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Entries from March 2011

My two favorite reviews and more Kennedy photograph silliness

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

* For Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles,” the nod goes to L.A. Times reviewer Chris Daley. “… Smogtown” is a regional history for the layperson, focusing slightly more on civic drama and scandal than hard science and legislative details. The cover promises “A Cautionary Tale of Environmental Crisis,” and the archival […]

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The RFK photo mystery lives on

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Why this matters. Since posting my big brother’s heretofore-unseen photographs of Robert F. Kennedy in the “hours” before he was tragically assassinated in the kitchen of the old Ambassador Hotel last week, I’ve learned some facets about the half-life of history. 1. Even mildly dipping one’s toe into the Kennedy world can bring a cold […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · General asssignment issues · Historical serendipity meets calamity · Political assassinations · RFK photographs

Robert Kennedy in L.A. hours before his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel: never seen-before photograph No. 2 captured by my big brother when he stumbled on RFK’s motorcade downtown on that fateful summer day in 1968 as a USC undergrad

March 24th, 2011 · No Comments

For the story behind this photograph and the earlier one we posted here yesterday, click on this link. To see clips of Kennedy’s Ambassador speech and the pandemonium that erupted after his shooting, click here for L.A. Observed’s post. This picture is owned and copy-written by Paul G. Jacobs and any use of it in […]

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Tags: American history · Historical serendipity meets calamity · Political assassinations · The Kennedy's

Robert Kennedy on the campaign hustings in downtown L.A. in a heretofore unpublished photograph taken hours before he was murdered.

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

You never know in this life when you’re about to become a witness to tragic history before it occurs. Such was the circumstance for my older brother, Paul Jacobs, who found himself face to face with American political royalty– a man who might’ve spared us from the last phase of Vietnam and the enduring cynicism […]

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Chromium-6: the threat that won’t nicely evaporate from our land and water and go quietly into the night.

March 14th, 2011 · No Comments

In fact, just the opposite seems to be happening. Though first spot-lighted as a deadly threat to human health in the early 1990s with Erin Brockovich’s crusading in the area north of Los Angeles, and then reinforced with word that the slimy, green chemical produced in manufacturing from everything from military aircraft to chrome plating […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · chromium-six · environment · environmental policy · groundwater pollution

Mickey Rooney deserved better

March 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Once upon a time, Mickey Rooney was Brad Pitt. He was the hottest actor on the planet dating just about anybody he wanted to and having his pick of nightclubs and movie projects. That smile, those bangs. Before he was in his mid-twenties, Mickey made the cover of Time, crashed White House parties, famously squabbled […]

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