Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 7 July/August 2004
CALLING ALL COLLECTORS
By Tom Hays, LAPD (retired) LAPM Chairman
One only has to go to any rummage sale or swap meet and watch people pawing through the mountains of old collectibles to realize that there is probably a collector for virtually everything man has ever made. I personally collect antique stereoscope views, old postcards but only candid views of American cities (I’m very fussy), Titanic memorabilia and printed material on the famous and unsolved, I might add, Lizzie Borden double ax murders in 1892, of which I have close to 40 books and newspapers.
About a month ago while staffing the Histstorical Society’s Mobile Museum at the LAPD Valley Traffic Safety Fair in Balboa Park, I was approached by a young man by the name of Joe Fox. He indicated that while he was not a police officer, he was very interested in our Museum and had previously visited it. He then gave me his card indicating that he was a “collector of handcuffs – jail locks and Houdiniana,” an obvious reference to the great escape artist Houdini who cheated death on many occasions by escaping from seemingly inescapable shackles. Joe indicated that he has long been fascinated by such collectibles and has amassed hundreds of such artifacts going back many years. Our conversation quickly turned to whether he would like to help us “enhance” our jail area at the old Highland Park Station to which he enthusiastically agreed. He said that he had lots of items that would make for interesting displays and he would be
delighted to bring them to our Museum and arrange them under our guidance so that the public and law enforcement personnel could enjoy what he has acquired through the years. This fascinating display has just been completed and will be on indefinite loan here at the Museum, further enhancing the focus of what we are striving to accomplish. This fortuitous meeting with Joe Fox made us realize that there are probably many more collectors out there who have spent a good deal of time and money picking up police related collectibles. It’s pretty commonly known that fire and police equipment and memorabilia are highly sought after… and not cheap! My dad and grandfather were firefighters, and I have a 19th century Gamewell oak and brass firehouse alarm gong that is highly collectible hanging in my stairwell along with family fire department photos. You rarely see them on the market. I know, for example, that there are many avid badge and patch collectors out there as I was frequently contacted for such things when I worked at the Police Academy. How about it? If you have anything that you feel would make an interesting display at the Museum, give us a call. We’ve got the room and would really like to augment those things that
we own by having a “loaned or traveling collection” of items like many of the other history and art museums have. Appropriate acknowledgement of the
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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT OLD # 11…
By Dave Dalton, Executive Director Several months ago, LAPM was invited to collaborate with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley to help curate a major display which is under construction inside a new pavilion. Slated to open in Fall 1905, the exhibit will feature Air Force One, Marine One, an F-14 fighter jet and President Reagan’s limousine, along with a mini-motorcade involving LAPD vehicles and personnel. LAPM has acquired the requested 1984-vintage police car and two motorcycles. LAPD Motor Transport Division is doing the complete restoration of the vehicles…and they look magnificent! They will be authentic in every detail. We have also been acquiring uniforms and equipment from LAPD personnel who played significant roles during President Reagan’s tenure in office. For example, Sergeant John Martin led the
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Motorcade Detail for several years; we already have his complete uniform and all his equipment. There will also be an LAPD S.W.A.T. vehicle (Suburban) replete with officers and equipment. Custom mannequins representing the involved officers are being created to display their uniforms and equipment. Talk about being immortalized! On September 20th LAPM will deliver the restored vehicles to the Reagan Museum in full motorcade fashion amid considerable pomp and circumstance; a major media event is being planned for the occasion. What a great honor and privilege to be part of a permanent exhibit featuring one of our greatest presidents ever…Ronald Reagan. By the way, the Reagan Trust commissioned this exhibit with specific instructions from President Reagan himself that LAPD should be the featured police department. Out of all the agencies that could have been selected, President Reagan chose the BEST…LAPD!
This year’s honorees, (photo below) from left to right: Paul D. Bardon, Director of Police Transportation II, Motor Transport Division; Lt. Robert Green, Officer-In-Charge, LAPD Bomb Squad; Ms. Leticia Aguilar, President, Bank of America Central Los Angeles Market,and Consumer Executive, Greater Los Angeles and Central California Division; Ms. Marguerite P. Justice, Community Leader and former Los Angeles Police Commissioner; and Mr. Foster S. Dennis, President, California Paving and Grading Company, Inc.
Each of these honorees steps up to the plate every day and makes a difference in spite of challenges or obstacles, putting their personal agendas aside for a greater purpose. Their word consistently translates to action, backed by their personal commitment and a clear vision for what can and should be achieved.
If only one brick is ordered, you may select the location at which your brick is installed. Chief’s Circle members, i.e. those whose annual support to LAPM is $1,000 or more, are entitled to one free brick per donation year. Order in person at the LAPD Museum, place an order by telephone, order by fax or visit the LAPM website at www.LAPM.com. Call (323) 344-9445 for information
Mugshots: We’ve Lost A Good Friend
By Dave Dalton
Policeman II Michael Joseph Regan, Serial #2356, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 1904, in Los Angeles. Michael was born in San Francisco on September 28, 1917. He was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department on January 6, 1941 and retired on December 1, 1964; he was last assigned to Hollywood Area. Mike’s LAPD service was temporarily interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII. He served in the European Theatre of operations and participated in countless major battles; he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. Mike also served as past Commander, American Legion Police Post 381, and he remained active in Legion activities throughout his life. After retiring with 24 years of LAPD service, Mike was appointed as the Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles. He served brilliantly in this capacity for 20 years, retiring in 1988.
Since 1989, Michael has been Chief Historian (a volunteer position) for the Los Angeles Police Museum. Mike was one of those rare individuals who had complete, perfect recall of past events, people, dates, etc. You could ask him anything, about any time or place in LAPD’s history, and Mike could cite facts, details, dates, and the
persons involved…with absolute certainty…strictly from memory! Mike was also a wonderful storyteller, and he loved to spin a yarn—just ask his children. Ever a true Irishman, Mike loved Gaelic music, traditions and folklore, filling his life and his home with rich, vibrant memories. Michael is survived by his beautiful wife of 49+ years, Margery, and their three sons: Michael Jr., Dennis and Kevin. Mike and Margery are also blessed with seven grandchildren. They have lived in the same Highland Park home for nearly 48 years.
Even during periods of recent, grave illness and subsequent recovery, Mike would insist on coming into the LAPD Museum to volunteer. And come he would…whether on a chair with rollers, on a walker or in a wheelchair…he would be there, in a place he dearly loved. Mike was never a quitter! Reverend Father Michael McCullough conducted a beautiful Funeral Mass on Friday, July 30th, at Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Los Angeles to celebrate Mike’s rich life of service to his family, his country and his beloved LAPD. Mike was then laid to rest in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, to the accompaniment of full Department and Military honors.
Calling All Collectors (Continued)
owners of the collection would be posted; 12the duration of the display would be mutually decided.
Think about it. What’s the fun of having those neat things if you can’t share their fascination with others? And the best thing is that at the same time you will be helping us bolster the drawing power of your L.A.P.D. Police Museum. As I have said before, “this is not the Board of Director’s Museum, it belongs to all of us sworn officers and civilians who have been fortunate to be members of this great Department and who have contributed to its evolution and history.
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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”
– Teddy Roosevelt