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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA 6/20-22-69 - Seeking artifacts

Hello Newport '69 fans...

The Museum has some groovy and far out plans for the 50th anniversary of this amazing concert. We are seeking your support in these areas:

Do you have any artifacts or memorabilia from this event?

Do you know of anyone that may have some items that can be a part of a program, event or exhibit?

If you attended the event, would you be interested in having The Museum SFV interview you as part of our archives?

If so, please contact Jackie Langa at 818-347-9665 or email at

Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA 6/20-22-69

Jimi Hendrix was the headline act for the Friday night opening, but he played so poorly - supposedly from an LSD-laced drink - that he returned to the stage on Sunday. His Sunday performance with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon, and several others lasted more than two hours. The Sunday performance is now legendary and prompted Los Angeles Times critic Pete Johnson to write that the audience “may have heard the best performance of their lives.”

An estimated 200,000 people attended Newport ’69. Despite a poor sound system, a lack of food, water, and restrooms, and brutal security by the Hells’ Angels, it was deemed a resounding success by the attendees and musicians. 

The City Fathers of Northridge held a different view and banned any future music festivals. Newport ’69 made headlines around the country for a spell, but two months later, the phenomenon known as Woodstock made Newport seem like a picnic.

Performers included:
Albert Collins
Albert King
Booker T. & the MG's
Brenton Wood
Buffy St. Marie
Chambers Brothers
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Creedance as it appears on poster)
Edwin Hawkins Singers
Eric Burdon
Friends of Distinction
Grass Roots
Ike & Tina Turner
Jethro Tull
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Joe Cocker
Johnny Winter
Lee Michaels
Marvin Gaye
Mother Earth
Taj Mahal
Three Dog Night 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Museum SFV - Speaker Series - Historian Shel Weisbach; Valley Buildings

The Museum SFV is pleased to have Historian Shel Weisbach return with another engaging presentation on 

Valley Buildings (& more) That Make Us
Smile Wonder and Appreciate

Hold on as we take a rollercoaster journey to imaginative and harshly real SFV sites that lead to emotion-and-thought-provoking reactions with emphasis on roadside diners and vendors, public art and architecture, cultural and political correctness, humanity and poverty, coincidences, inconvenient spellings, the space age sci-fi, rails and sails.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

2:00pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $10/pp

Location: The Museum SFV, Northridge
(see directions below)

PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.

Walk-in attendees welcome.  We would appreciate advance notice for this special event by calling 818-347-9665 or and let us know you will be attending.

FREE Parking in The Museum SFV parking lot. 

Enter on northeast corner of the building.

Elevator access to 2nd floor.         

Raffle Prizes too!

Directions to The Museum:
18860 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91324-3885

SE corner of Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St.
½ mile west from CSUN and 1/3 mile east from the Northridge Fashion Mall
Easy access from 118 Fwy.-Tampa exit; 101 Fwy.-Reseda exit; 405 Fwy.-Nordhoff exit   

Tel: 818-347-9665 

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Thank you.

Tim Conway passes at age 85

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started writing and performing comedy skits between morning movies on CBS. Later, Rose Marie "discovered" him and he became a regular performer on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956). However, Conway would not earn true fame until starring as "Ensign Charles Parker" on McHale's Navy (1962). Conway sought further success in several shows that were failures, including the embarrassingly short-lived, Turn-On (1969), with only one episode. The producers did not even want it back on after the commercial break! Even his own show, The Tim Conway Show (1970) flopped, with only 12 episodes.

Conway starred in the Disney film, The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), and also the films, The Prize Fighter (1979) and The Private Eyes (1980).

Conway became a comical performer on The Carol Burnett Show (1967), with characters such as "The Old Man" and "Mr. Tudball". Even though it is widely thought he was always a regular performer throughout the whole show, he only became a regular performer in 1975. He was a hysterical addition to the team and memorably made co-star Harvey Korman laugh on-screen live many times.

Conway had continued comedic roles such as "Dorf", and also in many more television appearances and films.

Tim Conway died on May 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. He was 85.

Source: IMDb

Doris Day passes away at age 97

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older.

Her parents divorced while she was still a child, and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career.

It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and at age 17, she began touring with the Les Brown Band. She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s).

Her first starring movie role was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It's a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.

In 1953, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).

In 1958, her brother Paul died. Around this time, her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: Do Not Disturb (1965), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, The Doris Day Show (1968). That show, like her movies, was successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances.

By the time Martin Melcher died, Doris discovered she was millions of dollars in debt. She learned that Melcher had squandered virtually all of her considerable earnings, but she was eventually awarded $22 million by the courts in a case against a man that Melcher had unwisely let invest her money. She married for the fourth time in 1976 and since her divorce in 1980 has devoted her life to animals.

Doris was a passionate animal rights activist. She ran Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.

Doris Day died on May 13, 2019, in Carmel Valley Village, California. She was 97.

Source: IMDb

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Museum SFV Speaker Series -Space author, historian and journalist Rod Pyle - not to be missed

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues this year with Rod Pyle, space author, journalist and historian on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at The Museum's alliance partner location, San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana.

Rod will discuss his latest book “First On The Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience,” which sold out on the first day of its release but will be available to all attendees for signing by the author, as well as “Space 2.0,” about the coming new space age.
The cost of each of the books will vary. Proceeds from book sales are generously being donated by Mr. Pyle to go to The Museum of the SFV.

“The Museum of the SFV is incredibly excited to have space author and historian Rod Pyle as one of our speakers this year. His expertise and proven background as nationally-recognized in the area of spaceflight makes him ideally suited to discuss the monumental anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first landing on the Moon,” said Michel Stevens, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

This multimedia presentation will include previously-unseen photo montages from the mission, as well as little-known facts about some of the dangers that faced the astronauts while on the Moon.

"It’s an honor to be able to discuss the first landing on the Moon with residents of Southern California, my home, especially in a region that hosted so many of the companies and individuals, such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, North American Rockwell, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas, that made this historic feat possible. Los Angeles is also home to a number of companies, such as SpaceX and Northrop Grumman, that are playing pivotal roles in the new space age that is upon us, and these will be highlighted as well,” Pyle said.

He has written extensively for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership program for the Johnson Space Center with The Conference Board.

Rod appears frequently on national radio and television, with regular slots on KFI/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, PBS’s “Between the Lines” and other venues. Rod holds an MA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design. Prior to book authoring, Rod produced nonfiction programming for The History Channel, Discovery Communications and a number of educational program providers, as well as producing TV commercials for over a decade.

He additionally worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a number of sci-fi pilots for Paramount Television and ran the preliminary visual effects unit for the new Battlestar Galactica. A number of his books, including "Blueprint for a Battlestar," “Innovation the NASA Way,” “Destination Mars” and “The Space Race” have been adopted for STEM efforts as well as university textbooks.


The event will be held at The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC). The SFVACC is located at 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356. Tel: 818.697.5525;

There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Metro Orange Line too - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.

The cost for the event is $10/pp.

Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite

Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The Museum SFV is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-1654. The Museum offers free admission to exhibits, free parking and has elevator access.

This will be a very special event that also ties into the new Apollo 11 - 50th anniversary exhibit at The Museum that opens up in early May.

Please join us.

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