September 12, 2012
Mario Zamparelli's movie posters and designs have influenced artists from Hollywood to Las Vegas and beyond, and relatives say he, in turn, was inspired by his La Cañada Flintridge home and surroundings. Zamparelli died Saturday at age 91. During his time as chief executive designer to billionaire Howard Hughes' industrial empire from 1958 until Hughes' death in 1976, Zamparelli designed logos, movie posters, casinos and airplane interiors for Hughes operations including Trans World Airlines, Hughes Airwest, Hughes Helicopters and RKO Studios.
February 19, 2009
I was ensconced in the newspaper offices on a rainy midnight. My companion was Miss Audrey Hepburn, our black Lab. Before me? A box of old Los Angeles Times clippings about a 1936 incident involving Howard Hughes: July 12th: Sportsman arrested in traffic death : The police are frustrated because Hughes’ female companion immediately fled the scene, she jumps on the nearest streetcar. Hughes refuses to identify her. The police determine that Hughes had been drinking but was “not intoxicated.
May 28, 2004
1908-2004 Charles Victor Ulfeldt, a longtime resident of La Cañada, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2004, at age 96. He is survived by his three children, Stanley Ulfeldt of Pollock Pines, John Ulfeldt of La Crescenta, Luellen Pierce of Walnut Creek, and seven grandchildren. Victor came to California with his Norwegian parents in 1924 and the family settled in Inglewood. He attended University of Illinois where he studied architecture and met his future wife, Virginia Sword.
April 8, 2004
aviation veteran Harlan L. Jost, 85, whose aviation career spanned 63 years, died March 30, 2004, from a continuing heart condition. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Jost was a maintenance officer in North Africa and Italy during World War II. He remained in the USAF Reserve and returned to duty during the Korean War. The Iowa native retired from the Reserve in 1972 after 31 years of service. Jost joined American Airlines after receiving a bachelor's degree in economics from Grinnell College.
May 27, 2004
March 13, 1924 to May 23, 2004 Marge Phetteplace, a housewife, mother, businesswoman and longtime resident of La Cañada, passed away in her sleep Sunday evening after a brief illness. She was 80. Her husband, Bill Phetteplace, passed away on April 22 of this year. Bill and Marge were married on New Year's Eve in 1942. Their home on Descanso Drive was the scene of many festive Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, and other family celebrations. Marjorie Elvira Tarr was born at home on Jackson Street in Glendale in 1924.
December 22, 2005
There's no need for being at a loss for words at the half-dozen or so holiday gatherings you'll be attending this season. As rich as the month of December is in traditions of celebration and libation, it's twice as loaded with fertile sources for entertaining conversation. No other season is as steeped in myths and trivia. Candlelight Item: For Jews, Catholics, and pagans, candlelight has long symbolized the lasting power of faith against religious persecution. December without candles would be like summer without sunshine -- candles have a distinguished place in winter's spiritual celebrations.