Tune in to Episode Eight of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Marcia Harris, living history docent at Rancho Los Cerritos, about Fanny Bixby Spencer, an early 20th century suffragette, teetotaler, social reformer, and Long Beach’s own inspirational firebrand—the subject of her new book. We’ll also talk with Dennis Justice, co-owner of our bus company, about his wild life on the road managing for Stan Kenton and other big band legends, cross-country driving before the Interstate Freeway System, and his newest venture, a food truck called Felony Franks.

All this, plus cultural musings as Kim & Richard usher in the week of March 11th, 2013.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Dennis Justice’s food truck Felony Franks (Facebook, Twitter).

Dennis Justice’s coach class bus company, American Transportation Systems.

Dominquez Hills Northrup plant closing.

History of Dominquez Rancho.

Podcast Episode #2: Jerry Blackburn on the Aerospace corridor of South Los Angeles.

Marcia Harris contact page.

Marcia Harris’ book Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand.

Rancho Los Cerritos, where Marcia often appears as Fanny.

A blog post about some of Fanny’s adventures.

Long Beach history, prominantly featuring the Bixby family.

Kim’s grandma’s memoir goes viral (Los Angeles Times, NBC, Daily Mail).

The Sun takes a grisly tact in telling our Hotel Cecil tales.

Broadway section 106 report (this is a large PDF file).

City of Los Angeles Broadway Theater and Entertainment District Design Guide.

The Plan for Central City Los Angeles, 1963 (aka Centropolis).