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Another Deadly Chicago Heat Wave: 1916

Scroll down or click these links for appendixes on CHICAGO MORTALITY TRENDS and WEATHER RECORDS; and SOURCE NOTES. THIS MONTH—JULY 2020—WAS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHICAGO’S MOST NOTORIOUS HEAT WAVE, which killed an estimated 700 people during a scorching week in 1995. While that tragedy is well documented, a similar catastrophe from earlier in the […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 7

MISCELLANEOUS MOVIE LOCATIONS See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: The Firestone from Lost Highway / Echo Lake Park / Chili John’s / Handy Market / Point Dume / Lankershim Arts Center / Burbank Water and Power / The Music Box Steps / Venice Beach and Santa Monica / The […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 6

SOUTH L.A. AND VICINITY See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: Doheny Mansion / “Winkie’s Diner” / The diner that inspired Winkie’s / “Eat at Judy’s” (Rudy’s) / The lot where Tyler Durden’s house was / Point Fermin Park / Pelican Cove Park During my visit to L.A., I spent […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 5

DOWNTOWN L.A. See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: “Nite Owl Café” / Safety Last! / The door to Club Silencio / The Banks-Huntley Building / “Twin Peaks Savings & Loan” / The Tower Theatre / Hotel Barclay / Fire Station No. 23 / The Bradbury Building / The Million […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 4

HOLLYWOOD See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: Paramount Studios / The Hollywood Walk of Fame / The death scene in Inland Empire / The Frolic Room / Cinerama Dome / Alto Nido Apartments / Hollywood Center Motel / Hollywood Athletic Club / Crossroads of the World / Capitol Records […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 3

GRIFFITH PARK, ETC. See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: The Snow White Cottages, a.k.a. Sierra Bonita / Snow White Café / Griffith Observatory / Bronson Caves / The Hollywood Sign and Sunset Ranch / The tailgating scene from Lost Highway? THE SNOW WHITE COTTAGES, A.K.A. SIERRA BONITA “It’s right […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 2

MULHOLLAND DRIVE See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: Mulholland Drive / Fred and Renee’s house from Lost Highway / The walk down from Mulholland Drive / Aunt Ruth’s apartment / Pink’s Hot Dogs “I want to know if there was an accident on Mulholland Drive.” David Lynch named his […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Part 1

I went to Los Angeles. I looked for locations where some of my favorite L.A. movies were made. Especially the films of David Lynch, but others, too. Here’s what I saw and learned… BEVERLY HILLS AND VICINITY See an INDEX for this series of blog posts. In this part: Greystone Mansion / Beverly Center / […]

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Looking for Hollywood history and David Lynch’s Los Angeles: Index

I went to Los Angeles. I looked for locations where some of my favorite L.A. movies were made. Especially the films of David Lynch, but others, too. Here’s what I saw and learned… Part 1: BEVERLY HILLS AND VICINITY:Greystone Mansion / Beverly Center / Franklin Canyon Park Part 2: MULHOLLAND DRIVE: Mulholland Drive / Fred […]

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Where Chicago’s 1919 race riot began

The landscape along Lake Michigan on Chicago’s South Side has utterly changed over the past century. If you’re looking for the beaches where Chicago’s race riot erupted on July 27, 1919, you won’t find them. As I was researching a history of the riot for Chicago magazine, I searched for maps, documents, and details that […]