The Hollywood Sign (part 1)

The Hollywood Sign (part 1)

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Once upon a time… HOLLYWOODLAND!

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Real estate developers Woodruff and Shoults called their development “Hollywoodland” and advertised it as a “superb environment without excessive cost on the Hollywood side of the hills.”

The Crescent Sign Company erected 13 letters on the hillside facing south. Thomas Fisk Goff (1890–1984) the owner designed the sign. Each letter was 30 feet wide and 50 feet high. The sign was studded with ~4,000 light bulbs and would flash in segments: “HOLLY,” “WOOD” and “LAND” would first light individually, then the whole sign would light up. Below the Hollywoodland sign was a searchlight to attract more attention.

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The Hollywoodland sign was officially dedicated on July 13, 1923. It was not intended to be permanent. Restoration company Bay Cal Painting says on its website that the expected life was originally intended to be about a year and a half, but after the rise of the American cinema in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sign became an internationally recognized symbol, and became a permanent fixture.

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The Hollywood Sign is a landmark cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California.

in Griffith Park on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on February 7, 1973

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The Hollywood Sign as seen from The Hollywood Bowl

On September 16, 1932, 24 year old actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide from the top of the H. She climbed a workman’s ladder and then jumped to her death. Her ghost is reported to haunt The Hollywood Sign.

During the early 1940s, Albert Kothe (the sign’s caretaker) was driving while intoxicated and lost control of his vehicle near the top of Mount Lee. He drove off the cliff and wasn’t injured but his 1928 Ford Model A was destroyed, and so was the original 50 foot tall illuminated letter H.

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce contracted with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair/rebuild the sign in 1949. The contract stipulated that “LAND” be removed to spell “Hollywood” and all illumination would be at the Chamber’s expense (and so the Chamber opted not to replace the lightbulbs or light the sign). The 1949 repairs added years but the sign’s unprotected wood and sheet metal continued to deteriorate into the 1970’s.

The Hollywood Sign circa 1978:

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In 1978 there was a public campaign and Hugh Hefner held a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion to replace the sign. Each letter was “sponsored” by a celebrity.
Nine donors gave $27,777.77 each (which totaled $250,000):
H: Terrence Donnelly (publisher of the Hollywood Independent Newspaper)
O: Giovanni Mazza (Italian movie producer)
L: Les Kelley (founder of the Kelley Blue Book)
L: Gene Autry (actor)
Y: Hugh Hefner (founder of Playboy)
W: Andy Williams (singer)
O: Warner Bros. Records
O: Alice Cooper (singer) donated in memory of Groucho Marx
D: Dennis Lidtke (businessman) donated in the name of Matthew Williams

The old sign was removed beginning August 8 1978, and rebuilt. The new sign made of corrugated metal on steel poles, in the exact same spot as the old sign, was completed on October 30 1978. The new sign is 5 feet shorter than the original to prevent damage from wind and other elements.

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“Cool World” (1992) is a terrible live-action/animated black comedy fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi and starring Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne and Brad Pitt.

As promotion for the film, a giant-size Holli Would cut-out was placed on top of the sign, drawing outrage from neighborhood groups and feminists. It was promptly removed.

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“I pinch your sign!” (ripped this pic from someone)

We called it “part 1”, and this is where it ends.
More to come> The Hollywood Sign (part 2)

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Space Shuttle “Endeavor” Los Angeles Flyover with The Hollywood Sign

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The Day of the Dude! Monday, March 6th, 2017 ~ Takin’ it Easy

The Day of the Dude!
Monday, March 6th, 2017 ~ Takin’ it Easy

“We revel in the laxness of the path we take.” ― Charles Baudelaire

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Well, it’s just after noon on Monday… okay now it’s two o’clock…

HAPPY DAY OF THE DUDE!

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Well, Okay then…. 503HBSeHD 3-6-2017 at 2:15pm

March 6th is the anniversary of “The Big Lebowski” 1998 release.
We celebrate the annual sacred High Holiday of Dudeism as “The Day of the Dude”

Well, take me back down where cool water flow, yeh
Let me remember things I love/Stoppin’ at the log where catfish bite,
Walkin’ along the river road at night,/Barefoot girls dancin’ in the moonlight

 

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“To a lazy man every day is a holiday.” – Turkish Proverb

"And I'm talkin' about the Dude here: 
				sometimes there's a man who, well, 
				he's the man for his time'n place, 
				he fits right in there--and that's 
				the Dude, in Los Angeles."

“The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow.” – Norwegian Proverb

Well, we fed the dogs and went back to sleep for an hour, and we had Brunch, and we wrote this Blog, and “The Big Lebowski” is on TV now so we’re watching it, and now it’s 3:30pm….

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“Uh, I am not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski.
I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me.
You know uh that or uh his Dudeness or uh Duder or uh El Duderino…
if you know you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”
– The Dude

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We are an Ordained Dudeist Priest of The Church of The Latter-Day Dude.
(And we are available for weddings, parties and other occasions)

NOTE: There are some states and counties that are very undude. First check with the County Clerk where the ceremony is to be performed to confirm or disconfirm whether Dudeist ceremonies are cool and legal.

