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by TwinJim
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rialto theater in South Pasadena threatened?
Replies: 12
Views: 1828

Yes, the silent version of, Phantom of the Opera at the Rialto sticks in the memory. I couldn't recall the anniversary though. The 60th, Thanks! Quite a night. Didn't an organist play for the ocassion? We took the opportunity to finally sit up in the mysteriously closed balcony which added to the fi...
by TwinJim
Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles beautification grants
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Joseph Young, the creator of the LA County's Hall of Records mural I wrote of a few days ago has died at age 87

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/ ... &cset=true
by TwinJim
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles beautification grants
Replies: 4
Views: 630

A fine choice, Nichols. Are these catagorical funds? The Fort Moore Memorial would be a splendid spot to drop a few bucks. It sinks the spirits to pass that awesome waterfall fountain and see it perpetually bone dry. The graffiti and general state of decay adds to the feeling this sector of the city...
by TwinJim
Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Vincent Lugo Park
Replies: 36
Views: 6872

I was down there this weekend. It's had a paint make over since the last posted photos. Most all of the concrete figures have been repainted, the whale a glossy bubble gum pink. What eye candy in the sun! That section of Vincent Lugo Park was being well used and appreciated. A soccer game was in pro...
by TwinJim
Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Baldwin Village (The Jungle) - Googie PARADISE!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

This must have been some happy hunting grounds for that book on the subject of ding-bat etc. apts of the 50's 60's, "Pretty Vacant" published a few years ago. On the subject, was there a well know graphic artist(s) who produced the signature apartment names/addresses of these low rise stru...
by TwinJim
Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Historic Echo Park lake to be restored
Replies: 3
Views: 1118

I recall Echo Park lake being drained and cleaned in 1984. A number of citizens in search of treasure (perhaps a real archaeologist or two, too ) had pockmarked the lake bed with digs after the sludge had dried sufficently. A couple of guys had a good idea of the location where an old pier or boatho...
by TwinJim
Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:26 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: creeping illiteracy, typographical subset
Replies: 9
Views: 2259

Think of those clumsy, awkward letters as folk art and you professional typeface setters will sleep much better tonight....
by TwinJim
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Sit with a sculpture
Replies: 28
Views: 5347

Monvoria has a bronze Mark Twain sitting in it's old town park. He seems ready to issue forth a wry, sarcastic comment to the next pedestrian that would share his bench seat with him.
by TwinJim
Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: A question about Downey Ca.?
Replies: 14
Views: 2802

Thanks SDR for rectifying my improper usage of the architectural detail oft attached to Ranch Style houses, the dovecote. Yea, that's what I meant ! Dove-coats. Very very difficult garment to help a bird into..... I asked my Norwalk reared wife for her impression of Downey. A notch above the other t...
by TwinJim
Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: A question about Downey Ca.?
Replies: 14
Views: 2802

My wife grew up in 50's 60's Norwalk (went to John Glenn High which has some space age themes like their snack stand the "Space Bar" but I digress) just to the East of Downey, separated by the 605 Freeway and the San Gabriel River. It was generally accepted and known that Downey was a notch or two a...
by TwinJim
Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: L.A. Conservancy Annual Meeting June 18
Replies: 5
Views: 920

So that's what a general meeting is like. My first.... Perfect setting, great to see a number of ModCom posters that have gone above and beyond, get their due Saturday. The LA photo book was a big motivation for me to attend. No disappointment there! The panel discussion.... Julius Shulman was every...
by TwinJim
Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Historic Auto Dealerships
Replies: 29
Views: 9921

Is the recreated auto showroom at the Petersen Auto Museum that of Earle C. Anthony's? It may qualify for your list Nichols, if repo's are not straying from the original intent. Also, a beaut of a showroom is at 1365 N. Colorado Blvd. (Rt.66) at Hill Av. in Pasadena. Formerly Loud Ford, it's somethi...
by TwinJim
Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Felix Chevrolet
Replies: 43
Views: 4037

I seem to remember Felix Chevrolet having a pretty bad fire in the 80's. Might our neon cat have been lost in the conflagration?

I was at Fig-n-Jefferson during the recent LA Marathon and there was Felix on the roof yet it may just be one of it's nine lives.
by TwinJim
Thu Mar 24, 2005 4:38 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Frida Kahlo Documentary on PBS
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Did anyone see the exhibition of Frida's work at the LA Lincoln Park Boathouse around 1987? It is remarkable how her popular image grew from the point on. The show was held over. Happen to meet the woman who owned most of the paintings and brought them up from Mexico City. She seemed to be Frida's o...
by TwinJim
Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:08 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Trails (in Duarte) End
Replies: 9
Views: 2182

Trails (in Duarte) End

Happened to be in the parking lot, in the park that includes the Duarte Historical Society Museum. Got the bright idea to pop in and ask bout the belated icon of their town's Route 66 heritage, the Trail's Inn sigage. After all the town does host a Rt. 66 Parade. Heard it was to be reincarnated at t...
by TwinJim
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:15 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: John Delorean dies at 80
Replies: 27
Views: 71393

