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Korean folk paintings featured in new exhibit.

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hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • larchmont village • wilshire center • park labrea • miracle mile

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Hancock Park. 5+5. 3 bed up - one down, plus guest house w/new Moroccan room for entertaining. Pool. Bella Kay 323.860.4226

Sunset Strip. Beautiful 2bd, 2bath in prime location w/ canyon & city views. Amazing attention to detail. Rick Llanos 323.460.7617

Hancock Park. 5+4.5 in Windsor Square. Gorgeous backyard, pool, spa & paddle court. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Remodeled by Paul Williams.Immaculate grounds.Backyard w/pool&spa.2sty gsthse. 3rd St Sch. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606





Hancock Park. Original details, 3 bd 2 bas, garden w/rm for pool, huge rm & bath above 4 car garage. Sandy Boeck 323.860.4240

Hancock Park. 3BD, 2.75 bas. Remod kitchen adjoins fam rm w/access to patio, pool & yard. A beauty! Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Rebuilt in 1992 with all the amenities of today & period details of yesterday. 4bds+3.5bas Hutchison/Hadley 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Wonderful spacious home. Hrdwd flrs 5bd/3ba, pool, spa, exit back gate to Larchmont Blvd. Sandy Boeck 323.860.4240





Hancock Park. Designer done throughout. 3bd/2bath. Lux new master suite. Chicly remodeled garage w/bath. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Los Feliz. Charming 4 bdrm, 2 bath with bonus + bath close to the Village. Updated systems & privacy. Rick Llanos 323.460.7617

Hancock Park. 4 Bedrm home totally remodeled. Kosher kitchen, enclosed patio, central air, enclosed yard Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Hancock Park. Near Larchmont Village, updated thruout. Gourmet kitchen, outdoor deck, central A/C, 2+1. Wayne Saldana 323.605.3656





Hancock Park. Beautifully updated 2 bd/2ba.Lrg open floor plan. New gourmet kitchen w/stainless appls. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Wonderful remodel w/beautiful kitc, 2+2.5. Mar Vista. Currently being used as a Business. CommerPool.Near Larchmont,LA Tennis Club,Wilshire CC. cially Zoned (LAR3) & can be SFR or Duplex!! Mollie McGinty 323.460.7636 C Cohen/C Jenkins 323.217.6844

Downtown Los Angeles. 1bd/1ba, views of Downtwn LA, well maintained complex, security, pool, spa & fitness cntr. Jacqueline Valenzuela 866.847.3889





Los Angeles. Probate Sale - No court confirmation required. Property is occupied. J Valenzuela/C Cohen 866.847.3889

Hancock Park. Prime Windsor Sq cntr hall plan w/grand formal rms. 6beds/4baths up. Vintage style kitchen Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Miracle Mile. 4+3, central hall pln, step dwn LR w/fplc, FDR, updated kit, brkfst, yard w/fruit trees. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Miracle Mile. Beautiful gourmet Kosher kit w/apx 5485 sf liv area on apx 7300 sf lot. New construction. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

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Chateau Laurier evokes L.A. of earlier era By Peter Bruckback Guest columnist Driving down S. Wilton Pl., the French-inspired Chateau Laurier sits on the northwest corner of Wilton Pl. and Fifth St. The four-story building was erected in 1929 and designed

by Leland Bryant, an architect known for implementing arches and turrets in his designs all over Los Angeles. The Chateau became the pride of the “Ritz” management company, appearing on many of their brochures before they sold it and the neighboring

cottage to Seymour, LLC in 2008 for $4.3 million. On our tour of the building, we were struck by its high ceilings and glamorous atmosphere. More than anything, however, it was its rich history of illustrious and eccentric tenants that impressed me.



English Tudor Home-Steps from Larchmont Village 222 N Lucerne Blvd $1,495,000

Remodeled, well maintained, light-filled spacious home. Living room w/fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors. 5 bd/3ba, pool, spa, exit back gate to Larchmont Blvd.

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First Time on Market in 80 Years! 232 S June St $1,790,000

Original details, large liv rm, din rm, brkfst rm, sun rm, 3 bedrms, 2 baths, and a study upstairs. Backyard patio & garden with room for a pool. Huge office/rec rm above 4-car garage.



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Same Owner Since 1947! 921 S Rimpau Blvd $649,000

Living rm, formal dining rm, kitchen, laundry rm, enclosed sun porch. Detached 2-car garage. 3bd. 2ba. Beautiful wood floors, molding, window and door frames. Original condition. No credit, repairs, termite work.

