Listen to Episode #115!
Join us this month as we talk with acclaimed Hollywood historian and preservationist, the recently deceased Bob Birchard, about his golden youth spent treasure hunting in Hollywood Boulevard’s legendary bookshops. (Bob was honored this past weekend when the Cinecon film festival was dedicated to his memory.) We’ll also talk with Kimball Garrett, the ornithology collection manager and Jeff Chapman, manager of interpretation and training, both at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, about Vaux’s Swifts and their peculiar roosting habits during their twice-yearly migration, which have become a downtown phenomenon.
We’ll also discuss the possible demolition of Thomas Mann’s house, the old yellow car #1435 leaves downtown as its sheltering Pacific Electric Railway Company’s historic trolley shed is demolished, the coffee pot-shaped Hot Cha Café in Long Beach is restored, the pending return of the vintage hot dog-shaped Tail O’ The Pup building and some spinoffs, Bunker Hill dweller Betty Markoff turns 100, the Downtown Community Plan draft nears completion, a California Condor perches alongside Angels Flight (stalled for three years today) and photos of the newly discovered quack medical clinic time capsule above the Dutch Chocolate Shop.
The Ukulady hosts the September LAVA Sunday Salon
Cultural Heritage Commission landmarking hearing for William L. Pereira’s Metropolitan Water District
Broadway on My Mind walking tour on historic downtown jails
Closely Watched Trains & Our Guests
The uncertain future of Thomas Mann’s house.
Los Angeles Transit Lines yellow car #1435 is scattered to the winds.
Demolition comes to the Pacific Electric Railway Company’s historic trolley shed.
Hot Cha Café before and after photos.
Tail O’ The Pup plans revealed.
Downtown Community Plan Draft nears completion.
Angels Flight gets an ugly new friend.
Above the Dutch Chocolate Shop, a mysterious Los Angeles time capsule.
Vaux’s Swifts return to downtown, 2010.
Ornithology Department of the Natural History Museum.
Jerry Beck’s obituary for his friend Bob Birchard.
Books by Bob Birchard: Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, Early Universal City, Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara, Lone Pine in the Movies: The Early Years: Celebrating Lone Pine and the Silents and King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies.