Times readers are sharing their memories of Beatlemania ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” Feb. 9, 1964.
Are you still hoarse from all that screaming? Tell us.
Photo: A Los Angeles Beatles fan in 1964. This photo ran in The Times on Aug. 24, 1964. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
And since almost everyone has a favorite Beatles song, reblog with yours!
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A daredevil in golfing attire traipses along a steel beam high above the street during construction of the Los Angeles City Hall, 1927. The Hall of Justice and the old courthouse can be seen in the background.
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Los Angeles is built on top of a lost city of Lizard People
Or at least, that’s how the theory goes. G. Warren Shufelt, an earnest engineer believed early last century that L.A. had been constructed on the same grounds as an ancient Lizard People stronghold, as mapped out above.
From our 1934 story on the bizarre belief:
Busy Los Angeles, although little realizing it in the hustle and bustle of modern existence, stands above a lost city of catacombs filled with incalculable treasure and imperishable records of a race of humans further advanced intellectually and scientifically than even the highest type of present day peoples, in the belief of G. Warren Shufelt, geophysical mining engineer now engaged in an attempt to wrest from the lost city deep in the earth below Fort Moore Hill the secrets of the Lizard People of legendary fame in the medicine lodges of the American Indian.
Read more on the lizard people whose former homes may rest right below your very feet at L.A. Times Past.
"The most important civil rights leader you’ve never heard of"
"…Rustin also was gay, decades before the Supreme Court legitimated private sexual activity, and that cost him the backing of even some radicals, black as well as white, for whom he had been an eloquent and courageous leader for nearly 40 years.”
Art: Dugald Stermer / For the Times
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, a nation remembers and honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose struggle for civil rights continues to inspire on his 85th birthday anniversary.
King’s landmark moment was perhaps the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was celebrated just last year during its 50th anniversary.
"He just leaned into the moment," Watkins said. "Looked out at the crowd the way Baptist preachers do and gave them what they needed: that idea of the dream. You might have to wait, but if you fight for dignity, everything is going to be OK."
King prodded him to imagine an America racially unified instead of divided. Still, it was the entire afternoon, taken together, that left the most lasting impression: the camaraderie, the thoughtfulness, the feeling that if a gathering like this could take place, it was time for Watkins to expand his horizons.
Photos: Gene Herrick, Charles Gorry / Associated Press, Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images
This Throwback Thursday, we’re taking you back in time at the happiest place on earth. Yes, we’ve dug into our archives and found some old Disneyland photos, including some of Walt Disney himself (seen in the middle photo inspecting plastic heads for a “Pirates of the Caribbean” addition to the park) and then-Vice President Richard Nixon (shaking hands with a man in a spacesuit in the bottom photo).
But perhaps the sweetest and most surprising story is behind the top photo. It’s of 14-year-old Jong Sook Kim visiting Disneyland in 1964. She was from South Korea and was in America to get surgery on her eyes — doctors once thought she’d never see again. After the operation in San Francisco, she went to see Disneyland with her newly restored sight.
Read more and see more photos here.
(Photos: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library)
A Throwback Thursday so good it survived until the weekend.
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Twenty years ago this morning, Southern California awoke to the shaking of the Northridge earthquake.
Share your memories here: Disaster before dawn — readers remember the Northridge earthquake
Read about what has changed in 20 years: Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge
Prepare yourself and your family for the Big One: You live in earthquake country; get ready before the next one hits
The Times won a Pulitzer prize for its coverage 20 years ago. Reread some of our journalism from 1994: Northridge earthquake, 20 years later
And, in the strangest of coincidences, a 2.6 earthquake shook Universal City this morning: Quake hits on 20th anniversary of Northridge
Photo: Jan. 20, 1994: The Interstate 5 freeway near Newhall after damage from the Northridge earthquake. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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A first responder to the Northridge earthquake in a “dead, dead, dead black” valley
Shaken out of his bed at Station 70, firefighter Mike Henry tasted dust as he left a partially collapsed fire station to respond to the 6.7 Northridge earthquake 20 years ago today.