Spanish Fixer in Brookside! 937 S Longwood Ave $1,050,000

First time on market in nearly forty years. Property to be sold in “As-is” condition. No credit, no repairs.

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228 S. Orange Drive Offered at $1,650,000 3 bedrooms and 2 baths each unit. Beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, original character baths, 3 car garage and flat grassy yard.




During our interview with the 30+-year-resident manager, Wendel Peterson and his wife Marilyn (author of “Vegan, Bite-by-Bite”), I learned a great deal about the building’s rich history as I sipped on the cantaloupe smoothie prepared by Marilyn. There was Ingrid Cassares (girlfriend to Madonna) and Deanna Durban (child star who sang and danced in the 30s and 40s), as well as a man who had a hobby of marching the halls with a vintage rifle over one shoulder, guarding against foreign incursion. We took a tour of the 19unit Chateau starting in the original wood-paneled elevator with a manual sliding door, and then descended to Peterson’s carpentry workshop. Peterson has repaired much of the historical building’s woodwork himself. Peterson made a startling addition to his own apartment: He installed arches into a blank wall and had a painter fill the space between. He had created the impression of looking out over a forested mountaintop vista. Garage turntable Next, we visited the Chateau’s nine-car garage featuring a unique method of parking designed to accommodate older (and much lengthier) cars. To park in the Chateau garage, one has to enter a very narrow alleyway alongside the building. At the end of this alley is a mechanical turntable that once assisted the drivers in making a sharp turn, otherwise impossible, thanks to their long rectangular vehicles. Peterson explained, by means of anecdote, that security for the building was very

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good. One time, a singularly inept car thief had his eye on a Mercedes roadster he had seen in the garage. After shimmying the front door, the garage access door, and that of the car, he was driving it out of the lot—only to have the front gate slam down on the hood. Panicking, he then proceeded to wake the entire building with a series of crashes as he attempted to ram the front gate. This was the only remotely successful attempt at thievery in the 31 years of Peterson’s time as building manager. Most of his tenants have lived there longer than 15 years, (the longest having stayed for 43 years) indicating a high degree of satisfaction, both with the building itself and its management. Chateau Laurier is a wellmaintained treasure, and with its customized woodwork, crown molding on its ceilings, and original chandeliers, it has lost none of the charm that once caught the eye of LA’s elite.

Hip Hop at LACMA X Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop, a new program at the Miracle Mile museum, continues Thurs., Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the BP Grand Entrance, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. The concerts take place on the third Thursday of the month through October. They focus on the diversity of L.A.based, contemporary hip hop scene. Contemporary galleries will be open late for concertgoers only. Tickets are $15, $10 LACMA members.

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(Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills and Nash), as well as Geffen Films, Dolby Sound, American Film Magazine and many other entertainment industry tenants. Motivated by a murder? The building of Crossroads of the World may have been motivated by a murder. Ella

Crawford was the widow of Charles Crawford, known as a prominent West Coast brothel and casino operator, a local politician and organized crime figure. In 1931, Crawford and newspaperman Herbert Spencer were gunned down in Crawford’s real estate office at 6665 Sunset Blvd.

Some speculate that Mrs. Crawford wanted to erase the horrific memory by replacing the murder scene with an attractive international shopping center. Carol Henning supplied the research and text for the Square-Hancock Windsor Park Historical Society.

MURDER IN THE 1930s at the site may have been responsible for unique design.

Nautical Deco design enhances Crossroads of the World Crossroads of the World was Los Angeles’ first pedestrian outdoor shopping mall, with retail on the ground floor and offices above. The complex, at 6671 Sunset Blvd., received the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Landmark Award at the group’s annual meeting in June. The 60-foot tower with a revolving globe on top marks the building’s iconic look. Robert V. Derrah, the architect who designed the Coca-Cola building at 1334 S. Central Ave., chose “Nautical Deco” style for both CocaCola’s headquarters and for the “ship” that anchors Crossroads of the World. An offshoot of Streamline Moderne,

Nautical Deco was especially popular during the 1930s as this decade was considered the Golden Age of Travel. Facing onto Sunset Blvd., the “ocean liner” is one of nine buildings Derrah included in the original plans. The buildings were designed as a global tribute to architecture and meant to create an experience like taking a trip around the world. Morton La Kretz purchased the property in 1977, rescuing Crossroads from the wrecking ball. In a Los Angeles Times article, La Kretz’s daughter Margaret described how down-at-the-heels the property had gotten. After the restoration, Crossroads hosted musical artists

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A TOUR of downtown’s Union Station will offer an in-depth look at the iconic landmark.

