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in which a Ford, with a report- er/photographer team started monitoring police radio calls at 5 a.m. while driving around the Hollywood-Beverly Hills area. Biz,” about the business end of the enter- tainment industry, This also included dropping into LAPD’s Hollywood station to see who was arrested during the night. Famous names often were locked up, thus making interesting stories. Our vehicle often was mistaken as a detective’s car since it had two antennas, direct radio communications to the city desk and flashing red light capability in rear window. WTT: What was the most unusual experi- ence you had as part of the team in the cruiser car? HM: One time, in Beverly Hills, we received a police call about a shooting at a swank apartment complex. We actually got there ahead of a police unit, opened the front door — and stumbled over a dead body. WTT: I’d certainly say that was unusual— and scary. Tell me what types of columns you wrote while you were at The Mirror. HM: Over the years I wrote four different columns for The Mirror, including one as “a foreign correspondent” from overseas while I was in the Army in the Far East. My first Mirror column was a daily “man on the street.” I interviewed five people on topics of the day, then snapped a photo of each person. Through the years my other col- umns were “Off the Record," which dealt with latest recorded music, and “Show Biz W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE As a young man writing for Stars and Stripes while on military duty in Japan WTT: Was that everything? I know you were very versatile. Anything else? HM: Back in the newsroom, I worked in every department except sports. WTT: Every department? HM: Yes, so that included editing copy at the main copy desk and later in what was then called the women’s department (with a separate daily multi-page section plus Thursday food section). I also wrote for the entertainment pages, focusing on music in covering the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Palladium and Shrine Auditorium. In those days, reviews appeared in the next morn- ing’s paper. WTT: You also became an editor. HM: Yes, I was selected to be news editor in the business news section. Linked to that, was editor of special sections, a tabloid P AGE 20 S PRING 2019