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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

TAX PLANNING AND YOUR MUSEUM

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                2012

December 26, 2012

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In less than a week we will be celebrating a new year, and while you are busy with your resolutions and tax-planning, we hope you’ll take a moment to let us know that you care about the Valley’s history, and our arts and culture.

Your tax-deductible support lets the world know that you believe our San Fernando Valley heritage is important and worth protecting.
 
During this next year your contribution, great or small, will go toward the following and other important efforts by Your Museum:

•  Collecting and archiving artifacts related to Valley history and culture

•  Capturing oral histories of the San Fernando Valley through our
    “Narrating Lives” program

•  Expanding our present historic walking tours of North Hollywood and
   Van Nuys

•  Training docents for Valley historical sites

•  Supporting The Museum’s Public Art Initiative throughout the Valley

•  Continuing our Notable Speakers Series

•  Opening the Museum’s office and work spaces

•  Fostering historical theatre for Valley public and private schools

•  Identifying and defending endangered historic sites and structures

•  Exciting the Valley pride in our history and culture through our “Horses   
   Across The Valley “ project that will showcase full-size sculptures of horses decorated
   by Valley artists

•  Supporting Valley community arts and historical celebrations

•  Conducting “the Big Read,” a National Endowment of the Arts literacy
    project and Valley-wide festival

•  Authoring and disseminating Articles on Valley Arts and History
•  Publishing Valley history and events regularly on The Museum’s blog

•  Speaking to community groups and working with government agencies 
    about Valley history and issues
   
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is a California non-profit corporation number  # 2795694.
We are a California charity trust number CT0161685. Our federal tax-exempt number is EIN 26-1292402.

On behalf of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, may 2013 bring you good health,
prosperity and especially happiness.

Gerlad Fecht, Ph.D.
President 

Contributions may be made payable and sent to:  (mailing address only)
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
c/o Donations/Membership
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2230

Monday, December 24, 2012

WAS THIS ONE OF FREDERICK HARTSOOK'S HOUSES?


CHERISHING OUR VALLEY       2012

Bob Peppermuller, Associate of The Museum, sends this photograph of what he believes to be an original Hartsook house in North Hollywood.  (click on image to enlarge it.)


Sunday, December 23, 2012

KOVER'S BULL PEN RESTAURANT WAS IN SHERMAN OAKS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY      2012

Eddie Kover's Bull Pen Restaurant was located at 14649 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

Menu of Kover's Bull Pen restaurant - loaned to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

OTTO'S PINK PIG 1945 - 1979

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY      2012

In 1945, as World War II came to a close, Otto Nassar opened his restaurant, The Pink Pig in what was then Van Nuys - now, Sherman Oaks, California. The place, which originally looked like a cafe off Route 66, was modest in decor and great in food. The fact that celebrities such as Dorothy Lamore and Bob Hope ate there, when returning from long days on the set in the "country", soon made The Pink Pig a destination place in Los Angeles. 

The restauranteur added his name to Otto Nassar's Pink Pig, when he remodeled the place in the late 50's. Located at 4958 Van Nuys Boulevard, a short distance north of Riverside Drive, "The Pig" remained open until 1979.

Original Pink Pig Restaurant 1945 - Photo loaned by Gary Fredburg 2012 - (click on image to enlarge it.)

Interior of the original Pink Pig Restaurant 1945 - Photo loaned by Gary Fredburg 2012 - (click on image to enlarge it.)
Menu from Otto's Pink Pig Restaurant 1962 - Loaned to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on the image to enlarge it.)


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Friday, December 21, 2012

LANKERSHIM COMMONWEALTH BANK HEADS TOWARD DESTRUCTION

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY        2012

Museum Associate Bob Peppermuller has sent us two of the final photographs of the historic Commonwealth Building on Lankershim in North Hollywood. The structure failed to gain an historic monument status from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. Closing the structure as a Citibank branch, is the first step toward tearing down the Valley's first high-rise commercial building and replacing it with an apartment complex.  

 (click on images to enlarge them)

Museum Associate Bob Peppermuller has sent us two of the final photographs of the historic Commonwealth Building on Lankershim in North Hollywood. The structure failed to gain an historic monument status from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. Closing the structure as a Citibank branch, is the first step toward tearing the Valley's first high rise down and replacing it with an apartment complex.

CARE ABOUT CONSERVING VALLEY LANDMARKS?
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Museum Holiday Party 2012 at Campo de Cahuenga

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Members, its board of directors, Museum Associates, Friends from Campo de Cahuenga and Friends of The Museum shared a nice evening together at its annual holiday party on December 13th. This year Campo de Cahuenga offered its facility for the event. Some of the many guests in attendance included:


Barry & Barbara Bierman and Bev and Mel Mitchell - thank you to Barbara for wearing a hand-painted dress!


