Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Posts Tagged ‘california’

Aug

23

2016

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Rudolph Valentino Died 90 Years Ago Today (So the Woman in Black Returned)

As they have done for 89 years since, Rudolph Valentino's fans gathered at 12:10 pm in the mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to pay tribute—songs, praise, sermons about the eternal life of fame.

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Aug

23

2016

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What Will Become of the Home Where Walt Disney Lived When He Was a Loser?

Dreams do come true, and sometimes wilder than anyone could have imagined them, but sometimes they have to lay dormant—or get left behind, or rot, or even be given to someone else—for a long time before they can.

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May

6

2013

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Mystery solved! The grave smiley Samaritan steps forward

It seems the mystery of "Who's leaving smiley faces beside celebrity graves" has been solved, and the answer is rather beautiful in its guilelessness:

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Jan

24

2013

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Manzanar, where decent Americans were destroyed [WATCH]

Tweet The history of the United States could fairly viewed as a succession of excuses for not living up to its contractual obligations. All men were not created equal, according to the Declaration of Independence: Slaves were allowed. The Supreme Court said the Cherokees were a sovereign nation: The South took their land anyway. Every […]

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Jul

17

2012

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Who’s leaving smiley faces beside celebrity graves?

Tweet I swear it’s not me. Someone else is leaving water-smoothed rocks with painted-on smiley faces by the eternal resting spots of the stars of yesteryear. I’m just the first person to notice. I keep running across them in Los Angeles. These are from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Forest Lawn Memorial Park […]

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Jun

20

2012

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How James Dean crashed: his death site [WATCH]

Despite the fact this road is in the middle of a mule's ass, miles from any town, it positively pounds with speeding, heedless traffic criss-crossing the junction. I have rarely felt less secure on a rural highway. When you pull over, the passing cars are going so blazingly fast your whole vehicle shudders. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

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May

28

2012

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Disney Legend Bob Gurr on creating his Disneyland rides

"Since Walt wanted the Matterhorn Bobsleds to open in just over a year later, along with a Submarine Voyage, a larger Autopia, and a Monorail, he asked if it could be built faster. He asked me to design a bobsled and two track layouts. He asked Arrow Development, Walt’s favorite outside manufacturer, to find a way. Arrow said bent up pipe would be the quickest way, thus it turned out to be the world’s first steel pipe coaster. See, Walt

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Feb

7

2012

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San Francisco’s tourist pitfalls

I take you to San Francisco, which is already a good-value city for vacations, and show how to make it into an even better value.

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Feb

3

2012

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A ride on L.A.’s Angels Flight [WATCH]

An as-if-you-are-there video, without commentary or too many cuts, of a ride on the historic Angels Flight Railway in Los Angeles.

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Aug

18

2010

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How to see Los Angeles without a car: Use the subway

Tweet This one was fun, and it had me getting paid to eat maple-glazed bacon donuts at the Nickel Diner. Not recorded: Me getting kicked out of the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre for having a video camera. I felt like a 60 Minutes correspondent, only without the muckraking. The original post on WalletPop explains […]

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