Hollywood Heritage Museum

The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located in the old Lasky-De Mille barn.

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This building was originally located near Vine and Selma Streets in Hollywood but it was moved to this location across from the Hollywood Bowl. Note: the building is not sinking. It's just the angle I took the picture at.

This building was originally located near Vine and Selma Streets but moved to this location years ago. Note: the building is not sinking. It’s just the angle I took the picture at.

The plaque next to the front door.

C. B. DeMille used this location and the land surrounding it to film The Squaw Man. It was the first feature motion picture filmed in Hollywood.

C. B. DeMille used this location (Selma & Vine) and the land surrounding it to film The Squaw Man. The Squaw Man was the first feature length motion picture filmed in Hollywood. I’ve never seen it but I’m going to look for it.

This is C. B.'s office.

This is C. B.’s office. There’s a better picture at the end of this post.

I like this sign on his desk.

I like this sign on his desk.

They had these great nickelodeon machines. The yellow one worked.

They had these old nickelodeon machines. The yellow one worked.

One of the movies being shown.

One of the movies being shown.

And here's the other one.

And here’s the other movie.

They had lots of great posters too.

They had lots of great posters too.

There was a whole corner devoted to Rudolph Valentino.

There was a whole corner devoted to Rudolph Valentino and a short film about him played nearby in a loop.

They had an array of souvenir programs.

The museum had an array of souvenir programs from movie premiers.

They had a display on the first tourist attraction in Hollywood.

There was a display on the first tourist attraction in Hollywood.

This is what DeLongpre's house looked like.

This is what DeLongpre’s house looked like.

The odd motion picture camera.

There was an assortment of old-timey movie cameras. This one is a 1916 Powers Cameragraph Projector.

A place to take a selfie though I didn't.

A place to take a selfie.

A case devoted to long ago Hollywood restaurants.

A case devoted to bygone Hollywood restaurants.

Some Mary Pickford artifacts.

Some Mary Pickford artifacts.

One or two old film props. This is from The Cheat.

Some old film props were on display. This is from The Cheat.

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This image of John Barrymore was painted for a scene in ALL ABOUT EVE. It's in the background in the scene that delt with the presentation of the Sara Siddons award

This image of John Barrymore was painted for a scene in All About Eve. It’s in the background during the banquet that deals with the presentation of the Sara Siddons award.

This was a slave costume used in The Ten Commandments. I can't see myself wearing it because I'm too modest but I can envision Chris Hemsworth (THOR) wearing it.

A costume used in The Ten Commandments. I can’t see myself wearing it because I’m too modest but I can envision Chris Hemsworth (THOR) wearing it.

I like this simple poster the best. It must be the color that I'm drawn to.

I like this simple poster. It must be the color that I’m drawn to.

They have artifacts from demolished structures. This one is from the Hollywood Hotel.

They have artifacts from demolished structures. This one is from the Hollywood Hotel.

The Hotel Hollywood was torn down years ago.

The Hotel Hollywood was torn down in August of 1956.

You can see C.B.'s office in this brochure. They had better lighting and a better angle.

You can see C.B.’s office in this brochure. They had better lighting and a better angle.

It's right across the street from the Hollywood Bowl.

It’s right across the street from the Hollywood Bowl.

Museum of Neon Art

While listening to NPR or KPCC I heard about a neon museum over in Glendale (CA). I vaguely remember going to a neon museum with my friend Bob about twenty years ago but that museum was in downtown Los Angeles.

It's a great building and it's across the street from the Americana on Brand. The Americana is where they film the celebrity show EXTRA often.

Here’s the Glendale museum. It’s a new building across the street from the Americana on Brand. (The Americana in an outdoor mall.) They often film the celebrity related show EXTRA at the Americana. Note: There is an $8 admission fee to MONA if you aren’t a Glendale resident.

When you walk in there is definitely an emphasis on neon clocks.

When you walk into the museum there is a wall of neon clocks.

This big one is five feet across.

This big one, on an opposite wall, is five feet across. That’s what the lady at the counter said.

They sold neon clocks too. This table model had a price tag of $2,000.

They sell neon clocks too. This table model had a price tag of $2,000!

On the way to the exhibit was this on-site repair shop.

On the way to the exhibit was an on-site repair shop.

This was the exhibit that was being held when I went.

This was the exhibit being held when I went.

The cat is great. I can't tell if that's a bathtub or outdoor grill under the fish.

The cat is great. I can’t tell if that’s a bathtub or outdoor grill under the fish.

This, I really thought was beautiful.

This was beautiful.

It was called...

It was called Just another day in pair a dice. (huh?)

This face was odd.

This face was odd.

Not quite sure what this was supposed to be.

Not quite sure what this was supposed to be.

This I know.

These I’m able to relate to. It’s a camera and a race horse with a jockey.

These two items are beautiful together.

They look great together.

Called the Museum of Sex. This item was near the end of the exhibit. When patrons crank that wheel on the right side the steel rod moves up toward those metal orbs.

Called the Museum of Sex. This item was near the end of the exhibit. If a patron cranked the wheel on the right the steel rod (that’s covering the letters “S” and “E”) moved toward the two metal orbs.

It worked and moved too.

The windmills’ arms twirled too.

Outside of the windmill the frog was my favorite item.

Outside of the windmill the frog was my favorite item.

Outside the museum was this plumbing sign in an adjacent park.

In an adjacent park was this plumbing sign.

At night.

The sign at night.

Sylmar

For years Huell Howser was on the local PBS television station. Originally, he had a show called Videolog followed by a show called Visiting and finally a show called California’s Gold.

That's Huell. That's how I remember him. Everybody in the state of California must know who he is.

That’s Huell. Everybody in the state of California probably knows who he is and, I suspect, everyone in the state of California misses him. I never met him but I feel like I know him. R.I.P. Huell. (1945-2013).

Anyway, Huell would travel around California to different sites and basically ask people to show him around while he asked questions and then he acted flabbergasted or amazed at what he was seeing or hearing. He never seemed fake. He always seemed honestly interested. One of the sites Huell visited was the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar. The only reason I know about this place is because of Huell’s show. The Nethercutt is out in Sylmar in two rather inconspicuous buildings.

This is the first building. It looks like a storage facility.

This is the first building. It looks like a storage facility.

The doors are rather nice though. They're bronze.

The doors are rather nice though. They’re bronze.

There are way too many to include but here are a few that I liked.

There are automobiles on the ground floor and on the first floor. This 1903 Peerless and the Orange Lincoln that follow were on the ground floor. (In the basement.)

The Peerless looks like something out of Oklahoma with that fringe on the top.

The Peerless looks like something out of OKLAHOMA! with that fringe on the top.

That is one cool car. The interior was orange too.

This orange Lincoln is really cool.

The 1979 Lincoln. The interior was orange too.

The interior was orange too. I would feel like a pimp driving it. If I owned it I would buy an orange hat with fur trim and wear it whenever I went for a ride.

