I met a HERO today: Veteran’s Day 2011

While out for lunch today, I entered the restaurant and noticed a group of seasoned citizens sitting at a large table laughing and cutting up. They appeared to be in their late 70's or early 80's, or somewhere around there. Anyway, I was intrigued by their "coffee club" type of chatter and managed to sit at a table near them (and okay, …

Los Angeles in 1946 – The Elevated City of Tomorrow

In the name of traffic relief for the business district of Los Angeles in 1946, the Plant Engineering Company submitted an idea to remove all street-level sidewalks and move them up to the second-story of buildings. The official report was named "Suggested Down Town Traffic Solution Program" and the pitch included some of the following advantages: "Pedestrians are taken off …

1947 – Evelyn McHale: The Most Beautiful Suicide

While perusing back issues of Life Magazine, (May 12th, 1947 to be exact) PAGE 42!, I came across an amazing photo. An iconic photo that has somehow slipped by me. See a larger version HERE. Included with the photo in Life is the following paragraph: “On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. ‘He is much better off without …