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  • Dorothy Jane Bateman Blair

    St. George, Utah - Dorothy Jane (Janie) Bateman Blair was born December 17, 1916 in Decatur, Illinois to Bertha Beatrice (Betsy) Bateman Coombes and Lester Bateman. Janie, her sister Mimi, and brother Billy moved to Los Angeles, CA with their mother in the early 1920's. She graduated from LA High School in 1935 and immediately went to work at the Hal Roach Movie Studios in LA. Jane's span of over 65 years in the entertainment industry started with Columbia Pictures in 1938 as an accountant, then continuing on at the Burbank Studios, and Warner Brothers Studios. She retired from Warner Brothers Studios as the senior production auditor at 86 years young. Her vast knowledge of all the union labor contracts made her a true icon and a valuable asset in union negotiations, and arbitrations. She was named the longest living contributor to the Motion Picture Television Fund, in the early 90's, for which she was presented by Warner Brothers and the Television Fund with a plaque and her name on the marquee at the studio's own theater on the lot in Burbank.
  • So many reasons to vote for Colbert

    Rep. Adam Schiff recently mailed a letter to Democrats in our 29th Congressional District, claiming that "misguided policies of the Bush administration had brought our economy to the brink of collapse." Since Bush left office, President Obama, with...

    Mary J. MacPherson

    Mary J. MacPherson, 88, passed away 7/8/11. She was a long time resident of Pasadena. She was born in Mound City, Illinois; her family moved west to Long Beach in 1939. She attended schools in Long Beach. While working  at the Los Angeles Port of...

    Alvie Reuben Partlow

    Alvie Reuben Partlow   Alvie Reuben Partlow was born February 26, 1921, in Kansas, Illinois, and went to be with the Lord on March 29, 2011.   Alvie loved sports and was co-captain of his high school football team, as well as lettering in...

    Of parrots, possessives and proper names

    Pasadena is home to the world-famous Rose Parade, the Renoirs and Van Goghs of the Norton Simon Museum, and some of the loudest, most obnoxious wild green parrots ever to announce a new day to residents not yet ready to face it. Sometimes the parrots...