DOWNEY - "Upton Sinclair," a rare black and white, 16mm film that travels to the Monrovia home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, will be presented Thursday at 7:30 p.m. inside the John Downey Room at the Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center.During the 39-minute film Sinclair talks about his run for California governor, his famous novel "The Jungle," and the campaign launched against him by MGM head Louis Mayer and Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, who labeled Upton a socialist and communist. Sinclair also speaks candidly about his family and his meeting with President Theodore Roosevelt. The Downey Historical Society is presenting the film. The meeting is free and open to the public.
********** Published: April 17, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 52