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News Release

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Media Relations

Stamp Honors Legendary Television Show Dragnet LAPD and United States Postal Service Celebrate the Stamp's Unveiling and First Day of Sale NA09207SF

WHAT:    First Day of Sale and Postmark of the New Dragnet Postage Stamp

WHEN:    Tuesday, August 11, 2009
12 p.m.- Sale and Stamp Postmark
2 p.m.-  Program Begins

WHERE:   Los Angeles Police Academy Athletic Field
1880 North Academy Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90012

WHO:      Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief William J. Bratton     
City of Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge, District 4    
U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Los Angeles Senior Executive and District Manager Greg Graves
USPS Los Angeles Postmaster Mark H. Anderson
Opal Webb, surviving spouse of actor, television producer, director and author Jack Webb, famous for his role as LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series’ of Dragnet
Actor Harry Morgan, who played Officer Bill Gannon in the 1960s television revival of Dragnet
John Stephenson, narrator for the Dragnet television series from 1967–1970
Actor Kent McCord, who played James A. "Jim" Reed, a rookie LAPD Officer in the 1960s television series Adam-12
WHY:     On Tuesday, August 11, the USPS will introduce and begin selling the new Dragnet postage stamp.  This legendary stamp is one of 20 collectable stamps that pay tribute to early television shows and is the only stamp to pay tribute to law enforcement.  

At 2 p.m., stamp collectors, Dragnet fans and the community are invited to the historic
Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park for a celebration to commemorate the Dragnet stamp’s first day of sale.

In addition, this event will be the only opportunity to purchase an exclusive LAPD 140th anniversary postmark, complete with a unique commemorative envelope and a special
“Badge 714” Photo Stamp, designed and offered through the LAPD Historical Society.

PARKING:    Parking for the Media has been reserved on the west side curb of Academy Road.
CONTACT:     For more information, please call the LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.



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