Happy 30th, Criterion — May your next 30 be even better

Criterion is, without a doubt, the most loved video-distribution company in the video distribution game. No one (outside Korea) packages their films so beautifully and today they released a lovely, book (just in time for Christmas) of their “covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art” featured on their releases over the years called Criterion … Continue reading Happy 30th, Criterion — May your next 30 be even better

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

On 20 September 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 director, Basil … Continue reading Six Shooter — The Radio Western Starring Jimmy Stewart Debuted 20 September 1953

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

A WEARY ROVER’S DREAM INTRODUCTION  Laguna Beach is a quirky, affluent community in South Orange County. The city is the third oldest in Orange County, after San Juan Capistrano and Anaheim. It is widely known for its vibrant arts scene and environmental treasures. It’s long seemed to me that dated and inaccurate stereotypes of Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Dogtown

Pendersleigh & Sons’ Cartography‘s map of Dogtown INTRODUCTION Dogtown (or as the city would rather you refer to it — the “North Industrial District”) is both one of Los Angeles’s oldest and most obscure neighborhoods. It’s also occasionally referred to as either Naud Junction or Mission Junction, after two area junctions of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Dogtown

That’s not amazing — California’s Gold, Huell Howser, has passed away

I am utterly gutted to hear that Huell Howser has passed away. I heard the news as I was writing about my exploration of Irvine for this blog, and simultaneously planning on exploring the route of the Expo Line Phase II tomorrow. If it weren’t for Huell, I may not have had the idea of … Continue reading That’s not amazing — California’s Gold, Huell Howser, has passed away

Nature’s a language, can’t you read? — Seasons in the Southland

A FEW GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT ANGELENOS While I caution anyone attempting to make generalizations about a group as diverse and large as the 13 million or so people known as “Angelenos,” I have nonetheless made a couple of observations about a much smaller subsection, my Los Angeles friends, that I have to assume share more widely-held views with … Continue reading Nature’s a language, can’t you read? — Seasons in the Southland

California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

GABRIEL’S HORN DOES SOUND — THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Invariably when one speaks or hears of “The Valley,” the valley in question is the San Fernando (despite the fact that there are at least six major and loads of minor valleys in Los Angeles County). For the same reasons that I’m mildly annoyed when people refer … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City

LONG BEACH Long Beach is the largest city in The Harbor region and the second largest in LA County. Its old nicknames, “Iowa by the Sea” and “Iowa under Palm Trees” came from the large numbers of white middlewesterners who moved there in the middle of the 20th century. Depending on opinions, it’s also nicknamed “Wrong … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City