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It Was 20 Years Ago Today

January 18, 1998

Carl Betz, sympathetic pediatrician-husband on "The Donna Reed Show" from 1958 to 1966, dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer. He was 56.

* The Masque, a basement club in Hollywood and birthplace of L.A.'s punk rock movement, is closed for building and safety code violations.

* Quote of the day: "I don't think we're going to overtake New York City as a cultural center, but I do think we are entering our golden age."--Maurice Tuchman, modern art curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on a proposal by LACMA to buy the adjacent 10.7-acre Prudential Square, thus doubling the museum's exhibition space.

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