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Month: January 2016

It’s Another Throwback Thursday… so, on January 28th – 1966 – the LA Free Press’ Front Page…

On January 28th – 1966 – the LA Free Press’ Front Page reported that LA residents not lucky enough to dodge a bullet, or any other incident that might require emergency first aid would, at least for the next 60 days, still be allowed the entitlement of same. In other words, the city was persuaded to hold off on cancelling, for its critically injured citizens, ‘the free ride’ to its hospitals. And, with much more certainty, LA citizens also saved their right to a park free of oil pumping stations; now what about halting the construction of that convention center that’s planned to take the other part of the park. (You can check in the following Issues… they’ll be here, too.) Oh, and btw, we ‘scooped’ the LA Times.

What else? There’s that report on the ‘well-planned and executed commando-raid’ on Cinerama’s showing of the Battle of the Bulge… the 60’s version of making a statement.

Inside, it’s the telling of the infamous Matzoh Ball Bust, and a Film Review by Anais Nin… yeah, she really did write for us when she took a break from those diaries. Also a report on the National SDS Conference. Hard to believe the central issue there (50 years ago!) was the ‘troubling facts’ re: “the concentration of money and decision making in the hands of a few”? Finally, there’s Mayor Yorty’s, Chief Parker’s, and others response to the McCone Report of the California Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
All interesting, all there. Let us know if you want a peek at the text.

This Throwback Thursday… It’s our Issue of January 21st, 1966.

Even back then (or should we say… just like now – ?), the business folks were truly OK with using up the public parks – first – and hanging onto their more valuable downtown spots. And, yes, that’s a black man saying… hey, not so fast… and with good reason. Then there’s the story of Urban Renewal. It was a new concept back then, but not so new as to not have already been abused… look who’s taking a loss, look who’s making a profit.
So what did we focus on?
3/4’s of our Front Page portrays the influence of Sabato “Simon” Rodia, who passed just about 6 months prior. (No face to put to the name? Check out the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Yup, that’s him :)) It was his Nuestro Pueblo (then, and now, more popularly known as the Watts Towers), built over a period of more than 30 years that made his mark.
While the more hip – from the Sisters to the Beatles – recognized his contributions early on, they were not designated an Historical Landmark until 1990. Good news is that they still stand today, and you can go see them right now… with a single click HERE.


And now…for Throwback Thursday… It’s January 14th… 1966 !!

Sure, there’s that farm strike thing on the Front Page, but when you follow it to page 3, you might also find the article about the attack on Muslims… and by whom… interesting.


For Throwback Thursday… It’s 1966 !!


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