It's supposed to resemble a car showroom from the 1920s.

This is the main floor. It’s supposed to resemble a car showroom from the 1920s.

Main floor. It's supposed to resemble an automobile showroom from the 1920s.

The main floor’s ceiling.

There were a number of great cars here but I often am drawn to the movie related ones.

There were so many great cars but I’m drawn to the movie related ones. C.B. (That’s what Norma Desmond called him) was in Sunset Boulevard.

Demille's car.

Demille’s car.

C.B.'s radiator cap.

Demille’s radiator cap.

Once again, in Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson says she has an

Once again, in Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson says she owns an Isotta-Fraschini.

Look at that grill. It would be near impossible to keep clean.

1928 Isotta-Fraschini. Look at that grill. It would be near impossible to keep clean.

Fatty is one of my favorites from the Silent era because of his scandal.

Fatty is one of my favorites from the silent film era because of his big sex scandal.

Fatty's car.

Fatty’s car.

Fatty's radiator cap. It looks like a chubby Atlas.

Fatty’s radiator cap. It looks like a chubby Atlas.

This is what I actually came to see. It's on the second floor of the building and it was made for the 1915 World's fair.

This is what I actually came to see. It’s the reason I drove all the way out to Sylmar. This figural group is on the second floor of the building and it was made for the P.P.I.E. in 1915.

I think it's really neat.

I think it’s really neat and it’s world’s fair related.

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This second floor was filled with items like this. It's one of those Llardo's.

This second floor was filled with a variety of items like this. It’s one of those Lladro’s.

On the 3rd floor they had a lot of big musical instruments like this organ.

On the 3rd floor they had a lot of big musical instruments like this old, movie theater, pipe organ.

Curtains that frame the room were lifted and these pipes were revealed and then the concert started. There were lots of songs that I don't remember but the finale was the theme from Star Wars.

These pipes were revealed when the curtains that circled the room parted. At which point, the concert began and the organ started churning out songs from its electronic memory. I don’t remember a lot of the songs (my memory isn’t as good as the organs) but the finale was the theme from Star Wars. That stuck in my head because, well, it’s the theme from Star Wars.

This guy, Kyle, oversaw this part of the tour. He reminded me of myself but I'm a bit more masculine.

This guy, Kyle, oversaw this part of the tour. He reminded me of myself but he may have been a bit more masculine than me if that’s possible.

There were other instruments on the 3rd floor. I think he said this was a Concertina. It's a whole orchestra in a box.

There were other big instruments on the 3rd floor. I think Kyle said this was an Orchestrion. It’s a whole orchestra in a box.

She's kind of cool but she doesn't move when the orchestra plays.

She’s cool but she doesn’t move or dance when the Orchestrion plays.

There were also watches and other gizmos on the 3rd floor.

There were also watches and other doodads on the 3rd floor…

...for example an old record player and Nipper.

…for example, an old record player and Nipper.

A big dinning room was on this floor too. The Nethercutts used it for entertaining. Their home was in Brentwood but they brought people here for dinner. This seemed odd to me but I guess this way they didn't have a bunch of people trapsing through their home and there is certainly a lot to look at here.

There was a dinning room too. The Nethercutts used it for entertaining. Their home was in Brentwood but they brought people here for dinner. That seemed odd, to me, but I guess this way they didn’t have people traipsing through their home.

This is the other building.

This is the other building.

In it, there were more cars.

In it, there were more cars.

That's real pretty.

That’s real pretty.

This is right near the entrance.

This is right near the entrance.

It looks like it is from outer space.

It looks like it is from outer space.

I

I like this car because of its compactness.

I like this car because of its compactness. I can see myself driving it.

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That's a strange looking car.

That’s a strange looking car.

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This 1937 Pierce-Arrow was pulling...

This 1937 Pierce-Arrow was pulling…

...this Pierce-Arrow Travelodge. It was super cool.

…this Pierce-Arrow Travelodge. It was super cool.

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This is the view walking through the front door.

The view if you're standing in the kitchen and looking toward the front of the travelodge.

The view if you’re standing in the kitchen and looking toward the front of the travelodge.

The view looking to the back of the Travelodge.

…looking to the back of the Travelodge.

The view if you're sitting at the kitchen table.

… if you’re sitting at the kitchen table.

The view from the other kitchen seat.

…view from the other kitchen table seat.

The view from one of the kitchen windows.

Looking out one of the kitchen windows.

Background on the Travelodge.

Background on the Travelodge.

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This is the second reason I drove out to Sylmar. I wanted to see this train car.

This is the second reason I drove out to Sylmar. I wanted to see this train car: the California.

The train car was owned by this woman. Evidently, her father made money in mining and real estate, hung on for a long time, finally died and left his daughter a large fortune. One of the things she did with the money was to purchase a private rail car for herself.

The train car was owned by this woman. Evidently, her father made money in mining and real estate, lived a very long time, finally died and left his daughter a large fortune. One of the things she did with the money was to purchase this private rail car for herself.

You enter the car through the rear door.

You enter the car through the rear door.

The sitting area was set up with a dinning table and this is what you see when you enter the car.

The parlor area was set up with a dinning table and this is what you see when you enter.

This is opposite the dinning table.

This is opposite the dinning table.

There are stained glass windows throughout the car.

There are stained glass windows throughout the car.

Like most of the items in the car the lighting fixtures are original.

Like most of the items in the car the lighting fixtures are original.

Clara's car sleeps two. This is one bed.

Clara’s bedroom slept two. This is one bed.

...and here's the other.

…and here’s the other.

This is Clara's bathroom. You can see the wood lid to the toliet at the bottom left.

This is Clara’s bathroom. You can see the toilet’s wood lid at the bottom left.

This is another sleeping compartment. Here is one side.

This is the 2nd sleeping compartment. Here is one side.

...and here is the other side.

…and here is the other side of this compartment.

Looking down the long narrow corridor.

Looking down the long narrow corridor of the car.

The 3rd sleeping compartment. This is one side of the room...

The 3rd sleeping compartment. This is one side of the room…

This is the other side of the room in the 3rd sleeping compartment.

…and this is the other side of the room.

There was a kitchen on board too with a black cast iron stove to the left of the sink.

There is a kitchen on board with a black cast iron stove to the left of the sink.

This is where the servants slept. There were three men (porters) who accompanied Clara and her guests.

This is where the servants slept. There were three men (porters) who accompanied Clara and her guests. The seats fold down to form a bed.

This is the engine and coal car that the museum possesses.

This is the engine and coal car that the museum has hitched up to the California.

You see this right before you enter the engine room.

You see this right before you enter the engine room.

I like the color.

I like the color.

The kind of engine it is.

The kind of engine it is.

Looking out the engine's windows.

Looking out the engine’s windows.

A couple of final things…

There is a large collection of radiator caps in both buildings.

There are large collections of radiator caps in both buildings.

