Episode #48: Charisma & Magic

Join us this week as we talk with Gale Banks, the guru of high-performance automotive turbo-charging, about his time as a child prodigy on the Southern California evangelical circuit in the 1950s. We’ll also visit with Craig Berry of the Star Sapphire Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis, for an introduction to Aleister Crowley’s Law of Thelema, and the impact of Crowley’s mystical thinking on the culture of Southern California.

We’ll also discuss the seating area at Union Station now open only to Amtrak and Metrolink passengers, abandoned South LA rail tracks could become a greenbelt, and the 2014 season at Brookledge and beyond kickstarter project. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of December 16th, 2013.

Photo: Rev. C.D. Yoder, Gale’s Grandmother’s second husband, circa 1950.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Gale Banks’ website.

Star Sapphire Lodge of the O.T.O.

Union Station waiting area open only to Amtrak and Metrolink passengers.

Greenbelt proposal for South L.A. rail tracks.

Brookledge Follies Kickstarter campaign.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: You Can’t Eat the Sunshine review.

LAVA’s December Monthly Sunday Salon

Next LAVA crime lab seminar: Boom! American Bombings, 1876-1990.