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October 13, 1991 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State cemetery officials are investigating whether Forest Lawn Memorial-Park has mishandled cremated remains at its Glendale facility in a case involving the discovery of human ashes on a freeway, the alleged burning of incriminating records in a crematorium and a self-described whistle-blower who says he was threatened to keep quiet.
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May 20, 2010
A public memorial service for heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio will be held at 2 p.m. May 30 in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Dio, who sang with Rainbow before replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and was known for his two-fingered devil-horn salute, died Sunday. He was 67.
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September 4, 2009 | Carla Hall and Chris Lee
In a tree-lined clearing of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, about 200 of Michael Jackson's family and friends gathered for the final leg of the pop singer's odyssey from death to interment on a hot Thursday evening exactly 10 weeks after he was found dead. The service, scheduled for sunset, became a nighttime gathering as guests awaited the late arrival of Jackson's family. They were ferried through the park's towering gates in a fleet of luxury cars and took their places in the front row of white folding chairs.
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April 6, 1991
James (Jimmy) E. Moore, who worked 41 years at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, has died in a Glendale hospital. He was 62. A longtime Glendale resident, Moore died Monday of a combination of various ailments, said a Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman. Born in Chanute, Kan., Moore graduated from Glendale High School and began working as an attendant at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in 1949. Moore retired last year after working more than 30 years as a funeral counselor.
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May 28, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
The City Council this week commended the recipients of the Chamber of Commerce's man, woman and business of the year awards. Gay Hannah was awarded 1999 Woman of the Year and Phillip J. Wendel was awarded 1999 Man of the Year, both for their significant contributions of time and service to the community. The chamber also selected Forest Lawn Memorial Park as Large Business of the Year and Above All Catering as the Small Business of the Year.
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May 20, 2010
A public memorial service for heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio will be held at 2 p.m. May 30 in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Dio, who sang with Rainbow before replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and was known for his two-fingered devil-horn salute, died Sunday. He was 67.
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August 6, 1991
William Merl Harris, a longtime Los Angeles Valley College chemistry professor and a patent law attorney, has died at a Mission Hills hospital. He was 60. A Sepulveda resident, Harris died Saturday of cancer, said Elizabeth Friedman, chairwoman of the chemistry department at Valley College. Born in Los Angeles, Harris served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952 and worked in the product-testing department for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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October 2, 1990
Dr. Eugene John Joergenson, a longtime Glendale surgeon, has died in Glendale. He was 84. Joergenson died Thursday of heart failure, said his daughter Ann Joergenson. Born Aug. 8, 1906, in East Stanwood, Wash., Joergenson came to California in 1929 and graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1932. He was later a member of the staff at Glendale Adventist Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
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July 7, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein and Mitchell Landsberg
A city accustomed to outsized public spectacles headed into uncharted territory today, uncertain how fans would respond to a carefully planned public memorial to singer Michael Jackson -- an event expected to cost nearly $4 million in city services alone. Authorities were throwing a wide cordon around Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, hoping that would keep away crowds who lacked tickets to a 10 a.m.
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October 12, 2000 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J. Watson Garman knows people think he is weird. People above ground anyway. "They find out about it and say, 'Whoa! I think I'll stand over here [away from you]," said Garman, a Venice resident. The 53-year-old freelance photographer is a member of the Hollywood Underground, a group that is accustomed to reactions of wide-eyed disbelief to their hobby of celebrity grave hunting.
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May 5, 2000 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Montezuma is telling the story of the Spanish conqueror Cortes' slaughter of the Aztec people of Mexico. It is brutal: "They cut off their heads, their arms, their legs," says Montezuma. It is tragic: "Aztec warriors were being killed by the thousands. They fought bravely, but on Aug. 13, 1521, the Aztecs surrendered to the Spaniards." The gathered schoolchildren are rapt. Montezuma wears a headdress of red, black and yellow feathers. "When you leave here today, go in peace," he concludes.
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April 16, 2000 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Among Los Angeles' legion of unusual celebrities, none is more novel than Hubert Lewright Eaton, who stumbled onto every businessman's dream: a steady stream of customers incapable of complaint. As "the builder" of Forest Lawn cemetery, Eaton created what may be one of the nation's most famous permanent addresses. In the process, he revolutionized the industry by transforming a tiny graveyard into a 300-acre spiritual haven for the living.
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February 1, 2000 | ANDRE BRISCOE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After reexamining security procedures, officials for Forest Lawn Mortuary said they are confident that measures at their Cypress cemetery are adequate, despite a shooting last month that left two people with minor injuries. The Jan. 11 shooting occurred while 21-year old Siraj Leyerle of Long Beach was attending funeral services for his 6-week-old daughter, who died of sudden infant death syndrome. A fight broke out and Leyerle shot the child's aunt and uncle.
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May 28, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
The City Council this week commended the recipients of the Chamber of Commerce's man, woman and business of the year awards. Gay Hannah was awarded 1999 Woman of the Year and Phillip J. Wendel was awarded 1999 Man of the Year, both for their significant contributions of time and service to the community. The chamber also selected Forest Lawn Memorial Park as Large Business of the Year and Above All Catering as the Small Business of the Year.
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November 6, 1991 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Workers at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park improperly buried--and may have lost--the remains of a Covina man, according to lawsuits filed by the man's five grown children. The allegations are the latest in a series of accusations of mishandling of remains by the crematory at Forest Lawn's Glendale facility, which is under investigation by state officials.
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October 31, 1993
"I believe in a happy eternal life," begins the Builder's Creed of Dr. Hubert Eaton, founder of what is probably the most famous permanent address in the United States, the Forest Lawn cemetery chain. Eaton, who acquired the first Forest Lawn in 1917 and built the institution into a giant business, believed that "memorial parks" should be places for the living.
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May 5, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
Schoolchildren from across Los Angeles got a living lesson Tuesday in the final days of Mexico's Aztec empire. The empire's last leader, Montezuma, portrayed by Fabian Gregory Cordova of Canoga Park, wore a beaded breastplate, loincloth and an elaborate feathered headdress. Cordova has performed educational presentations as Montezuma for 10 years.
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September 11, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South Pasadena woman who sued Forest Lawn mortuary to gain greater access for the disabled won a court settlement Thursday when the company agreed to institute training to assure more sensitivity toward the disabled. Judy L. Klein sued the Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Assn. in August 1997, alleging that the mortuary hampered efforts of four family friends and colleagues who used wheelchairs and wanted to speak at her late husband's memorial service.
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