Maryley Carrillo, Associate of The Museum, Nancy & Roger Dolin of Mural Environments and Kathy Cryer of the San Fernando Valley Arts Council enjoying the evening.


Rania Pallad and Willard Simms brought in carolers which added some spice and warmth to the evening.  Mary Sterling is also shown. Thank you!



Gerald Fecht, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley offered some historic background on Campo de Cahuenga.


The Museum board members Gary Fredburg and Lee Davis sharing a light moment.


Guest of The Museum, Bronwyn & Lloyd Ralph, Jonathan & Karen Reich and Michel Stevens.


Lee and Lisa Davis enjoying the evening.


Rob Friedman, Associate of The Museum and Museum board member Rania Pallad.

 Friends of The Museum William & Janet Bryant and guest Suzie.


Guy Weddington McCreary of Campo de Cahuenga, Carolyn Uhri of Horses Across the Valley and guest.


Deuk and Beth Perrin of Campo de Cahuenga Memorial Historical Association.


Fellow Museum board members Scott Sterling and Richard Hilton.

Thanks to everyone that assisted in making the event a memorable evening.

Friday, December 14, 2012

BABY INEZ FLORES y MORIN ATTENDS FIRST MUSEUM EVENT

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY           2012

Jerry Fecht, President of The Museum, baby Inez and her mother Elizabeth Morin, at The Museum's Holiday Party held at historic Campo de Cahuenga. (click on image to enlarge it)

Special thanks to all who worked so hard to make the Annual Museum Holiday Party such a great success!  Allow me to introduce Inez Flores y Morin who, with her mother Elizabeth Morin, was attending her second Museum event. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

PROMOTIONAL IMAGES OF ROY ROGERS BUILD MUSEUM'S NOTABLES ARCHIVE

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY   2012

These two great promotional photographs of the famous Roy Rogers are important additions to The Museum's archive of notable San Fernando Valley residents. A gift from Linda O'Connor, the two images are particularly useful for The Museum's Horses Across The Valley project.



VAN NUYS BAPTISTS ONCE HAD A FAMOUS CHOIR

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY        2012

     At one time, the Van Nuys community celebrated the Christmas season in a big way. There was a very popular "Nativity Christmas Parade" in which nearly of the area's Christian churches participated with festive floats. Each float depicted a different part of the life of Jesus. Catholics almost always featured a float about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary.
     By the late 1970s, the First Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Jess Moody, had grown into one of the most powerful religious organizations in the Valley (it remains such today in its new location in Porter Ranch and under its new name Shepherd of the Hills church. The church no longer maintains a large adult choir.

December 13, 1982 - Program for The Living Christmas Tree - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012  (click on image to enlarge it.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LINDA O'CONNOR SHARES A SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MYSTERY

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY         2012

Here's a mystery for you Museum detectives.  About the diameter of a large dinner plate, this bowl bears the date 1959, and the name Sunkist - Van Nuys, California USA.


 (click on image to enlarge it)

Sunkist Bowl - Gift of Linda O'Connor 2012 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

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Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2230

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

VIEW FROM THE ALMEROTH HOUSE IN NORTHRIDGE EARLY 1950s

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY         2012

Among the recent Northridge Boys Baseball memorabilia sent to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Pete Almeroth, is this snapshot of Northridge taken in the early 1950s. The house was at 17353 Willard Street.  The photograph was taken from the roof, "looking north?" toward Roscoe (Boulevard).
"Notice the incinerator in the yard to the left. Everybody had one. Also check out the little white dots at the top of the photo, not sure."  Pete Almeroth 2012.

The little white dots are above the clouds and just above the utility lines.



Here's a close up of the little white dots that Pete mentions:




Monday, December 10, 2012

CONTACTING YOUR MUSEUM




The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
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Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2230

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1963 BOYS BASEBALL ASSOCIATION ALL STARS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY         2012


Thanks to Pete Almeroth of Warrenville, Illinois, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley has received some great memorabilia from the Northridge All Stars Boys Baseball teams. (click on images to enlarge them.)


