“Dorothy was what we would have called back then very ladylike,” former Times columnist Steve Harvey said in an email. “She wore dresses. She didn’t smoke or curse…. But she was tough.”
As proof, he recalled how she was sent to skid row in 1978 to write about the fears of the homeless after a series of stabbings.
“She was funny and smart and she was one of the guys, and that was very hard to achieve back then,” said Patt Morrison, a Times columnist who was a newsroom intern when she met Townsend in the late 1970s. “It was a very macho environment when she came into it, and it was pretty brave for her to do.
Photo: Dorothy Townsend with fellow members of the Los Angeles Times team that won a 1966 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watts riots. Bill Thomas, who oversaw the coverage, is at center left with hands clasped. Credit: Los Angeles Times
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The Los Angeles Times’ Globe Lobby is now open to the public — and viewable online as a panaroma, as well.
Its 10-foot-high murals were painted in 1935 by Hugo Ballin, who also painted the Griffith Observatory rotunda, and represent some of the finest murals produced in Los Angeles during the 1930s. The focal point is an aluminum globe, 5 1/2 feet in diameter, set on a bronze pedestal. The globe completes a rotation every five minutes. Surrounding the base are bronze bas-reliefs symbolizing industry, religion, science and art along with minor reliefs representing the American Indian, the Greek scholar, the Zulu warrior and the Chinese Mandarin. The lobby also includes a historical exhibit showcasing the first 100 years of The Times. It is open to visitors weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Did you know The Times tests all of the recipes we publish in the paper? Thus the need for a test kitchen. After our photographers take pictures for publication, the chefs put the food out for the entire newsroom. It’s pretty rad, especially around the holiday season.
Check out some behind-the-scenes videos from our test kitchen.
Photo: The Times’ Test Kitchen. Credit: Kirk D. McKoy / Los Angeles Times
Aug. 7, 1946: After three years entertaining the troops, Marlene Dietrich was so happy to be back in Hollywood that she was willing to kiss anybody — including Los Angeles Times reporter Clark Roberts.
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
LARB is serializing a biography on Harrison Gray Otis by SoCal historian Mike Davis. Fascinating historical stuff.
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Oct. 1, 1910: The bombing of the Los Angeles Times building by union activists
Photo: Fire rages through The Times Building on Oct. 1, 1910, as seen from Broadway just south of First Street. Credit: Courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Special Collections
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“Goon Squad” and “The Big Short” win L.A. Times Book Prizes: Jennifer Egan’s novel takes the fiction category and Michael Lewis’ saga of the financial meltdown gets the non-fiction nod. Children’s author Beverly Cleary is given the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
Photos: Jennifer Egan, Michael Lewis. Credits: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times; Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Behind the scenes…
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My friend’s dad took us on a late night tour of the Los Angeles Times print facility in downtown. We got to see the robotic forklifts in action, the different levels of printing and folding, and the differences in the early and late edition of the newspaper.
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Have you heard of the California Public Records Act, or the CPRA? It requires that the state’s public documents be open for inspection at all times.
The Times’ California Public Records project teaches you how to request, receive and share government records. It’s a guide to your rights as a citizen.