In 1956, Did Joy Live Near South Bonnie Brae?
If Joy’s husband was away in the service or away at law school in a dorm, then maybe it makes sense that she might have a roommate and be living apart. I don’t know jack about Melvin Miller. All I can say is the whole Wonderland story is full of opportunities for research. It’s wide open. This is old research to gather, sometimes dates and names don’t match up and things don’t make sense. Sometimes they are genuine, and sometimes not so it is very frustrating. For instance, David Lind graduated from high school in a year when his birth-date has him at 21 or older for pete’s sake. But… that 1961 yearbook photo is him! Could this be Joy’s old apartment…? I’ll tell you one thing… it is the only year that a Joy Miller has ever showed up in an L.A. city directory. Joy Gold never shows up.
Let’s get into it!
In the 1956 L.A. address directory, one Joy Miller is listed as living at 1824 1/2 Miramar Street in central Los Angeles. Her roommate was Nancy Poe and they shared that address and also the same phone number. Now, if I could just track down Nancy Poe and ask her some questions, like in that show Dragnet. Nancy, you’re busted.
They lived in the building to the left there, the one that looks like the Alamo. The one story building on the right is 1830 Miramar Street. This is a mile west of Dodger Stadium in an area called “Westlake North”. Maybe Bonnie can tell us more about it…but in 1956, the demographics of the area were probably quite different than today. Growing up or living near Bonnie Brae St. is bad for your health, according to the lovely Bonnie! Thus, here we are.
Furthermore, this is the only time I have found a Joy Miller listed with her own address and telephone prior to 1981 in Los Angeles. Joy was about 20 or 21 at this time. Joy and Melvin did not marry until about this time, I believe. Was Melvin away in the service? Like a lot of people, Joy may have kept her phone and address unlisted following her divorce from Mel in the 1970s. She does not show up in subsequent searches during that 20 year span. Go figure.