It's a unique fact. It's a very true fact. At least it's very true if you only compare major metropolitan cities in supposedly highly advanced major countries
There may be a witch or two here or there that has been designated as 'official' in some remote and unsophisticated area of the world. Maybe there has been a tribe's Shaman given a title of 'official'. But I hardly believe that could be considered equal to what happened to me.
Besides, that kind of 'witch' would not be designated a 'witch' officially but would have worn that title from the start through a birthright. The 'officials' wouldn't be in a level above their witch. Actually the witch would have always been in power over the 'officials'. So the officials wouldn't be in any position to bestow that honor.
My world is different.
My title was awarded to me by a government authority. I deserved it.
To understand how important and valuable a title it is -- it's essential to first realize that if California was a country -- it would be right up there with the 'biggies'. It ranks very high in 'country size' scale and is in fact larger than many European countries. California and Texas have that in common.
California is a rich and very developed place. Its major city, Los Angeles, is a huge sprawling metropolis with a very dense population.
It's a place that is home to a multi billion dollar World-Wide Film Industry. Los Angeles is a factory town - and its factory workers make movies.
LA 's elected officials mingle with Kings, Queens, powerful heads of state from all other countries from around the world, and of course ~ even with the Pope.
So even if at times, some of the officials may swim in the nude, or party in a Jacuzzi, that still doesn't change the fact that the entire group of California officials are thought to belong to the upper echelon of the world.
A couple of our Californians even made president.
Although some of LA's elected officials, as is true of many of LA's other almost ordinary citizens, occasionally run around lightly attired (which is to be expected with such good weather) and might also seem to, at times, act a bit primitive...still they are not at all like leaders of some tribe's people you might find living in the heart of a Brazilian jungle. Not really.
The designation of "Official Witch" took place in 1968 at the Hollywood Bowl, in Hollywood, California, one year earlier almost to the day ~ when Buzz Aldrin went to the Moon.
Space technology didn't seem to inhibit the magical process.
I was asked by the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation to help them promote a series of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.
The invitation was extended because I had produced festivities in fourteen separate communities for a LA Birthday celebration.
The County asked me to do for them what I had done for the City.
What I had 'done' for the City was to generate tremendous positive media exposure for it. Good publicity. Not scandalous. A celebration that went full force around the clock - filled with interesting events where the public was invited to attend, men, women and children, young and old, all free of charge.
It started when Councilman Arthur Snyder was elected to office. After his election he appointed me Cultural Chairman of the Fourteenth District.
As Chairman of Cultural Events I organized a birthday celebration that ran for over eighteen hours on the City's birthday. From 8:00 AM of the first day until 2:00 AM the next.
I gathered up all available talent and put on demonstrations that displayed the expertise of the sky and land units of the LAPD and the LAFD.
Also offered to the public were many art exhibits, poetry contests, talent contests, beauty contests, parades, dancing in the street, Shakespearean Plays, the Folklorico Ballet, Roger Wagner and his Master Chorale ( 100 singers). And to create a bit more excitement I invited many famous guests from films and television to make appearances. Which they did.
We had a lot of help from the Teamsters, who drove the entertainers all around the district. Coca Cola gave us Cokes, and the Butcher's Union gave us hot dogs.
A prominent Los Angeles restaurant, The Barristers, served a banquet in a local park, Sycamore Grove, for the celebrities and elected officials. It was deluxe. Tables were set out with linens, china, silver, crystal, candles, and a many course deluxe dinner was served. I don't know how they did it.
I obtained permits and requested all the major streets in the various districts be closed for dancing. Then I talked a band into playing all night. But to fill in - just in case - KLAC RADIO offered 24 hours of musical tapes. These were played on speakers Pac Bell kindly installed and connected in strategic parts of certain parks.
The LADWP placed large flood lights to create 'daylight' for events that continued after dark.
When I asked a friend of Mentor's, Van France, who ran the Disney College, for a visit from Snow White, he not only sent her to our events, but also threw in 10,000 balloons.
Van de Kamps Bakery contributed a huge Birthday cake to serve ten thousand celebrators. The cake was too large to put anywhere. Not even a large super market storage area was suitable. It had to be placed in a huge multi auto display window of a Volkswagen agency.
The entire event from start to finish had taken eight months out of my life.
About six months after the party, the County telephoned and invited me to "Please do the same thing for us that you did for the City". I said, "Oh my".
I couldn't stand the thought of 'doing' it all again. It had been a killer.
I liked the action while it was going on. But I didn't think I could feel the same way the second time around. I wanted to see what it was all about and decided to go to their meeting even though at the time I hadn't felt like doing anything at all.
When I went to the meeting I was told LA County in association with the Hollywood Bowl was planning a series of 12 summer concerts for Sunday afternoons. In fact the clever title they thought up was: "Twelve Summer Sunday Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl".
The very first concert they had planned and that was to kick off the season was called - "Folklore Day"
The Director, over at the County Parks and Recreation Division, Jim Anderson, had only known about me through my work on radio as an astrologer and the LA Birthday Celebration. The coincidence of "Folklore Day Concert" had nothing to do with any 'witch' stuff.
I had been on KLAC RADIO and my taped syndicated astrological spots came on 12 times a day every two hours. The DJ's, Danny Dark, Joel A. Spivac and Lohman and Barkley hammed it up whenever my spots came on the air. They'd play "Old Black Magic" as an intro to my taped minutes, and say "Here comes the Staff Witch".
KLAC RADIO and KTTV TV were owned by Metromedia. The attorney, Melvin Belli had a show on KTTV TV - and called my station to "Send over the Staff Witch". I guess Melvin Belli was instrumental for starting my Witchcraft career.
By the time I got the call from the County, Witchcraft was on my mind.
