Jeff Corey, playing blacklisted actor Larry Hill, became a real-life victim of blacklisting after he refused to testify at the HUAC hearings in 1951. He then had to make a living as speech therapist and drama coach, training people such as Jack Nicholson and James Dean.
Price McCann congratulates Rossi on his Sonny Goodwin Quartet article, referring to the events in "Jazz" (episode 99). At the end of that episode, however, Rossi was taken off the assignment because Art felt he was too close to the people involved. An entertainment reporter actually wrote the published article.
Protester: When I was a girl, we knew what it was we were supposed to do and not do. There were things a nice girl wouldn't do. And there was a name for those girls who did them. And there is a name for newspaper publishers who sell their virtue for the money they make off sex columns.
Charlie: Let's go.
Mrs. Pynchon: I am the publisher of The Los Angeles Tribune. Would you care to be explicit about this name to me, in person?
Dunne: Do we have to run every column, though? I mean, some are more controversial than others. Keep the guy but duck the problem pieces.
Lou: Can I give a full response to that proposal so you'll understand it?
Abby: I hate the fifties.
Rossi: How can you hate the fifties? You were in kindergarten. Everything you know is hearsay. You have to have lived through the fifties to hate them.
When some protesters ask Lou for the name of Tribune editors he lists Ben Bradlee, Perry White and Horace Greeley. Bradlee has long been the editor of The Washington Post, Perry White is the fictional editor of Superman's Daily Planet. Horace Greeley (1811-1872) not only founded The New Yorker, but also edited The New York Tribune and is often mistakenly mentioned as the originator of the phrase "Go west, young man, go west."