It isn't from the Titanic, but another safe is about to be cracked. This one belonged to the late Rudy Vallee, who left it locked from 1942 until he died in July of last year at 84.
He took the combination with him, said his former publicist, Chris Harris.
Last November, an attic at Vallee's Hollywood Hills home was unlocked to spill forth a mountain of show business memorabilia that included musical instruments, photos, theatrical posters--and 5,000 neckties.
Much of the stuff has been donated by the crooner's widow, Eleanor, to the University of Maine, other schools, museums and organizations. A Los Angeles lawyer bought the 5,000 ties and has been framing them for resale.
But the cornucopia in the attic, Harris said, "is nothing" compared to what has since been found in a three-story building on the estate. "Rudy collected everything."
The Thousand Oaks Library has agreed to pay $275,000 for the collection--including the contents of the safe.
A professional safecracker will open the safe next Tuesday, when, Harris predicts, "I think we're going to find a lot of interesting things."
One thing believed to be in the safe, Harris confided, is an envelope or file for former actress Sally Blane, who appeared with Vallee in the 1929 film "The Vagabond Lover," and who has been invited to the unveiling.
When two Rottweiler dogs began terrorizing an affluent Encino hillside neighborhood, Animal Control Officer Kathy Schamber decided to try her German on them--on the theory that many of the dogs are trained in that language. But they did not understand, or didn't care. They went after her.
Eventually, Schamber took the 85-pound dogs into custody with her pole noose near Mulholland Drive and lodged them in the Los Angeles City Animal Regulation Department's West Valley shelter. Lt. Tim Goffa said he will ask the city attorney to file charges against the dogs' owner for having vicious dogs on public property.
The owner, whom Goffa did not identify, tried to claim his dogs Wednesday, saying that a pool maintenance man must have left the gate open.
The Tuesday rampage began, according to police, when Maije Leimanis discovered the two Rottweilers sitting in her Mercedes-Benz, which was parked in her driveway. She tried to shoo them off, she said, but they charged her and "started pouncing on the car."
The dogs reportedly strolled around growling at houses and even charging at a front door. One resident said they attacked an Audi--also a German car.
All the while, said Leimanis, she was following them to warn her neighbors. "If they attacked me, that would have been one thing," she said, "but when they came after the car, that was it."
An organization known as the New York Center for the Strange, which claims to stay in touch with most of the nation's "legitimate witches," has included in its annual Halloween predictions for the coming year:
Gary Hart will move to Los Angeles, where he will develop a highly successful matrimonial law practice.
A check with Hart's law office in Denver brought a bubbly laugh from his secretary, who said, "If it's true, he sure is keeping it to himself."
It was only last May that Los Angeles was ready to enact the toughest garbage recycling law west of the Mississippi River. Folks ought to separate glass and cans from newspapers, the City Council decided.
The city would then sell the valuable stuff, saving landfill space. Never mind that Sam Yorty got himself elected mayor 26 years ago by promising to end just such a program, which people hated.
Don't bother to separate your trash this week. Or next.
Mayor Tom Bradley and his advisers have rejected a "disappointing" recycling plan devised by Bureau of Sanitation officials, who were not enthusiastic about the idea to begin with. They would rather build three $235-million plants to burn garbage.
Bradley has ordered the sanitation officials to start all over and to ask advice from recycling experts and environmental groups.