I responded instantly when I read their program list. None of the other programs leaped out at me. To this day I don't know what the other eleven concerts were all about. I had focused so intently on Folklore Day, that it had caused me to become deaf, dumb and blind to everything else.
As is usual for me when I focus, an electrical overload took place and the printed title of "Folklore Day" began to pulsate and vibrate and flicker into brilliant colors. Maybe I heard music. Who knows. I went into my creativity mode.
So when they told me what they wanted, I gave no hint of my reaction, and calmly said, "Oh really?" I suggested that to really attract a mob we should do the world's first gigantic Spellcast in a series of annual - gigantic Spellcasts. And then to make it really attractive I thought we should cast a spell to increase the sexual vitality of the County.
At that time, Los Angeles County had 78 cities.
To be sure the spell would work and to be doubly certain that it be given respect in the media, I thought I should be appointed the Official Witch in order to officiate over the ceremonies - with some dignity.
Just one week before the Spellcast, at a wonderful party at the Hollywood Bowl, I was designated "Official". The title wasn't given to me by a clever Publicity or Public Relations person. I was given a legal document. A Certificate. A scroll was awarded to me with a title that clearly states I was designated because of my Supernatural Powers.
The certificate was evidently affixed with the County Seal and is signed by the Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, who at that time was Ernest Debs. The Chairman handed me the scroll and all the while smiled broadly.
On the day of the event, 11,000 people came to the Bowl for the Spellcast.
a large local Spice company in the area, contributed necessary
salt and garlic, for the thousands to work the spell. The County's
contribution was 'fake' gold pins and 'fake' black spiders.
they weren't the best Iguanas the Zoo had to offer. In fact they
looked pretty awful. I like animals but these guys were pathetic.
I'm usually pretty sympathetic to the plight of most small creatures.
But this group solicited dislike from most of the audience. We
all distanced ourselves from them emotionally. And we all felt
the impulse to laugh. Maybe we were all mean. But we had our minds
on other things. The 'Sex Spell'.
On a high note, the Volkswagen Distributors on the West Coast, painted a "Beetle" Mercedes silver to match my gown. (The gown was donated by a Black Designer from Watt's, (home of the LA Riots).
Assemblyman David Roberti (Speaker of the California State Assembly) asked his campaign manager Jerry Zanelli to drive my "Beetle" into the Bowl and up the ramp to the stage since I couldn't work a stick shift.
At the time of the Spell everyone chanted:
We had a good time.
I am certain there is no other officially appointed Official Witch to be found anywhere else in the entire world. The odds are pretty much against it. I am also certain that no one will ever again be appointed to this position. Not unless the year 1968 should happen to roll around again. This type of thing will never happen again.
No other decade could ever match the Sixties!
The 'vibes' were right.
The Official Los Angeles County Scroll
to Louise Huebner
Mayor Sam designated Louise Huebner as a Hostess for the City of L.A.
attended various City functions
was also a Member of the President's Sister City Program
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LA WITCH'S STORY
11,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL AND CHANTED
FIVE MONTHS LATER
The Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Ernest Debs, demanded that the County Counsel rescind my title. The Los Angeles County Counsel, John D. Maharg, sent me a letter for New Year's Eve.
County Attorney’s letter showing up on New Year’s
I guess was meant to shake me up.
Being a Witch ~ I don't shake up easily.
I sent Maharg my response.
THE PRESS CONFERENCE
Meanwhile, I had invited the entire Media to a Press Conference
at the Los Angeles Press Club, offering coffee and donuts as lure.
Reporters from around the world attended. After the conference
my story was sent out by every News Wire in existence. It was
told and retold in all the major languages throughout the world.
My response to Maharg got more coverage than the original Sex
Spell. The first TV reporter who arrived was Dick Hathcock from
ABC Eye Witness News.
Every radio, television, magazine and newspaper was represented. Including the International Press. Everyone was smiling. Everyone was positive. Everyone thought I was right. Not one News Editor ignored my Press Release.
Life Magazine wanted to do the story. But they waited for one year. My events had coincided with the Charles Manson / Sharon Tate horror and they felt the lightness of my witchcraft would be handicapped by any proximity to the murders. Eventually, they gave me three full pages and a very nice new title. They called me "The Good Witch of the West"
Within 24 hours the story went around the world. The very best account of what happened was written by Pete Searls, the San Gabriel Tribune County Bureau Chief. Searls’ beat was the Los Angeles City Hall, where the Mayor and Councilman hung out, and the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, where the Board of Supervisors were sometimes stationed. He was always the first guy on the scene whenever a story broke and he always managed to get all the facts straight. The Spell Cast and De-Sexing furor were no exceptions. Pete Searls got it right.
calmed down rather quickly after my Press Conference. And after
all the news hit the wires.
It was too risky for the Supervisor and the County Counsel to continue. It would have thrown into jeopardy all the designations offered over the last 200 years. And no one wanted to take a chance on the De-Sexing.
In recognition of the fact that Debs had come to his senses, I dedicated my book, “Never Strike A happy Medium” to “Isis the Moon Goddess and Los Angeles County Supervisor Ernest Debs”
It was the only gracious thing to do.
the time of the event there were 78 Cities in Los Angeles County.
Now there are 79. It was pre Internet days. But mail and telegrams
came in from around the world.
Oh, one more thing; I had said that Pete Searls got the story straight. Well in a way he did except for one minor point. He mentions my 'turning to my 'Flack' for help, as though someone else thought up my PR and wrote my press releases. Like Supervisor Debs had. I just want to say....I'm my own 'Flack'. I'm my own woodcutter. .
SALEM MAYOR SAM ZOLL
Autographs a Broom
Awards Louise a Certificate
Gives her the Keys to the City
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Louise Huebner. (c) 2003
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