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March 22, 2008 |
The Rev. Jacob Daniel DeShazer, one of the participants in the historic Doolittle Raid on Japan during World War II, died in his sleep March 15 at his home in Salem, Ore. He was 95. After spending 40 months as a prisoner of war after the raid, DeShazer returned to Japan intent on forgiving his former captors and converting them to Christianity. During 30 years as a missionary, he helped start 23 churches in Japan. DeShazer was born Nov. 15, 1912, to an Oregon wheat-farming family.
June 14, 1985 |
President Reagan on Thursday presented Jimmy Doolittle with a fourth star, making the World War II hero the first four-star general in the Air Force Reserve. Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), a former pilot in the Air Force Reserve and sponsor of the legislation promoting the 89-year-old Doolittle, helped Reagan pin the stars on the retired general, who led the first U.S. air raid on Tokyo in 1942.
March 11, 1997 |
Dennis Doolittle has been elected president of Autologic Information International after the resignation of Alden Edwards. Doolittle's responsibilities as president will be in addition to his present role as vice chairman and chief operating officer. Edwards will remain on the board of directors. Autologic Information, based in Thousand Oaks, designs and manufactures computer-based electronic pre-press systems for the publishing industry. It is 59% owned by Volt Information Sciences.
January 13, 2007 |
Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Roseville) said Friday that he would no longer employ his wife as his campaign fundraiser, a practice that gave his household a 15% cut of all donations. Doolittle, who has drawn scrutiny for that and his ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, said he would hire an outside fundraiser. He made the announcement in an opinion piece distributed to newspapers in his Northern California district, noting his tough reelection battle.
July 30, 1986 |
High costs may be forcing the Music Center's Center Theatre Group and Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the CTG's Mark Taper Forum, to withdraw from their participation in the booking and management of the James A. Doolittle Theatre (formerly the Huntington Hartford). Unconfirmed reports indicate that unless a new arrangement can be struck or new sources of revenue found, Davidson and the CTG may have to pull out of the Doolittle operation in Hollywood after less than a year.
December 16, 1988
Deanna Doolittle of Woodbridge High School and Summer Sieg of Laguna Beach were named the Pacific Coast League's volleyball players of the year by a vote of the league's coaches. Laguna Beach, which reached the semifinals of the Southern Section 5-A playoffs, had four players on the first team.
February 11, 1989
Australian actress Judy Davis has been set to star in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's "Hapgood," an Ahmanson production to be presented at the Doolittle, April 12-July 9.
February 27, 2009 |
Melinda Doolittle had many reasons to let nearly two years pass between the end of her "American Idol" stint and the beginning of her solo recording career. The Season 6 third-place runner-up spent time mulling over the styles that she'd already mastered during years spent as a background singer: She could handle gospel, standards, blues, rock and R&B, and had a hard time choosing which of those would be her focus. In addition, she needed to put together a management team and find the right record label.
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June 6, 1986 |
James Doolittle learned to fly in San Diego, received his military commission here and married his wife, Jo, 67 years ago at the Hotel del Coronado. He returned Thursday to accept a war hero's tribute at Miramar Naval Air Station, where Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart took the stage for a 90th-birthday salute to the four-star general.
February 17, 2000
Retired Air Force Col. Dean Davenport, 81, who co-piloted the bomber Ruptured Duck during the daring Doolittle raid on Japan early in World War II. The pilot of Davenport's plane, Lt. Ted W. Lawson, wrote a book about the famous raid called "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" which was made into a motion picture of the same title. Davenport was a technical advisor on the film, which starred Spencer Tracy as Gen. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, for whom the raid was named.