May 22, 2022

Neutra Homes In Silver Lake

A week ago I headed into Silver Lake for a tour of homes designed by Richard Neutra. It was part of Modernism Week which seems to take place three times a year now. This tour started at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences at 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard. This was Neutra's home and office. There are nine homes designed by Neutra in the immediate neighborhood. The tour started with the interior of the Neutra VDL Studio, followed by a walk-by of the other homes, concluding with an interior tour of Reunion House at 2440 Earl Street, which the Neutra Institute took possession of just this past February. The complete set of photos is here. These are some samples:
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (9933)
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (9948)
Neutra's remains are interred in the courtyard of the house
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (9956)
The courtyard
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (9962)

Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (9997)
They let us climb these apparently insubstantial stairs to the penthouse
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (0106)
Balcony overlooking the courtyard
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (0121)

Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (0141)
View from the penthouse
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Sokol House - Neutra (0362)
The gate to the Sokol House at 2242 Silver Lake Boulevard
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Inadomi, Kambara and Yew Houses - Neutra (2241)
L to R: the Inadomi, Kambara and Yew Houses
on Silver Lake Boulevard.

Inadomi and Kambara Houses - Neutra (0208)
The entrance area for the Inadomi and Kambara houses
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Yew House - Neutra (0217)
Yew House
at 2226 Silver Lake Boulevard.

Ohara House - Neutra (0227)
Ohara House
at 2210 Neutra Place.

Reunion House - Neutra (0347)
Reunion House
at 2440 Earl Street.

Reunion House - Neutra (0280)
Reunion House
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Reunion House - Neutra (0325)
Reunion House
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Reunion House - Neutra (0331)
Reunion House
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May 2, 2022

Four Old Ones

Boston Public Garden (4)
Boston Public Garden
,1983, Agfachrome.

Boston Public Garden (3)
Boston Public Garden in winter
with a view of the ritz-Carlton and John Hancock Tower, 1982, Agfachrome.

Veterans War Memorial Tower on Mt Greylock (1)
Veterans War Memorial Tower on Mt Greylock
in western Massachusetts. Mt Greylock is the highest peak in Massachusetts with an elevation of 3,489 feet (1,063 meters). I had bicycled with friends to the top. 1991, Kodachrome.

Sculpture (1)
A sculpture I have not yet identified
, but the slide is from October 1992, a month when I visited Washington DC, so there's a good chance this was in a Smithsonian museum. Kodachrome.

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April 15, 2022

Three Cemetery Photos and A Rose

John Foster, Dec'd 1681
John Foster, deceased 1681
, Dorchester North Burying Ground (Boston). Kodachrome, 1992.

Smith Brothers - Westerly Burying Ground
Brothers Henry D. Smith (dec'd 1862, Bull Run) and James H. Smith (dec'd 1866)
. Westerly Burying Ground, West Roxbury (Boston). Kodachrome, 1991.

Ebenezer Warren & Deacon Edward Ruggles
Ebenezer Warren (dec'd 1756) and Deacon Edward Ruggles (dec'd 1765)
. Eliot Burying Ground, Roxbury (Boston). Kodachrome, 1991.

Pink Rose (1)
Pink rose with some kind of insect that might be a bee
. Kodachrome, 1992.

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March 18, 2022

Three Petroglyph Photos

Each of these was shot on Ilford XP2 Super 400 film. These petroglyphs are near Joshua Tree, but not in the national park.
Petroglyphs (5)

Petroglyphs (4)

Petroglyphs (3)

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March 8, 2022

The 88 Cities of Los Angeles County


This will start you at 6:10 where they begin to list the 88 cities in order by date of incorporation. If you want to see the whole video, just go back to the start.

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January 30, 2022

Yet Four More Slides

Lowell, Massachusetts
Lowell, Massachusetts
. Kodachrome, 1991.

Boston Massacre Monument (1)
The Boston Massacre Monument on the Boston Common
. Kodachrome, 1991.

Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial (2)
Myself in front of the Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial
. Ektachrome, 2002.

A&A
A Canadian record store chain
. This must be in Montreal. The slide was dated May 1992, but I think we were there in January or February. It was so cold I longed for the relative warmth of a Chicago winter for relief. Kodachrome.

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January 23, 2022

Four Grave Photos

All of these were shot on Kodachrome in October 1990. I was probably preparing for the Tour De Graves or participating in the actual tour. The Tour De Graves was a bicycle ride that visited most (if not all) of the city-owned cemeteries in Boston. That proved to be too long a ride for some of the people who turned out for it, so in subsequent years it was shortened to exclude the cemeteries that are further out from the center of the city. These photos (or some of these) might be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, but I have been unable to determine for sure which cemetery any of these are in.
Family Plots

Stone Spheres

Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Memorial

William Solomon

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January 22, 2022

Four Old Kodachromes

Provincetown as seen from the Pilgrim Monument (1)
Provincetown viewed from atop the Pilgrim Monument
, Kodachrome, 1991.

Bunker Hill Monument (1)
The Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown
, Kodachrome, 2002.

Christ Church - Old North Church (1)
Old North Church
, Kodachrome, 2002.

It's downhill from here
Riding to a bike rally in way-upstate New York I crossed over this divide
, Kodachrome, 1992.

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January 17, 2022

"I Have Been To The Mountaintop"


Full text. MLK's final speech, the night before he was murdered.

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January 16, 2022

On Broadway

Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour Group
Not my photo
. This came in a recent email from the Museum of Neon Arts. Somebody shot this at the conclusion of the Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour. I'm the one in the white sweatshirt wearing a pink cap. Left of me (on my right) is Edmon Rodman who led the tour. I think we lost three or four from the group at the mid-point of the tour, the Grand Central Market.

