Episode #74: Bibles & Rotisserie Chicken

Join us this week as we talk with Albert Okura, founder of Southern California’s rotisserie chicken restaurant chain Juan Pollo, and self-proclaimed “fast food king” of the Inland Empire, to learn about his 50-year-plan for success and musings on the mercurial nature of the industry. We’ll also visit with BIOLA professor Paul Rood to discuss Lyman Stewart, the founder of Union Oil, BIOLA University and the Union Rescue Mission, and the new exhibition of Stewart’s life and work at BIOLA in La Mirada.

We’ll also discuss permit problems for the crowd-funded return of the Glassellland sign, a new historic map overlay toy from the USGS, Liz Arnold’s longform Curbed article on saving Batchelder tile installations in Downtown LA and its bombshell reportage on how developer Tom Gilmore’s contractors Spectra dissolved the celebrated tiles in the El Dorado Lofts in acid and replaced them with fakes. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of July 14th, 2014.

Photo: Albert at Del Taco circa 1980.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Paul Rood at BIOLA.

Albert Okura’s Juan Pollo website and his book, Albert Okura the Chicken Man.

Permitting problems for the return of the Glassellland sign.

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer has launched.

Liz Arnold’s Curbed feature on Batchelder tile preservation.