September 27th, 2020

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Some taxing thoughts from 1938

In light of recent events, I thought it fitting to go back to August 1938 and how Carole Lombard (with the help of ace publicist Russell Birdwell) wound up in the news that month. (Learn more about this at

By the end of the month, Walter Winchell's hugely popular syndicated column ran this about her. (Lombard had pinch-hit for Winchell as a columnist at the start of August.)

She was the subject of several newspaper editorials:

(That's a tongue-in-cheek reference to Martin Dies, a Democrat from Texas who chaired the House Un-American Activities Committee and was infamous for pursuing alleged left-wing subversives.)

Again, just something to think about.
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