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by Gnomus
Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: New to the Lounge..
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Welcome!
by Gnomus
Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 30211

A giant donut with Taco Drive-In painted on it? That's even more surreal than Thai Town Express on Hollywood Blvd with the giant hot dog on the roof!

I wonder if this is a new location, or the person who said it was on Sherman Way at Kester was misremembering...

Thanks for the info!
by Gnomus
Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: El Vado, Route 66 motel in Albuquerque, gets a reprieve
Replies: 3
Views: 2051

The El Vado appeared in today's Zippy comic strip (along with a Piggly Wiggly).
by Gnomus
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: NuWilshire To Close Nov 4
Replies: 11
Views: 1902

Word now is that Nov 4 (Sunday) is the last day. Today I received a card in the mail that says there will be a public hearing to consider City Landmark Designation for the theater. It will be Monday, November 12, 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers, City Hall, room 213, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica
by Gnomus
Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: NuWilshire To Close Nov 4
Replies: 11
Views: 1902

NuWilshire To Close Nov 4

Over at Cinema Treasures, they've been talking about the impending closure of the NuWilshire Theater in Santa Monica (1931, architect: John M. Cooper). It seems that Landmark does not own the theater, and the owner wants to make more money off the space. I walked past it last night, and although it ...
by Gnomus
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:03 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Birth of the Cool -- Newport Beach, CA
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Hmm, it didn't come up in my search...
by Gnomus
Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Birth of the Cool -- Newport Beach, CA
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Birth of the Cool -- Newport Beach, CA

From now to Jan 6, 2008, the Orange County Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition called "Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury."

I just got back from visiting it with a friend; we both enjoyed it.

The museum's website is ocma.net
by Gnomus
Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: NYT Slide Show on Art Deco Movie Theaters in Columbus Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 798

Nice. He's right in that every good-sized city has them, and sometimes you can recognize them, sometimes not. One thing that's encouraging is that a lot of old theaters seem to end up being used for something else, rather than torn down.
by Gnomus
Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Googie Las Vegas Carroll's Drive In Restaurant Pics...
Replies: 30
Views: 15526

So that's what that place is! I drove by it last time I was in town, drooled for a while -- and then looked at the conditions around it. I decided not to try to shoot it as I figured I would not be able to crop out the people on the sidewalk and they might get upset at being photographed. Good job, ...
by Gnomus
Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Valentine Diners
Replies: 12
Views: 2221

That photo of the triple decker/triple cheese at the Hamburger Inn is a little frightening, but the description of the place and the food is awesome. If only I could go on an endless road trip, visiting places like these and taking photos of muffler men, neon signs, and old movie theaters! The Los A...
by Gnomus
Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Valentine Diners
Replies: 12
Views: 2221

Stuckey's wasn't a restaurant, was it? I remember it as being more of a rest stop/gift shop kind of place. Moderns-r-us, I ended driving a couple of extra hours one evening hoping to eat dinner at a Valentine in Winslow, AZ, with no luck. Looks like I should have kept on going into Kansas. Ken's loo...
by Gnomus
Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Valentine Diners
Replies: 12
Views: 2221

I went looking for some of these in April when I did a Route 66 road trip from California into Arizona and New Mexico. Found a few -- all closed, and all in pretty bad shape. Being called a "greasy spoon" is generally a bad thing, as it suggests that the establishment's hygiene is not up t...
by Gnomus
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 30211

Continuing the hunt for Big Donuts... I've got a line on four other Big Donut locations, now gone: Van Nuys -- Kester Ave/Sherman Way N. Hollywood -- Laurel Canyon Blvd/Magnolia Culver City -- Washington Blvd/Sepulveda Reseda -- Reseda Blvd/Sherman Way Anyone know where the other two locations might...
by Gnomus
Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Mid Century Modern Dining
Replies: 3
Views: 1774

by Gnomus
Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: World's Only Pinball Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Yes, the games are well-maintained. I hope I didn't give anyone the impression that it wasn't a good place to visit. I like all games, generally speaking, but I have a special fondness for the old mechanicals. There's something about hitting a target and seeing it drop that brings back my childhood.
by Gnomus
Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 6536

The A frame design you posted is similar to the one in Albuquerque, except the structure in front in much larger and has a horizontal roof line. Since the A frame is pushed back, it is much less noticeable.