Uh, I like Egyptian stuff but I'm not sure about this.

Uh, I like Egyptian stuff but I’m not sure about this. I don’t know if I would want that on the front of my truck.

I like this better.

I like this better.

I like him.

He’s great.

I don't know how these things didn't get broken. Nowadays, they would be stolen the first time the car was left on the street.

How did these things NOT get broken? Nowadays, they would be stolen the first time the car was left on the street. Am I too pessimistic?

Isn't there a name for lions with wings? There must be.

Isn’t there a name for lions with wings? There must be.

This is my favorite one. I've always had a thing for Felix the Cat.

This is my favorite one. I’ve always had a thing for Felix the Cat. I would want to attach him to that Orange Lincoln. I can see myself tooling around in that vehicle with Felix attached to the hood. I would be the envy of every Latino man who saw me.

 

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Heritage Square

I went to Heritage Square recently. I had seen it from the freeway for years and always wondered about the place. It seemed odd, to me, that there would be all these Victorian buildings sitting next to the freeway and it made me wonder “why” as I sped pass on the Pasadena freeway. The land was given to the foundation to house two building from Bunker Hill back in 1969. Those two buildings were moved to the site but before any preservation work could be done to either of them both buildings were burned and completely destroyed by arsonists. That didn’t deter the founding members of Heritage Square; they simply went about the business of acquiring more buildings. All of the buildings at Heritage Square were set to be demolished but were saved by the organization. Note: Heritage Square does not allow indoor photography but I found some interior images of the Hale house in an old 1990 magazine.

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Their brochure

The entrance to Heritage Square.

The entrance to Heritage Square.

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Their website is: http://heritagesquare.org/visit

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The train station which was moved in from the Palms area. The Palms area is between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. I would put it in the vicinity of Overland Ave. and National Blvd.

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The Perry House. This house had an emptiness about it that I liked. It wasn’t filled with furniture so I was able to envision what my furniture would look like in it. Much bigger than it appears. The ceilings must be 14 feet on the first floor. The docent said in the winter you have to wear a coat inside it’s so cold in the house. I’ve always liked chilly rooms. It was my second favorite house.

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The Hale House.

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When you walk in the front door this room is immediately to the left. It’s the front parlor.

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The foyer. It has a rather small, winding staircase compared to the size of the home.

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This is looking from the front parlor into the back parlor through some pocket  doors.

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Valley Knudsen house. It looks like a toy house but it’s rather big inside. The docent, Dana, said the house was used in the film, Saving Mr. Banks.

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The brochure’s run down on the structures.

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Dana. He’s the best dressed docent I’ve ever encountered. He looks like he walked out of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I wish I could walk around and look like that but I don’t have that dandy gene in me. Dana was well informed and a fountain of information. He was also polite and articulate. Call, find out when he’s giving a tour, and then go to that tour.

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Longellow-Hastings House. While the house seems less than spectacular from the outside, it was by far my favorite house even though it appeared to be falling apart on the inside: peeling wallpaper, old linoleum on the floor, exposed lathe, grease and grime covering the kitchen walls, and holes in the floor.

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The John J. Ford House. The exterior has been completely renovated but the interior needs major work. When in the parlor if you squint your eyes to the point where they’re almost closed you can envision how beautiful the interior will be one day.

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There’s a church at Heritage Square. Its movement to this location had to involve a herculean effort. It’s huge.

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Cornerstone of the church.

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This is the Colonial Drugstore. It’s new and was built on site. It’s a replica of George Abraham Simmon’s Colonial Drugstore in Highland Park. Simmon’s family paid for the replica to be built and this structure opened in December of 2012 to house Simmon’s vast collection of pharmacy memorabilia.

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Pharmacy counter view.

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Pharmacy view.

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I want that Robomalt box.

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Analax? And it’s fruity! Okay, I can’t say anything that would be appropriate so I’ll refrain from saying anything.

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An image of Hale House from the time it was moved to Heritage Square.

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The two houses on Bunker Hill (the Salt Box and Donagan’s Castle) that were moved to Heritage Square only to be destroyed by arsonists.

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My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

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Kumor, T. W. (2003). The Hale house. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company Publishers.

Samuelson, J. &  Winter, R. (1990, July). Heritage square: a Victorian preserve in the Arroyo Seco. Angeles, 60-67.

 

 

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Metropolitan Theater – Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Theater no longer stands. It only exists in photographs. It was demolished in 1960 and was a Sid Grauman Theater located across from Pershing Square, at the corner of 6th and Hill Streets, in downtown Los Angeles. I came across some photos of the theater at work. The architect of the theater is William Lee Woollett but I haven’t been able to find a book on him which is amazing. The architect of the outer building, which housed the theater, was Edwin Bergstrom.

This is a LA Public Library photo.

This is a LA Public Library photo.

A drawing of what the building originally would have looked like.

A drawing of what the building originally would have looked like.

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I found some great images of The Metropolitan Theater in this book. The book is from 1927.

This is an interior image. This book is 14 inches by 20 inches so it didn't fit on my scanner. I was reduced to taking photographs of the pages with my Kodak Easyshare.

This is an interior image. This book is 14 inches by 20 inches so it didn’t fit on my scanner. I was reduced to taking photographs of the pages with my Kodak Easyshare.

Here are some interior details.

More interior images.

The Metropolitan's proscenium.

The Metropolitan’s proscenium.

Here's a nice elevation.

Here’s a nice elevation.

Another elevation.

Another elevation.

A longitude.

A longitude.

I'm not sure what this is.

I’m not sure what this is.

The images that follow are from an old book from 1927 title Concrete in Architecture.

The images that follow are from a 1927 book titled: Concrete in Architecture. This building cost three million dollars to construct according to the LA Times though the LA Examiner claimed it was four million. It had two entrances: one on Hill and one on Sixth. There was 155 feet of frontage on 6th while Hill had 247 feet of frontage. On Sixth St. the entrance was set back ten feet from the rest of the building to create a grander entrance. There were shops along the frontage on both streets and the building itself had Edwin Bergstrom as its architect while Woollett designed the theater. The buildings foundation could support thirteen stories but only six stories were built. The Last Remaining Seats‘ Ben Hall says the theater’s style was “Hispano-Persian” and sat 3,485 people. A reporter for the LA Times who covered the premiere, Edwin Schallert, called it “primitive massiveness” which seems more accurate to me. *Charles Beardsley, in his book Hollywood’s Master Showman, says those two columns next to the stage support “mythical griffon heads.”

The Mezzanine.

The Mezzanine.

Another view of the mezzanine underneath the balcony.

Another view of the mezzanine underneath the balcony.

This is the mural between the supports in the previous image.

This is the mural between the balcony supports in the previous image.

 

It's a lion and reptile combined.

It’s a lion and a reptile combined.

A snail deer? Okay, I think somebody was on drugs.

A snail deer? Okay, I don’t want to be disrespectful but I think somebody was on drugs.

This is the balcony entrance.

This is the balcony entrance.

A way into the theater.

A way into the theater.

Movies are a diversion.

Movies are a diversion.

Inside the theater. One of the walls.

Inside the theater. On one of the walls. The walls were deliberately left “rough” to show how the building was constructed.

A wall sconce.

A wall sconce.

This is the mezzanine from the other side. The photo is from a publication called Architect.

This is the mezzanine from the other side. The photo is from a publication called  The Architect.

Here's a Buddah nestled in a niche up in the balcony.

Here’s a Buddah nestled in a niche up in the balcony.

This is from Architectural Digest.

This is from Architectural Digest. The bottom image is why I’m including this. What’s beyond that door? My guess would be a restroom.

The following photos are from this publication.

The following photos are from this publication.

It was a long article and there are lots of pictures.

It was a long article and there are lots of pictures.

It's by the architect William Lee Woollett.

It’s by the architect William Lee Woollett.

Near the proscenium.

Near the proscenium.

What appears to be the lobby.

What appears to be the lobby?

A lantern and modern art?

A lantern and some modern art.

Pendants, pendants, pendants.

Pendants.

This is a model of what's on top of the column; the mythical griffith.

This is a model of what’s on top of the column; the mythical griffith.

A model of that deer snail.

A model of that deer snail. The more I look at it the more I like it.

It's deemed a work of art.

It’s deemed a work of art by this writer.

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Work of art page two

Bernard Maybeck, who created one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, had this to say about the Metropolitan Theater.

Bernard Maybeck, who created one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, had this to say about the Metropolitan Theater.

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Bernie “Palace of Fine Arts” Maybeck page 2

I was looking through old journals, for something else, when I found this. California Southland was a publication that was put out in the 20s. It appears to be something from a chamber of commerce entity and it was published in Pasadena.

I was looking through old journals, for something else, when I found this article. California Southland appears to be something from a chamber of commerce-like entity and was published in Pasadena.

The article is written by William Lee Woollett. It appears rather high-minded.

The article is written by William Lee Woollett. It appears rather high-minded.

That grill-work is nice.

That grill-work is nice.

I like the image of Woollett in the bottom photo.

I like the image of Woollett in the bottom photo.

The premiere for the theater was held on January 21, 1923. The first film shown was My American Wife starring Gloria Swanson and Antonio Moreno. The host was Theodore Roberts and many of the stars who attended are depicted in the pictures that follow*. LA Times reporter, William Schallert, claimed there were twenty to thirty thousand people on the street who couldn’t get in because the venue was sold out even though tickets cost $5 per person. What he describes below sounds like a scene right out of Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust (1937) but it couldn’t have really been that bad, could it?

  • In a section of his article titled CROWD IS UNRULY Schallert states: “The early part of the program was punctuated at intervals by shouts from the crowds outside. At one time due to the way they crowded around the door, signs of a riot appeared. The militia was forced to hold the crowd back with their rifles and several times struggles for the possession of the guns between members of the mob and the soldiers were seen. The police had to be continually on guard to keep the crowd from storming the theater so great was the spectators desire to obtain a glimpse of the stars and of the interior of the house.”

The reporter went on to describe the proceedings onstage and said the most rousing moment was when the orchestra played the Star Spangled Banner and two men, dressed as Uncle Sam, stood up in balconies that flanked the stage to great applause. According to Schallert while there were many female stars present they weren’t part of the onstage festivities. During the proceedings, the stars in the audience, were asked to stand so the audience could see them but despite being movie stars, on this particular night, the stars were for the most part shy and declined to have the spotlight turned on them.

  • As for the theater Schallert states this in a section titled THROUGH MAIN ENTRANCE: “Of course, the house is ornate beyond any one’s conception. One gets the most striking effect by coming in through the main entrance on Sixth street. Here all the  massiveness of the mezzanine floor’s decorative scheme strikes the vision. One gazes upon an elaborate blending of color on all sides and, above, finds that these assume shape in sculpture and fresco and painting at every turn. Truly the pictorial note is sounded in every part of the theater, yet without distraction to the audience. The building as a whole has a primitive massiveness and sweep. It is not quite free from draughts as yet but this slight detriment can probably be easily obviated and when it is, the theater will be a glorious and perfect example of the palatial and magnificent that harks back the medieval era and yet is filled with the spirit of the present day.”
  • Regarding the Gloria Swanson film Schallert wrote under LOCAL OF THE PICTURE: “The romantic local of “My American Wife,” will attract the theatergoer. It offers a horse race in fashionable South America, a deul and some other items of excitement. Gloria plays detective in the picture and routs the faction that is rival to that of her lover. “My American Wife” is therefore entertaining, though not altogether believable and offers a cast of rather exceptional interest. Most of all, though, the public will want to see the theater and it will flock there during the next few weeks. The mob surging around the doors last night gave ample evidence.”

*This list of attendees is from Charles Beardsley’s book on Grauman’s theaters. All of the stars that follow were at the Metropolitan’s premiere.

LIST OF ATTENDEES

theodore roberts

She was the greatest star of them all.

ANTONIO MORENO

blanche sweet

william desmond

ruth roland

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buster keaton

charles ray

norma talmadge

lois wilson

marie prevost

tom mix

hal roach 2

milton sills

mary pickford

doug fairbanks

I recently found this postcard. It has some writing on the front. A mother sent this postcard to her son.

I recently found this postcard. It has some writing on the front. A mother sent this postcard to her son.

What’s interesting is that Grauman opened the Metropolitan on January 21, 1923 but by July of 1924 he had sold all his interest in this theater, The Million Dollar and The Rialto. They were bought by the Publix group and by 1929 a Paramount marquee hung outside the theater. The building was demolished in 1960 for a parking lot. The firm hired to demolish the building lost money because they couldn’t get the building down by the deadline.

That's Rube Wolf, of Fanchon and Marco on the stage.

That’s Rube Wolf, of Fanchon and Marco, on the Metropolitan’s stage when the theater was being torn down.

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Fox, C. & Silver, M. L. (Ed.) (1920). Who’s who on the screen. New York: Ross Publishing, Co.

Hall, B. (1961). The best remaining seats: the story of the golden age of the movie palace. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.

Metropolitan Theater. (1922). 1922 Year book of architecture and allied arts: southern California chapter, American institute of architects, Los Angeles architectural club. Los Angeles: Young & McCallister.

Metropolitan Theater. (1925, March). The Architect, 3(3), 142-144.

Reagan, O. (Ed.). (1927). American architecture of the twentieth century. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Company.

Schallert, E. (1923, January 27). Crowd surges at theater; premiere of Grauman’s metropolitan is in the midst of dazzling splendor. Los Angeles Times, 3.

Woollett, W. E. (1923, April). The architect and the craftsman. California Southland, (40), 11-13.

Woollett, W. E. (1923, May). Concrete and creative architecture. The Architect and Engineer, 73(2), 51-90.

 

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Dear Teen Me

My publisher set up an opportunity for Bold Strokes Books authors; it involved writing posts for a website called Dear Teen Me. The website is centered around writers writing letters to themselves.  Basically, “what would I say to myself now that I know what I know.” Here’s the link.

http://dearteenme.com/?p=9875#more-9875

Teen Me

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

I went on a tour of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s located in Exposition Park. It was free and I had never been there before.

From the other side of the fence.

From the other side of the fence.

Up close.

Up close.

Real close.

Real close.

The zodiac sign within the arch.

The zodiac signs within the arch.

On the inside of the Perishyle.

On the north side of the Peristyle.

The south side of the perishyle.

The south side of the peristyle.

They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.

They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.

I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.

It’s Babe. I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.

This tells the whole LAMC story.

This tells the whole LAMC story.

I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1902-1903 and this image of Parkinson was in it.

I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1900-1902 and this image of Parkinson was in it. Parkinson was the architect of the Coliseum along with his son Donald.

This is a view from the roof.

This is a view from the roof of the press box.

Here's a view from the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!

Here’s a view from within the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!

We went in here too.

We went in here too.

Inside the Trojan locker room.

Inside the Trojan locker room. It’s a little blurry but I was really excited about being in the locker room.

I like the graphics.

I like the graphics.

That's me getting all school spirit-y.

That’s me getting all school spirit-y.

When the opposing team comes out of their locker room they see this...

When the opposing team comes out of their locker room and heads to the field they see this first…

...and this.

…then this.

This is walking out to the field.

This is walking out onto the field. This reminds me of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind when the aliens release the abductees at the end of the movie.

This was very cool part of the tour.

This was a very cool part of the tour.

My brother loves Traveler.

My brother loves Traveler. (Okay, I’m being sarcastic. My brother is not a big fan of Traveler. Traveler is the name of USC’s mascot horse.)

It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green.

It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green. The tour was two hours but it didn’t seem that long.

Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.

Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.

Some Coliseum articles.

This is a very pretty image I found California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.

This is a very pretty image I found in California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.

This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it's from the Southwest Museum and I'm not quite sure why it's included.

This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it’s from the Southwest Museum and I’m not quite sure why it’s included.

Five months after I posted this post I found these images.

Five months after I posted this post I found these images.

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OTHER THINGS AT EXPOSITION PARK

There are many other interesting things at Exposition Park next to the Los Angeles Coliseum.

These statues are pretty cool. They're by Robert Graham. Evidently, they were controversial when first installed.

These statues are pretty cool. They’re by Robert Graham.
Evidently, they were controversial when first installed.  (Photo courtesy Coliseum website.)

On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.

On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.

It's very pretty in the summer.

It’s very pretty in the summer.

Another view.

Another view.

That's the Science Center back there. I'm pretty sure that's where they have the Space Shuttle.

That’s the California Science Center behind the fountain. I’m pretty sure that’s where they have the Space Shuttle.

My favorite things in the park are these two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.

My favorite things in the park are two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.

Some close-ups. I really like the boxers.

Some close-ups. I really like the boxers and the Strongman.

The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.

The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.

Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration building at USC?

Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration Building at USC?

Here's the other one.

Here’s the other one.

On the other side. The side with green pain on the outer wall.

Close up.

These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side.

These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side. The bird is a nice touch.

The discuss guy is cool.

The discus guy is cool. I could be him if I were taller, thinner and more athletic.

That horse appears to be the only animal.

The horse is like Traveler in stone.

This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

A couple of months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won. My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Six months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won! My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

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Olympic stadium in Los Angeles. (1931, December). Architectural Record. 70(6), 419-24.

The Los Angeles stadium. (1922, August). California Southland. (32), 8.

Hollywood Museum

I drove over to Hollywood on Saturday because there was an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum that I wanted to see. The museum is housed in the old Max Factor Building near the corner of Hollywood and Highland. It’s a great museum and well worth the $12 price of admission. All pictures were taken with a phone which is a first for me.

This is an old cardboard ad I found in the back advertising the opening of the museum.

This is an old cardboard advertisement I found near the back of the building.

This

This “BAD” costume was to the right of the entrance. It was worn by Michael Jackson.

To the left of the entrance was this Superman costume. It looks so simple compared to Batman's costume.

To the left of the entrance was this Superman costume. It looks so simple compared to what Batman wears. Batman’s kind of flashy. I think he wants attention.

I didn't come to see these shoes but they were up near the reception desk.

I didn’t come to see these shoes but they were up near the reception desk.

Are they the most famous shoes ever? Cinderella's slipper would be a close second.

Are they the most famous shoes ever? Cinderella’s slipper would be a close second.

It was hard for me to believe they were real but read that second sentence. Evidently, they are.

It was hard for me to believe they were real but read that second sentence in the last paragraph. Evidently, they are.

On the way to the second floor was this huge Duel in the Sun poster. The movie is over the top but it has Jennifer Jones who I've always liked and Lillian Gish too.

On the way to the second floor was this huge Duel in the Sun poster. The movie is over the top but it has Jennifer Jones, who I’ve always liked, and Lillian Gish who isn’t too bad herself.

This Kiss of Death poster was across from Duel in the Sun. I don't know which on I like better.

This Kiss of Death poster was across from Duel in the Sun. I don’t know which poster I liked better.

This was at the top of the stairs. Ma and Pa Kettle at Home.

This was at the top of the stairs. Ma and Pa Kettle at Home. Marjorie Main was good at this kind of role.

Hanging up on the wall was this photo of James Whale.

Hanging up on the wall was this photo of James Whale.

This was the bio underneath. It's great that he's not forgotten.

Underneath the photo was this bio. It’s great that he’s not forgotten.

I found it odd that a Beverly Hillbillies truck would take up the center of the second floor but I do like that Jethro.

I found it odd that a Beverly Hillbillies truck would take up the center of the second floor but I do like that Jethro. He’s big and dumb. How can you not like him?

Here's a better shot from the front.

Here’s a better shot from the front.

This was sitting on the bumper. Notice the rainbow? Whenever my brother and I talk on the phone and our conversation comes around to Hollywood Lesbians he always recounts the Love Boat episode where Nancy Kulp and Pat Carroll are two spinsters on the Love Boat and how there is a kissing bandit stalking the ship and how Nancy and Pat are afraid the Kissing Bandit will somehow mash them and brother always says,

This was sitting on the Hillbillies’ bumper. Notice the rainbow stripe? Whenever my brother and I talk on the phone and our conversation gets around to Hollywood Lesbians he always recounts the Love Boat episode with Nancy Kulp and Pat Carroll. The two play spinsters on a cruise that’s being terrorizing by a Kissing Bandit. (He grabs women and kisses them.) Nancy and Pat are afraid the Kissing Bandit will grab them and kiss them but my brother always says, “The Kissing Bandit isn’t stupid. He knows he isn’t getting anything out of their stateroom but a kicked butt.”

