Testimonial #2: Eva Dugan

Introduction to Eva Dugan Born in 1876, Mrs. Eva Dugan somehow managed to survive a hard-scrabble childhood to become an adult with few skills, and even fewer expectations. In photographs, Eva seemed to always have a tentative expression on her face, as if she were...

Testimonial #1: Bill Stiles

Introduction to Bill Stiles Los Angeles in 1913 was fast becoming a modern metropolis. The streets were a crazy quilt of traffic comprised of pedestrians, horses, bicycles, and automobiles. It had grown from a small pueblo of fewer than 100 residents into a city of...
Goodness Gracious – She’s a Ball of Fire!

Goodness Gracious – She’s a Ball of Fire!

I learned to love all of Hollywood moneyYou came along and you moved me honeyI changed my mind, looking fineGoodness gracious great balls of fire – Jerry Lee Lewis Betty Rowland, the Red-headed Ball of Fire (aka the Rhode Island red-head) was a force to be...
Dance Hall Siren

Dance Hall Siren

In ancient times, the Greeks wrote of three beautiful Sirens – women who were part bird and part woman, and who lived only to seduce sailors with their haunting songs.Sailors who charted a course near islands inhabited by the Sirens were inevitably shipwrecked, their...
The Drinks Are On Me!

The Drinks Are On Me!

 Andrew McLemore was feeling generous as he entered the Waldorf Bar at 527 S. Main Street. His pockets were stuffed with $896 in cash. That kind of coin can burn a hole in a man’s pocket, so Andrew ponied up enough bread to buy drinks for himself, and for...