Saturday, September 22, 2007

South Coast Plaza, Dana Point, robot elephants, etc

South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The Carousel Court is part of the original 1967 portion of the mall and was their main marketing theme for many years. The photo at right shows me there in March 1974, taking my first my first carousel ride. Clearly, I was still pretty unsure about the whole thing, even with Mom standing nearby.
The new Dana Point Historical Society newsletter, (The News Drogher) is out, with articles about early developer Ralph W. Quackenbush, the Society's upcoming home tour, and a November trip to the Doheny homes in Los Angeles. It sounds like Buck Henderson was in charge of their last BBQ, which is always a good thing.

I think we were all disappointed last week when the the pachyderms at CSUF's 50th anniversary Robot Elephant Race turned out to only be about a foot tall. I had visions of lifesized, realistic, bionic elephants charging around the campus at high speed. Now THAT would have been cool. Oh, well. Maybe for the 100th Anniversary.
Light Impressions Inc. will offer one of their "Archival Workshops" at the Old O.C. Courthouse on Oct. 6th. These workshops are the equivalent of Tupperware parties for folks who want to preserve their family photos and artifacts.

Dave DeCaro at Daveland has been doing a multi-post photo tour of Disneyland's "Tencennial" in 1965. For those who care about such things, there was also a great TV show broadcast for the park's 10th anniversary, which is available on a couple different DVD sets. In the show, Walt shows introduces us to some of the top Imagineers and shows off his plans for Pirates of the Carribean, the Haunted Mansion, and other new attractions. Here are a few clips:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check out this video about the original construction of Disneyland.