Category Archives: Interesting People

Aloha on Rimpau – A Hawaiian Hero in Hancock Park

He is still the most famous of all Hawaiians, a superb athlete revered today as the “Father of Modern Surfing.” Yet Duke P. Kahanamoku’s legacy goes well beyond Olympic Gold medals and the host of other honors heaped upon him … Continue reading

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One Smart Girl – Deanna Durbin (1921-2013)

Bar none, the best summer job I ever had was as a tour guide at Universal Studios. It was such a thrill running around that famed and historic lot where so many legendary talents had worked. To walk in the … Continue reading

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A Very Built John De Lario in Hollywoodland

In my last post I noted that I like being right. Conversely, you may assume that I do not like being wrong. BUT here’s a case where I’m actually glad to be wrong. (Make note, this probably won’t happen again!) … Continue reading

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“Gently Murdered” – The Curious Demise of Kitty Boy, Wealthiest Cat in Long Beach

The recent news that Hank, a nine year-old Maine Coon Cat (52 in human years), has entered the race for United States Senator from Virginia is already causing the fur to fly in what is surely going to be a … Continue reading

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A “Lesser” Known House in Rustic Canyon

(Apologies in advance for the punny title.) In the annals of film history the name Sol Lesser might not be a household one, but it remains a most interesting one to be sure. This veteran producer of more than 100 … Continue reading

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The Siege of Fort Anthony – Part III – Conclusion

And now at last, at long, long overdue last, is the conclusion of the thrilling story of the Siege of Fort Anthony. Since it’s been so long in coming if you’d like a refresher on parts I and II just click on … Continue reading

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The Siege of Fort Anthony Part II

And now the continuation of the dramatic story of The Siege of Fort Anthony. You may read Part I of the story here. Bright and early at 7:30 in the morning of Saturday, February 8th, 1964 an ominous procession of … Continue reading

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