Games People Play: Jack Dempsey’s Los Angeles Homecoming, 5 August 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It's remarkable how so many aspects of American life in the 1920s served as a template for the future.  Whether it is transportation (the growing use of aviation, for example); communications (for instance, the development of radio); or entertainment (the worldwide effect of motion pictures), we can see some very important... Continue Reading →

Games People Play: A Program for Wrestling Matches at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 8 February 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri What L.E. Behymer was to serious music in "high brow" Los Angeles, Lou Daro was to the "low brow" devotees of championship wrestling in the City of Angeles.  Daro was born as Louis Elias to a large Jewish family in 1882 in Satu Mare, Romania, in the northwestern corner of the... Continue Reading →

Games People Play: Pacific Coast Doubles Championship, Los Angeles Tennis Club, 4-7 July 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Our blazing hot temperatures of the last couple of days would preclude the thought of even hitting the courts, but at this time in 1929, the Los Angeles Tennis Club hosted the 40th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship, an amateur tournament, sanctioned by The Southern California Lawn Tennis Association and The... Continue Reading →

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