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Universal Studios Hollywood Part 1

Universal Studios has offered tours since its beginnings. On March 14, 1915 Carl Laemmle who was a German immigrant and a former bookkeeper invited the public to tour his studios, cheer their favorite actors and have a boxed lunch; all of this for a mere 25 cents. Today, it costs a whole lot more and no boxed lunch. Sigh!

Neek, Sar and I had a blast visiting all of the amazing attractions and going on the tram tour.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Apr 27, 2017, 02:10 PM (0 replies)

The Donut Man on Route 66

On Route 66 in Los Angeles County as it cuts through the town of Glendora, California, there is a shop that’s definitely worth stopping for if you’re feeling hungry. That would be The Donut Man, which has been serving donuts for over 40 years!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:56 PM (17 replies)

Spring is here! The cherry blossoms bloom at Lake Balboa.

It's a beautiful event to witness at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley in California. The flowers are lovely and the ducks are feisty!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Apr 13, 2017, 01:07 PM (3 replies)

How Standard Oil and GM Stymied Los Angeles Public Transportation

How Standard Oil and GM Stymied Los Angeles Public Transportation

Monday, April 10, 2017

This is the Seattle Center Monorail, built for the Seattle World's Fair in 1962 and still operating today. I've always wondered why this form of mass transit never caught on in Los Angeles where I'm from. The truth is the Alweg Monorail Company, responsible for the Seattle and Disneyland's Monorail offered to build this sort of thing for Los Angeles in 1963. What happened?

In the aftermath of gaining international recognition for their monorail at the 1962 Seattle Century 21 Exposition, the Alweg Monorail Company wanted to establish a major presence in the world of urban rail transit. On June 4, 1963, the President of the Alweg Rapid Transit Systems, Sixten Holmquist wrote a letter to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of Los Angeles with an official proposal. It stated, "We are pleased to submit this day a proposal to finance and construct an Alweg Monorail rapid transit system 43 miles in length, serving the San Fernando Valley, the Wilshire corridor, the San Bernardino corridor and downtown Los Angeles." In specifying the financial details, in which the complete system amounted to $105,275,000, the proposal, which was also presented to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, stated, "this is a turn-key proposal in which a group will share risk, finance the construction, and turn over to MTA a completed and operating system to be repaid from MTA revenues."

So why didn't the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approve this proposal? It was opposed by Standard Oil. According to Kim Pedersen, a former Alweg engineer explained that there was initially a lot of excitement for the proposal. But then political pressure from Standard Oil dampened their enthusiasm. According to page 170 of American Society of Civil Engineers - Los Angeles Section, political pressure may also have come from General Motors against the project. Famed author Ray Bradbury rallied against this pressure by stating, "A single transit line will not answer our problems; we must lay plans for a series of transportation systems that would allow us to move freely, once more, within our city. The answer to all this is the monorail." For all his objections, Bradbury was thrown out of the Board of Supervisors meeting. Walt Disney also supported the monorail, but unfortunately their influence was unable to match Standard Oil and GM.

But this wasn't the first time that Standard Oil and GM stymied public transportation in Los Angeles. Their most infamous collusion is known as the Great American Streetcar Scandal. Between 1938 and 1950, the transit systems in more than 25 cities were bought out by National City Lines (NCL) and replaced by GM buses. Who controlled National City Lines? Well, their list of investors included Firestone Tires, Phillips Petroleum, Mack Truck Company, Standard Oil and, at least since 1946 when American City Lines merged with NCL, General Motors. Despite public opinion polls that, in Los Angeles for example, showed 88 percent of the public favoring expansion of the rail lines after World War II, NCL systematically shut down its streetcar systems until, by 1955, only a few remained. L.A. had two popular trolley systems; the Pacific Electric "Red Cars" and the Los Angeles Railway "Yellow Cars." While National City Lines owned only the Yellow Cars, because both systems were often used in conjunction by travelers and cutting service on one line made the other less convenient than automobiles, both systems failed and were dismantled. While General Motors, Standard Oil and Firestone Tires may not have bought the Red Car just to destroy it, like the Judge Doom character played by Christopher Lloyd did in the final act of the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the result was identical.

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Or just watch the video:

Posted by robertpaulsen | Wed Apr 12, 2017, 01:17 PM (0 replies)

How Standard Oil and GM Stymied Public Transportation in Los Angeles

How Standard Oil and GM stymied public transportation in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1940s.

Posted by robertpaulsen | Tue Apr 11, 2017, 12:53 PM (1 replies)

Abandoned ruins from the 1971 Sylmar CA earthquake

Going on a solo adventure, I recently explored the abandoned ruins of Olive View Hospital in Sylmar, California. It was quite a sight!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Apr 6, 2017, 01:00 PM (4 replies)

Traveling the World in One Day!

We walked through 7 continents including Antarctica! So many fascinating sights and experiences at the L.A. Travel & Adventure show:

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Mar 30, 2017, 01:20 PM (9 replies)

Inside a preserved mansion from the 1920s

This is the second part of our exploration of the William S. Hart Museum. It is a wonderful place filled with memorabilia of the Western movie star and his friends as well as beautiful paintings of Western motifs!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 01:56 PM (3 replies)

Outside the mansion of the first Western movie star!

We visited the home of William S. Hart - one of the first big Western movie stars of the silent era. Hart bequeathed his estate and property to the County of Los Angeles and it is now a fantastic museum. Check out some of the majestic sights!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Mar 16, 2017, 01:59 PM (1 replies)

Old Trapper's Lodge: Kitschy Folk Art with a Nod to Knott's Berry Farm

In the interior of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, there is a fascinating collection of statues, fake tombstones and other examples of folk art.  These are what remain of Old Trapper’s Lodge. It was created by John Ehn (1897-1981), who was a trapper before moving to California, who opened a motel near the Burbank airport at Arvilla Avenue and San Fernando Road called the Old Trapper’s Lodge in 1941.  To attract business, this self-taught artist (according to unverified sources, he learned by watching Knott’s Berry Farm artist Claude Bell, who went on to build the Cabazon dinosaurs featured in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and supposedly after hiring Bell to build the initial sculpture, Ehn built the rest himself) in 1951 began creating sculptures using family members as models. 

Though some of the sculptures may not seem very racially or culturally sensitive now, they do reflect the culture of the 50s as far as the TV perspective of the Old West and the tall tales they propagated. 
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Mar 9, 2017, 03:18 PM (4 replies)
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