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Honorary mayors join drive
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Paulson, Larry
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Lee Aubrey Riggs was born in 1907. Starting out as a tobacco auctioneer, he gained his nickname by training himself to speak 469 words per minute, a world record at the time. For more than thirty years he appeared on the radio show "Your Lucky Strike Hit Parade" for the American Tobacco Company as the voice of Lucky Strike cigarettes. He died in 1987.; Andy Devine, Jack Mather, Jim Doyle, Richard Arlen, and Don C. Harvey were all character actors. Don Prindle was a writer, Wendell Niles was a well-known radio announcer, and Bob Burns was a popular comedian.
First photograph caption dated November 5, 1949 partially reads "Valley honorary mayors throw their (illegible) behind the drive to raise $1,000,000 for proposed Valley Presbyterian Hospital."; Second photograph caption dated April 16, 1955 reads "Dream becomes reality. Along with the series of Valley honorary mayors which the Valley Times will start tomorrow will be these men who talked seriously about their work back here in 1948 when they were raising funds for the Valley Presbyterian Hospital. The hospital now is becoming a reality. Honorary mayors are, left to right, L. A. 'Speed' Riggs of Reseda; Andy Devine, Van Nuys; Don Prindle, North Hollywood; Jack Mather, Northridge; Jim Doyle, San Fernando; Wen Niles, North Hollywood; Bob Burns, Canoga Park; Richard Arlen, Sherman Oaks, and Don Harvey, Pacoima."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Riggs, L. A.--(Lee Aubrey),--1907-1987
Devine, Andy,--1905-1977
Prindle, James Don
Mather, Jack
Doyle, Jim
Niles, Wendell
Burns, Bob,--1884-1957
Arlen, Richard,--1900-1976
Harvey, Don,--1963
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Municipal officials and employees, Honorary--California--San Fernando Valley
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Television actors and actresses--United States
Comedians--United States
Auctioneers--United States
Radio personalities--United States
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Hospitals--California--San Fernando Valley
Fund raising--California--San Fernando Valley
Fund raisers (Persons)--California--San Fernando Valley
Architectural drawings
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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