1950s So Cal Quiz. The people you see below were prominent in Los Angeles and Southern California TV and radio between 1945 and 1965. We saw just about all of them every day. How many can you identify? RATED EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.
If you can identify 5, that's good. May 24, 2019. My mom went to SC with one person here. Maybe yours did, too.


1. The lady is Ruth Ashton-Taylor. She was one of the first female TV news journalists in Southern California, and enjoyed a long, influential career. She did interviews and moderated discussion shows. 

2. The man with glasses, a big mustache and a white jacket is Bill Ballance, a famous KFWB rock disk jockey of the 50s and 60s. 

3. The deeply tanned Bill Burriud was a adventure documentary and TV show filmmaker. He would sail or fly to exotic places and bring back his film. He attended USC around 1943-1946, and so were some of our parents, His shows were onChannel 13, a ChristCraft Station. I’m pretty sure Burrud was from Pasadena or Glendale.  

4. Dr. Frank Baxter, PhD (bald head, leaning toward left)  was a professor in the Department of English -- I think it was -- at USC. Maybe geography,. He hosted a TV program on the arts in Los Angeles in the 1950s and early 1960s, and it was toward for young people. 

5. Paul Coates (close up) was a TV news man in the 1950s and early 1960s. He would deliver on-air editorials, and he was of a conservative bent. He came across as deeply serious and concerned, 

6. Jim Healey (white hair) was a wise-cracking TV sports reporter who covered all sports. He stayed on the air until the 1980s, I think, I remember in 1963, the evening of the first Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay fight in Lewiston, Maine, Healey ended his broadcast by saying, “And goodbye, Cassius, wherever you are!" 


7. Grant Holcomb was a  1950s TV journalist who rarely smiled,a serious reporter and anchor with one of the affiliate stations in LA. He covered politics and all the big elections, for example. If I remember correctly, he would make reports on the CBS morning show, “Panorama Pacific”. 

8. Al Jarvis was one of the first big rock n' roll disc jockeys in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s. He did a lot of location shots from Wallach’s Music City, Hollywood & Vine. 

9. Bill Keene (big ears, close up) was a longtime TV news weatherman, an affable fellow. His specialty was advising children what to wear to school, considering the weather forecast for the next day at school.

10. Dick Lane (closeup) was a 1930s-1940s actor in Hollywood who became a sports announcer. His regular job was calling the TV wrestling matches at the Olympic Auditorium, 18th & Main, Downtown LA. 

11. George Putnam was a well known Southern California TV newscaster. He used to say, “Here's to a better, stronger America! See you at 10! SEE YOU THEN!”  He was conservative in his views, and flamboyant,  owning beautiful horses and riding them in parades. Supposedly the Ted Knight character on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was based on George and also on Jerry Dunphy, a later local TV newscaster.

12. Clete Roberts [in army jacket, with mustache] was a TV news journalist and field reporter who began as a war correspondent in World War Twp. He was a rugged gentleman with a lot of integrity,and many women loved to watch him. He was on the air into the 1990s, I believe. He also had a recurring role on the “M*A*S*H” TV show, playing a war correspondent -- didn't he?

13. Paul (Red) Fay was a co-host on the “Panorama Pacific” morning program in the early 1960s, He was also an ensign on PT-109, the patrol boat John F., Kennedy served on, and a friend of John Kennedy. 

14, Nick Shammas was the owner of Felix Chevrolet on South Figueroa just north of USC, and for many years, bought a tremendous amount of air time for their TV commercials,. “Hi, friends, I'm Nick Shammas.” He pioneered such terms as “transportation car”, “loaded" (with accessories)  and “We stock in volume, deal in volume and sell in volume, here at Giant Felix Chevrolet! Look for the Big Black Cat in the Sky that goes ‘round and ;’’round!” Later Danny Shucam became the Felix host.  

15. Bill Welsh (close up,big smile,glasses, combover) was a longtime station announcer and special assignment man for TV news, KTTV, Channel 11. His big assignment was the Rose Parade every year. He had a casual, informal, deep bass voice and tend to slur his words slightly.  


16. Mayor Sam Forty was the Mayor of Los Angeles from 1961-1973, a period of booming population growth, deep change in the city, and the rise of the conservative movement in the Republican Party, He served n the Pacific Theater of World War Two in the Army Air Corps. and went to law School at  Southwestern on Wilshire Boulevard, where Mayor Tom Bradley and State Attorney General Stanley Mosk also attended. Mayor Forty was known for his markedly adenoidal voice.