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  • View from east side of Disney Hall looking toward the county courthouse today, and how it looked in 1957. Right photo shows the Melrose Hotel (comprised of both buildings) shortly before it […]

    The place where Harriman died…

    View from east side of Disney Hall looking toward the county courthouse today, and how it looked in 1957. Right photo shows the Melrose Hotel (comprised of both buildings) shortly before it […]

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  • The Game of Monopoly is invented and the Opposable Thumb brings the Struggle for Worker’s Rights to the Streets of LA. There is a battle with General Otis, Publisher of the Los Angeles Times,  who controls the City.  Socialist Job Harriman wins the Primary Election for Mayor, The LA Times explodes….Union Busting is the order of the Day.  Thugs are in the streets of Los Angeles as The Triangle Factory Fire burns in New York. McNamara Brothers Day is declared in LA, Rose Schneiderman fights the bosses in New York and Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Lord Buckley and others speak out through the Theater, Poetry, Comedy and Music of this collaborative art project as it shares and reminds us of the timeless quality of human struggle.

    4th Edition: Union Busting!

    The Game of Monopoly is invented and the Opposable Thumb brings the Struggle for Worker’s Rights to the Streets of LA. There is a battle with General Otis, Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who controls the City. Socialist Job Harriman wins the Primary Election for Mayor, The LA Times explodes….Union Busting is the order of the Day. Thugs are in the streets of Los Angeles as The Triangle Factory Fire burns in New York. McNamara Brothers Day is declared in LA, Rose Schneiderman fights the bosses in New York and Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Lord Buckley and others speak out through the Theater, Poetry, Comedy and Music of this collaborative art project as it shares and reminds us of the timeless quality of human struggle.

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  • RANDOM LENGTHS AND PUBLIC WORKS IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER PRESENT: Third Edition THE OPPOSABLE THUMB A Look at LA in 1911 From 100 Years in the Future… ..and Anything We Want in Between. .Walt Whitman […]

    The Opposable Thumb

    RANDOM LENGTHS AND PUBLIC WORKS IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER PRESENT: Third Edition THE OPPOSABLE THUMB A Look at LA in 1911 From 100 Years in the Future… ..and Anything We Want in Between. .Walt Whitman […]

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  • The People v. Clarence Darrow August 15, 1912 “The McNamara case came like a thunderclap upon the world. What was it? A building had been destroyed and twenty lives had […]

    Clarence Darrow: Summation to the Jury

    The People v. Clarence Darrow August 15, 1912 “The McNamara case came like a thunderclap upon the world. What was it? A building had been destroyed and twenty lives had […]

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  • Los Angeles Times, October 31, 1999, Sunday, Home Edition

L.A. THEN AND NOW: A SOCIALIST WHO ALMOST WAS MAYOR

by CECILIA RASMUSSEN

Long a decaying reminder of a former age's optimistic elegance, the Higgins Building on the southwest corner of 2nd and Main streets, currently being renovated, stands as one of downtown Los Angeles' temples of triumph and tragedy.

When copper magnate Thomas Higgins built his 10-story showpiece in 1910, Main Street was an avenue of fine hotels, the city's best social clubs and theaters. The Higgins Building towered above all with its marble-lined hallways, high ceilings and wrought-iron elevator doors.

    From LATimes Archives (with Good Info On Mildred Buxton, Job Harriman’s Mistress)

    Los Angeles Times, October 31, 1999, Sunday, Home Edition L.A. THEN AND NOW: A SOCIALIST WHO ALMOST WAS MAYOR by CECILIA RASMUSSEN Long a decaying reminder of a former age's optimistic elegance, the Higgins Building on the southwest corner of 2nd and Main streets, currently being renovated, stands as one of downtown Los Angeles' temples of triumph and tragedy. When copper magnate Thomas Higgins built his 10-story showpiece in 1910, Main Street was an avenue of fine hotels, the city's best social clubs and theaters. The Higgins Building towered above all with its marble-lined hallways, high ceilings and wrought-iron elevator doors.

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  • This is an excerpt from “Bread And Hyacinths: The Rise & Fall of Utopian Los Angeles,” available from Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. * The war between labor and management in Los […]

    Class Struggle In Los Angeles

    This is an excerpt from “Bread And Hyacinths: The Rise & Fall of Utopian Los Angeles,” available from Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. * The war between labor and management in Los […]

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  • October 1st, 2010 :: 7:30pm at Wordspace A Music/Lit/Art Salon WORDSPACE, PUBLIC WORKS, AND VOICE IN THE WELL PRESENT THE 1ST IN A SERIES OF RESPONSES TO THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF […]

    LOS ANGELES TIMES BOMBING: 100 YEARS AGO at WordSpace

    October 1st, 2010 :: 7:30pm at Wordspace A Music/Lit/Art Salon WORDSPACE, PUBLIC WORKS, AND VOICE IN THE WELL PRESENT THE 1ST IN A SERIES OF RESPONSES TO THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF […]

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  • from “Los Angeles.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 20 Sep. 2010 <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/348286/Los-Angeles>. Los Angeles’s metamorphosis to world-class metropolis began in the 1870s. Its first leap into the modern era […]

    Los Angeles: Inventing A City

    from “Los Angeles.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 20 Sep. 2010 <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/348286/Los-Angeles>. Los Angeles’s metamorphosis to world-class metropolis began in the 1870s. Its first leap into the modern era […]

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  • This is a chapter from “Bread And Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles,” specifically about the bombing of the Los Angeles Times in 1910. The book is […]

    A Blast On Broadway

    This is a chapter from “Bread And Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles,” specifically about the bombing of the Los Angeles Times in 1910. The book is […]

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  • As an old man, Walter Millsap talked about the troubles between Harriman and his wife toward the end of Harriman’s life, how despite his dying a disillusioned and broken hearted man, […]

    An Intimate View Of Job Harriman

    As an old man, Walter Millsap talked about the troubles between Harriman and his wife toward the end of Harriman’s life, how despite his dying a disillusioned and broken hearted man, […]

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