Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 8
It Can’t Get Any Easier Than This (for you) !
By Tom Hays, LAPD (retired)LAPM Chairman
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By Dave Dalton
The past few months have been extremely exciting. Most notably, the Los Angeles Police Historical Society (LAPM) was invited many months ago to partner with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley to contribute in a significant way to the creation of the spectacular “Air Force One Pavilion,” which was already under construction. When completed, the AF1 exhibit will feature the Boeing 707 (SAM 27000) which served as Air Force One for seven U.S. Presidents,
Chief Bratton, Nancy Reagan, Rudy De Leon, Dick Blackwood. Standing in front of Air Force 1 at the move
Marine One (a presidential helicopter), an F-15 USAF fighter jet (escort aircraft), and a Presidential motorcade beneath the wing of AF1 featuring one of President Reagan’s parade limousines along with designated Los Angeles
On July 20, 2004 the LAPM Board of Directors, Staff and several volunteers joined Chief William J. Bratton in presenting the LAPD vehicles to Mrs. Nancy Reagan and the Reagan Library as part of a “Move-In” ceremony. In the presence of several thousand attendees and a large gathering of VIP’s, the fuselage of AF1 was ceremoniously
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move in position inside the pavilion to the accompaniment of the LAPD Concert Band and framed by an honor guard of 18 LAPD motor officers, many of whom had actually served as part of President Reagan’s motorcade detail. Chief Bratton presented a larger-than-life, exact replica key for the 1984 Chevrolet to Mrs. Reagan. The police car and the two motorcycles are already being displayed at the Reagan Museum
Chief Bratton & Mrs. Reagan with LAPD Motor Officer
and will eventually become part of the AFI motorcade exhibit. “Phase Two” of this endeavor will involve the
A Night With Joe Friday
On Saturday, October 2, 2004 LAPM and the Detective Bureau, LAPD, co-hosted the Second Annual “Night With Joe Friday: A Tribute To LAPD Detectives—Past and Present.” Every Detective Division in LAPD was involved in planning this important tribute. Approximately 700 of LA’s best—former and current Detectives, family and friends attended the festive gathering. Under a towering canopy, attendees consumed massive portions of Rosie’s BBQ while being entertained by one of the best Cop bands to ever put fingers to strings—”Copper Creek,” comprised entirely of
retired or active duty LAPD Detectives. It is rumored that impressive amounts of “beverages” were consumed while old friends re-united and reminisced, stretched the truth and shared war
stories. A slide show tribute featuring the personnel and duties of many Detective Divisions was also shown to an appreciative audience during dinner. Awards
longest retired detective, Oldest retiree; John Ernst (center), also LAPM’ newest volunteer working on membership recruitment the newest retired detective, the oldest detective and the detective who had traveled the farthest to attend. It was a fabulous evening of fun, recognition and fellowship. Net proceeds benefited LAPM.
Room does not allow for a complete description of everything happening here. Numerous exciting events are planned throughout the holiday season in which LAPM will play a significant role. Included in these are a holiday toy give-away for 800 children, planned for Saturday, December 18th, sponsored by Black and White Tow and Northeast Area, LAPD; the Northeast Communities Holiday Parade on December 5th (LAPM will have several entries including a decorated float); the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Don’t forget to visit your Museum store on-line or in person for great holiday bargains: www.LAPM.com. Consider giving a one-year LAPM membership or a memorial brick as a valued holiday gift for friends, family and loved ones. It’s a gift that will be remembered and treasured!
James Ellroy and Chief William
J. Bratton book signing
Scene of the Crime:Photographs from the LAPD Archive for details go to www.LAPM.com
Mugshots: Paula Kent Meehan
by Captain Greg Meyer LAPM Board Member
The first thing you learn about Paula Kent Meehan is that she does nothing halfway. She lives in what was Elvis Presley’s mansion in Holmby Hills. Her 140 ft. yacht is anchored in the Caribbean, and is frequently found in Cannes. Her Gulfstream-IV jet zooms her all over the world.
Paula Kent Meehan is one of the most generous and helpful supporters of your Police Historical Society. As a prominent player in our annual Jack Webb Awards Night since 1996 (and herself a winner of the Jack Webb Award in 2002), and as a member of the Society’s Board of Governors, Paula has been instrumental in the development of our Los Angeles Police Museum and Community Education Center. She was a major sponsor of “A Night with Joe Friday,” your Police Historical Society’s tribute to LAPD detectives, past and present.
“The idea of preserving the history of the LAPD was very important to me,” she told me during our recent interview in her Beverly Hills office at Kenquest, where she is president and CEO of her own corporate investment company. Paula is one of the most respected women in America. In 1960, she founded Redken Laboratories with an initial investment of $3,000. More than forty years later, Redken Laboratories is a leader in the professional beauty products industry. In June 1993, L’Oreal bought Redken Laboratories.
We spoke less than two weeks after she attended the recent unveiling of the Reagan-era Air Force One and several vintage LAPD cars and motorcycles at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Chief William J. Bratton and a host of LAPD motorcycle officers, some of who rode in motorcades providing security for President Reagan back in the 1980’s, escorted Nancy Reagan to the event.
“I think Chief Bratton is one of the best things that’s happened to this city.
“I admired Ronald Reagan, and I’m glad to see that his history is being so well preserved. I feel the same way about the LAPD and its history. I’m very glad to be part of the effort. Contributing money is one thing, but I really enjoy the involvement.”
For a decade, your Police Historical Society has honored community luminaries with its Jack Webb Award. “My very good friend Aaron Spelling was honored at Jack Webb Night recently, and I so enjoyed chairing that event. People who have received the Jack Webb Award have been major supporters of the police, crime reduction, and history. It’s a great combination. I am so proud of our police officers.”
Paula is a very active member of your Police Museum’s Board of Governors. “I’m very pleased to see children-oriented events at the Police Museum, and I would like to see more. Police are such positive role models for children. Being able to interact in a positive way with police officers will inspire many children to a better life.”
She has received countless industry awards and kudos and was named one of Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine’s “Eight Most Powerful Women Business Owners” in 1993. She has also been featured in segments on Fox Television Network’s “Personalities,” Financial News Network’s “Power Profiles,” and the nationally syndicated show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” In 2002, she was recognized as one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in Paris.
“I have great respect for the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Paula, who started the Global Salon Business Awards last
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year in 21 countries in conjunction with the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Next year the effort will involve 24 countries, and 20 languages.
In October, Paula was honored by the LAPD Foundation, which provides generous support for our officers in the form of special equipment that is not in the city’s budget, as well as providing the Department’s web site at “LAPDONLINE.org”.
Paula’s vivacious “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit and her generous nature combine to make her a woman of great vision who has created business innovations and who has had major philanthropic influences throughout the world. And . . . lucky us! . . . Paula simply loves the Los Angeles Police Department and our Los Angeles Police Museum.
The Los Angeles Police Museum is proud to acknowledge Paula Kent Meehan for her many years of dedicated commitment to the community as well as her continued support of your Los Angeles Police Museum and the Jack Webb Awards.
(It can’t get easier.. continued) the minimum – – $10.00 or $20.00 would be better – pushy, aren’t I? While many members do give significantly more each year, it’s the dependable four, ten or twenty dollar per month regular contributions by a great number of people that will put this project over in the long run. Just do the math. We NEED your help. It’s the legacy that you all helped create that we are trying to preserve. If you have any questions, come see what we’ve done so far up at the Museum. I think you’ll be impressed.