Friday, August 13, 2021

Beverly Hills Monument

Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library Archives

The caption for the photo above that appeared in the L.A. Herald Examiner in 1960 reads, "Commemorating the work of eight film pioneers who led the fight against Beverly Hills' annexation by Los Angeles in 1922, a 30-foot marble monument was dedicated at Beverly Dr. and Olympic Blvd. on March 9, 1960. A spiraling bronze replica of a strip of motion picture film is topped by a 14-karat gold star. Among filmland personalities taking part in the fete are, left to right, Conrad NagelCorinne GriffithMary Pickford and Harold Lloyd."
I was at this dedication. Sooky Goldman, photographer and reporter for the Beverly Hills Courier, recruited our Brownie Troop from Beverly Vista Elementary School to participate in the dedication ceremony for the statue. There was a photo of our troop, saluting in front of the statue in the BH Courier. My copy of the BH Courier photo is long gone, but I still remember the day.
Beverly Vista Brown Troop, 1960 - L-R: Jeri, Denise, Alison, Erica, Jody, Ellen, Nancy, Leslie, Sharon, Eva, Ria, Mandy, Dana, Sandy, Karin, Gayle - Back row: Troop Leaders, Mrs. Milner, Mrs. Martin

Our neighbor, Sooky Goldman, later became active in the preservation of Franklin Canyon Park

The statue is still on Olympic Blvd. at Beverly Drive, right near Von's Pavillions Market. It's in the middle of this traffic triangle. I must go over there again and photograph the statue! I feel proud to have participated in this small piece of Beverly Hills history.
BH Sculpture in 2021. Photo by James Kraus

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3 Comments:

At 7:47 PM PDT, Blogger Tommy said...

Hello, I was looking for info of a Past Amusement Park of Southern California Coast Amusement Ride & the Park it's from. it was around the 1960's. Any info if you Remember or know of Amusement Park Ride that was a Clear Bubble type Capsule (about 6 on a wheel lay flat, like a Ferris Wheel lying flat) that would go around kind of like a Merry go Round, but was near the edge of a Cliff. and the bubble would hang over cliff till it circled back around. I thought it was at Pacific Ocean Park POP, or Marineland for sure because of the location I remember (As it was near an Ocean Cliff. but I can't find any Photos or info at all. But about 10 years ago I searched for this very ride, and one day I did find some abandoned photos of the broken ride mentioning the park and showing the ride. which confirmed that it did exist. But now I can't find anything about it at all. I went there as a child remember seeing it in person. And it was Not the Bubble Gondolas Ride at POP (Pacific Ocean Park) that followed along the Pier. This one I remember was on the edge of an Ocean Cliff which was the Thrill of the Ride to Suspend you off the Cliff to hang and View the Ocean below for a few seconds before it made its way back around to the ground area. Any Info would be So Greatly Appreciated.

 
At 7:49 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Sorry, it doesn’t sound familiar to me.

 
At 7:34 AM PDT, Blogger Tommy said...

Thank You for your Reply

 

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