Sugar Sugar

July 27, 1947

Congress has just one day left to extend the industrial and institutional sugar rations, as requested by the Agriculture Department. Should they not vote the funds to continue keeping sugar from bakers, confectioners, food processors, bottlers, hotels and hospitals, the sweet stuff will commence flowing as it did before the Nazis ruined everything.

So hold your breath and make a wish that your representatives drag their feet tomorrow, and ajourn with the rationing bill untouched. Otherwise the rations will continue until (dear Lord, those Aggies are so cruel, so very cruel) Hallowe’en.

Further research: The Bubblegum Achievement Awards, October 7, 2005, at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in downtown Los Angeles

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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.

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  1. Chinese Woman Author
    Finds Lessons Pleasure


    “Knowledge is desirable, but learning is pleasure.â€Â

    That is one of the sayings of Author Helena Kuo, who came a long way from her native China by way of Europe—but does not pose as a Lady Confucius.

    The pretty young author of “I’ve Come a Long Way,â€Â “Westward to Chungkingâ€Â and other books, never seems to stop. She writes articles, book reviews, short stories. She takes lessons. It was the lessons that inspired that “saying.â€Â

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    Helena Kuo was an intermittent presence in Los Angeles, having visited in 1942. The author of several books, including one for children titled “Giants of China,â€Â she was also a technical advisor on the 1943 Alan Ladd film “China.â€Â

    Kuo occasionally contributed reminiscences and short stories to The Times, including a demure romance about a Chinese girl who has to choose between her love for an American youth and returning to her homeland.

    She often used aphorisms as a point of departure, such as: “The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually to make a new man of himself.â€Â

    In 1956, she married noted watercolorist Dong Kingman and they collaborated on a 1980 book “Dong Kingman’s Watercolors.â€Â She died in 1999.

    The most interesting thing about Kuo—at least for dedicated readers of this blog—is that she was the house guest of Dr. George Hodel at 5121 Franklin Ave., arriving in mid-July as she was at work on a novel about a courtesan. This was a busy period for Dr. Hodel, who was presumably rather occupied doing away with Dorothy Montgomery (May 2), Laura Trelstad (May 11), Anna Diresio (May 12), Rosenda Mondragon (July 8) and Marian Newton (July 17), at least according to “Black Dahlia Avenger.â€Â

    One might wonder how Dr. Hodel managed to be a proper host for a visiting female author (and an attractive one at that) while allegedly up to his neck in gruesome murders of women. But to quote another of Kuo’s sayings: “Neither talk of other people’s shortcomings nor refer to your own excellence.â€Â


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