August 16, 2000 |
It was either a glorious summer week, "smogless and milk-blue, the skies stretched on day after day, as gentle and pure as they must have been a generation ago," as one writer described it. Or, as another reported, you couldn't see the mountains for the yellow fumes that cloaked Los Angeles 40 years ago. For the record, The Times reported "moderate to heavy smog" that July week in 1960 when the Democrats last came to town. Then, as always, Southern California allowed different views of itself.
August 15, 2000
Convention oratory can be memorable. John F. Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech in Los Angeles on July 15, 1960. Here are excerpts: * 'We are not here to curse the darkness but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a sage and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some 20 years ago: If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. ... Today our concern must be with that future.
August 15, 2000 |
It was a liberal platform. Some said the most liberal they'd seen. Ultraliberal even. Scary, huh? The Democrats of 1960 did not know that being liberal would someday be the kiss of death in national politics. Back then you could be a liberal in the same way you could be a golfer or an orchid fancier, perhaps viewed around the neighborhood as a little possessed but probably not dangerous. And what did you stand for, exactly, if you were liberal 40 years ago?
August 13, 2000 |
THE PREPPING HANDBOOK * The Democratic National Convention handed out hospitality kits to each of the 4,506 delegates, filled with California-grown raisins, oranges, tuna, olives, dates and wine, and a jar of "dietetic" fruit labeled, "Welcome Delegates -- Gov. 'Pat' Brown." * To accommodate feeding as many as 16,000 daily attendees, the Sports Arena installed "new radar ranges that can cook beef, bake potatoes and vegetables in a minute and 10 seconds."
August 13, 2000 |
William Gargan, star of "Martin Kane, Private Eye," a popular early '50s TV detective show, knew who was staying upstairs in the penthouse suite of a three-story apartment building at 522 N. Rossmore Ave. Gargan and his wife, Mary, had been sworn to secrecy not to reveal his identity. But as they sat watching the roll call at the 1960 Democratic National Convention, they had a surprise visit from their surreptitious neighbor. Sen. John F.
March 26, 2000 |
The American Dream comes under the microscope with savagely funny and tragic results in "American Beauty," this year's front-runner for the Academy Awards on Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium. Thirty-nine years ago "The Apartment," Billy Wilder's dark satire of corporate America, won five Oscars, including best film, screenplay and director.