boys are now being subject to enough temptations in some of these camps as it is."


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