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Monthly Archives: October, 2017

WAR OF THE WORLDS—ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS

IT WAS October 30, 1938. Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wooden pal Charlie McCarthy had just finished their opening bit on the Chase & Sanborn Hour, which owned Sunday radio … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

CHARLES H. CRAWFORD, A LOS ANGELES AL CAPONE PART 2

FAILURE OF California’s Julian Petroleum Company, aka “Julian Pete,” caught up Charles H. Crawford, Los Angeles politician/saloon owner in 1930. Allegedly, he paid $75,000 to hush up exposure of his … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHARLES H. CRAWFORD, THE LOS ANGELES AL CAPONE PART 1

IN MY continuing recognition of scalawags, political and otherwise, I offer Charles H. Crawford, who in the 1920s was the Los Angeles version of Chicago’s Al Capone. The tale has … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

FUEL CELLS FORGOTTEN? YET AGAIN?

WHAT WITH everyone but the guy next door promising to build only “electrified” cars, it’s surprising to me that only a few of the world’s automakers are seeing promise in … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

BOOK SMART, HEAD DUMB

MY MOTHER, rest her soul, used to say that I was “book smart, but head dumb.” I am not surprised to learn, based on a new book on the matter, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND THE ARTS PART 2

SHERLOCK HOLMES’ artistic streak surfaced regularly, and not just when he idly bowed his Stradivarius while pondering a consulting detective conundrum. Yesterday here, Michael Hardwick’s The Guide to Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE ARTS PART 1

SHERLOCK HOLMES is remembered for his cold unassailable logic. However, the world’s greatest consulting detective also had an artistic side. Indeed, name another shamus who played his own Stradivarius. What … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment