Looking Back

A new year begins, but looking back, the is how other years began in Southern California, from 2016 to 2020, from the archives –

New Light (35 images): New Year’s Day in Hollywood – new light on the odd landmarks – odd light – starting down Sunset Boulevard – side by side, the Cinerama Dome, Amoeba Music, CNN and so on – and then moving up to Hollywood Boulevard. The new light changes things. ~ Friday, January 1, 2016

At the Malibu Pier (40 images): The Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach between the early January storms that roll in off the Pacific – it’s cool and bright blue out there. Winter is good out here. ~ Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bauhaus on Sunset (40 images): A bit of Bauhaus on Sunset Boulevard – the new Columbia Square, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, all glass and angles, from House and Robertson Architects and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, surrounding the original 1938 Bauhaus CBS Studios by the Swiss-born architect William Lescaze – International Modernism reinterpreted. The odd figures in glass frames are by Dustin Yellin. They fit right in. ~ Friday, January 8, 2016

Urban Forestry (30 images): A rainy day in Hollywood’s local forest – Fern Dell in Griffith Park – a reminder of that other world that’s not Hollywood at all – Thursday, January 5, 2017

Winter in Malibu (30 images): At the Malibu Pier between winter rainstorms – a quiet weekday afternoon – high sun and long shadows – hardly anyone around – Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Processing Hollywood (35 images): The light was good – the blank walls at Siren Studios on Sunset Boulevard – the big glass Technicolor building across the street at Sunset-Gower Studios – the new and odd glass and steel Emerson College next door. This is where the work is done, but this block is just as cinematic as what is processed here. ~ Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Moody Blues (30 images): Los Angeles was sunny. Venice Beach was socked in all day – the deep marine layer never lifted. That changed things. It was a moody day on Ocean Front Walk. ~ Friday, January 12, 2018

Fresh and Right (35 images): New Year’s Day in Malibu clears the head. Everything is fresh and right at the Adamson House on Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu Lagoon, just north of the Malibu Pier – Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929 – built for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson, the daughter and son-in-law of last owners of the Malibu Spanish Land Grant. It’s now a museum that connects everything to the past, and then there’s the present – the winter sun on the endless silver Pacific – fresh and right for the New Year. It’s a good start. ~ Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Locomotion (40 images): This is how people used to get to Hollywood – the Travel Town collection of restored steam locomotives on the other side of Griffith Park, the Burbank side, on Zoo Drive, not far from Warner Brothers and Disney. When the light is right it’s 1925 again and America is mighty again. ~ Friday, January 4, 2019

The Winter Sea (40 images) High Surf Warning, Low Clouds, Manhattan Beach, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Above It All (35 images): Hollywood is urban, but the wild is only a few feet away, just up Nichols Canyon and then across Mulholland Drive – another world above the city, on one side, and the San Fernando Valley on the other, with those mysterious mountains in the distance. It’s wild up there. ~ Friday, January 11, 2019

Surrounding the Past (45 images): Old stuff at Romaine and Orange, Howard Hughes’ old headquarters from when he was into movies, back when he bought RKO Pictures just for the hell of it and filmed “The Outlaw” (with the newly cantilevered Jane Russell) around the corner at what is now the very white Siren Studios. Some of the old stuff is still around. But it’s surrounded by new stuff. It always is. Hollywood is always in transition. ~ Thursday, January 2, 2020

Sky City (30 images): The cold winter Santa Ana winds are blowing through the city, shaking the steel and glass towers. The sky is odd. Los Angeles is mysterious once again. ~ Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Mystery Enough (30 images): There’s Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” – just sitting and watching and wondering and pointing his camera out the window. He thought he saw a murder. It’s not like that here in Hollywood. Point the camera out the window and there’s this – dramatic trails in the startling skies. What is happening up there? That’s enough of a mystery. And no, Grace Kelly doesn’t drop by. ~ Tuesday, January 7, 2020


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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