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Photograph was edited for publication purposes 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."
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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