Ships That Pass

October 27, 1947
New York / Los Angeles

On Sunday, when the Army transport ship Joseph V. Connolly eased into New York Harbor bearing its sad cargo of more than 6000 U.S. war dead, a car veered off the road in Los Angeles and struck a tree, leaving three people dead.

Among the accident victims: Andrea M. Hernandez, 22, of 1217 West 257th Street, Harbor City. On the transport ship: the remains of her husband, Private Pete A. Hernandez, previously intered in Belgium.

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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. Party Games for Halloween

    The night of witches and hobgoblins is a beloved holiday to all children. Exciting masquerade dress, gleaming jack o’ lanterns, eerie black cats, laughter and traditional prankish games combine to make it the night of nights to have a party.

    Fortune-telling games and bobbing for apples lead in popularity, but if you need other games for children too young for dancing, here are some ideas:

    Black Cat Sandwiches

    12 slices homogenized bread
    2 packages pimiento cheese
    cooked prune halves

    Method: Cut bread slices in circles. Blend cheese with enough mayonnaise to moisten for spreading. Spread on bread. Place a prune half, skin side up, on each circle. Cut rest of prune in small pieces for head, ears and tail of cat.

    Another recipe for “Frightening Food From the 1940s.â€Â

    Bonus factoid: The Times reports that actress Gay Gibson vanished from her stateroom during a trip from South Africa to England in what is eventually named “The Port Hole Murder.â€Â Ship steward James Camb is convicted of raping and killing Gibson, although her body was never found.

    Quote of the day: “I’m the happiest girl in the world.â€Â
    An unidentified young woman, a former aide to Aimee Semple McPherson working at the Marine Leprosarium in Louisiana, upon plans to marry a California man with active leprosy.


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