All aboard ‘last great railway’ at Sunset Explore new offerings of the historic core of Los Angeles during the annual summer series of “Downtown at Sunset” walking tours. City Hall and Union Station are featured in this Los Angeles Conservancy series. Tours will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. and last approximately 1-3/4 hours. The City Hall tour explores the history and architecture of

Los Angeles’ great 1928 civic building on August 8 and 22. The Union Station tour on August 15 offers an in-depth look at the iconic landmark, the last great railway station build in America. Tours are $5 for Conservancy members and children under 12; $10 for the general public; reservations are required. Tickets are available at or call 213623-2489.


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Trademark ‘S’ is reminder of brick manufacturer As you stroll down some of Within a few years, the dethe area’s streets, you may mand for bricks was so great notice an “S” stamped on the that Simons brickyards numbrick chimney of one of the bered eight facilities which homes or on a brick walkway. furnished most of the building The “S” stands for the Si- materials for dozens of Los mons Brick Co., at one time Angeles landmarks, including the world’s largest brick man- UCLA’s Royce Hall, Los Angeufacturer. In the 1910s, 20s les City Hall and Disney Stuand 30s, brick was a commonplace material used in many Hancock Park and adjacent area homes. In the late 1880s, Walter and Joseph Simons arrived in California to buy land to expand their family’s TYPICAL SIMONS BRICK. 100-year-old brickdios. Simons Brick also helped making business. Their first rebuild San Francisco after brickyard was in Pasadena, the devastating 1906 earthwhere workers manufactured quake. not only the bricks that built A town for the employees streets, walls and chimneys, Adjacent to the third Sibut tiles for the roofs of most mons brickyard, the brothers homes and businesses. built Simons Town, an experi-

ment complete with company store, doctor, post office, railroad depot, school and homes for the company’s mostly immigrant Mexican workers. Simons brought thousands of Mexican workers and their families to Los Angeles in order to work and live at their 300acre facility. Simons was almost literally a Mexican town, where generations of Spanish-speaking workers and their families were housed, worked, went to school, worshipped and shopped. Employees worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and their rent, water and company store purchases were deducted from their $2.25 hourly salaries. Healthcare was free. The Simons Town brickyard quickly became the largest

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plant of its kind in the world, averaging a daily output of 600,000 bricks. Family problems 1n 1915, a rift developed between the Simons brothers. Joseph Simons severed ties to the family business and started rival City Brick in South

Central Los Angeles, which he ran until his death in 1936. The company prospered during the Great Depression by increasing workers hourly wage to $3.50, cutting the workday to nine hours, and using political power to retain employees during a period of widespread deportations. Shortly after the end of World War II, lath and plaster construction became popular, and the brick boom came to an end. When Walter Simons closed brickyard number three, he showed appreciation to 45 longtime employees for their loyal service by rewarding them between $3,000 and $6,000 each as severance pay. Walter Simons ran Simons Town until he died in 1954.

Summer Nights— dancing, music in Chinatown Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights takes place Saturdays Aug. 11 and Aug. 25, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Chinatown Business Improvement District event features DJs from public radio station KCRW who will spin music for dancing combined with large-scale outdoor video projections. Culinary offerings include Iron Chef-style cooking competitions, Chinese and Asian cuisine, microbrews at an outdoor craft beer garden and gourmet food trucks. Hands-on cultural workshops and shopping at the LA Craft Experience market, featuring local designers and artists, and at nearby Chinatown merchants are featured. The event is free and open to all ages. Bike racks and street and lot parking are available. Metro patrons take the Gold Line and exit at Chinatown Station. Map it: 943 – 951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012 in Central and West Plazas. For more information visit

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Family movies roll back to 1927 prices Celebrate like its 1927 when the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre screens movies for 25 cents on Saturday mornings in honor of its 85th birthday. Classic family films will be shown at 10 a.m. in the adjacent Chinese 6 Theatres in the Hollywood/Highland Complex. “How to Train Your Dragon” screens Aug. 4. “Megamind” is

Aug. 11, “Monsters Vs. Aliens” is Aug. 18 and “The Spongebob Square Pants Movie” is Aug. 25. The lights in the theatre will be left on throughout the film to better see your child if he or she gets up to wander, and Booster seats for kids will be on hand. Parking for up to four hours is $2 at the Hollywood & High-


land Complex with validation. Visit the celebrity hand and foot prints in the forecourt, the Stars on the Walk of Fame, and Grauman’s Gallery, all free. Movie exhibitor Sid Grauman launched the handprint and footprint ceremony to honor stars at his red carpet premieres. HISTORIC GRAUMAN’S Chinese Theatre is on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Films will screen in the adjacent Chinese 6 Complex.


