Archive for November, 2010

QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Drum Barracks)

You guys got this answer waayyy too fast (and then I got distracted, sorry I couldn’t post this earlier!). Full information about today’s location is after the jump. :)

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This week’s little quiz lands us in Wilmington, off the 110. Helloooo, Wilmington! :) And since a lot of people familiar with the area may get the answer somewhat quickly, there will be no hints. Sorry!

Just to remind you, here’s how this little game goes… we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of something notable that once happened or existed a stone’s throw from the point on that map. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, we’re going to give you a fair amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address (and if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t).


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HOME VIDEO – Studio City Christmas Parade (1965)

I did a quick google search on the Hollywood Christmas Parade this morning, and imagine my surprise when I came across this gem of a silent home movie. Behold: the 1965 Studio City Christmas Parade with more local flavor and classic celebrities than you could shake a stick at! (And yes, the parade still exists… but not this year.) More information about the clip after the jump.

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FLASHBACK – The Long Beach Quake of 1933

“Quake! Its Effect on Long Beach and Compton California”

An 18 minute-long silent film touring around Long Beach and Compton circa 1933, after an earthquake shook things up.

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QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Old Santa Susana Stage Road)

Laura Floom Manning figured it out! Go Laura! The full answer is after the jump.

This week’s little quiz takes us on a little road trip… outside of Los Angeles proper and over to Simi Valley.

Just to remind you, here’s how this little game goes… we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of something notable that once happened or existed a stone’s throw from the point on that map. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, we’re going to give you a fair amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address and if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t.

9:37am – Okay, since nobody’s guessed yet… here are two clues: it has nothing to do with Manson or the movies.


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MATINEE – Flight to California (1952)

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Newlyweds Edie and Henry join Hollywood actor Richard Carlson and his wife for a a fabulous tour of glamorous 1950s Southern California and points beyond… how keen!

POLITICALLY INCORRECT ALERT: Blackface at 10:48

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HOT ANGELENO – Happy Biddy Mason Day!

Biddy MasonIn 1989, November 16th was declared Biddy Mason Day in Los Angeles. A memorial to the African American nurse, real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist still exists at the Broadway Spring Center parking garage on Spring Street, which is the site of her former home. Her unmarked grave was finally marked with a tombstone on March 27, 1988, almost a century after her death, in a ceremony attended by Mayor Tom Bradley and nearly 3,000 members of  First American Methodist Episcopal (First A.M.E.), the church she co-founded in her living room. 

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Bridget “Biddy” Mason was born in the Deep South on August 15, 1818. She was allegedly given to Mississippi slaver Robert Smith as a wedding present, and eventually bore three daughters by him (some wedding present, eh?). Upon converting to Mormonism, Smith was encouraged by the church to free his slaves but repeatedly declined, even when asked by Brigham Young himself. He moved his entire household (around 90 people, including all slaves and children) to the Utah Territory in 1847, and then in 1851 they all joined the wagon train to San Bernardino to help Young build a new Mormon community there. YouTube Preview Image
Biddy walked the entire way to California, driving oxen behind a wagon train, but the long journey ended up changing her life one thousand percent for the better. See, her owner didn’t initially realize that the California state constitution forbade slavers. Whoops. (more…)

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TIP – Original Tommy’s Tuesdays

Got busy with the holidays so I haven’t posted this in a while, but here’s this week’s Original Tommy’s Tuesdays location. For those who aren’t aware, the local chiliburger chain turns 65 next year and has been selecting a different location to celebrate the anniversary every Tuesday. If you go to the chosen Tommy’s on that day, anytime between 10am and 10pm, and say a secret password? Your Tommyburger is only 65¢. Your indigestion will be free. Hah!

Again, please be aware that the location and password changes every week. This deal will be good for one day only.

DEC. 28 LOCATION: 7606 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga
PASSWORD: “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

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What Lies Beneath – (The Laurel Tavern/Log Cabin)

Okay! The answer is after the jump! :)    

We’re heading to Laurel Canyon for this week’s little geographical history test! Allright, maaaan!

Just to remind you, here’s how this little game goes… we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of something notable that once happened or existed within a block or two of the point on that map. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, we’re going to give you a fair amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address and if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t.    

And since you guys like hints, here’s your hint for this one… THE CORRECT ANSWER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HARRY HOUDINI!!! Nope, sorry. Nice try but that would’ve been waaaay too easy. :)

Ready? OKAY! :)


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HAPPY SUNDAY – Everybody Sing!

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THE SONG: Donna Summer – MacArthur Park by Jimmy Webb

THE REAL PLACE:  MacArthur Park and Levitt Pavillion

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • Do *not* bring baked goods to said park when it starts to sprinkle. It will not end well.
  • ALWAYS be sure to write down your recipes. If you forget, it’s your own fault. Don’t be whiny about it.
  • And for those of disco-haters who prefer the Richard Harris version, here ya go:

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    FOCUS – The L.A. Coliseum

    ©USC Digital ArchiveDid you know that technically the L.A. Memorial Coliseum is the third oldest baseball stadium in the country? Didn’t think so. How about this one… do you know who the structure was built “in memory” of? (It was originally commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to veterans lost in World War I. In 1968 it was rededicated to the memory of veterans of all wars.)          

