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Author Eve Babitz
Angi Brzycki, February 18, 2020

Novelist and essayist Eve Babitz grew up in Hollywood. Her work focuses on essay memoirs centered in Los Angeles, particularly in the sixties and early seventies.


Exterior view of the Lincoln Heights Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
Photo Friends, January 28, 2020

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1835 and immigrated to the United States in 1848. Landing in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, 13-year-old Andrew Carnegie started working as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill. He worked twelve hours a day, six days a week.


View of the Rose Bowl entrance flanked by tall palms on either sides
Tina Lerno, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year, Happy Rose Bowl, Happy Football! Did you know that the Rose Bowl Stadium is nearing its 100th year? The story of the Rose Parade and the subsequent football games have been going on long before.


postcard of the Cawston Ostrich farm
Nicholas Beyelia, December 03, 2019

For someone who only spent about 25 years in Los Angeles, Edwin Cawston made a lasting impression on the cultural history of our great city and he did so through, of all things, a farm.


an ostrich and Big Bird
Tina Lerno, November 20, 2019

Ostriches versus Turkeys. That age-old problem. (Is it? Well, for this blog post, the answer is yes). Which big bird do we Angelenos love more? And I'm not talking just in the looks department; both make for good eating.


photo of Wilshire Boulevard looking towards Bullock's Wilshire
Nicholas Beyelia, September 24, 2019

In a city where no structure is guaranteed permanence, the iconic Bullocks Wilshire building turns an astounding 90 years old this week.


Walking in the rain by the Warner Downtown
Tina Lerno, September 03, 2019

Walkin' in LA, nobody walks in LA; walkin' in LA; walkin' in LA, only a nobody walks in LA—Terry Bozzio, Missing Persons


Lobby card from the original 1939 release of The Wizard of Oz featuring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr
Daniel Tures, August 15, 2019

Once upon a time in Hollywoodland, 80 years ago today, The Wizard of Oz had its Hollywood Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.


Charles Manson being lead away by deputies
Tina Lerno, August 06, 2019

1969 was a tumultuous year. The US Apollo 11 mission brought men to the moon, and the Beatles gave their final live performance. Richard Nixon was sworn in as President, the war raged on in Vietnam (along with huge protests), and the draft was reinstated.


Color postcard of California Alligator Farm, in Los Angeles [ca.1911]
Tina Princenthal, July 23, 2019

Before Mickey and his Magic Kingdom, there was Billie the Alligator and his reptilian pals at the California Alligator Farm.


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