LOS ANGELES — Kathy Fiscus’ tragic fall down a San Marino well in 1949 touched off a frantic push to rescue her — and an intense media event broadcast around the world.,The tragedy of the blond-haired blue-eyed little girl’s fall was matched only by the scale of interest in the grim event and the oddity of a sprawling list of sub plots.,It’s all collected in USC history professor William Deverell’s new book titled Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy that Transfixed the Nation.,And it became known as the founding breaking news event in what would become a long history of wall-to-wall TV news coverage.,The Fiscus tragedy was the first such 24-hour broadcast as two TV stations understood the scale of the news event and the interest that accompanied it.

Mural artists Brian Peterson, left, and Damin Lujan of Santa Ana created a 35-by-40-foot mural depicting Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a building overlooking the parking lot of Philippe the Original sandwich shop in Los Angeles.,(Photo courtesy of Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan)

David Ahn stands beneath the mural of Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts he commissioned to be painted on the side of his building at 686 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles, CA.,(Photo by Andy Holzman) read more