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David Roback
Daniel Tures, March 09, 2020

On February 24, guitarist and songwriter David Roback passed away in his home city of Los Angeles at the age of 61.


close up of card catalog
Central Docents, March 04, 2020

While it's true that information on the 2.8 million items in the Central Library is on computer servers that take up a tiny space compared to the hundreds of drawers of catalog cards once used, one can still view some of our collections the old-fashioned way, complete with Dewey decimal number, t


Jackie Robinson and Ruby Dee
Juliette Minton, February 26, 2020

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me...all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”—Jackie Robinson


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


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