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Felix the Cat Hep CatSome Catty Notes on Omitted Billing
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1958
Felix Chevrolet

In 1958 Felix the Cat is added to Los Angeles urban landscape at Jefferson and Figueroa. According to Darryl Holter, historian and site manager: “The Sign is a landmark everybody can see it because it’s so tall. The letters, the F,E,L,I,X, each one is fifteen feet tall.... Pat Sullivan was the designer of Felix the Cat, the cartoon, which started in 1919. Because they were close friends and because Mr. Felix had Felix Chevrolet he was able to use the Cat and the Cat was used all through the 1920s, 30s, and up through the 50s and 60s and today. The Cat has always been used in connection with Felix Chevrolet… For many, many people the Sign is a landmark that they have arrived in Downtown LA, coming in from the freeways, coming in from out of town. People will tell me that when they were a little kid, when were five years old in the back seat of the car and saw the Cat they got excited because they knew were getting home or they knew they were getting to LA. So since 1958 the Sign has been kind of a landmark in the area.”

November 20, 1958
Stray Cat Growls Like Lion but Loves Children

Los Angeles Times
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard F. Houser of 3288 H Street, San Bernardino, live with Stringbean, whose qualities separate her from other cats -- like "growling at mealtime; she is as fearless as a tiger, has the speed of a cheetah--and loves children." She also loves eating raw meat or dog food, and biting at milk in a bowl. Captain Gail Wilmuth, chief of the San Bernardino police humane division, believes the cat is a mixture of Siamese and California wildcat.

December 11, 1959
The Cat Story: How It Turned

Los Angeles Times
Last Christmas, Barbara Cox reports, her cat Gray Kitty gave life to four baby kittens, Gray Baby, Simon, Theodore, and Alvin. Barbara Cox and her husband receive many letters and good wishes because Gray Kitty’s picture is shown in the Los Angeles section. Cox writes about Gray Kitty: “In public she is almost stuffy in her respectability--the guardian of our children, the pursuer of any unleashed dog which goes near them. But in the privacy of our home, she is a galloping, rollicking, joy-filled little maniac, trying to make up for all the playtime she missed as a kitten." Gray Kitty is allowed to keep her kittens but she prefers to share them with other families. The Cox family receives a letter by Mr. and Mrs. Mosher, inviting Gray Kitty to spend time on a pillow by their Christmas tree. Gray Kitty is up for it, as under the tree there is a pillow filled with catnip from the Moshers.

May 1, 1963
HEP CAT!

Los Angeles Times
Carol White of 725 E 5th Street listens to “Oklahoma” on her record player on a Monday afternoon in Long Beach. According to Times reporter Jack Goulding, "A sudden clang of cymbals or blare of horns startled Mittens, who popped out of Carol's arms and right on to the revolving turntable." Mrs. Angnes Niebes, White's landlady, calls the fire department to unwind Mitten.

June 4, 1963
Some Catty Notes on Omitted Billing

The Los Angeles Times
Cecil Smith writes a column to Look Magazine to share his annoyance at the magazine's failure to identify the name of his Siamese kitten in its last issue. To straighten out the record, her full name is June Allyson, after the actress, but she goes by Allyson. She is born on Saint Patrick’s Day and inspires Smith to write poetry in her honor: “Allyson (the cat) grew up to be rather lion-hearted/ She likes to climb walls and she likes to nibble on hair.”

 
 
 
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