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Culver's Jerry King To Be Honored By French Government


April 16, 2015

By Neil Rubenstein

Observer Columnist

Jerry King, a World War II veteran and member of the Jewish War Veterans (“JWV”) for over 65 years, will be honored by the French government for his heroic wartime exploits and will receive the Legion of Honor award. The presentation ceremony will be held on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the U.S.S. Iowa now anchored in San Pedro. All are welcome to attend and admission to the battleship is free.

King has held every position in Culver City JWV Post 617 and in the Los Angeles County District numerous times, and he can be found several times every week visiting with patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles. He merits a huge congratulations and thank you for his dedicated service.

For those who haven’t read the April 7 issue of the New York Times, please turn to Page D6 and read the revealing results of tests done recently in Australia on Tylenol. Oh, my goodness, do you think the Johnson & Johnson chairman is reaching for some aspirin?

People are getting increasingly upset with dog owners who simply refuse to clean up after their dogs, so much so that in Seattle 26 local apartment and condo complexes, as well as homeowner associations, are using a product from Bio Pet Vet Lab of Knoxville. For a one-time charge of $29.95, the animal’s DNA will be determined and the guilty punished.

A deputy police chief in Fresno has resigned after being hit with federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and heroin. Keith Foster, 51, was among six people arrested a while back, ending a yearlong investigation by the FBI and ATF utilizing wiretaps and surveillance. Mr. Foster, who pleaded not guilty, remains free while the case plays out in court.

My question is, if found guilty, will he still get his pension that I’m guessing to be well over $100,000 per year?

For those interested in a free eight-week workshop on grassroots histories of the West Adams neighborhood, you can obtain more information or sign up at or by calling (323) 734-1165.

I’m a person who hates dental surgery because of all the bleeding. It seems I’m in luck. I’ve learned that by just dampening a black-tea bag and pressing it on the bleeding gum for 15 minutes, that will do the trick. The tannic acid in the tea bag constricts the blood vessels and forms a clot.

Cousin George would have been pleased if he were alive today. The Ford Motor Co. is bringing back the Lincoln Continental after a 13-year non-production rest. Every year Cuz would trade in his Continental and pick up a new car. He was in heaven driving in New York and the East Coast in that big, beautiful, luxurious car.

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Visit to learn of financial perks for military families.

If you know anyone who is blind because of retinitis pigmentosa, help is here. Second Sight Medical Products in Sylmar was approved in 2013 by the Food and Drug Administration to go into production. Their Argus model may not be perfect, but it’s a vast improvement for those who cannot see.

After reviewing millions of stolen online passwords the password management software firm, Splash Data, released a list of the most common ones used. The top five passwords are 123456, Password, 12345, 12345678 and Qwerty.

Many, especially those from small town America, enjoy a parade. The 16th Annual Fourth of July Parade will take place in Westchester beginning at 11 a.m. along Loyola Boulevard from Manchester Avenue to Loyola Marymount University. Those interested in getting more information or volunteering can call the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce at (310) 645-5151.

I just hope those who have never gone to the Otis College of Art and Design will go to their amazing Annual Exhibition on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (310) 665-6800 for information. The admission and parking are free.

Going through eight weeks of basic training in 1961 at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, it seemed every other song played on the radio was by Chubby Checker. I cannot believe it’s been 54 years since the army trained me on the M-1 rifle and had my body in peak condition. My body will never again see a 28-inch waist, but Chubby will be at the Sycuan Casino’s Showcase Theatre in San Diego County on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 - $55 (1-800-2sycuan or Hope to see you doing the twist.

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