Los Angeles: Regional Planning Commission, 1931. First edition. Hardcover. , 206 pp., profusely illustrated with diagrams, maps, photo reproductions, 8 color plates, 13 large tri-fold maps printed on tissue in colors; quarto, original green cloth with title stamped in black, gilt ornament. Light wear to covers, small ink stamp of The Housing Authority of Los Angeles front pastedown and front blank leaf, name to front blank, else near fine. Item #22131
An important document in the planning and development of Los Angeles County. This copy inscribed on front blank leaf: "To my good friend Melville Glozier Jr., from the author, Bill Fox." William J. Fox, 1897-1993, enlisted as a Private in the US Army in 1918, after promotions to corporal and sergeant, he transferred to the aviation branch of the Marine Corps where he served on active duty until the end of the First World War. After the war he earned a degree in Civil Engineering at USC and in 1925 was appointed City Engineer and Chief Engineer of the Municipal South Pasadena Water Dept. In 1926 he was appointed Chief Engineer of Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 Fox was recalled to military service and was in active service for 5 years, first flying bombers then designing and managing airfields and bases. He retired from the military a brigadier general with a Purple Heart, 3 air medals, a Legion of Merit with a Combat V, and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Gen. Fox supervised the construction of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal and was commanding officer of the base when he was wounded in a Japanese bombing raid. Gen. Fox's off-duty acitivities included a stint as a stunt pilot as Errol Flynn's double during the the filming in 1941 of "Dive Bomber." After returning to civil life, he was named County Engineer for Los Angeles in 1951. He retired from county service in 1955 and moved to San Miguel Allende, Mexico where he became an avid horseman. During his 20 years in San Miguel he became an expert in the Mexican rodeo and was the first North American to qualify as a "charro" and rode for several years as a member of the San Miguel Charro team. What a life!