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LADWP re-launched its water conservation rebate program for homes and businesses on July 1. The SoCal Water$mart Rebate and SaveA-Buck programs include items ranging from highefficiency clothes washers (residential) to ice making machines (commercial) to rotating sprinkler nozzles (residential and commercial). Residential customers who replace water-thirsty lawns with California Friendly Landscape will receive a $1.50 per square foot rebate, for a maximum of $3,000 and 2,000 square feet per project. A list of climate appropriate plants and

examples of drought tolerant landscape projects and other tips are available at “Angelenos are embracing water-savings like no other major city in the country,” said James McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System. “In this era of limited, and more expensive imported water supplies, every drop saved puts money back in our customers' pockets and helps the environment.” For the nine U.S. cities with over one million residents, Los Angeles has the lowest per capita use at 123 gallons per day.

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111 N. Plymouth Blvd. $1,595,000 Hancock Park Lovely 2 story 4 bd/2 ba Mediterranean home in the heart of Windsor Square w/Provençal 3825 Sapphire Drive, Encino Hills gardens. Large living rm. w/ French doors $1,149,000 overlooking Immaculate remodeled 4 bed/3 bath the garden and fountain.

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stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar opening to the family room. Expansive professionally-landscaped yard with pool. Coveted Lanai School District.

414 N. Kilkea Drive, Miracle Mile $1,699,000 Stunning Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home

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762 N. Van Ness Ave. $675,000 Hollywood Spanish style 4-plex with an additional unit above the garage. All units have laundry and parking. Located next to Paramount Pictures.

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plus den/media room. kitchen 455Chef’s N. Crescent Heights $828,000 517 N. Bronson Ave. $849,000 with Viking stove Beverly and carrera marble Center/Miracle Mile Larchmont Village counter tops. Sound system throughout 3bd/2ba Spanish home. Step down LR w/fpl Significantly remodeled 3bd/2ba character for entertaining and relaxing. Lushly and high 14’ ceilings. FDR, Brkfast rm., den home. Large kit., w/ eat-in area. Masterlandscaped suite backyard with a pool/spa w/fpl French doors opening to a lush garden w/high ceilings/sky light. Lushly landscaped and recreation room/cabana,& bonus! setting. private yard.

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HISTORIC Queen Mary in her heyday.

Hop aboard for Art Deco Festival RICHARD NEUTRA, (1963) is on the rooftop of the house that bears his name. Photo by Julius Shulman

French artist to debut sculptures at Neutra House House outside of London, one of the most celebrated English country estates.

MOBILE (Neutra), 2012, is among sculptures for the show.


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$3,549,000 asking. 1919 Classically Mediterranean! In sought-after Fremont Place. Just under 5,000 sq.ft. Very large lot with gorgeous gardens. Detached guest quarters. Gorgeous architectural kitchen/family room, beamed ceiling and original butler’s pantry.

316 n. Rossmore #504= $545,000. Country Club Manor. Most wonderful Condominium building in Hancock Park! Picture perfect. Concierge, valet parking.



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Other activities include a vintage car display, a “Ghosts and Legends” show and Bon Voyage Pajama Party. The Long Beach Art Deco Walking Tour, led by John Thomas, coauthor of “Long Beach Deco” and president of ADSLA, is on Fri., Aug. 31 at noon, and includes a signed copy of the book. Visit www.queenmary. com or call 562-499-1771.

