Pasadena, California

Pasadena, California

Pasadena does not shrink to the shadows in deference to its neighboring Hollywood community. Pasadena has it’s own claim to fame. People from around the world identify the city as the host of the annual Rose Bowl Parade and Rose Bowl Football Game, performed and played each New Year’s Day. 2013 will mark the 124th time the city has hosted the Tournament of Roses and the 99th time the Rose Bowl will be played at Rose Bowl Stadium. The two events may be the most famous, but they are not the only ‘game’ in town. There is a lot more to Pasadena during the rest of the year.   Pasadena is a cultural center that is teeming with art museums,...

San Fernando Valley, California

The San Fernando Valley, affectionately known as The Valley, does not enjoy the same hip reputation as greater Los Angeles and Hollywood, as evidenced in the movie, “Valley Girl”. Art does not imitate life in the eighties movie, in which the main character is a shallow representation of girls raised in the San Fernando Valley and unfortunately, is a misrepresentation and characterization that stuck.   Compared to bustling, happening, Los Angeles and Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley offers a more peaceful alternative. But, the Valley has its own unique bustle. Sure, it is not downtown LA or Hollywood, but the three major network studios are situated in the San Fernando Valley. Disney, and Warner Brothers studios are also major components...

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05 May

Go to the Beach

California has over one thousand miles of coastline, seventy-five miles of which are in the Los Angeles area. Beach goers have many, many choices available to them. Surfers, divers, sunbathers, boaters, and ocean nature lovers: if you have affection for the beach, the Los Angeles coastline is lined with beach cities that will not leave you disappointed.   There are more than thirty miles of...

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05 May

Introduction to the HOLLYWOOD sign

Not many people know the history behind the famous sign, which is nearly 100 years old. The H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D letters were placed on the side of the mountain above the city in an effort to promote a new housing development, “Hollywoodland”. Of course the rest is history. The sign came to be recognized as more than an advertisement for some long ago piece of real estate....

Beverly Hills, California

Television producer, Paul Henning who spent three decades in Hollywood, wrote The Ballad of Jed Clampett. The ballad was the theme song for the popular television sitcom that Henning produced, The Beverly Hillbillies and was sung by Bluegrass legend Lester Flatt. The story took place in Beverly Hills, California and truthfully did not place the Tennessee transplant or the residents of Beverly Hills in a very good light. However, Henning portrayed Beverly Hills correctly in the sitcom’s theme song with the insertion of the brief phrase describing Beverly Hills-“swimming pools, movie stars”. Beverly Hills is a suburb of downtown Hollywood, and Henning was correct in his description. The City of Beverly Hills is a great place to catch a glimpse...

Hollywood California

H.J. Whitley is considered the founding father of Hollywood. He opened the Hollywood Hotel, in the early1900’s. In the early days the State of California was favorable to the motion picture business, because of its fair weather. Production companies began to boon in Los Angeles. Nine years after the founding of Hollywood, Los Angeles was following a close second to New York City for movie production. By 1940 Hollywood was world famous.   H.J. Whitley hired an architect to design Whitley Heights; the development named for the founder was the first celebrity community and was home to many early movie stars; Rudolph Valentino, W.C. Fields. William Powell, and Marlene Dietrich were all early residents.   Hollywood is west-northwest of the...