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Rolland Joseph 'Speedy' Curtis was born in Louisiana in 1922. After serving three years in the Marines during World War II, he and his wife, Gloria, relocated from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 1946. Curtis served four years with the Los Angeles Police Department, but resigned from the force in order to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from USC. He later became involved in city politics, as an associate of Sam Yorty, and later a field deputy to City Council members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley. He was briefly director of the Model Cities program in 1973. Rolland J. Curtis died in his home in 1979, the victim of a homicide. An affordable housing complex on Exposition Blvd. near Vermont Ave. was named in his honor in 1981, along with a nearby street and park. Television personality Art Linkletter receives a City Council proclamation from council members James H. Brown and Rosalind Wyman in 1964.
1 photographic print :b&w;10x13 cm. Photographic prints
00053369 Rolland J Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection RC_0944.04 CARL0000061156 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/123269
Linkletter, Art,--1912-2010 Wyman, Rosalind Wiener Brown, James H.,--1949- Television actors and actresses--United States City council members--California--Los Angeles Women city council members--California--Los Angeles Proclamations Group portraits Portrait photographs