“I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel
and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.”

– 
Lech Walesa

“Yeah man, well you know, the Dude Abides.” – The Dude

THE STRANGER: "The Dude Abides...
				I don't know about you, but I take 
				comfort in that.  It's good knowin' 
				he's out there, the Dude, takin' her 
				easy for all us sinners."

We were going to do shtuff, but tomorrow is another day.
Today is The Day of The Dude. And it’s 4:20…

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“Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.”
– Kierkegaard

Time for a “caucasian”: (see more “Fun Cocktail Recipes” in the sidebar>>>)

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I can hear the bull frog callin’ me/Wonder if my rope’s still hangin’ to the tree
Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water,
Shoe fly, dragon fly, get back t your mother
Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River

 

“Progress isn’t made by early risers.
It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

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“Good luck tomorrow.” – “Good things come to those who wait.”

Up at Cody’s camp I spent my days, oh,/With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers
Old Cody, Junior took me over,/Said, you’re gonna find the world is smouldrin’
An’ if you get lost come on home to Green River/Well, come home

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DUDEISM:

Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world, Dudeism.

An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there.

Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started.
Right after a little nap.

 

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“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

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“Say friend, ya got any more of that good sarsaparilla?” – The Stranger

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March 2017! 35000 Hits! Another Milestone!

35000 Hits!
Another Milestone!

THANK YOU LOYAL READERS!
Thanks for “tuning in and turning on” with JoshWillTravel!
We are sincerely grateful for your continued support!

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Ireland, green fields, a rainbow and sheep!

March 2017!

“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” – Thomas Fuller, 1732

March is the third month of the year.
The name comes from Mars, the Roman G-d of War.

Astrologically speaking, in March,
Leo (the Lion) is the rising zodiac sign and by April, it’s Aries (the Goat).

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The saying is simply an observation of the common seasonal pattern: March is the transition between winter and summer, usually starting with stormy weather and becoming mild later.

MARCH (verb or noun): walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread
synonyms: walk, hike, trek, tramp, slog, troop, stride, step, pace, tread, trudge, tromp, parade, file, process (see our previous Blog “The Company-of-Foote”)

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March is Women’s History Month
March is National Nutrition Month
March is Irish-American Heritage Month

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MARCH CALENDAR:
March 1
– Ash Wednesday
National Pig Day, National Peanut Butter Day
Yellowstone National Park established March 1, 1872
March 2 – Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
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National Reading Day, National Banana Creme Pie Day
Mount Ranier National Park established March 2, 1899
March 3 – World Wildlife Day
National Canadian Bacon Day
Mount Rushmore National Memorial dedicated March 3, 1933
March 5 – John Belushi RIP 1982
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March 6 – The Day of The Dude!
Remember the Alamo! 1836
March 7 – National Cereal Day!
Sunday, Bloody Sunday! The March on Selma, Alabama 1965
March 8International Women’s Day
March 9 – World Kidney Day
March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day
March 12 – Happy Purim! Full Moon!
March 14 – Happy Pi Day! (3.14)
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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! (born in 1879)
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National Potato Chip Day!
March 15 – Beware The Ides of March! Julius Caesar RIP 44 BC
International Day Against Police Brutality
March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Don’t Drink and Drive!

March 18 – World Sleep Day
March 19 – “Return of the Swallow” (Mission San Juan Capistrano)
Corn Dog Day!
March 20 – First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox)
International Day of Happiness and National Alien Abductions Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day (READ OUR HAIKU BLOGS!)
Happy Birthday Benito Juarez!
March 22 – World Water Day
March 23 – National Puppy Day!

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Nap time!

March 24 – World Tuberculosis Day
Happy Birthday Harry Houdini! (born in 1874)
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March 25 – International Earth Hour (observed)
March 28– Seward’s (Folly) Day (celebrate the 1867 Alaska Purchase!)
March 30 – National Doctor’s Day
March 31 – Cesar Chavez Day “Sí se puede!”

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Cesar Chavez RIP (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993)

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Spring Forward!
Daylight Saving time Begins March 12th!
Set your clocks ahead 1 hour!

