Vanilla or Chocolate?


Today we went to get our first oral Covid-19 test at a free clinic set up near Van Nuys High School along Kittridge St. When we drove up the street, a little before 9am, there was already a parking lot in the high school set up with masked attendants, and tented booths marked #1, #2,…

Furniture Stores, Van Nuys, mid 1950s.


One of the fastest growing categories of business in 1950s Van Nuys, CA, was the modest priced furniture retailer. The opening of a store on Van Nuys Boulevard was an event for the whole family. Mom, Dad, Janet, Billy and Sally would come down to see dinette sets, bunk beds, and wall-to-wall carpet that would…

People People Envy


In 1961, the Valley Times newspaper ran a contest to promote a new insert, Weekend.  The winners produced a clipping of Miss Weekend Weather and claimed a $10 prize if they were chosen.  A photo essay, with pictures of the winners, entitled, “People People Envy” ran on September 3, 1961 in the Valley Times. All the women…

Woodley Park, R.I.P.


A man rides his mini bike down a bike path at Lake Balboa in the Sepulveda Basin as a wall of flames approaches Saturday, July 18, 2020. The fire put up a huge cloud of smoke and burned for well over an hour near a model airplane park and along Woodley Avenue. The blaze charred…

Lilac Nights.


Last night, I met Ash for the first time.  He came over to do some social distance photos.  He reviews perfumes on YouTube. I found one he did for DS&Durga’s White Peacock Lily, followed his Instagram and he contacted and hired me. He was born in Egypt and came here when he was five. Ash lives with his…

Karen Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.


For those who knew her these past 63 years, Karen Jane Rogers was a good person. Ralph and Karen lived on Hatteras St. in a house they bought for $45,000 in 1971. Kenny, Lisa and Albert were raised there. Karen taught English at one of the high schools. She grew up here, and was a…