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Coulter’s Department Store was a great examples of streamlined architecture

Streamline Moderne flagship store located on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and completed in 1938-39. Coulter’s stood four floors high, with a rounded exterior of white concrete and horizontal bands of glass block rather than proper windows. A dramatic seventy-two-foot-high panel of glass soared ... Read More »

Mid-Century First American Cruise/Liners Built After WW 2

The “Del Triplets” – Del Norte, Del Mar, and Del Sud – were the first modern American flag liners to be built after World War 2 and became a top choice for cruising to South America. They offered first class, mid-century modern passenger service from New Orleans to South America. ... Read More »

2007 FEC Decision That Blogs Are Media

Along with the Daily Kos, I was involved in the 2007 decision by the FEC that blogs were media just like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. The 2007 U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) found that political blogs and bloggers are media for the purposes of ... Read More »

Canada’s “Uber” Steamers To British Columbia’s Coastal Cities and Alaska

The Union fleet became synonymous with pioneers and loggers, and for 70 years, ships sporting the company’s black and red funnels plied the coast, servicing logging camps, canneries, mines, and coastal communities. ‘ The Union Steamship Company was the first line to use Vancouver as a homeport. The Klondike gold ... Read More »

Jerri Lange pioneering Black TV host-producer, mother of Love Boat’s Ted Lange, dies at 96

Pioneering Black television talk show host and producer Jerri Lange got her first job in journalism in 1964. Lange was one of the first Black women in San Francisco news and talk TV. She expanded the field with a wide range of programming focused on community issues and through her ... Read More »

New Deluxe Pendry Hotel opens in California’s 4th Most Dangerous City

Opening earlier this month in West Hollywood, the Pendry Hotel stands out as a top luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The new hotel features a rooftop pool, an exclusive private social club, a spa, and multiple restaurants by Wolfgang Puck. The Pendry is a few blocks away from the Los ... Read More »

The Fabulous Garden of Allah On The Sunset Strip

A kind of paradise used to be at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. Built when Hollywood was young and in need of a playground, the Garden of Allah was home, or a home-away-from-home for stars of the silver screen, the literary world, and the upper crust. The ... Read More »

CHASEN’S – WEST HOLLYWOOD’S World Famous CELEBRITY restaurant.

Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. I had dinner at Chasen’s many times. First, with my parents and then later on when I had become a producer. Dinner with Groucho Marx, ... Read More »

The RMS TITANIC SANK 109 Years Ago Today!

Over fifteen hundred passengers lost their lives onboard the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic. She was one of three Olympic Class passenger liners commissioned by the White Star Shipping Line. Scene from Titanic movies. Hailed as a wonder of luxury, power, and style she first rolled into the water from ... Read More »

SS ACAPULCO – Mexico’s CRUISE SHIP sailing from California to Mexico in the early 1960s!

The S.S. ACAPULCO was the first passenger liner to fly the Mexican flag and commenced service from Los Angeles to Acapulco with regular cruise service in 1962. There were special connecting airfares from San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Diego. The Acapulco, a 24,400-ton cruise ship formerly sailed between ... Read More »