    Well as long as we’re on a roll, here’s another little L.A. Coliseum factoid for ya… the life-sized and headless bronze nude statues which stand at the gateway were sculpted by Venice sculptor Robert Graham (1938–2008) for the 1984 Olympics. The models were Olympic long jumper Jennifer Innes from Guyana and Terri Schroeder, a player and eventual head coach of the USA Olympic Water polo team who is now a chiropractor in Westlake Village. (And btw, those nude statues caused a bit of a ruckus back then for being a bit “too realistic,” if you know what I mean.)

    Since opening in 1923, the 93,000+ seat venue has hosted college Football, the World Series, baseball and football All Star Games, basketball, the Superbowl of Motocross, two Super Bowls and two Olympics… plus many, many other notable events in and out of the realm of sports. Not too shabby. Time for a salutory wave!

    For more history on the Coliseum, just click here. 

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    RESOURCE – The Los Angeles Heritage Portal

    As someone whose family arrived here over a century ago, I’m all about showing the world that Los Angeles is indeed a place filled with history and culture. And now I’m thrilled to see that ExperienceLA.com and the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA) have just joined forces to created a fantastic resource that will make that task a lot easier!!!  

    I hereby introduce you to: The Los Angeles Heritage Portal!

    “…it’s sometimes easy to take for granted the deep history and heritage of L.A. – history that is still alive today. This is why ExperienceLA.com, along with our partners at the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA), are excited to announce the new L.A. Heritage Portal. At this portal, you’ll be able to find in one location all the events taking place year-round throughout L.A. County (as well as other parts of the SoCal region) that celebrate over 250 years of history and culture. You can find everything from re-enactments, to exhibitions, to walking tours, to historic food tastings, architecture and lots more. It is our hope that through this portal, history fanatics, visitors, and all residents of L.A. County can discover (or re-discover) and come to appreciate our past, and the many groups dedicated to preserving it for future generations.” (SOURCE)

    AWESOME SAUCE!!!    

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    VIDEO – Huell Howser Sings. AmAAAYzing!!!

    By Tennessee drawl alone, it’s pretty clear to all of us he didn’t technically *start* from California, but I’m sure we’ll all agree Huell Howser has definitely proven he kinda likes it here. Anyhow, this music video will be a sight to behold for all of you California Gold fans. Enjoy. (Scroll down for info about the clip.)   

    Oh, and while we’re on the topic… behold the best shirt ever.

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    Huell’s television first!!! Will it be a hit or will dogs be howling all over our viewing area? Will Huell be the next recording star to come out of Nashville? 

    Well, after his visit to the Musicians Institute (Visiting episode #1805), Huell was so inspired that he grabbed the mic and recorded his own version of “California, Here I Come” accompanied by the students who also produced the rock video.

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    HELP – The Lost Lizards of Los Angeles Project

    Do you have lizards lounging around your backyard?

    Hollywood lizardsWell, the Natural History Museum needs your help in order to make their Lost Lizards of Los Angeles project (LLOLA) work. From their website:  

    All you need to do is follow some very easy steps to find, take pictures of, and then submit your information about lizards. By participating in LLOLA you’ll be providing our scientists with valuable data to help us answer the question: Why don’t lizards live in Exposition Park?

    Here are the instructions on how to participate.

    Credit for the awesome lizard photo above (click on it for a larger view) goes to local photographer Henry Schifberg, aka Henry Lizardlover.
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    QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Philo T. Farnsworth Apartment)

    Okay… since nobody guessed, the answer’s after the jump!

    As a refresher, here’s how this little game goes… we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of something notable that once happened or existed within a block or two of the point on that map. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, we’re going to give you a fair amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address and if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t.

    Ready? OKAY! :)


    (Special thanks to John C. for this tip!!!)


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    GREEN – Creating a Sustainable Oasis in L.A.

    American_GothicAfter the jump is the full video of South Central Farms – Oasis in a Concrete Desert (2007), a short film which documented the losing political battle to save one of the largest urban farms in the United States. Although it’s a catchy title, anyone who’s been on our river tours will tell you that Los Angeles is not a desert, that’s a myth. Our city actually has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate and even in the early 1900s much of the land we currently live on was occupied by miles and miles of agricultural fields. The property now occupied by LA International airport was originally home to large fields of lima beans, barley and wheat.

    Over the last few years, not only have a number of Angelenos been experimenting with backyard farms (for help with yours, check out Eagle Rock Backyard Farms on Facebook), it looks like the Huntington Library is getting back to their roots as well. When South Central Farms was bulldozed in 2006, a number of plants were saved and stored by The Huntington Library. From those trees an idea was born, and next weekend the Huntington will be unveiling a 15-acre sustainable urban agriculture project called Huntington Ranch, exploring how vegetables can once again grow “like wildflowers” in the L.A. climate. From their website:

    When Henry Huntington purchased the estate known as the San Marino Ranch in 1903, hundreds of acres were planted with citrus, stone fruits, walnuts, and other commercial crops. Pushing the boundaries of agriculture in the region, Henry Huntington used the ranch to establish, among other things, what is believed to be the first commercial avocado grove in the state.

    In November 2010, The Huntington returns to its agricultural roots with the unveiling of a new project, called—fittingly—the Huntington Ranch. Part outdoor classroom, part demonstration garden, and part research lab, the Ranch will be pushing new boundaries once again: this time on the frontier of sustainable urban agriculture.

    The Ranch will not be accessible to daily visitors but will host a broad spectrum of public programs and educational activities. It makes its official debut during a symposium for academics and professionals on Nov. 12 followed by a day of public workshops on Nov. 13.

    To find out more about their public workshops, click here and scroll down.

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