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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams

New Blue Glass: The light was good. The geometry severe. ViacomCBS at Columbia Square, 6121 Sunset Boulevard at Gower, the home of CBS’s west coast radio and television operations from 1938 until 2007, that opened in 1938 with a special radio broadcast starring Bob Hope, Al Jolson and Cecil B. DeMille. Lucille Ball filmed the pilot episode of “I Love Lucy” here in 1951, and James Dean once worked here as an usher – but CBS moved out and it’s been rebuilt and it’s all glass now. And now it’s ViacomCBS. And it’s spooky. ~ Thursday, September 16, 2021

At Sycamore: The Hollywood Professional Building on Hollywood Boulevard at Sycamore – Gothic Revival, John Lautner, completed in 1925 – once where the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences could be found, and later the headquarters of Screen Actors Guild. When Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1947 to 1952, when he was a Democrat and the president of an actual labor union, he had an office on the eighth floor. But everything changes. The tan building across the street is another Scientology office complex, and everything else is white modern or mirror glass. Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize the place. ~ Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Not My Circus: The west wall of American Vintage on Melrose Avenue. Salvador Dalí dropped by, or his ghost did. ~ Monday, September 13, 2021

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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1 Response to No Comment

  1. fatcatfrankie says:

    Hang in there Alan! Your words are much respected and appreciated.

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