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[ 300 ] 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. . . . . . MORE THAN 70 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS in the Los Angeles area de- vote full or part time to

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3 Hollywood 50 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

52 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- theques

Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles