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Harva Kaaren Sprager FROM VOL. 6, NO. 3, SPRING 1952
Hollywood’s Foreign Correspondents
Harva Kaaren Sprager is instructor in journalism in the Graduate Department of
Journalism at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has been a member
of the staff of radio station WQXR, New York, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the
Los Angeles Daily News, and is now serving as one of the Los Angeles editors of a
new quarterly publication, Idea and Experiment.
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MORE THAN 70 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS in the Los Angeles area de-
vote full or part time to
John Howard Lawson loved trains. As his son Jeffrey recalled, “He loved to
stand in the station while the monstrous locomotives roared down on us.
I’ve seen him drive say 30 miles down a lovely desert road, just to see for a
minute, say the Super Chief, roar by, then turn around and drive back to
the main road.”1 Father and son “traveled the continent dozens of times; a
big part of my early childhood was spent hearing the clack of wheels as a
crack continental train, the Chief or the Twentieth Century Limited, sped
west or east.” They “often made
i pursued my seductive musical muse even though she was a
dangerous siren. Th e Apollo Brothers fi nally got a steady gig at Pandora’s
Box, a hip coff eehouse on the Sunset Strip. We were backed by the Du-Vals
with Bill Wild on bass, who later played in Ruben And Th e Jets.1 “Flash” had
quit the group. We opened several times for the mighty O’Jays and smooth
soul pop singer Dobie Gray. We were lucky to be getting R & B gigs, since the
bubblegum British Invasion had just struck.
Th e Hollywood music scene in the early ’60s mostly involved disco-