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I just had two new pieces published over at “OC Weekly.”
The first is a review of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” It’s called “The Ten Worst Things About The New ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ (Out of 100).” Dig it!
I also wrote a piece called “Five Songs That Should Be On ‘The Human Centipede’ Soundtrack.” Give it a read and listen to five awesome songs along the way.
Paying bills… almost,
…by author Neal Gabler titled Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.
A lot of Walt’s personal life is touched on, and his home on Lyric Avenue here in Los Angeles (where he lived from 1927 to 1933) is mentioned numerous times throughout the book.
There’s even an old black-and-white photo of it in the book (click on all photos to view a larger version):
This morning, while on my way to a meeting, I came to an intersection and noticed that I was crossing Lyric Avenue. “Oh,” I thought to myself, “this was Disney’s street.”
But it was a quick, fleeting thought because I had to be somewhere. I looked to my right to make sure no one was crossing the street and saw this:
I recognized it immediately. I quickly turned right instead of going straight and saw this:
This was Roy Disney’s house. The brothers had built matching houses (for the most part; they were actually mirrors of each other) right next to each other on Lyric Avenue.
Here’s another shot of Walt’s house from the other side:
And here’s a shot of the two of them next to each other:
Though differing stories exist, it is believed that Mickey Mouse was actually created in the garage of Walt’s house. Just below that big window there is where a pop culture icon was born.
Across the street, I noticed a huge old high school:
This is John Marshall High School. Recognize it? You should. Marshall High School is pretty much the go-to high school for film and television productions. It was the high school in:
– “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
– “Bachelor Party”
– “Boy Meets World”
– “The Wonder Years”
– “Grosse Pointe Blank”
– “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
– “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
– “Pretty in Pink”
They also used the school and its football field in “Grease,” and it was also the school where Van Halen got “Hot for Teacher.”
And tying it all together is this photo:
This is a picture of the first Disney Studios that was located on Hyperion Avenue. If you look in the background of the photo, directly in the center you can see John Marshall High School which, having just been built in 1931, was brand-spanking-new.
So there’s a ton of history going on all within one block, from Freddy Krueger to Mickey Mouse. Pretty damn cool indeed.
Some day strangers will be taking photos of 1703 W. Bolivar Avenue,