And yes, the little chef's called Griffy, which is also Bill Griffith's nickname.
by Gnomus
Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Travelling to California!
Replies: 7
Views: 2300

Palm Springs is a pretty good destination if you want to see a lot of modern houses, not just one or two scattered here and there.

Of course, it's going to be HOT out there...

Stop at the visitors center and buy their tour map, and don't get out of your air conditioned car...
by Gnomus
Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 6536

Sorry, I don't have a place on the Web to store photos.

I saw a few of the old Valentine Diners on my Route 66 road trip in April. I drove hungry for hours to reach the one in Winslow, AZ, but it was closed and awaiting restoration. Were the Griffs made using enameled steel as well?
by Gnomus
Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Pictures From My Recent Trip to Reno...
Replies: 12
Views: 3726

Awesome shots. I particularly love the motel signs.

I've only driven through Reno once, in the middle of the night, and without a camera. Been wanting to go back and check it out...
by Gnomus
Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 6536

Zippy will be visiting the relatively new Googie In-N-Out burger joint in Westwood tomorrow (7/27). You can see it for free the day after on Bill Griffith's website. Coming up: 8/1 -- the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas 8/9 -- Hamburger Mary's in Palm Springs 9/2 -- Griff's Hamburgers in Albuquerque (g...
by Gnomus
Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Fremont Street East ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1137

"The neon signs, as I understand it, that will be part of the Fremont East District will be all new neon signs." Yes. Jayne was wondering why they didn't just restore some of the stuff in the Boneyard and put those on Fremont. I don't know how close the Neon Museum is to breaking ground, b...
by Gnomus
Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Fremont Street East ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1137

The Las Vegas Neon Museum is getting ready to put up their own building (using the La Concha lobby as the entrance!). Why would they want to put more stuff on the street that people can see for free?
by Gnomus
Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 6536

These are the strips based on my photographs; all of them can be seen (for free!) in the archives at the Zippy website. All are in California unless otherwise noted. 2/17/06 -- The Donut Hole, La Puente 2/20/06 -- The Tamale, Montebello 3/3/06 -- Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska 3/15/06 -- The Darkroom,...
by Gnomus
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:25 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 6536

Vintage_Vixen, It's not just Googie that catches Bill's eye. He loves bowling alleys, old diners, muffler men, odd sculptures, anything that's either pop culture-oriented or weird. I'll post a list of the strips based on my photos, so you can go to the website and check them out, if you want. I'll t...
by Gnomus
Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 6536

You can see Zippy for free at http://www.zippythepinhead.com. You can also sign up and get the strips emailed to you. Vintage_Vixen, do you mean Space Age City (http://www.spaceagecity.com/googie/)? This is not my website, it's Chris Jepsen's. Seeing the Zippy strips based on his photos and seeing s...
by Gnomus
Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Hot Dog Show
Replies: 15
Views: 3052

I've eaten at Papoo's a couple of times now, and I like the place. I think it's definitely worth the stop.
by Gnomus
Tue May 15, 2007 10:35 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: 1950s pull-down light
Replies: 3
Views: 795

I have one of these in my apartment which was built in 1956. I think the lamp is original. The cord is badly frayed, and the landlord is going to replace it. If he will let me keep it, is anyone out there possibly interested in refurbishing it and giving it a new home?
by Gnomus
Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: World's Only Pinball Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Well, I'm back from Vegas and points east, and stopped by the Pinball Hall of Fame. Much to my surprise, I realized I had been there before, probably in the early 90s -- and forgotten all about it. Essentially the place is a large arcade, but instead of just stocking the latest games, their selectio...
by Gnomus
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:14 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "Vacancy" movie bad for motels
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Well, I'm doing my part. This Monday I set out on a road trip along Route 66 from California to New Mexico. I have reservations for the Wigwam Motel in AZ, and the Blue Swallow in NM... should be fun.
by Gnomus
Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: LeRoy's Diner in Monrovia CA.
Replies: 11
Views: 3795

"Are the Formosa Cafe and Pacific Dining Car the only restaurants in Southern California made from a trolley or train car?"

Well, there's the two Carney's hot dog trains...

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