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Description
Collection includes issues of an entirely self-published and edited weekly newspaper created by 13 year old James "Jimmy" Damon, and three other local youths. The newspaper ran from approximately 1938 to 1942 and reported on both local and international issues. The Star provides an interesting perspective of the life on the Palos Verdes Peninsula during an important period of U.S. history.
Background
James "Jimmy" Graham Damon Jr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 17, 1926. Damon moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula where he attended the Chadwick School from 1938 and graduated with the class of 1944. Damon and three other boys, Bob Reid, Peter Cullins, and Jim Ford, together started printing the Malaga Cove Star newspaper. Soon after it started, Damon assumed the positions of editor, managing editor, advertising manager, printer, reporter, staff artist, and president. He began advertising the newspaper as “Palos Verdes’ Only One-man Paper."
Extent
.5 Cubic Feet .5 legal size document box
Restrictions
The majority of the materials in this collection are fragile and deteriorating. Researchers must use reference copies.
Availability
Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the Local History Center for access information.