I like this a lot mainly because I like old Hollywood and Hal Roach is part of that.

This is great. Hal Roach deserved it.

Great Poster and Tyrone Power's outfit.

A very colorful poster and Tyrone Power’s outfit. Tyrone is wonderful in The Razor’s Edge and Nightmare Alley.

This is a great model for the Grand Budapest Hotel.

A model for the Grand Budapest Hotel.

Rocky's robe. This must be from one of the later ones.

Rocky’s robe. This must be from one of the later ones.

Marilyn's Korea-USO dress.

Marilyn’s Korea USO dress and other outfits.

This was in one of the cases.

This was in one of the cases.

They were showing Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

They were showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on the second floor in the back.

There was a case on Hal Roach and in it were Laurel and Hardy. I like the fat one.

There was a case on Hal Roach and in it were Laurel and Hardy. I like the fat one.

They had one of Harry Potter's wands.

They had one of Harry Potter’s wands.

Oh, and some Harry Potter costumes.

Oh, and some Harry Potter costumes.

I don't think this movie exist anymore. I think it's lost.

I don’t think this movie exist anymore. I think it’s lost. I wish it wasn’t because I would love to see it.

Okay, I want this. It's so cool.

Okay, this is so cool.

It's something Ramon wore in Ben-hur (1925).

It’s something Ramon wore in Ben-hur (1925).

A close-up on Ramon. I think he's holding in his stomach.

A close-up on Ramon. I think he’s holding in his stomach.

That C3P0 guy from Star Wars.

That C3P0 guy from Star Wars.

I like this movie. Not only does it have Clifton Webb and William Bendix but Mark Stevens and Lucy are pretty good too. I don't know whatever happened to Mark Stevens.

I like this movie. Not only does it have Clifton Webb and William Bendix but Mark Stevens and Lucy are pretty good too. I don’t know whatever happened to Mark Stevens. He should have had a bigger career.

A Judy Garland costume from A Star is Born.

A Judy Garland costume from A Star is Born.

It's a minature of the Lasky-DeMille barn.

It’s a minature of the Lasky-DeMille barn in a room full of autographed photos. The barn was originally at the corner of Selma and Vine. Later, it was moved over to the Cahuenga pass near the Hollywood Bowl. The Lasky barn was where the 1st Hollywood feature length film, The Squaw Man, was filmed in 1914.

This was in an elevator shaft looking up. Music from the musical Chicago was playing in here.

This was in an elevator shaft. Music from the musical Chicago was playing in the background.

Wow! That is some poster. It was on the way downstairs to the horror section.

Wow! That is some poster. It was on the way downstairs to the horror section.

Elvira looks great here.

Elvira looks busty and leggy.

Freddy and Jason.

Freddy and Jason.

This is what the exterior of the building looks like currently.

This is what the exterior of the building looks like currently.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Survivor

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills had a photo exhibit on the CBS television series Survivor. I have watched every single episode of Survivor since 2000 so I’m definitely a fan. It wasn’t the greatest exhibit that I’ve ever been to but it’s the only exhibit regarding Survivor that I’ve ever heard of or seen. Often people dismiss Survivor with “Is that still on?” Yes, it is and I’m glad Survivor is receiving some respect from the Paley Center.

Here's how they advertised the exhibit.

Here’s how they advertised the exhibit.

That's me, Guillermo Luna, in front of the Survivor logo.

That’s me, Guillermo Luna, in front of the Survivor logo.

There were lots of BIG photographs. Jeff looks good here. I want this photograph for my bedroom wall. Is that too teenage girl-ish?

There were lots of JUMBO photographs. Jeff looks good here. I want this photograph for my bedroom wall.

It seems so long ago but this was the beginning. Rudy is on the right. Richard Hatch is on the left.

It seems so long ago but this was the beginning. Rudy is on the right. Richard Hatch is on the left. Kelly is in the back.

I like this shot because I never thing that there's a crew presence but this shows there is.

I like this shot because I never think there’s a crew presence but this photo shows there is.

I've never been a fan of Rob. His win was an easy win because everyone on his tribe just rolled over and did whatever he said.

I’m not a fan of Rob. His win was an easy win because everyone on his tribe just rolled over and did whatever he said.

That's Mark Burnett next to Jeff Probst. My opinion of Burnett has changed over the years depending on how well I liked each season.

That’s Mark Burnett next to Jeff Probst. My opinion of Burnett changes depending on how well I like a particular season.

A case with torch snuffers.

A case with torch snuffers.

Not the best picture of the currently immunity idol. Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross says it looks like a weird Mr. Peanut. I agree. I think his hand is made out of a fork.  This item was laying on it's back in a case with skylights overhead so you'll have to excuse the reflection. Sorry.

The currently immunity idol. Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross says it looks like a weird Mr. Peanut. I agree. I think his hand is made out of a fork. This item was laying on it’s back in a case with skylights overhead so you’ll have to excuse the reflection. Sorry.

Here's another view from the other side. The overhead lights are reflected onto the case. He looks even weirder at this angle.

Here’s another view from the other side. The overhead lights are reflected onto the case. He looks even weirder at this angle.

Some immunity idols from one of the cases. I wanted to hold one because they looked almost plastic.

Some immunity idols from one of the cases. I wanted to hold one because they looked plastic.

The Paley had these banners on the steps that go up to the second floor.

The Paley had these banners on the steps that went to the second floor. Escameca is the name for the Blue Collar Tribe. Everybody’s favorite player, Rodney, is a member of the Blue Collar Tribe. So is Dan who I really like.

I don't know which season these banners are from and I've watched all 30 seasons. It's a blur. A blur.

Masaya is the name for the White Collar Tribe. Max’s tribe. Sorry you went out 4th Max but you’re no Cochran. Who are they going to pixelate now?

The No Collar tribe had creepazoid Vince and Joe (that somebody on-line compared to Malcolm. Which was a bad comparison.)

The No Collar tribe had creepy Vince and Joe with the Fabio hair. Someone online claimed that Joe was the new Malcolm. I don’t think so. (Now, watch Joe win it all.)

More torch snuffers.

More torch snuffers.

One of the best things at the exhibit was a huge television that played the best of Survivor clips. It went on forever. The time when Russell played his idol for Parvatti and then it came down to a vote between him and Tyson and Tyson was evicted; When Brenda demanded at the final tribal council that Dawn take her "bridge" out just to humiliate her. When Eliza played the fake idol given to her by Jason that Ozzy had made. (It was a stick with a face on it.)

