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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy July 4th to all The Museum of the San Fernando Valley members, donors, Friends of The Museum and visitors.  How about a little holiday trivia?

Send us your answers and if you have these all correct, we will send you two passes to an upcoming Museum speaker or historic tour event ($20 value!)

Send answers to: themuseumsfv(at)gmail(dot)(com).

1) What historical event do Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July?

a) Official signing of the Declaration of Independence
b) George Washington's birthday
c) The first shots of the American Revolution
d) Formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence

2) How many founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence?

a) 13
b) 7
c) 32
d) 56

3) Which president first held a Fourth of July celebration at the White House?

a) George Washington
b) John Adams
c) Thomas Jefferson
d) James Madison

4) Which two U.S. presidents died on July 4th in the same year?

a) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
b) James Monroe and Martin Van Buren
c) Millard Fillmore and Andrew Johnson
d) William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding

5) Which U.S. president was born on Independence Day?

a) Calvin Coolidge
b) James Buchanan
c) Andrew Johnson
d) Ronald Reagan

6) What is the estimated number of people living in the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776?

a) 2.5 million
b) 9 million
c) 15 million
d) 30 million

7) Which of the following was not one of the original 13 American Colonies?

a) Vermont
b) Georgia
c) Massachusetts
d) North Carolina

Good luck!

Sources: Varied
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Deadline is August, Sunday, 30 2020.

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Carl Reiner, prolific comedy legend who created ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dead at 98

Carl Reiner, prolific comedy writer and legend who was most well-known for creating ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ died on June 29, 2020 at the age of 98 in Beverly Hills.

His longtime writing partner Mel Brooks said he treasured Carl Reiner as a colleague and friend.

“Whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend — nobody could do it better,” Brooks said. “He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliche in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed."

The Bronx-born Reiner worked in a machine shop after high school as he took free acting classes sponsored by the Works Progress Administration. He made $1 a week for his first paid acting gig but had to promise not to brag about his good fortune to the other cast members at a Manhattan theater.

He first came to national attention in the 1950s on Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” where he wrote alongside Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and other comedy legends. He remained lifelong friends with Brooks; in their later years, the two often shared dinner and a movie at Reiner’s home.

Additional information can be read from article written by Steve Chawkins and Dennis McLellan of The Los Angeles Times by clicking HERE.

"I've done a lot in my life but have to say that show is what I'm most proud of," said Reiner. "We couldn't afford to shoot it originally in color and make a profit, but I'm so pleased with the colorized episodes – they look fantastic."

Reiner's 2017 HBO documentary, "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast," was also recently released on DVD in which he narrates a series of interviews with active nonagenarians.

"In my opening section, I'm reading the newspaper obituary section and remark if I'm not in it, I'll have breakfast," he said. "They thought that would make a good title."

The documentary features 90+ year-old guests still active in areas such as sports, fashion, music, comedy and acting, such as Dick Van Dyke, Kirk Douglas, and Reiner's long-time cohort in comedy Mel Brooks. "Truly a collection of remarkable people," said Reiner.

 "Truly a collection of remarkable people," said Reiner.

His son, famous director and actor, Rob Reiner tweeted, "Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

Hugh Downs, television pioneer at ‘Today’ and ‘20/20,’ dies at 99

Hugh Downs, a television pioneer whose career spanned over five decades that included serving as Jack Paar’s late-night announcer-sidekick, hosting NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s news magazine “20/20,” died on July 2nd in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More than three decades later, the Guinness Book of Records certified that Downs held the Guinness Record for on-air national commercial television time, with nearly 10,000 as of 1985. His total of more than 15,000 hours was surpassed by Regis Philbin in 2004.

Hugh Downs on The Today Show.  

Downs worked for five years on the “Tonight” show, 10 years hosting the game show “Concentration,” nine years hosting the “Today” show, four years hosting “Over Easy", and the first seven of his 21 years hosting “20/20.” 

Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters on the show 20/20.

To read entire Obit article written by Dennis McLellan, Stephen Battaglio of The Los Angeles Times, please click HERE.

Jack Paar, Hugh Downs and Jose Melis on the Tonight Show in 1960.

Hugh Downs on the show Concentration. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

7-11 Zoom Speaker Series - Join us; Telling History Through Charms from artist, author and historian Phyllis Hansen

Please join us with The Museum's ongoing virtual speaker series on Zoom Saturday, July 11th, from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm with author and historian Phyllis Hansen as she takes you on a journey, Telling History Through Charms.

We ask for a $10 donation to support The Museum SFV.  RSVP HERE.

Upon reservation, we will send you the Zoom link a couple of days before the event.

Several years ago Phyllis authored a book on charms, “Charming: Jewelry with a Message” written for Brighton, the accessories company.

This led Phyllis down the rabbit hole into a wonderland learning where and when charms began, what stories they tell, how they are made, who wore them and why and how, even “what’s it all got to do with love.” She and the art team created some ideas of their own, too, on how to use, collect, and design with them, be it an old celluloid charm from a Crackerjack box or an heirloom that tells family history.

She has also collected charming stories from her audiences who brought their own remarkable bracelets to the programs. Now it’s your turn. 

Interactive portion of the meeting
- After the PowerPoint on Zoom, members who have vintage or contemporary charm bracelets and stories to show and tell can share with the rest of us, too.

Come bring your charming self and bracelets to the Zoom!

Phyllis is also a private collector, maintaining archives of several historic artists whose focus was on early California and its ranchos, pioneering figures and stories. Her love of research, combined with her passion for collecting, led her down new and quite surprising paths into the world of early California history herself. Meeting many remarkable, interesting people and making many exciting discoveries along the way, she now finds herself deeply immersed in the activities of a number of historical organizations and writing/editing on related topics. In free moments she does some art herself.

Presently Phyllis serves as Executive Committee Member, Programming & Education Lead with LA as Subject, Board member, Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association, concentrating on building the library and archives for this organization, Board member, San Fernando Valley Historical Society and was a founding member/director and officer of (and now advisor to) The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. She is a “Wikipedian,” volunteering on through local edit-a-thons to grow and expand the story of greater Los Angeles on the online encyclopedia site as well as helping balance the gender gap of Wikipedia’s contributors and content. In the past she has also been on the steering committee for Los Angeles’ Heritage Day. 

Please join us for a charming and engaging presentation!

RSVP and pay in advance HERE.

Thank you.