RE: RARA-AVIS: Theme of the month - Los Angeles

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 07 Sep 2001

Maybe as a pavement pounder, but not as a detective or other position within the higher officer ranks ... very similar to the military with the enlisted being blue collar and the officers being white collar. The detective wearing a suit wasn't the same as the regular flatfoot when it came within the pecking order of the police station. And being assigned to the DA as an investigator would add even more to that. Maybe it's only in fiction, but the investigative detective is in a higher class regardless of origins. The crusty, ole desk sergeant who still had to wear a uniform being the top of the blue collar ranks. I always tend to remember something about these guys being Intel Officers in the military during WWII (when it's a detective from that period) ... that means a college degree and in the 30s and 40s, blue collar workers didn't have high school diplomas most of the time let alone a college degree.

Anthony Dauer
Alexandria, Virginia

Judas is looking for a few Femme Fatales for its next issue:
-----Original Message----- From: JIM DOHERTY Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 5:33 PM
Marlowe once said he never married because he didn't like policemen's wives. Therefore, he thought of himself as a cop. And police work was at the time (and to a degree still is) seen as a blue collar occupation.
Same with Lew Archer.
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