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The Academy Awards were presented there. Presidents were guests there. Its nightclub was synonymous with glamour. A promising presidential campaign abruptly ended there.
Mid-20th century atomic pop-culture, Japanese culture and Punk Rock culture came together in a little café. It was the center for love of punk rock in Los Angeles.
Hollywood and the Brown Derby Restaurant became so intertwined that fan letters were mailed to movie stars simply addressed to “The Brown Derby, Hollywood and Vine.”
At one time, Los Angeles threatened to knock Detroit off the throne as the nation's capital of automaking. That prospect changed when Angelenos changed which cars they bought.
There were once perhaps as many California Grizzlies around Los Angeles as there are Starbucks stores here today. That came to a violent end one day one hundred years ago.
For 20 years, among the palm trees and swimming pools were a ring of 16 missile launching sites surrounding the Los Angeles region. These were to anticipate the unthinkable.
Any large indoor event in Los Angeles from 1935 to 1971 was most likely at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium. Disney theme parks replicated its iconic architecture.
It was the largest aircraft ever built and one of America’s greatest aviation projects for one of America’s greatest wars. Its creator was just as superlative as the aircraft.