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The first in a series of worldwide installations by French artist Xavier Veilhan will debut at modernist architect’s Richard Neutra VDL Research House. Veilhan’s sculptural installation “Architectones” will be on view from Thurs., Aug 9 through Sun., Sept. 16 at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd. Veilhan is creating site-specific sculptures for every part of the property—including the rooftop. The VDL House was built in 1932, with the Garden House added in 1939. Following a fire in the main house in 1963, Neutra rebuilt the structure in collaboration with his son, Dion, and lived there until his death in 1970.  A pilgrimage site for fans of architecture, the compound is owned by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and is under the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design. Future  Architectones  exhibits will include the Melnikov House (1929) in Moscow; Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse (1952),  Marseille; Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21 (1958), Los Angeles; and the St. Bernadette du Banlay Church (1966) by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio in Nevers, France.   Veilhan  Versailles exhibit utilized interiors and  especially  the  gardens  of the famed palace in a multipartite exhibition that included  11 large-scaled  statues of visionary architects. Currently, Veilhan has an exhibition on the grounds of Hatfield

Cruise through the Art Deco Festival aboard the Queen Mary for a long weekend getaway from Fri., Aug. 31 to Sun., Sept. 2. The weekend will feature tours of the former ocean liner, lectures, the Art Deco Bazaar, a grand ball and a tea dance. The eighth annual event is sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA).

581 Wilcox ave. asking price $1,099,000. Hancock Park. Wonderful fixer on Wilshire Country Club Golf course!

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Greystone Mansion hosts Saturday tea Enjoy a panoramic view of the city while sipping “Tea on the Terrace” at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills on Sat., Aug. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tea service includes finger sandwiches, scones, cakes,

pastries and a selection of teas. The afternoon event includes live musical entertainment and a tour of the first floor, of the historic estate once owned by the Doheny family. The interior décor is considered 18th century and in-

cludes 55 livable rooms. Advanced registration is recommended. Tickets are $45 for Beverly Hills residents and $55 for non-residents. Teas are for patrons age 10 and older. To make a reservation call 310-285-6850.

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New Neighbors New to Brookside are Carrie Davis and her husband Michael Lebovich. The former owners were the late Carolyn and Pete McCarthy who raised their eight children there. Carrie is a vice president of communications at the Walt Disney Company, and Michael is principal counsel at Walt Disney. They lived at Country Club Manor, 316 N. Rossmore Ave., for the past few years prior to moving to Brookside. A set of twins will be joining the

family in August. Arline Densmore has moved to Northern California to be close to her family. The buyers of her home on Wilcox Ave. are Marlon and Michelle Nowe. Marlon works at Disney in the animation department, and Michelle is a stay-at-home mom with son Miles. They moved from Park La Brea. The Woodward Team represented the seller and Corina Galen of Redfin represented the buyers.

Stunning Spanish Colonial 418 South Arden in the Heart of Windsor Square 6+5 indoor outdoor kitchen. 2 Bedroom Guest House Offered at $3,375,000

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SOLD: This home, located at, 267 S. Plymouth Blvd., was listed at $1,845,000.

9378 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200 Beverly Hills phone 323 640 5472 fax 310-500-3918 Diana Knox 323-640-5473

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(Continued from page 9) 934-PAGE; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM CAUST— OF THE HOLO­ Tour "Tree of Testimony," a 70-screen video sculpture displaying survivor testimonies from around the world. Check for schedule. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; Free. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Create silly hats, paint noses red, and tell jokes in "Let’s Clown Around!" which kicks off this month's drop-in Sunday workshops from 3 to 4 p.m. "Drum FUN for Everyone" is Aug. 12. Music by Nathalia Palis Aug. 19 features bilingual children's songs from rock to cumbia, lullabies to

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Grenadier Guards originally known for throwing skills of these stalwart soldiers until the 18th century, when the use of grenades was discontinued (not to be revived until World War I) due to the belief that the hurling of small bombs wasn’t at all gentlemanly. The name “grenadier,” however, was retained for an elite regiment composed of the tallest and finest men. Only in the

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British Army has this practice survived in the composition of the Grenadier Guards, where the chosen are noted for their height, physique, traditions, and discipline. *** If a government tries to sway public opinion it usually engages in “propaganda.” What’s the origin? queries Tanya Osterlitz. The word is Latin in origin and, of course, refers to the systematic propagation or promotion of a particular view, doctrine or idea. It actually came into modern usage in 1622, when Pope Gregory XV convened the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (The Congregation of the Propaganda). This august body was a hand picked committee of cardinals established at Rome for the express purpose of propagating the faith throughout the world. Propaganda, as we know it, was born. *** When someone doesn’t have the courage of his convictions, he is said to have “feet of clay.” Why? wonders Dale Kornfeldt. Actually this term refers more to an unexpected flaw in the character of a person of good and honorable repute. It originates from the image in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in the Second Book of Daniel,

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