Was in the company of a DeLorean in the Petersen Automotive Museum just a week-n-a-half ago. Was told by my friend that the car came in two colors. Plain aluminum and an anodized copper or bronze. The un-anodized tends to oxidize.
by TwinJim
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:03 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: The Fountainhead at LACMA on March 22
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Talk to an old architect/desinger and chances are a read of, "The Fountainhead" was the rocket fuel that propelled them into a modernist orbit........
by TwinJim
Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Pasadena Modern Lecture & Tour -- March 16 and 20
Replies: 21
Views: 2496

I worked the front entry of the Schwerdtfeger House in the AM. Really took a liking to the place and people. My wife had the Meyer House way up in the hills. We were substitutes for fallen docents. I had the feeling I got the Schwerdtfeger gig because the missing docent gave up trying to pronounce t...
by TwinJim
Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Up with Down with love!
Replies: 52
Views: 17132

Favorite TV apt.? A hazy black & white screen memory comes to mind, Bob Cummings pad in "Love that Bob". He made being a photographer sooooo coooool cats and kitties.
by TwinJim
Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:21 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Pasadena Architecture
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

In the residental class you can't go wrong with a look at the Wallace Neff "Bubble House" in the very Southern portion of Pasadena. Found at 1097 S. Los Robles, it is a sharp contrast to normalcy in the well off 'hood. Had a chance to see the interior about 12 yrs. ago when it was on the market. Lik...
by TwinJim
Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:45 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Aluminum christmas tree fans?
Replies: 16
Views: 4027

Kevin, Not only will you have your first Christmas tree in years, you will have a Christmas tree for years. I can recall some very unusual "trees" along some then vacant lots on Wilshire near Hancock Park in the early 70's. These Christmas Trees just seemed to be crying out for adoption in the posh ...
by TwinJim
Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Ghost signs and more going bye-bye
Replies: 14
Views: 2716

Have yet to get up close but Nichols is dead right, the ghost signs are ringers. The signs can be seen from the 15 FWY south of the 210 FWY. Like much of Knotts Ghost Town I thought it might have been brought in from some original source, but doubt it. Indeed it's a page from (or a street) Disney's ...
by TwinJim
Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:19 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Googie Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 2618

SDR - Appreciate the additional book list possibilities. It's asking much to expect 2 books to cover an entire era, style, philosophy ect. sure. That Googie Redux volume just seems to sum up about half of the term Modern to me.
by TwinJim
Mon Dec 06, 2004 10:32 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Googie Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 2618

If there is a textbook for this course listed as, "Modern 101" this book by Alan Hess, "Googie Redux" is it. Perhaps there is a tandem "serious" architecture and design book out there to stack atop this "fun stuff" tome.
Any suggestions?
by TwinJim
Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:48 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Sambos History
Replies: 28
Views: 5737

I have a Sambo's on a postcard circa mid 60's, colorfully luring the hungry visitor on the main drag as you enter Palm Springs from the west. Did it's unfortunate name, congering some racial slur, kill off the chain? I recall eating at the San Barbara Sambos in the late 80's and reading the back of ...
by TwinJim
Thu Nov 25, 2004 10:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Conservancy sues LAUSD to save Ambassador Hotel
Replies: 2
Views: 667

The LA Times ran an article which seems ominious and related to this post. I just scanned the title of the piece in the breakroom at work, School Construction Will Change the Face of LA in the Coming Year.
by TwinJim
Thu Nov 25, 2004 9:43 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Zody's
Replies: 96
Views: 38783

So what we are saying here is that even Wal-Mart, given the distance of time and a measure of nostalgia can be rehabilitated to the state of a fond and wistful memory worthy of a few lines. GEMCO, at San Gabriel Blvd. & Valley in San Gabriel was our "Big Box" store in the 60's. Membership was a doll...
by TwinJim
Wed Nov 17, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Blue Chip Stamp Redemption Centers
Replies: 5
Views: 932

At some point, in the late 60's inflation hit the Blue Chip Stamp and a larger stamp was issued to equal 10 smaller stamps. We went to one of their redemption stores on Washington Blvd. in Pico Rivera. Mom and her books of pasted stamps. It's probably still there under an altered sign, "House of Red...
by TwinJim
Wed Sep 29, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: LA County Fair extant
Replies: 5
Views: 783

In addition to finding the scale model train layout missing in the Grandstand Exhibition Hall, I was also chagrin to note students art pieces absent, in particular the architectural scale models. Again, they could have been stashed elsewhere. The kids California Missions on display were always a sto...
by TwinJim
Mon Sep 27, 2004 7:21 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Help find a modern thief!... or how to pronounce Eames.
Replies: 16
Views: 3660

And another way to detect just whom you're dealing with is if they refer to Charles and Ray Eames as,......."those brothers that did modern design".

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