The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 24, 1970 · 14
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 14

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Thursday, December 24, 1970
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Nixon Family Planning QuM Gelaticm TT -XT V PAGE 4. PART. II THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1970 JACK SMITH Christmas in the Gty ; One of my friends hid given a email pre-Christmai party in his office and it was f nearly 7 o'clock when I started home, a large Christmas package wide one arm. ' It was Tuesday night. There was a line ;of pickets, mostly black, walking swiftly : back and forth in front of the State Building across the street Some had signs. FREE AN-1 GELA ... LET ANGELA GO. - 1 " I walked by them to the bus stop. My car was in Chinatown but I didn't want to walk with my bulky package.! ' . "They're wild, aren't they?" said a woman waiting at the bus stop, looking at the pick- ets. "They scare you to death. I guess that's what they want-", , ... ....... - My bus came. Just as we moved off I saw something improbable, through the window. It was a squad of Nazis marching up the sidewalk. There were 10 of them, in a column of twos, ghostly in the streetlights. Brown shirts. Swastikas. Marching quick time, eyes blank, faces mindless. Two of them held dogs at the leash. They had signs. JEWS RULE COMMUNISM ... KILL THE REDS. It was comical and dreadful like an old Hitler newsreel. , The bus moved on up Broadway. At Temple another phenomenon appeared. A crowd was surging down the broad sidewalk from Hill; hundreds of people with lighted candles in their hands. Hundreds more were behind them; thousands. Some held signs.. LET MY PEOPLE GO . . . LET THE JEWS GO NOW. ' It was too much. I had to see it. I got off at the nest stop and hurried back down Broadway. The crowds were moving, toward City HalL They moved swiftly, all at once, but without crowding, without any hint of violence. They poured into Spring St. before the steps of City Hall, on which their leaders stood in floodlights. v A roar arose. LET THE JEWS GO NOW! I had been in a few crowds. I had never seen a crowd like this. They were young and . old.' Many were children, dressed warmly, as ifjto play in the snow. Many were teen-agers, flushed and lovely, like students at a football game. They were not all massed together, pressing forward. They were in couples, or families, or groups huddled about their tiny flames. I picked my way among them, feeling awkward and alien with my big package In its festive sack. There must have been 5,000 of them. Those whose candles had blown out were taking lights from others. 1 watched n youth, hair long over his shoulders, holding his candle steady,, looking Into the flajme with intense dark eyes, while a frail old man and his wife, bundled up In fine clothes, lighted their candle from his. In the candlelight all the faces of the crowd seemed beautiful. I walked around the edge of thi crowd, ' looking for the Nazis. They had gona . : . - ' The speeches began. The rabbis and the politicians. I drifted on up Spring St. to the Plaza and entered Olvera Street. No use rushing home now. My wife would be out Christmas shopping. , ' It was cold but Olvera Street was thronged. I looked in at La Golondrina to say Feliz Na-vidad to Consuelo de Bonzo. She was busy. The tables were fulL It was Las Posadas. I walked '.over into old China City. Tinny music, like untuned banjos, was emanating from the .Sing Lee Theater. I went into a small cafe and sat at an empty counter. No Las Posadas here. There were only three other patrons;, men talking, in Cantonese with the waitress. ' She came over. Her English was heavily flawed. I ordered won ton soup. I'd forgotten how good it is when you're cold. I paid my bill and when the waitress gave me my change I said, ."Merry Christmas." I wanted to hear her say Melly Clistmas back-She smiled slyly. "Same to you Oh, well. I'll do it myself. I wish everyone a Melly Clistmas. Even the Nazis, because they'd hate it. Besides, they're useful. They remind us that we aren't really Fascist pigs irt America, after all, and must never be. THE VIEWS INSIDE MOVIES. "Wuthtrtrig Htlghh" by Kevin Thomas .. on Pago 8.' , ' .' "I love My Wife by Charlti Champlin on 7 ' Page 9. ;,,;;. ".. ...''.V,v -l , "Groupies" by Kevin Thomas en Page 10. TELEVISION! "A World of love" by Margaret , Harford on Page 12. AND OTHER FEATURES Dear Abby . . .Page 5 Comics Page 13 Astrology .....Page 5 Joyce Haber ..Page 6 Bridge Page 5 Cecil Smith ...Page 12 1 h ,BY MAftLENE CIMONS Tmttt Staff Writer - WASHINGTON It will be a very quiet Christmas for the Nixon family this year, a rare day, for once not crowded with official functions, traveling or entertaining. "We're going to be right here in the White House this 'year," Mrs. Richard Nixon said, "We'll have as many of the Eisenhowers as possible.' Mamie will be here. David will be home. And perhaps David's sister Ann and her husband (Fernando Echa-varria-Uribe) will, be here." The family will be hanging eight stockings over the fireplace in the yellow oval sitting room in the living quarters on the second floor one "for each member of the family and one for each of the three family, dogs. "We're. . going , to put dog. bones in -those," ; Mrs; Nixon 'said, laughing. They will be sitting down at 1 p.irL to a dinner of roast turkey with celery stuffing, .mashed potatoes, blueberry muffins and mince pie. "We'll eat early so the' staff ; can be home with their own families for the rest of the : day," Mrs. Nixon said, i It will be a low-key climax to the usual season of hectic activities: a state 'visit by; ,-Britain's Prime Minister -Heath; an Evening at the White House with David Frost; aparty for the children of the diplomatic corps; "( and receptions for members ' -of Congress, the White House staff and the White r House press corps. . ' There will be no holiday trip to California this -year. "We're just too busy," Mrs.' : Nixon said. "We can't take tip all that time traveling." This year, a3 in past years, the White House decorations are lavish. Yew trees line the front driveway leading to the North Portico, and two 18-foot Norwegian blue spruces', ' shimmering with white lights, frame the front door. The 16 windows on the first and second floors are - centered with large, candlelit wreaths. ;1 I rs 5fe ?:"?-: v- Si : 7 -- m ' A .. X f f f ' T r . j . '' v -..- ' '' N -'f - v r ri'iinr"! it-" rr .iihithxf rryy n r -rijiinj j jijii,i)nniijwimiip m n ; wm MMPIiiliP .T "I) 1 ' h ' J) a, Mil AWAY IN scene, part A MANGER Edward DeMirjian checks manger of annual ,outdoor Christmas display at his home. BRIGHT CHRISTMAS -Annual holiday display at the home of the Edward DeMlrjians of Cold-water Canyon includes choir boys and church and more than 3,000 lights from curb to rooftop. Times photos by Mary Framptoa A Holiday Traffic-Stopper in Coldwater Canyon B7 SHARON FAY KOCH TbiiM Staff Wfflw t Ask any Coldwater Canyon child under; 5 and he'll tell you that Santa Claus lives in a seven-room, hillside home on the corner of Coldwater and Betty Lane. ' That's the house bedecked ; with two manger scenes, a trio of choir boys, a miniature church, a plastio snowman, five Santas and a sleigh with eight papier-mache reindeer on the front lawn every Christmas season plus more than 3,000 Christmas tree bulbs strung from curb ' to rooftop. ', . That's the house with a built-in traffic jam, where strangers leave notes in the mailbox with messages ranging from "Thank you for the display" to "are you celebrating Christmas or Edison's birthday?" .. ' Even actor Tony Curtis once stopped by unexpectedly With his children to show in-person appreciation. No Virginia, Santa Claus doesn't live there. But the man who does, gasoline distributor Edward DeMirjian, is strongly suspected of be-' ing one of Santa's helpers. ' It began 16 years ago when DeMirjian's daughter suggested that the family decorate their home with a few Christmas tree lights. And like Topsy, the project grew. That's all right with Mrs. DeMirjian, because she says the seasonal light display (which they extinguish each night as well as during severe rainstorms) usually adds no more than $10 to their bimonthly electric bill. She's even good-natured . about an occasional blown fuse. This usually occurs, she says, when she's been running the dishwasher. . DeMirjian keeps display items stored in his garage during the year and starts assembling and checking out light bulbs six weeks before Christmas. The actual display is usually complete two weeks before Christmas with the nightly light show available through Twelfth Night (Jan, 6.) Please Turn to Pg. 5, Col. 4 I I i tj J ; - , " ?S" 1 ( inr ..v,...i. a. I ijL...-i - ........ . ,. . i MOVIE REVIEW Gats Star i Disney m Cartoon BELL RINGERS Los Angeles craftsmen like Sandra Arrowsmith, 4s left, and Nancy Willock, right, do their bell number at Christ- masse Crdfte Faire at Producers Studio in Hollywood. Eighty different artists have gathered to' sell their wares at the event. Times photo Crdfte Faire: Chistnias Woodstock-Style BY ALAN CARTNAL TlmMtllff writer You're a mother of two and you're sitting in a parking' lot with' a Christmas list the size of the Transatlantic Cable. It's Dec. 24th. There's a rumor "that .something is happening in fashion" in Los, Angeles, but with the price of everything going up you know you probably couldn't afford it anyway, and you i , certainly can't afford, at this point to buy. the latest fashion magazine, i,' Your little ' brother has blossomed into a hippie. Your mother has taken -up with the Hare Krishna. Your sister is screaming at you because you didn't use biodegradable packaging. , Your kid has just wet all over San- ta. !' .. Someone with a Women's Lib sticker on her front bumper has Just yelled; "right on" at you and asked you in totally liberated lan- guage to get out of the parking place or start shopping, ahd the lady, in the Volkswagen in front of you with the "Have a Nice Day" bumper . sticker has plowed into your front end. And your 2-year-old has started chewing on a ratty-looking poster he picked off the oil-stained parkway. You grab it from him. Read it. And a small light, bulb goes off In your head. Blonk! Just What ' you've been . looking for A Christmasse Crafte Faire (those kids just have to learn how to spell) away, from all the parking' lots somewhere off in glamorous Hollywood, in of all places Producers Studios. . It's only a buck to get in so 1 Please Turn to Tg. 5, Col. 1 BY CHARLES Timet Entertainment editor "The Aristocats," which ? opens citywide on Christmas Day, is the newest feature- length Walt Disney cartoon. And it has a gentle, good-na- i tured charm which will de- . , light the small-fry and their elders alike.. . The animation has a rich- - ness and a density we almost never see any more in these i days of limited, cost-con- S scious ef fects. In fact, "car- -toon" has become a mislead- i ing word, for the painterly ; beauty of the backgrounds r and the naturalistic render- i ing of the characters in a:, technically superior worlcs like "The Aristocats." ! The slapstick is restrained. ? and unhurting and the villai ; ' ' ny is moderate enough, free i of the dark scariness which at times in the Disney past j has had a surprising feroci ty. Kindliness suffuses "The ' : Aristocats," and whatever qualifications a critic may want to make about the film, they have to be related to ; , the ' overriding truth ' that? ' "Aristocats" is a welcome j '. and enjoyable family holUt , day treat. ; , ; An eccentric Parisian lady-1, ''r' (voiced by Hermione Badde-ley) wills her whole fortune to her cats: Duchess j the . .. swinging mother (Eva Ga-, bor) and her kittens (Liz En- j glish; Gary Dubin, Dean s. Clark). But she makes, herv Please Turn to Pg. 11, Col.4.

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