Category Archives: Los Angeles

Chavez Ravine: Ashes and Diamonds

Went to Dodger Stadium a few weeks ago for a ballgame. It’s a beautiful park in a beautiful setting. Had a great time with my mom. We had Dodger Dogs, heard Vin Scully and rooted for the home team. But I couldn’t help thinking about what had happened there in the years leading up to the team’s move from Brooklyn. I first learned of the struggle for what is now the “Home of the Dodgers” from the musician Ry Cooder when he put out his “Chavez Ravine” record about ten years ago. The music is excellent. The story…. 

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Nixonland: A Colony of Reaganville?

Richard Nixon  played upon the growing resentments of “regular Joes” across the country. He defined this target audience as a great “silent majority,” and rallied them to his cause by railing against the elites, not the least of which were anti-war college students and professors with draft deferments. Nixon cheered in 1970 when construction workers brutally attacked peace protesters in New York. “Thank God for the hard hats!” he said. He was so successful that he rode his silent majority to electoral victories in 1968 and again in 1972.

Nixon’s political and social maneuvering was masterful, Machiavelli would have been impressed. His scheming led to wins in two presidential elections but in so doing he created a deep rift in American society that persists to this day, polarizing the United States. But Nixon didn’t dream all of these tactics up on his own. He didn’t have to look far to find the prototype for his winning strategy. It was right there in front of him, devised by another California Republican, a lesser known personality to the nation at the time, but that would change….

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Huell Howser RIP – California Gold Program Archives

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California Gold Archive

Huell Howser’s California Gold television program was an all-time favorite. Huell passed away last year but his entertaining adventures traveling around the Golden State live on. “That’s Amazing!”

Joe Hill Resources on the Web

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Bread and Roses Joe Hill Page

The Joe Hill Project

Wallace Stegner Talks Joe Hill

The Man who Never Died – NY Times Review

Joe Hill Lyrics

The Songs of Joe Hill

PBS: Joe Hill

Phil Ochs Sings Joe Hill (1968)

On Joe Hill’s Last Words

Holt Labor Library: Joe Hill

National Archives Hands Over Joe Hill’s Ashes to IWW (1988)

AFL-CIO Joe Hill Bio