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A photograph of the House Committee on Un-American Activities on March 23, 1953.

The House Committee on Un-American Activities opened its full-dress televised investigation of Communist infiltration into the professional, educational, and entertainment fields in Southern California. Hundreds of spectators jammed the hearing room on the fifth floor of the federal building as the probe opened. The committee chairman is Representative Harold Velde. In the photo, from left to right: Gordon Sherer, wearing a bow tie, Kit Clardy, Velde, Morgan Moulder, Clyde Doyle, and James Frazier.