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Ride The Last Red Car

Los Angeles 1961

Mar 15th 2013 by Christopher via Pacific Electric

Roadtrip A 14-minute documentary about the last “red car” train from downtown Los Angles to Long Beach in 1961. The red cars, along with buses and streetcars were famous sights in California and operated by the Pacific Electric company. The Los Angeles to Long Beach passenger rail line served from July 4, 1903 until April 9, 1961. Back then it still had long stretches of open country running on private right-of-way. With the introduction of new fast freeways and more competitive cars in the early 1950s, the trains and streetcars were deemed as redundant and expensive. By the mid of the 1960s, the former Pacific Electric was no more. Today, the same route is operated by ( continue reading... )

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The Cocktail Nation: RIP Lauren Bacall

Episode 324    Aug 24th 2014

Sad news last week of the passing of Lauren Bacall, so on this edition of the Cocktail Nation we will take a look at her life and times. News on what they call the “Steve McQueen effect”, news on a classic Cadillac dealership in trouble in Los Angeles, and I will take a look at what is happening on the neo lounge music scene from across the globe.

Roadtrip Melvin Hale is a award-winning digital artist from Los Angeles, California that specializes in bringing back old photographs to life. He also offers a collection called California Chromes, which are composed from remastered and re-imagined vintage color images of a colorful California. They are primarily street scenes of cities, beaches and other destinations. California Chromes showcase fun places with fond memories, and make for truly great wall art and conversation. Currently there are more than 300 vintage images from California in Living Color available and more are being added. Right now there is a 50% off sale on all California Chromes ( continue reading... )


Roadtrip The Disneyland Hotel in Anahem, California opened its doors in 1955 as a motor-inn type Hotel. Walt Disney wanted to build a hotel for Disneyland visitors to stay overnight. However, Disney’s financial resources were significantly depleted by the construction of the park, so he negotiated a deal with Jack Wrather and his business partner Maria Helen Alvarez under which Wrather-Alvarez Productions would own and operate ( read more... )

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Daydreaming The Accidental Sea is a 6-minute short film filmed and narrated by Ransom Riggs that briefly discusses the history of the Salton Sea area in California and also depicts the desolation of it since the area’s abandonment over the decades. ( read more... )

Film All you need to know is “Raquel!” stars Raquel Welch and was “filmed on location in London, Paris, Acapulco, Mexico City, Big Sur, Sun Valley, Yucatan, and Los Angeles!” She sings. She dances. And Bob Mackie designed the costumes. Prepare yourself to step into a time capsule that is so quintessentially 1970. “Raquel!” starts off with Raquel singing “Games People Play” during the opening credits ( read more... )

Architecture The Brick House have visited a couple who have done a fantastic job of redecorating and restoring their home back to its original style and feel. Located in the high desert of Southern California, they invites us to a house tour. Jill and T.K. have been DIYing the crap out of their mid century pad for the past six years and while it’s still a ( read more... )