California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westwood

INTRODUCTION TO WESTWOOD Westwood is a neighborhood in Los Angeles’s Westside. It’s widely known for being home to the University of California, Los Angeles although locally it’s almost equally well known for its small shopping district, Westwood Village. People who’ve lived in Los Angeles longer than I are prone to speaking about Westwood with an elegiac tone normally … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westwood

Top 100 Los Angeles Attractions (not in Central Los Angeles or the Westside)

If you’re familiar at all with local Los Angeles clickbait generators and news aggregators you may’ve noticed that whether they’re promoting the hottest restaurants for “celeb” sightings, the hottest restaurants for “celeb” chefs, game changing brunch spots, or juiceries one has to visit before (never after) one dies, they all have one thing in common … Continue reading Top 100 Los Angeles Attractions (not in Central Los Angeles or the Westside)

Greater Streets: Exploring the Walk of Fame — Heart of Hollywood

INTRODUCTION   Although it continues to attract millions of tourists every year, there are few places in Los Angeles which locals avoid as deliberately as Downtown Hollywood‘s Walk of Fame. To put it bluntly, most Angelenos that I know would rather jostle with the crowded sidewalks along Alvarado in Westlake or spend a day in … Continue reading Greater Streets: Exploring the Walk of Fame — Heart of Hollywood

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside

INTRODUCTION TO WESTLAKE Los Angeles‘s Westlake neighborhood is home to more people than the entire populations of well-known California cities like Berkeley, Inglewood, Burbank, Compton, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara. In fact, the neighborhood and Pico-Union are together home to the largest population of Central Americans in the entire US. After Koreatown, Westlake is the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring North Hollywood, The Gateway to the Valley

INTRODUCTION    After focusing on eight Eastside neighborhoods whilst house-sitting in El Sereno, I’ve returned to the polls to determine where to explore. I’ve heard the vox populi and therefore visited North Hollywood — only my fourth piece on a San Fernando Valley community thus far. It was a hot, somewhat hazy, and thankfully breezy January … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring North Hollywood, The Gateway to the Valley

Six Shooter — The Radio Western Starring Jimmy Stewart Debuted 20 September 1953

On this date (20 September) in 1953, one of my favorite old time radio Westerns debuted on NBC — Six Shooter. It was created and written by Frank Burt, who’d also written for The Whistler, The Man Called X, and The Unexpected. It was produced by Jack Johnstone (Buck Rogers, The CBS Radio Workshop, Richard Diamond, Somebody Knows, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, and others). The music … Continue reading Six Shooter — The Radio Western Starring Jimmy Stewart Debuted 20 September 1953

Gower Gulch and the sort of beginning of Hollywood

The Hollywood neighborhood emerged as a small village in the late 19th century and was incorporated as its own municipality in 1903. But for most people in the world, “Hollywood” is synonymous with the commercial American film, which established itself there first in an area that came to be known as “Gower Gulch.” Before Hollywood … Continue reading Gower Gulch and the sort of beginning of Hollywood

Happy Birthday, The Whistler! – rated by independent research the most popular West Coast Program in radio history

My introduction to old time radio was listening to a 1957 Decca 12” The Adventures of the Lone Ranger that my dad presumably procured as a child. As a kid growing up in the 1980s, I don’t think I ever made the connection that the album’s tracks were old radio episodes… I don’t think I even knew about radio dramas until … Continue reading Happy Birthday, The Whistler! – rated by independent research the most popular West Coast Program in radio history

California Fool’s Gold — A Hollywood Primer

HOLLYWOOD SWINGING Hollywood is famous around the world as the one-time center of the American film industry. Although Hollywood isn’t the original home of the west coast film industry (nearby Edendale in Echo Park and Sycamore Grove in Highland Park both have stronger claims to that distinction), Hollywood has for almost a century continued to serve … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Hollywood Primer