I’m no Nancy Drew, but what the heck? I sent this e-mail today.
To: Public Library
From: Laureen Pittman
Date: January 26, 2014
My name is Laureen Pittman and I live in Riverside, CA. I am doing some genealogy research and will be traveling to the library next week to do research and track down some information. One piece of information I am looking for involves an incident that happened in 1963 (probably sometime in September). The incident was an arrest (drug related charges) possibly at the junior college. One of the arrestees was Margaret Michaels. I believe she was arrested with another individual—a male. Margaret would have been 18 at the time of her arrest and the male individual would have been 20. Margaret was the step-daughter of a fairly well-known local tv news editor, broadcaster or anchor, Joseph Michaels. Margaret was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug related charges. But what I am looking for is the identity of the male that was arrested with Margaret.
Am I correct in assuming that the Community News-Press was in existence at that time? Would they have published or reported on local arrests, or would there be an “arrest log” that I could review in the newspaper from that time? I’m hoping that the newspapers from 1963 might be archived on microfilm? Would I be able to access the newspaper archives from September 1963 if I make a personal visit to the library? Which branch should I visit? Do I need to make an appointment to have these old archives located/pulled for review?
Any help or assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance. I can be reached at the e-mail address shown above, or on my cell phone at XXX-XXX-0515.