Monday, January 12, 2009

Lion Country, Huntington Beach, Juan Flores, etc.

Today's image is a map of Lion Country Safari in Laguna Hills. Remember Bubbles the Hippo who escaped from Lion Country Safari three times in 1978? Doug Irving had an interesting story in the Register recently detailing Bubbles' fate.
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Speaking of interesting stories, check out Gustavo's article about Juan Flores in the current OC Weekly. He does a fair job of peeling away the layers of distortion, romantic fiction and socio-political rhetoric that attach themselves to such events over time. My only question is this: What's the backstory on the hanging photo on page 14?
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Docent Bob Huttar will lead an Irvine Ranch Conservancy hike on Sunday, Jan. 18, called "The Tales & Stories of Historic Santiago and Limestone Canyons." The hike is rated "easy," which makes it sound even better. Check their website for details.
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In honor of the City of Huntington Beach's centennial anniversary, a display of historic artifacts, models, videos, photos and documents will be exhibited from Jan. 17 to Feb. 22 at the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St. The opening reception on Jan. 16, 6-9pm, is open to the public. (I'll post more information about related events soon.)
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Local historian Hedwig "Hadie" Bloodgood lived through much of Anaheim's history and carefully passed on her memories to current and future generations. She died Jan. 10th at the age of 104. A service will be held Jan. 17 at 11am at Hilgenfeld Mortuary Chapel with interment to follow at Anaheim Cemetery. I'm told the Anaheim Historical Society's files are filled with her work, including a series of excellent biographical sketches.
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Last week also saw the death of Don Callender, founder of Marie Callender's pies and restaurants. In 1948, he helped found All-American Pie in Long Beach - a wholesale pie business based on his mother Marie's recipes. In 1964, he opened the first Marie Callender's pie shop and restaurant, which still operates on Tustin Ave. in Orange. The second and third restaurants in the O.C.-based chain were in La Habra and Anaheim, respectively.

1 comment:

Gustavo Arellano said...

Chris: Gracias for the plug. Most of the information available on that hanging shot on page 14 was included in the loooong caption we put on the side. One neglection: the hanging took place in Orange County. We included it because, well, how can one write a story about lynchings without a picture of one? More soon...