The parade is over. The nights are short and the days are long. La Cañada, home to book worms and book groups, is the inspiration for the following books.
Thanks to the wonders of self-publication, some of us may be named in Arthur Johnson's “The Norman Rockwell Years” (CreateSpace, 2011), which recounts “an idyllic youth” in the La Cañada of the 1950s and early '60s, complete with references to the Youth House (now the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge), St. Bede's, Flintridge Prep and Skunk Hollow. More importantly, there's a list of the author's girl crushes, with names like Kobayashi, Farina, Clarke, Tibbs and others. One can only hope that these ladies will receive part of the royalties, if any.
Brooks W. Wilson's “The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited: The criminal justice system found guilty” (CreateSpace, 2012) revisits La Cañada's most famous murder trial. Walter Overell was one of the wealthiest men in Flintridge. His wife, Beulah, was a lovely socialite. Beulah Drive was named for her. On March 15, 1947, the Overells' yacht blew up in Newport Harbor. Unfortunately, they were on it at the time. Four days later, their daughter, Beulah Louise, and her boyfriend, Bud Gollum, were charged with murder. Brooks Wilson, a retired law enforcement officer, believes that their acquittal was an outrageous miscarriage of justice.