endearing image from our radical past is a photo of Lucille Ball's voter registration, which lists her address as 1344 North Ogden Drive, her occupation as Actress and her party affiliation as Communist.
UCLA's digital photo archive is a wondrous online arcade lined with moments from L.A.'s past. I'm reminded of this whenever perusing images from the city's contentious past, whether it's a picture of the Sleepy Lagoon Murder suspects or of local Reds picketing City Hall. One
That's right, Lucy was a Red -- or at least, she claimed, her grandfather had talked her into registering as one back in the Great Depression. This all came out in 1953, when Ball was hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee, whose urgent order of business was to learn why she had registered as a member of the CP. (Registering as a Communist voter didn't make one a card-carrying member of the party, a subtle distinction lost on the committee.)