Category Archives: History

Vanguards Of History: Grand Central Air Terminal

The place abounds with the names of some of the most famous names in aviation history. Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Jack Northrop, William Boeing. If someone flew into the fledgling city of angels back in the late 1920’s, they came … Continue reading

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Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach is in Danger of Being Closed to Build High Density Residences

Sam’s Seafood was originally started in 1923 and was remodeled to it’s current look in 1962. In 2006 it closed but was reopened in 2009 as Don the Beachcomber, one of only a few with rights to that classic name. … Continue reading

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17th Annual Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Come From All Areas of Sports

Sunday’s Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 17th Annual Induction at the American Jewish University yielded some familiar names and some not quite as familiar but equally as talented. The event, with Master of Ceremonies and Los Angeles Emmy-winning sports legend … Continue reading

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Vanguards of History: The KMPC Transmitter

Does a building have a soul? Or is a building simply a collection of walls and floor designed to house a collection of people and nondescript cubicles? Is it function over form? Perhaps…but if you look at the designs of … Continue reading

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Lodi, Grapes and Wines: The Town, the Vineyards and a Nice Tour, Part Two

In part one of this report, a wine tasting of Lodi wines led to many questions about the area. In part two of this article, we will look at Lodi, why it is such a good area for wines and … Continue reading

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VIP Opening Night “Love, Shirley Temple” At The Santa Monica History Museum

This last Wednesday night was the special opening night of “Love, Shirley Temple” VIP reception at the Santa Monica History Museum in Santa Monica. The festivities celebrated with food, drink (Shirley Temples), a host of notable child actors and stars … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Watts Towers… A Common Man’s Dreams Pieced Together in Mosaic and Steel

Emerging, like shimmering spires breaking up an otherwise desolate landscape, Watts Towers rise majestically and triumphantly over a neighborhood whose reputation has long been rooted in turmoil. They are the lifelong creation of an Italian immigrant, who breathed into them … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Echo Park Lake – The History of One of L.A.’s Oldest Parks

In the early 1890s, as the 1st superintendent of the newly created Los Angeles Department of Parks stood on the water’s edge of Reservoir #4, a breeze apparently carried haunting reverberations of the voices of workers he hired to turn … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Meet Marty & Elayne! A Video Trip to the Dresden Room in Los Feliz

Sometimes in Los Angeles the Santa Ana winds of change blow warm and caressing, taking one’s soul down a haunted memory lane in which the past comes softly knocking. At times like these the best medicine is a stiff drink … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting- The Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank

Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Taekwondo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai… Here in Los Angeles, and the United States as a whole, we are very familiar with the names of many of the more common Asian Martial Arts forms. We’ve watched Bruce Lee, … Continue reading

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