As the fire truck went down Reseda Boulevard, residents urged the responders to stop at their apartment. A man from a complex named Northridge Meadows screamed, “There’s a guy trapped under the building. And I’m talking to him.” But the responders had to keep going.
Later in the day, they retraced their path back down the boulevard. And residents sounded relieved: All had been accounted for in most apartments.
Until they came to Northridge Meadows:
[Henry had] assumed it was a two-story complex on the initial drive-through, but now he realized that some of the second and third floors had actually pancaked on top of the first. Numbers began to race through his mind. Fifteen to 20 apartments per floor, he guessed. At least two people per unit. Forty. Fifty. Sixty people, maybe. All trapped.
Photo: Richard Derk / Los Angeles Times
Remembering the Northridge earthquake
Twenty years ago, a massive earthquake struck Los Angeles, killing an estimated 60 people and leaving billions of dollars in damages in its wake.
We’re looking to memorialize the quake on its Jan. 17 anniversary, so if you have stories from that tragic day, head over to L.A. Now and let your voice be heard.
Photos: Los Angeles Times archive
The hairy, mysterious “Jungle Boy”
Above is a photo of the 1950s-era wrestler known as “Jungle Boy,” vividly introduced by reporter Don Snyder:
The night has a thousand eyes. They glow like burning coals full of hate, blood, vinegar, old lemon juice and cigar smog. From their darkened sanctuaries they peer maliciously at the snarling figure before them.
For out there, on the white square where central lights beam down on the rope-caged canvas lurks the hairy horror. He is Jungle Boy, wrestler at large.
Small children sneer at him. Big men jeer at him. Medium-sized women leer at him. All other sized fans sneer, jeer and leer at him simultaneously.
It is one madhouse of screams inside the Olympic emporium. It is so noisy the barking crackerjacks man cannot put over his bargains.
The photo eventually won first place in an Associated Press contest for California and Nevada, but despite the acclaim, Jungle Boy’s identity remains unknown.
Photo: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times
Angels Flight crossing over Clay Street, Los Angeles, 1960. Every building on either side of the street would meet the wrecking ball within a few short years.
Yikes - a caption that quickly takes a grim turn.
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Rustic, isolated and elderly, he now has to leave his paradise
Jack English, now 94, has lived in a remote cabin in the Church Creek Divide for years, and after passing of his wife Mary 12 years ago, he’s been largely alone in his home five miles away from any road.
"You like progress, I like to go backward," he says frequently, but his "backwards" life is soon ending due to his advanced age. He’s simply too old to live alone in the home he and Mary built together.
Raising this cabin, they used what they could from the land: stones dug from the creek for the foundation and chimney, fire-scarred pine for the walls, oak for the floor, sycamore for the cabinets. This was back in the 1970s. It took them almost five years to finish it.He and Mary came out here whenever they could. It was their fairy-tale life in this valley sheltered by a broad succession of ridges and canyons stretching between Big Sur to the west and the Salinas Valley to the east.
Read the full story over in our latest Column One feature.
Photos: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
This year we launched a revamped series of top-notch, longer features online, our so-called “Column One.” Out of the hundreds that have been published, we wanted to pick out some of our favorites before the year’s end.
Longtime cross-dresser Sissy Goodwin of Douglas, Wyo., has been anything but weak as he stands up to bigotry in the Cowboy State…
Elinor Otto picked up a riveting gun in World War II, joining the wave of women taking what had been men’s jobs. These days she’s building the C-17…
Abdul Wali Fadaei is 17 and serving a four-year term at an Afghan rehabilitation center for planning a suicide attack. When he gets out, he’ll “decide about trying again.”…
He [reporter Hector Becerra] finds kindness and camaraderie with Mexican immigrants picking strawberries. But he falls far behind as his back tightens and his muscles burn…
Kashawn Campbell overcame many obstacles to become a straight-A student. But his freshman year at UC Berkeley shook him to the core…
Cockroach farms multiplying in China
Farmers are pinning their future on the often-dreaded insect, which when dried goes for as much as $20 a pound - for use in Asian medicine and in cosmetics…
Photos: Genaro Molina, Al Seib, Bethany Mollenkof, Wang Xuhua / Los Angeles Times, Kamran Jebreli / Associated Press