October 1, 2011 |
It's fall on PBS, when the big documentary blockbusters heave into view; and nobody builds them bigger than Ken Burns, whose name always seems to be part of the title, even when it isn't: "Ken Burns' Baseball," "Ken Burns' Jazz," "Ken Burns' Civil War. " Burns likes to swallow huge subjects whole -- American subjects -- and this year he brings us "Prohibition," the story of the 14-year misrule of the 18th Amendment and of the decades-long temperance movement...
May 16, 2010 |
"He owned some drugstores, a lot of drugstores," Daisy Buchanan said. "He built them up himself." To Daisy, this was a perfectly reasonable explanation of the wealth of her new neighbor, Jay Gatsby. To her husband, more knowing about the world beyond the boundaries of East Egg, it was evidence that Gatsby had made his money as a bootlegger. Modern readers in the grip of F. Scott Fitzgerald's prose may not recognize the meaning of Tom Buchanan's insight, but Fitzgerald knew his contemporaries would understand.
April 27, 2012 |
Long ago before the Venice boardwalk was a messy hive of sunglass huts, homeless hipsters begging for weed and a prime example of what happens when T-shirt slogans go terribly wrong, it housed an elaborate promenade of stunning luxury hotels and was known as the Coney Island of the Pacific. Developer Abbot Kinney had also master planned opera houses, ballrooms, bathhouses and a grand pier. Every roaring '20s playground needed a boozy respite, and Venice had a bar established in 1915 called Menotti's Buffet.
September 30, 2013 |
Jazz babies and their beaus can relive the Roaring '20s in the Arizona Biltmore's Mystery Room, the newly re-created "secret" speak-easy in the resort's main building. The Arizona Biltmore opened in 1929 during Prohibition. But a desert resort with no hooch to satisfy the patrons' thirst? Unthinkable. The owners found a way with the Mystery Room, a.k.a. the Men's Smoker, up a staircase and hidden down a corridor. Here gentlemen could purchase a set-up for the bootleg liquor stashed in a cabinet that converted into a bookcase in case of a raid.
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November 30, 1988
In his column "If Roe Goes, States Will War on Abortion" (Op-Ed Page, Nov. 13), Neale R. Peirce paints a very bleak picture of the United States if abortion becomes illegal. However, many of Peirce's suppositions are unfounded. An anti-abortion law would not generate Peirce's effects of Prohibition-type resistance or black-market abortion drugs. First, Peirce tries to compare the abortion issue to Prohibition. However, fewer people are involved in abortion than were ever involved in Prohibition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2006
April 7, 1933: Los Angeles' beer supply lasted only about two hours on the day that Prohibition's ban on beer was lifted and the sale of beer with 3.2 % alcohol by volume became legal after 13 years. "After a brief beer orgy yesterday Los Angeles and surrounding communities last night faced a drought almost as acute as in the strictest prohibition era," The Times reported under the headline, "City Beer Orgy Ends in Famine." When the ban was lifted, only the Los Angeles Brewing Co.
December 5, 2011 |
There's a holiday in December that comes way before Hanukkah or Christmas and might be a whole lot jollier: It's Repeal Day, and it's Monday. As Ken Burns reminds us in his documentary "Prohibition," there was a time in this country when a glass of wine or a pint of beer could land you in the slammer. It was against the law, specifically the 18th Amendment. Bootleggers, speakeasies and all sorts of black-market goings-ons defined the Prohibition era from January 1920 to Dec. 5, 1933, when the law was repealed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998
Ashes to ashes, but what then? California is the only state that prohibits individuals from distributing the cremated remains of a loved one either on land or at sea within three miles of the shoreline. The choice: to deposit the ashes in an approved cemetery "scattering ground," hire an officially certified "cremated remains disposer" or just violate the law.
July 26, 1985 |
Alexander Grant & Co., the accounting firm that audited collapsed ESM Government Securities, was prohibited Thursday from accepting any new business in the state for 60 days. The ruling came at a meeting of Florida's Board of Accountancy and left open the possibility of future reviews by the state Department of Professional Regulation. Grant came under scrutiny after Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based ESM collapsed in March, owing some $300 million dollars to dozens of investors.