The Studio partners with TOWNHALL Los Angeles.
July 1, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Studio for Southern California History partners with TOWN HALL Los Angeles for Walking Tour.
• Time: 10 am - 12 pm
• Date: October 11, 2008
• Cost: Free but reservations are required by calling 213 - 628- 8141 or by registering online at www.townhall-la.org/programs (for this Studio event only). Space is limited. We will turn people away to respect the park.
• Meeting Place: (Entrance) Pearce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles CA 90024. This is a very small memorial park is just off Wilshire Blvd and Glendon Ave, behind high-rise office buildings and a movie theatre.
Since its inception in 2006, the Studio for Southern California History has been a member of TOWN HALL Los Angeles; the two institutions share a goal of promoting public discourse in order to promote civic participation and awareness. TOWN HALL has been a major cornerstone in the city since 1937, when a group of concerned citizens formed a membership organization whereby the leaders in government, industry and culture were invited to come speak and answer to Angelenos. TOWN HALL advocates for no side, represents no particular ideology and stands solidly in support of free speech, civility and a belief that knowledge is a priceless commodity.
The Studio is proud to partner with this venerable institution for the October 11 Walking Tour of Pearce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, itself an important place in Southern California. Guided by Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker, this Walking Tour will respectfully cover cemetery’s 100 year + history and the many Los Angelenos at Westwood Village Memorial Park including many from all walks of life like Susan Dorsey, pioneer educator and the first female Superintendent of Los Angeles schools and famed historians Will & Ariel Durant. Ray Bradbury's widow, Maggie Bradbury, is there. She worked so her husband could write, thus making an invaluable contribution to modern American literature. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe became the first “celebrity” burial here, due to the fact that two of the women who raised her, Ana Lower and Grace Goddard, are buried there. Since then, Marilyn has been joined by many other celebrities including Natalie Wood, Dorothy Stratten, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Billy Wilder, Carroll O'Connor, Don Knotts, Armand Hammer, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Peggy Lee, James Coburn, Sammy Cahn, Buddy Rich, Nora Kaye Ross, and many others. The unmarked graves of Roy Orbison and Frank Zappa will be featured as well.
Steve Goldstein developed his love of cemeteries at a very early age and over time has amassed a vast collection of photographs of the graves of what he calls "The Famous, the Infamous, and the Just Plain Dead" that make up his as-yet unpublished book, "Beneath Los Angeles," and currently a website at www.BeneathLosAngeles.com. Mr. Goldstein has been frequently interviewed, including by the Los AngelesTimes, the Orange County Register, KABC AM Radio, and NPR.
Joe Walker is a Crime Analyst with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has been with the department since 1986, where he has worked numerous patrol stations and special unit assignments. In 2005, he was recognized by the Los Angeles Firefighters Museum for his discovery that the first fireman killed in the line of duty was also the first African-American fireman in the department's history. Sam Haskins lay in an unmarked grave at Evergreen Cemetery from his death in 1895 until a 2005 ceremony in which the Stentorians, the Black firefighters fraternal organization, put a new marker on his final resting place.
For more information about TOWN HALL Los Angeles, please visit www.townhall-la.org.