March 2017:
Eating / Texas BBQ and Mexican food
Drinking / Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, fruit punch Gatorade and espresso
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Practicing / my organization skills
Mastering / 2 Little Puppies and the Big Boy
Learning / My old friends are getting old…
Trying / to get rid of stuff
Playing / With the Puppies! MyVegas Slots “Excalibur” Game (on facebook)
Finishing / New Blogs!
Reading / My friend Ann’s Obituary:

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Ann in Santa Cruz 2015

Ann Elizabeth O’Reilly (nee Collins) Rest in Peace.
Ann O’Reilly, 52, of Healdsburg and San Jose died peacefully on February 22nd, 2017, in Dana Point, California with her mother and sister by her side. Ann loved to swim and as a swim instructor leaves schools of enthusiastic swimmers, from infants to seniors, in her wake. Ann was a kind and generous soul and a gifted care giver. She loved books, the Oscars and Burt Lancaster. Ann was predeceased by her father Ben Tabor Collins of Healdsburg. She is survived by her mother Marilyn Collins of Healdsburg, husband Stephen O’Reilly and cherished daughter Audra O’Reilly of San Jose; sister Jackie Meese, brother-in-law Paul Meese, nieces, Crystal Meese, Paige Meese and nephew Connor Meese of Healdsburg; her aunt Alice, several cousins and countless friends. A memorial of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to 12 South Recovery, 33871 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, CA 92629-2371 Attn: Leslie Scrivner.
May the Four Winds blow her safely home.

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Summer Chillin’ on the Patio in San Jose with Annie

Writing / This Blog and Lebowski Haikus (see previous Blog)
Remembering / Ann and Mario (of Blessed Memory)

Friday morning, the “facebook of death” broke the news that Mario had died.

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Mario V. RIP

Rest in Peace Mario.
He danced at my wedding! He was the Life of the Party and so full of life. I love this pic! He wasn’t afraid to be “that guy” and he always had a good time and made sure the people around him did too. He loved to make people laugh! Always a joke, or a story, or a “Don Rickles” insult to make someone smile.
And Mario and Virginia were always there for their friends for as long as I’ve known them (35 years). My deepest condolences to the whole family.
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.

Obituary of Mario Veneroso (with just a little editing)
Mario Louis Veneroso (1958 – 2017) of Simi Valley, beloved husband, father, brother, friend and mentor to so many, has gone on to eternal rest. Originally from Garden Grove, California, Mario was a skilled engineer, photographer, scuba diver and trail-blazer. He loved good scotch and to be in nature, especially Yosemite. He was generous with all he had (especially humor) and his advice was sought and valued by those who knew him. He has gone to join his mother and father, Mary and Mario, and his brother, Matthew. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, his children, Christina, Nicholas, and Teresa, and his siblings, Michele, Marc, and Martin. Funeral services are on Friday, March 10th. If you cannot join, please feel free to raise a glass in his honor.

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Mario, Virginia, Steve, Al & Peter at KJ’s New Years Eve Party 2017

NOTE: We had a really good time at New Years Party and it was great to see everyone, having a “last chance” with an old friend (without knowing it) makes it seem bittersweet. And then he blocked me on facebook because of politics (he was a Trump supporter) which is “just like Mario”…….  two old friends in two weeks, tell them you love them now.

Wearing / My bathrobe and a knit cap
Cooking / Garlic-jalapeño sautéed shrimp
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Working / On clearing my Storage (see previous Blog)
Traveling / Across the SFV to NoHo and back
Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

Leprecauns are Irish fairies usually seen as little red-bearded men, wearing green coats and hats, who enjoy practical jokes and mischief. They are solitary creatures who make and mend shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom.

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Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t Be This Guy:

And don’t forget “March Madness”, that college basketball thing with the brackets, and betting and office pools, and it’s a DISTRACTION from really important things that matter!

Don’t get me started on college athletic programs and the money involved!
DON’T WATCH! DON’T SUPPORT COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAMS THAT GENERATE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS AND COACHES AND NOT STUDENTS.
DON’T SUPPORT COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAMS THAT PUT ATHLETICS OVER EDUCATION OR VIOLATE THE RULES AND/OR ETHICS OF SPORTSMANSHIP!
DON’T SUPPORT COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAMS THAT CONCEAL AND/OR COVER-UP CRIMES BY COLLEGES, PLAYERS AND/OR COACHES!
(And that’s all I’m going to say about that, for now)

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Lambchop

(from Wikipedia)
Lamb Chop
 is a sock puppet sheep created by late puppeteer and ventriloquist Shari Lewis. In 1957 the character, a female lamb, first appeared with Lewis on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WNBC in New York.
Lamb Chop currently performs with Shari Lewis’s daughter, Mallory, mainly for the US Military. Lamb Chop is a three-star General! She was given a field promotion by Lt. Gen. Tom Conant, deputy commander of the Pacific for the Marines.



 

 

Vintage Disney Storage Finds #7 – Disneyland Tickets & the Indiana Jones Decoder Card!

Vintage Disney Storage Finds #7  
Disneyland Tickets & the Indiana Jones Decoder Card!

As part of our early Spring Cleaning, we are moving and opening boxes and finding cool stuff! Today we opened a box and found a smaller box marked “Ticket Stubs” and found some vintage Disneyland Tickets and the Indiana Jones Adventure Decoder Card for the hieroglyphs on the walls in the waiting line for the ride.

NOTE: A SoCal Resident One Day Passport for Disneyland is priced at $24.00 in 1996!

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Vintage Disney Storage Finds – Disneyland Tickets & the Indiana Jones Decoder Card!

MORE TO COME!

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