Even the Baldwin Hills Flood Couldn’t Stop Me From Moving Like A Shark

January 4, 1964  

THREE WEEKS AFTER THE FLOOD  ( AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR BLAIR HILLS,)

on Saturday… I fell out of bed at 12:50 pm. Went over to Lauri’s at 2:30. Tried to think of a scheme to see Mike. Finally I thought of a way! We Drove to his house to see if he picked up my school book by mistake. Walked into his room, he was in bed. We talked to his grandmother abut getting female trouble from walking barefoot. We went home and then went to Woody’s and bought dinner. Went to the store and talked to a boy about Dorsey Kids. Called Fred, I was going to hang him up like he did me, by saying I dialed the wrong number. (He wasn’t home.) He hasn’t called and was cold last night. I haven’t thought of Howard as much. Slept at Lauri’s, didn’t get much sleep because her cat slept with us.

Woody's Culver City

Woody’s Smorgasburger, was on Sepulveda just South of LAX in the 60’s.

Baldwin Hills Dam Disaster and Flood 1963

On December 14th 1963 in the hills above Los Angeles, the Baldwin Hills Reservoir suddenly cracked and eventually failed flooding the neighborhood below. Several people died and many homes were destroyed. Those of us who were there were already shaken by the death of John Kennedy only three weeks earlier. The reservoir’s floodwaters literally washed in the turbulent times that lay ahead.

Sharrie Williams is the author of The Maybelline Story, visit her Maybelline Story Blog at http://www.maybellinebook.com/

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Sharrie Williams is the author of The Maybelline Story and a direct descendant of the Maybelline Cosmetic Family. Great niece of Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams. Buy a signed copy today.
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