"Only free men can negotiate. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated." —Nelson Mandela to then-South African President Pieter W. Botha, in 1985.
"Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell." —current South African President Jacob Zuma, announcing Mandela’s death today.
An article titled “8 Foes of Apartheid Get Life Terms in S. Africa" appeared in the L.A. Times on June 13, 1964. Here’s what the paper’s front page looked like on the day of Mandela’s release from prison, February 11, 1990. In December of that year, he spoke optimistically about South Africa’s future in this interview:
Q: What sort of South Africa do you envisage?
A: Very simple. It is a South Africa based on the Freedom Charter (a manifesto drawn up by the ANC and political allies in the 1950s), which is our basic policy; … a non-racial society where all population groups would enjoy equality before the law, and where all forms of racial discrimination were abolished. It is a South Africa where there will be a bill of rights defining the rights of citizens, a bill of rights that is entrenched by the ability of any person who considers his rights are threatened or violated to have access to an independent judiciary. It is a South Africa in which there will be political parties; where political dissent will not be dealt with in a way that shows a lack of patience and a lack of political tolerance.
Here’s Mandela’s obituary in the L.A. Times, by Deputy Managing Editor Scott Kraft, who covered Mandela as a reporter (you’ll see his byline more than once on the front page linked above); Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin, who described Mandela as “the most remarkable man I ever met” in a tweet today; and Johannesburg correspondent Robyn Dixon (who has also been covering today’s events on Twitter). More recommended reading: a timeline of Mandela’s life; a first-person account of growing up in a changing South Africa by Times photojournalist Jerome Adamstein; a recollection of his 1990 L.A. visit by columnist Patt Morrison; and Mandela’s own address to those assembled at a Cape Town rally upon his release from prison in February 1990.
Top photo: Mandela and his then-wife Winnie, along with L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, on the steps of City Hall during a trip to Los Angeles on June 29, 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Middle photo: Mandela holds up the key to the city that he was presented by Mayor Bradley, also on June 29, 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Mandela visits L.A.’s First AME Church on July 9, 1993. Credit: Los Angeles Times. More photos from Mandela’s life.
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Old Finnish people with things on their heads. That is all.
(OK, I lied, that is not all. These are part of a funny, gorgeous photo series by Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen called Eyes As Big As Plates, and you should look at as much of it as you possibly can.)
(Also: hat tip, so to speak, to Mr. Benjamin Birdsall.)
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Finding a home after 30 years on the streets
Roger Anderson has spent the last three decades without a home after running away from an abusive father at the age of 13. But right before Thanksgiving, at the age of 47, Anderson gained something more than worthy of holiday gratitude: A place to call his own.
Look through a photo essay of Anderson’s last night of homelessness, and his first moments in his new apartment over at Framework.
Photos: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
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The murderous impact of light
The two photos above, both portraits of murder suspects, display the impact of the different placement of a single light source.
To the left is Arthur Clayton Hester, who eventually was sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing his foster father. And to the right is Arthur Eggers, who was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife.
Read more on the photo’s history over at Framework.
Photos: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times
Appropriate, given the weather craziness out East, with impacts stretching all the way out to LAX travelers.
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Remembering JFK 50 years after his assassination
On Nov. 22, 1963, the nation lost a president and, as some suggest, its sense of optimistic idealism. President John F. Kennedy was shot several times as his motorcade drove past cheering crowds, and his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, was murdered soon after.
Today, flags fly at half staff, and commemorations are being held across the country, particularly in Dallas, where the assassination took place.
Read more on the conspiracy theories about the killing that persist to this day, examine a map of important assassination-related locations or read through witness accounts of the shooting.
Photos: Tom Pennington / Getty Images, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press
President John F. Kennedy was known for his openness in crowds. On the day of his assassination — 50 years ago this week — he famously chose to ride in a convertible through the streets of Dallas. As these two Los Angeles Times archival photos illustrate, he was more than comfortable with people, crowds and convertibles.
At top is a photograph of a 1962 moment that is now all but impossible for a president to replicate: a 20-minute beach frolic with admirers.
And below that is the president arriving, in 1961, at the Santa Monica home of actor Peter Lawford, who was married to Kennedy’s sister from 1954 to 1966. The caption pointedly notes that the president had foregone the usual closed limousine in favor of a convertible.
Original published captions follow.
Top, Aug. 20, 1962: BEACH FROLIC — Admirers, some fully-clothed and others in swim suits, surround President Kennedy as he stands in surf after taking a swim in the Pacific at Santa Monica. Scores followed the President into the water, frolicked happily with him for 20 minutes. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library.
Bottom, Nov. 20, 1961: AT THE BEACH — A smiling President Kennedy hastens from convertible to the Peter Lawford beach home in Santa Monica to spend some time in the sun. Instead of taking usual closed limousine to the beach, President chose the convertible. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Previously on L.A. Times Past:
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Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction in parts of the Philippines when it tore through on Friday. One of the hardest-hit areas was the city of Tacloban and its more than 220,000 residents. “Virtually all of the structures, if they were not made out of concrete or steel, are gone,” a top U.S. military commander said.
Photo Credit: Google and DigitalGlobe
GIF Credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR
These satellite images from Google and DigitalGlobe show how Tacloban and the Anibong district looked in February 2012 and then two days after Haiyan made landfall.
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The year: 1966. The topic: health spas.
A woman swings like Tarzan on a gold rope before plunging into an icy pool, while another’s body is coated with wax.
Others are ordered to bend, kick, roll and bounce along before submerging in soothing liquid, be it perfume, herbs or milk.
All this sounds like fiction, but it’s happening at beauty and health spas throughout the nation, attracting a growing number of men and women — people willing to spend from $400 to $800 a week to work out or relax in luxury, sometimes in marble settings surrounded by plush greenery.
Beautiful, and usually young, exercise directors, cajole, shame or coax the laggard into more violent exercise. Their slim leotard-clad figures are the carrots dangled in front of hippy women who hope to reach the same perfect proportions.
Get better acquainted with health spas of the ’60s here: Spas Flowing With Milk and Honey, Diets, Money
The photo at the top, of a woman demonstrating a double chin electric massage machine, is a window into how far we’ve come: Now there’s a shot for that. Calabasas drug firm sticks its neck out to get rid of double chins
Original published captions, Sept. 26, 1966: (Top) FACIAL EXERCISE—Double chin gets electric massage in La Costa gym. (Bottom) HOOP LA—It takes a lot of bending, rolling to achieve this svelte figure. Credits: Mary Frampton and Frank Brown / Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Ah yes, those “spas” everyone’s been talking about.
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