Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, History & Genealogy Department



Inside of a medieval church, close-up of a church sanctuary

All the Monks and None of the Dragons

October 03, 2022

What comes to mind when the phrase “Middle Ages” comes up? You probably think of stories of knights in armor jousting. Or sitting through a history class where someone tried to teach you about the feudal system. Or some horrific forms of medical treatment or criminal punishment.

Vin Scully, circa 1955, at Ebbets Field

Vincent Edward Scully, 1927-2022

August 09, 2022

The recent passing of Vin Scully has resulted in innumerable obituaries, most of which will be far more eloquent than what this one will be. For someone who held the same job for 67 straight years, 59 of them in the same city, you tend to have a well-known reputation.

Left to right: Ram's player Eric Dickerson (#29), and David Hill (#81) give each other a "high-five" at the end of a winning game.

Super Bowl LVI

February 02, 2022

Originally published on Friday, February 1, 2019, now updated for 2022.

Close-up view of a Dodger player's hat, glove, and ball left on the field

The Dodgers and Giants: The Ongoing Saga

September 02, 2021

Coming off a World Series win in 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to easily win the National League West Division for the ninth straight time. But, for reasons that confound many baseball experts, the Dodgers’ archnemesis, the San Francisco Giants, stubbornly hold on to first place.

Face shields made by 3D printing machines in LAPL's Octavia Lab.

3-D Printing Face Shields in the Octavia Lab

April 22, 2020

When the library's Octavia Lab opened in June of 2019, it was envisioned as a collaborative work-space for creatives, makers, and hobbyists.

Women sprinkles cheese on lasagna

Think You Know All About Lasagna?

January 22, 2020

Why am I writing about lasagna? Its origins became a topic for discussion among my brothers and I—and I wanted answers.

Montage of four photographs and a ticket for the opening game of the Los Angeles Dodgers, April 18, 1958.

60+ years of L.A. Dodgers Opening Day

March 28, 2018

On April 18, 1958, Major League Baseball finally arrived in what was then the country’s third-largest city. The brand new Los Angeles Dodgers were going to play their first official home game against their fellow, exported from New York arch-rivals, the San Francisco Giants.

Image of a total eclipse and text saying "total solar eclipse 2017"

There Will Be Darkness: The Great American Eclipse

August 11, 2017

Here in Los Angeles, we’re known for the sun. We get a lot of it. It’s long been a selling point for people moving to the region.

The University of California at Los Angeles after trailing California at Berkeley through the first quarter, finally came into its own at the Memorial Coliseum. In this photo, Kenny Washington, brilliant Bruin halfback, is away to a smashing gain as his teammate, Woody Strode, effectively blocks out the California secondary defense. Dated November 4, 1939

Los Angeles and the Reintegration of the NFL

February 03, 2017

In 1995, after playing in Southern California for nearly 50 years, the Los Angeles Rams left the West Coast for the Midwest, to become the St. Louis Rams. They would stay there for 21 years, winning one Super Bowl title and losing in a second, before coming back to the Southland last year.