One of the most enjoyable things at the exhibit was a huge television that played “best of Survivor” clips. The clips went on for hours (?). Clips I watched included: the time Russell played his idol for Parvatti and then it came down to a vote between him and Tyson and Tyson was evicted; Brenda demanding at the final tribal council that Dawn take her “bridge” out just to humiliate her; Eliza playing the fake idol given to her by Jason that Ozzy made. (It was a stick with a face on it.); Laura and Tina fighting to get back into the game by balancing on a beam while holding up a pot with the other foot and Laura begging Tina to “give it to her” and Tina saying, “No, way sister!”; Sue calling Richard a snake and Kelly a rat; Russell trying to get back into the game after his tribe deliberately lost and Russell “getting emotional” when he didn’t succeed; Kat talking about how “fun and exciting” blindsides are and then getting blindsided; Tony building his spy shack and telling us how he’s going to control the game (when, in reality, he was pretty much alone at that point). I could have stood and watched it all day long. It was the best parts of Survivor played over and over.

The Paley Center for Media also has a library.

The Paley Center for Media also has a library.

I went upstairs to the Paley Library and watched the first episode of Survivor again. Within the first ten minutes of the show Richard was already saying he was going to win and they could write the check already.

I went upstairs to the Library and watched the first episode of Survivor again. Within the show’s first ten minutes Richard was already saying he was going to win and they should just write him the check already. I like Richard very much but sometimes I think he might benefit from some therapy.

After the first episode I watched an event filled in 2001 at the Paley Center. It was filled while season 2 was running. Jeff Probst revealed that he hadn't worked for two years prior to filming. Richard said that when he first heard, "The tribe has spoken" and "Fire represents life" and many of the other Survivor sayings, he thought, "oh, brother" and "how hokey" but now he sees that as perfect.

After the first episode I watched an event from 2001 (?) at the Paley Center. I think Mark Burnett said it was taped while season 2 was running. Jeff Probst revealed that he hadn’t worked for two years prior to filming Survivor. Richard said that when he first heard, “The tribe has spoken” and “Fire represents life” and many of the other Survivor sayings, he thought, “oh, brother” and “how hokey” but now sees them as perfect. Jeff also said when Michael Skupin fell into the fire he thought it was great for the show! Mark Burnett said something about it being terrible and being concerned with everyone’s safety but I didn’t believe him when he said it because there was a glint of happiness in his eye.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

S30 must stand for Survivor 30. My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

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San Francisco

I went up to San Francisco to do some “book readings” at two book events on two different nights.

I took the Coastal Starlight from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

I took the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Oakland.

I left from Union Station in Los Angeles. Consensus pretty much says this is the last great train station built in the United States. I agree.

I left from Union Station in Los Angeles. Consensus pretty much says this is the last great train station built in the United States. I agree.

We stopped at the Santa Barbara Station for a smoke break. It was a great station right out of the 1920s. Taking the train is like going back in time.

We stopped at the Santa Barbara Station for a smoke break. It was a wonderful station right out of the 1920s. Taking the train is like going back in time.

An hour or so later we stopped for another smoke break here.

An hour or so later we stopped for another smoke break here. This train station needed a good coat of paint but it was still beautiful.

Along this stretch we saw 50 (?) miles of ocean from the train.

Along a 50 (?) mile stretch all we could see out the windows on one side of the train was the Pacific ocean.

It was cool being that close.

It was cool being that close.

I actually debarked at Jack London Square in Oakland. Then took a shuttle bus to San Francisco.

I arrived at Jack London Square in Oakland — then took a shuttle bus to San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings every built and rebuilt.

Since I was going to San Francisco there were a few places I wanted to see and this was number one. This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings ever built and then rebuilt.

We went at the right time of day. The light was just great.

We went at the right time of day. The light was just great.

This building was originally built for the Pan Pacific International Exhibition in 1915.

This building was originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915.

The architect was Bernard Maybeck.

The architect was Bernard Maybeck.

Bernard Maybeck. This photo is circa 1886 and from a book called Bernard Maybeck: Artisan, Architect, Artist by Kenneth H. Cardwell.

Bernard Maybeck. This photo is circa 1930 and from Pacific Coast Architect.

It's just wonderful.

It’s just wonderful.

Originally built of plaster and wood it was practically collapsing by 1964.

Originally built of plaster and wood it was on the verge of collapse by 1963.

The city of San Francisco wisely rebuilt the entire structure in 1964.

The city of San Francisco wisely rebuilt the entire structure in 1964.

It's an amazing monument. It's only function is to be beautiful.

It’s an amazing monument. It’s only function is to be beautiful.

That's Bob and me. I'm the one slightly out of focus.

That’s Bob and me. I’m the one slightly out of focus. Bob is my number one picture taker and my oldest friend. I’ve known him for more than a quarter of a century so I emailed him and said, “Why don’t you meet me there, we can go and see all these sights together, go to these book “events,” and you can take pictures of ME!” Jeez, I sound big headed when I write this stuff down. I don’t know why he puts up with me or still talks to me.

 THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Uh, it's the Golden Gate Bridge.

Uh, it’s the Golden Gate Bridge. It wasn’t on my to see list but I’m glad I went because it’s spectacular.

This is a plaque on the way to the bridge.

This is a plaque on the way to the bridge. Basically, the plaque says the Bank of America’s founder Amadeo Giannini was the first finance guy who thought the bridge was a good idea. On the plaque he’s shaking hands with the bridge’s engineer.

The engineer of the bridge was Joseph Strauss. This blurb and photo are from a brochure I bought at the bridge's store.

The engineer of the bridge was Joseph Strauss. This blurb and photo are from a brochure I bought at the bridge’s store.

I'm not into selfies but I did take one of myself at the Golden Gate Bridge.

I’m not into selfies but I did take one of myself at the GG Bridge.

This photo was taken before walking across the bridge. That's Alcatraz out there.

This photo was taken before walking across the bridge. That’s Alcatraz out there.

This view is from the bridge itself.

This view is from the bridge itself. You can see the Palace of Fine Arts in the foreground.

I went to the first tower. It was really windy and cold but I forced myself through. (Uh, there's a dark spot on the left side of this picture and the next one. There was a smudge on my camera lens but I'm still using these photos.)

I went to the first tower. It was really windy and cold but I forced myself through.

It's huge. "That's what she said," The Office.

It’s huge. “That’s what she said,” The Office.

A brochure I bought for a $1.

A brochure I bought for a $1.

 COIT TOWER

This is a view of Coit Tower from the Ferry Building from the day before we actually went.

This is a view of Coit Tower (architects: Arthur Brown, Jr. & Henry Howard) from the Ferry Building.

It's not a exceptionally tall building but it does have a presence.

It’s not a exceptionally tall building but it does have a presence. It looks like a government building.

A plaque installed when the building was built.

A plaque from when the building was built.

A plaque from 50 years later.

A plaque from 50 years later.

There are murals throughout the ground floor.

There are murals throughout the ground floor.

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He’s a surveyor and very WPA.

I think the reason I like these murals so much is because they are WPA.

I think the reason I like these murals so much is because they are WPA.

This is one of my favorites. It seems so common man.

This is one of my favorites. It seems so working class.

He's a big cowboy and he looks moody.

He’s a big cowboy and he looks moody.

I bought this at the gift shop.