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December 22, 2021

Jewish Lights Over Broadway

The Museum of Neon Arts seems to be able to schedule a tour (or two) during each COVID low point. This past Sunday they offered "Jewish Lights Over Broadway." The route was simple. We met at the Eastern Building which is almost at 9th and Broadway. From there we walked up to 4th and Broadway (the Bradbury Building), turned around and came back down on the opposite side of Broadway. Along the way the tour leader shared his incredibly detailed knowledge on the history of the buildings, the neon, and the people who built it all, many of whom were/are Jewish. I'd be willing to do this tour any time of the year, although if you tried it in the summer you'd have to wait until well after 9 o'clock to insure solid darkness to appreciate all the neon. But at this particular time of year it appealed to me even more because it looked like a social event during the holiday season that was NOT likely to include traditional Christmasy stuff. And Hanukkah has passed, so I wouldn't even have to hear a dreidel song.

Eastern Columbia Lofts (7480)
The entrance to the Eastern Columbia Lofts
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Villa Moreliana (7509)
At the Grand Central Market
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United Artists Theatre (7486)

Orpheum Theatre (7552)
The neon wasn't turned on, but it was still up there
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Neon Display at Grand Central Market (7515)
Also at the Grand Central Market
. The MONA had some connection to the creation of this display.

Globe Theatre (7530)

Broadway Bar (7546)

Apple Tower Theatre (7534)

The complete set of photos is here.

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November 29, 2021

Phil Saviano Dead At Age 69

Phil and I met well before the time of the Boston Globe Spotlight stories, and I recall him telling me that personnel changes at the Boston Globe might finally make it possible for him to get his story out there.

His Boston Globe obituary.

The NY Times obituary.

From Facebook:

Wednesday, December 1: Wake from 4PM - 8 PM at Mann & Rodgers Funeral Home, 44 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Thursday, December 2: Wake from 4PM β€” 8PM at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic Street, Douglas, MA 01516
Friday, December 3:” Funeral mass at 10AM at St Denis Church, 23 Manchaug Street, Douglas, MA 01516 followed by burial

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November 12, 2021

Plessy to be Pardoned

Ferguson, however, will not be so fortunate.The Louisiana Board of Pardons voted unanimously to recommend a pardon for Homer Plessy who died in 1925. The final decision now is up to the Governor..

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September 23, 2021

Three In California; One in Boston

Round Valley (1)
I took this photo (Kodachrome) of the trunk of a Jeffrey Pine in Long Valley on Mt San Jacinto on my first visit to Palm Springs - in 1996
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Ocean Beach (2)
Here I am on Ocean Beach in San Francisco
in the days just before California AIDS Ride 2 started in May 1995. This was my Cannondale bike's first trip to the west coast, so I wanted to baptize it with Pacific Ocean water.

Park Street Church - Boston (3)
Park Street Church and Park Street Station shot on Agfachrome in December 1992.
In the foreground is the Brewer Fountain.

Prosperity Cleaners
Prosperity Cleaners on Cole Street in San Francisco
, May 1995.

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September 21, 2021

Fall River

What grinds my gears in this brief news article about former mayor Correia of Fall River [pronounced like 'Faw Rivah'], Massachusetts, being sentenced to six years for "fraud and extortion tied to the licensing of local marijuana businesses," is that they refer to FR as "a small Massachusetts town." Don't you picture a town green with a white church and a few other 18th century buildings lying about? Fall River is the tenth largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 94,000. It was one of those Massachusetts cities that were early leaders in the American industrial revolution. So when the ex-Mayuh of the tenth largest city goes down for fraud and extortion, that's kind of big town.

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September 20, 2021

The Rodney King Videographer Has Died Due To COVID

George Holliday, a plumber from Argentina, grabbed his Sony Handycam when he heard the sirens outside his residence. He shot the video from his balcony. He tried to offer the video to the LAPD twice, but they were uninterested, so he handed it over to KTLA. The video - a bit over 8 minutes.

Mr. Holliday died at a hospital in Simi Valley on Sunday.

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August 13, 2021

Date Shake History

Here's an interesting and informative podcast on the history of dates and date shakes in the Coachella Valley. I'm sure I don't need to caution my informed readers to beware of the claim that somehow date sugar is more "natural" than refined sugar and, therefore, is safer for diabetics. Sugar is sugar.

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August 11, 2021

Four Kodachromes From The Early '90s

The Bandstand On Boston Common (1)
The bandstand on Boston Common
, Kodachrome, 1991.

NYC Public Library During Pride - 1994
NYC Public Library on Fifth Avenue during Gay Pride
, 1994. Kodachrome.

Robert Frost, poet
The grave of Robert Frost and other members of his family
in Bennington, Vermont, Kodachrome, 1991.

Cannondale Bicycle At Covered Bridge
My Cannondale in front of a covered bridge somewhere in New England
, Kodachrome, 1990.

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July 24, 2021

Aluminaire House Coming To Palm Springs

It will be built in the south parking lot at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Google satellite view.

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July 18, 2021

Four More In Los Angeles

These were shot on Bergger Pancro400 film.

Lamp Fixture at Union Station (2)

Million Dollar Theater (1)
The Million Dollar Theater
, the first Grauman theater. Wikipedia.

Million Dollar Theater (2)
The Million Dollar Theater, all of it
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Cameo Theatre (1)
The Cameo Theatre
operated from 1910 to 1991, making it "the city's longest running, continually operating theatre." More info.

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