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October 17, 1989
George H. Shellenberger, 89, former executive of the Merchants and Manufacturers' Assn. in Los Angeles and the principal volunteer of the United for California campaign fund, which encouraged the candidacies of conservatives seeking a seat in the state Legislature. He also, in 1924, helped organize the Los Angeles Community Chest.
February 16, 1992 | Charles Solomon
Hendrickson has compiled 1,200 stories, quotes and bon mots about American authors, many of them humorous. Don Marquis, the creator of Archie and Mehitabel, compared publishing a book of poetry in America to "dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
February 21, 2008
Re "Lost in the Hollywood jungle," Opinion, Feb. 19 I had a different reaction from Ernest Freeberg to the movie "There Will Be Blood." Granted that Upton Sinclair's socialist message was not explicit, I thought that the character of Daniel Plainview and his ruthless, evil drive was a metaphor for the strengths and evils of the oil industry itself. Shirley A. Conger Corona del Mar -- Sinclair's book, "Oil!," was published shortly after the Teapot Dome scandal. We continue to celebrate a crook named Edward L. Doheny, who made a fortune from a bribe.
April 7, 1994 | DANIEL P. PUZO
Most people imagine government-sponsored conferences to be dull events. But when Edward L. Menning DVM, executive vice president of the National Assn. of Federal Veterinarians, spoke at a food safety summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington March 31, the audience encountered the Howard Beale of the food world.
August 28, 2009 | David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito, David T. Beito, a professor of history at the University of Alabama, and Linda Royster Beito, the chair of the department of social sciences at Stillman College, are the authors of "Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power."
Fifty-four years ago today, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy visiting family in Mississippi, was abducted, mutilated and slain after he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Several days later, his horribly disfigured body was fished out of the Tallahatchie River. Many such tragedies had previously happened to black Americans and then been ignored. The Till case was different because of the efforts of a flamboyant and wealthy black planter and surgeon, T.R.M. Howard. Howard's place in history has been woefully slighted.
August 25, 1998
Shortly after Upton Sinclair's 1906 book "The Jungle" exposed the filth in Chicago's meat processing plants, Congress passed a law requiring daily inspections. That law halted hazardous practices like processing meat from long-dead animals. As a new report by the National Academy of Sciences points out, however, today's food safety system has itself become a jungle: an impenetrable thicket of outdated rules enforced by a dozen federal agencies.
July 21, 1990
A memorial service for James Burford, a unionist, political organizer and supporter of liberal causes, will be held July 28 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Santa Monica Library. Burford, whose activism dated to the anti-poverty campaign of Upton Sinclair in the early 1930s, was 79 when he died July 12 in a Santa Monica hospital of the complications of pneumonia.
March 29, 1987
Armand Hammer flies all over the world in his private jetliner to promote his image as a human rights activist, benefactor, peacemaker and collector of some of the world's great art. He should make a flight to Dakota City, Neb., where his Occidental Petroleum Corp. operates a giant meatpacking company with sub-human working conditions ("Injury Rate Soaring, Workers at Meatpacking Plant Say," March 2). Shades of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," the expose of the meatpacking industry in Chicago early this century.
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