I bought this at the gift shop.

BOOKS, INC.

I took this picture about an hour before the event started. It's a real bookstore.

The primary reason I went to San Francisco was to read my short story, Motorcycle Mash-Up, at a book launch. My story was included in an anthology called, Best Gay Romances 2015. I’m not sure why they included my story. My story is bitter, angry and unhappy. What’s that got to do with romance? I took this picture about an hour before the event started. The Bookstore was located at 2275 Market Street in the Castro district.

This was inside the window. There's the book.

This was inside the window. There’s the book.

Felice is doing an introduction.

Felice Picano is doing an introduction.

This guy had a great story and he had a low key delivery.

This guy, Kevin Killian, had a great story (But for the Grace of God, Baby, There Go I) and he had a low key, almost lethargic, delivery. He was quite funny.

Dale Chase is a kind human being. I immediately liked her. I should be more like her.

Dale Chase is a wonderful human being. I immediately liked her. She was reading from her story, Matters of the Heart.

That's me. I wasn't nervous at all but I felt as if everyone had much more experience doing this than I did. I was thrilled to be there though and overwhelmed to be asked.

That’s me. I wasn’t nervous at all but I felt as if everyone else had much more experience doing this. I was thrilled to be there. I felt more like a writer that night than I ever have before or since.

This guy was also very funny. He was very emotional when he read his story.

Daniel M. Jaffe is an experienced storyteller. His story is called The Great Masturbator. 

There was a good crowd.

There was a good crowd.

All the writers read that evening. The night surpassed my expectations.

All these writers read that evening. The night surpassed my expectations. I’m glad I went.

GOOD VIBRATIONS

I didn't like any of the pictures that were taking of me at this event but I like this one. It was an unusual venue.

I didn’t like any of the pictures that were taken of me at this event, Good Vibrations, but I like this one. It’s a little blurry but that just makes me look younger. It was an unusual venue.

There's the book on the counter.

There’s the book on the counter.

This is Felice Picano. He's reading his introduction to the anthology.

Felice is reading his introduction to the anthology.

This guy is funny. He's been published in over 30 anthologies. Wow. I'm impressed.

This guy was humorous. I forget his name. He’s been published in over 30 anthologies. That’s 29 more than me but it’s not a competition, I know. Whatever.

I've know Eric for about a year. He always dresses so nicely and he's slim. I'm slightly envious.

I’ve know Eric Andrew-Katz for about a year. He always dresses so nicely and he’s slim. His story is called The Kingdom of Haeven.

I didn't get to talk to him but his story was interesting.

I didn’t get to talk to Tom Baker but his story, Jury Duty, was interesting. It involved murder. The other authors that read that night were Dale Chase, Daniel M. Jaffe and me.

My story, Motorcycle Mash-Up, is at the link below. You can read the whole thing there. It's got an alternate book cover but it's still the same book.

My story, Motorcycle Mash-Up, is at the link below. You can read the whole thing there. It’s got an alternate book cover but it’s still the same book.

http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/02/felice-picano-ed-on-best-gay-romance-2015-excerpt/

The Ferry Building

It was a nice building with restaurants, gift shops and a grocery store.

It was a nice building with restaurants, gift shops and a grocery store. It sits next to the bay.

The story behind the Ferry Building.

The story behind the Ferry Building.

I took this short. I'm going into photography if this writing thing doesn't work out.

I took this shot. I’m going into photography if this writing thing doesn’t work out.

These two birds spent a lot of time squaking at each other. The one on the railing was kind of dirty. He didn't groom himself very well. Maybe, that's what they were talking about? It was obvious that they were friends.

These two birds spent a lot of time squaking at each other. The one on the railing was kind of dirty. He didn’t groom himself very well. Maybe, that’s what they were talking about? It was obvious they were friends.

CABLE CAR

Cable Car safety tips.

Cable Car safety tips.

We went downtown to take a Cable Car. We wanted to get on the Powell/Hayden line because it went the furthest.

We went downtown to take a Cable Car ride. We wanted to get on the Powell/Hyde line because it went the furthest.

My ticket.

My ticket.

We were near the front so we had a pretty good view.

We were near the front so we had a pretty good view.

The gears were ancient.

The gears were ancient.

Look at that ceiling. It must be a hundred years old.

Look at that ceiling. It must be a hundred years old.

Another selfie but this time on a Cable Car. It was a rocky ride so I'm kind of amazed it's focus.

Another selfie but this time on a Cable Car. It was a rocky, jerky ride so I’m amazed it’s in focus.

THE ODD FELLOWS TEMPLE

That's me at the 7th and Market Streets Odd Fellows Temple. It is such a cool building. How this building survived all these years intact is a miracle.

That’s me at the 7th and Market Streets Odd Fellows Temple. It is such a cool building. How this building survived all these years intact is a miracle.

I like God's eye the best followed by the shaking hands.

I like “God’s eye” the best followed by the shaking hands.

The three tenets of the Odd Fellows are Friendship, Love and Truth so I like that Truth is painted on the side of this Odd Fellows building.

The three tenets of the Odd Fellows are Friendship, Love and Truth so it’s appropriate that Truth is painted on the side of their building.

Their entrance. I want to get inside this building. Evidently, Peter Sellers, has created a small Odd Fellows museum inside.

Their entrance. I want to get inside this building. Evidently, Peter Sellers, has created a small Odd Fellows museum inside.

I contacted California Lodge number 1, in advance, because I wanted to visit. They no longer meet at 7th and Market streets (but other lodges do). Instead, they meet in this building. I don't remember the names of everyone I interacted with but Patty, Rose, Tom, Frank and Chris were all extremely friendly when I visited their lodge. The great thing about the Odd Fellows is

I contacted California Lodge no. 1, in advance, because I wanted to visit their lodge. They no longer meet at 7th and Market streets (but other lodges do). Instead, they meet in this building above. I don’t remember the names of everyone I met but Tammy, Rose, Tom, Frank and Chris were all extremely friendly when I visited their lodge. The great thing about being an Odd Fellow is no matter where you go — you always have friends. I’m glad I joined the three links fraternity.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

We didn't have the best WiFi in our motel room but it was at a great location -- 17th and Market Streets. Consequently, we went to the San Francisco Public Library every morning to plan our day. I'm looking at my IPAD there. I hope I'm not looking at pictures of myself.

We didn’t have the best WiFi in our motel room but it was at a great location — 17th and Market Streets. Consequently, we went to the San Francisco Public Library every morning to plan our day. I’m looking at my iPad here. One of the wisest things my publisher had me do was create a website. I never realized how much I would use it. On the other hand, one of the worst things my publisher had me do was create a website. I find myself fixating on it sometimes which is never good.

THE END

Great bag! I bought some post cards at the Golden Gate Bridge store and they put them in it. My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.

Great bag! I bought some post cards at the Golden Gate Bridge store and they put them in this bag. I’ve put it in one of my scrap books. My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.