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Richard rewards Mr. Rick
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection;
Siddon, Dave
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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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On January 31, 1957, a Douglas DC-7B transport plane crashed into the school yard of Pacoima Junior High School, 9919 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, after colliding with a Northrop F-89J Scorpion jet trainer plane. Debris was also strewn across the grounds of Terra Bella Elementary School, adjacent to the junior high, and Pacoima Congregational Church, next door to the school. Three students and five airmen died and many more students were injured.
Photograph caption dated March 9, 1957 reads "Richard Berger, 12, of Pacoima, offers Mr. Rick piece of chocolate candy as horse sticks his head through hospital window and smiles. Lenny Greer [sic], at right, and two cowboy buddies staged rodeo outside of window at Valley Hospital for Richard, injured in Jan. 31 Pacoima plane crash. They used huge red rug to keep Mr. Rick's shoes from damaging green lawn in one of most unusual rodeos ever staged."
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Geer, Lenny, 1914-1989
Valley Hospital (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Television actors and actresses--United States
Aircraft accident victims--California--Los Angeles
Hospital patients--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Boys--California--Los Angeles
Horses--California--Los Angeles
Animals as actors--California--Los Angeles
Hospitals--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles)
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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