| The Hot War |
POD: November, 1950
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Professional Affiliations:||Blue Front|
While Weissman survived the March 2, 1951 atomic bombing of Los Angeles, the destruction of downtown L.A. brought the appliance business to a halt, much to Weissman's horror. He had no choice but reduce his employees, including Aaron Finch, to part-time. Thus, when an order for a refrigerator came by letter from one Mrs. O'Byrnne in Torrance, Weissman happily sent Finch and Jim Summers to deliver it, despite the fact that the rubble of downtown L.A. lay between the Blue Front warehouse in Glendale and the residence in Torrance.
When President Harry Truman toured the West Coast to examine the cities ruined by the Soviet attack, he recognized Blue Front as being owned by Weissman, a prominent Democratic Party contributor and worked out with him a way to honor Finch's capture of a Soviet flyer. In June 1951, Finch received a letter from Truman, thanking him for the capture. He realized Weissman was behind it.