 1963 Northridge Boys Baseball Association - All Stars


  1963 Northridge Boys Baseball Association - All Stars Coaches 





ANTHONY WILKINSON PANORAMA CITY LEADER

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY         2012


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     When I was an impoverished graduate student at USC, I shared what was supposed to be an apartment with Tony Wilkinson in the Saint James Park area of Los Angeles. We were both amazingly poor but had a great time making the most of living in the city.
     Anthony Wilkinson was born in 1942. He came to USC in 1960 from Santa Barbara, where we were members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Years passed and I reconnected with Tony in the effort to expand The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's services to the community of Panorama City.
     In 2012, Tony Wilkinson is an independent Civic and Social Organization professional. He is the outgoing president of the Panorama City Neighborhood Council and has served at the vice chairman of the Council and its finance chairman.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A SMALL TRIBUTE TO ARTIST SHAHIN ATIGHEH

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY            2012

The Art World and the San Fernando Valley lost an important sculptor and teacher recently. She began her career in the arts in Tehran, Iran during her university studies there.
Shahin Atigheh was a member of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's Horses Across The Valley project and an Associate of the Museum.  (click on images to enlarge them._


 Shahin Ahgheh

Shahin Ahgheh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tehran University in 1970. She did post graduate studies at Fulham College in London where she was introduced to sculpture. 

 Copper Screen by Shahin Ahgheh.

In 1975 Shahin continued her study of sculpture at the Institute de Florissant in Geneva, Switzerland.

 Pure Love by Shahin Ahgheh

On her arrival in the United States, Shahin began studies at California State University Northridge under Professor David Elder.

 Circle of Love by Shahin Atigheh

Photographs are by Bruce Fier of Van Nuys



Thursday, December 6, 2012

CARL OSCAR BORG'S CAPITULATION OF CAHUENGA

CHERISH OUR VALLEY           2012



Cover of Touring Topics magazine November 1931 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg Dec. 2012  (click on image to enlarge it)

Carl Oscar Borg was a member of the Painter's Club of Los Angeles. He was an art director for motion picture studios, a teacher and painter of California subjects.  Borg was especially active in the silent movie era.

CIRCLE DRIVE HOUSE AND AQUEDUCT IN 1922

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY           2012

Special thanks to Gary Fredburg, Director of Acquisitions for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, for the gift of these two important photographs taken in 1922.


 

Caption:  "Home at Circle Drive on the way from Lankershim to Van Nuys. 
Roses everywhere. May 1922." (click on image to enlarge it.)


Comment by Richard Hilton:  "Circle drive is where Chandler curves around onto Van Nuys Boulevard.  Just north of that was the Whitley mansion which I think this is, but the connundrum it had already been sold to someone else and they were selling it in April, 1922.  The elevation of the blog photo is exactly the Whitley mansion, but the windows on the second story, even though close, have been modified from the original look as built.  The driveway seen in your photo, is the lefthand section of the circle drive which was in front of the house."
 The house above has been identified as the The Whitley House in Van Nuys.
 



Caption: "Los Angeles Aqueduct near Saugus. July 27, 1922"

December 6, 2012


Garage sale this weekend at Bob Hope's Toluca Lake Estate


This weekend, at Bob Hope's estate in Toluca Lake, fans of the legendary entertainer can rummage through goodies at a garage sale. The estate is located at 10346 Moorpark St. in Toluca Lake.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, admirers of the comedian, movie star, perennial Oscars host, tireless USO tour emcee and golf nut can purchase Christmas decorations and other items he and his wife collected after they built the place in 1939. Bob Hope died at age 100 in 2003, and Dolores died at age 102 in 2011. 

There will be an upcoming auction of furniture, artwork and other items Hope's home to be auctioned via Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, probably in the fall of 2013. 

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WAYNE QUIGLEY - A VALLEY COLLEGE LEGEND

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY          2012

Congratulations to Valley College alumnus and Phi Delta Psi Fraternity member Wayne Quigley on his forthcoming induction into the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame! One of the great running backs in Valley College football history, Wayne Quigley starred for the Monarchs in 1966 & 1967. He garnered All Metro, All American honors in 1967, team MVP, while setting a then three school rushing records in the same year. He finished is college career with two great years at UOP in 1968 & 1969, being named Most Improved player in 1968.

 Wayne Quigley   (click on image to enlarge it)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

FALL SLIPS AWAY GRACEFULLY IN SHERMAN OAKS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY      2012

The Canadian geese have arrived in the San Fernando Valley. I heard their seasonal honking as I put my car away last Friday. The steady rains came on December 1 and 2, just as predicted. Here's a photograph that I took of a tree in Carolyn Urhi's front yard, when we were on our way to an arts and culture of the San Fernando Valley meeting at the Department of Cultural Affairs. Fall in Southern California has a privacy not readily seen by newcomers. (click on image to enlarge it.)


AIRPLANES IN HAVENHURST AVE. LOBBY

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY     2012




I hope that all of us in The Museum Community make it a habit to carry around a light weight camera. The San Fernando Valley teems with opportunities to see our region's creativity in action. Here are three panels from the entrance to an office building near the Van Nuys Airport.