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  1. And speaking of the Coliseum, looks like its renovation is wrapping up: https://app.oxblue.com/open/usc/lacoliseumrenovation
  2. I wasn't sure where to post this article, because it's not really LA2028-related, but I thought this was kind of a cool story, from the Los Angeles Times; my apologies if the formatting is all funky: It was the Coliseum’s mystery mural, until a teenage detective solved its 50-year puzzle By COLLEEN SHALBY JUL 12, 2019 | 5:00 AM Thanks to the work of a young sleuth, restoration artists Aneta Zebala, left, Suzanne Morris and Adam Romcio gained important information about the Coliseum's mural. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) For decades, the curving mural depicting a golden sun has greeted visitors to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Faded by the elements, its once-vibrant blue lost some luster over the years. The gold-leaf paint had chipped away. Still, the image drew eyes upward. No one seemed to know who had painted the scene adorning the Coliseum’s main archway — or when. Guides referred to it as a “mystery mural,” the story of its origins as shrouded by time as the artwork itself. But after taking a tour of the historic stadium a few years ago, one local teenager became engrossed with its history. A mural beneath the peristyle at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was recently restored with its vibrant blue and gold-leaf paint. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) Dean Gordon estimates he’s been to the Coliseum more than 100 times. But before that day, he’d never given much thought to the mural high above the peristyle entrance. Two golden Olympic torches flanking a flaming sun, its center a depiction of the planet Earth and the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Solving its mystery soon became his mission. Two summers ago, at age 17, Gordon began his quest — poring through library books and searching archives, hoping to find a clue that would lead him to the artist. “I basically contacted every single person who might have an idea,” he said, “every archivist, historian or professor who might have some connection to the mural,” rumored to have been painted before the Coliseum hosted the 1932 Olympics. After a series of dead ends, Gordon found a clue in the form of a Los Angeles Central Library notecard that read “H. Rosien Coliseum.” Further online digging produced nothing — until he came across a single tweet: “Please don’t touch the mural inside the arch that my FIL Heinz Rosien painted prior to the Olympics!!” The plea, posted in 2016, was from Mary Lou Rosien in response to the Coliseum’s announcement that parts of the stadium were being overhauled. The mural would be part of renovations, which eventually totaled $315 million, by USC. The university operates and manages the Coliseum. Artist Heinz Rosien works on the mural's design. At right, his son Igor Rosien poses with the mural in 1969. (Igor Rosien) Years before, during a broadcast of a Trojans football game, the camera had panned under the Coliseum’s archway and focused on the mural. Watching from his home in upstate New York, Rosien’s husband, Igor, was flooded with emotion. He and his father, Heinz Rosien, had worked on the mural together. The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission tasked the elder Rosien with the job in 1969, in hopes of helping the city win a bid for the 1976 Olympics. Heinz Rosien, a German immigrant, was a well-known artist in Alhambra and had painted works at various schools, banks and theaters — including the Ahmanson in downtown L.A.’s Music Center. The archway of the Coliseum proved to be a precarious canvas. The underside of the curved portico stood more than 70 feet off the ground. To reach it, father and son scaled scaffolding without the aid of safety belts, which now are commonplace. They painted upside down. “People talk about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel,” Igor Rosien said. “My dad was up there battling the elements.” A teenager at the time, Igor spent the summer, fall and winter of 1969 working on the mural with his father. At the end of their workdays, the two would return home looking like statuettes, their hair and faces covered in gold paint. Not long after the mural was completed, Rosien entered USC as a student. On occasion, he said, he would visit the stadium and be filled with pride as onlookers gazed up at the work he produced with his dad. L.A. didn’t end up winning the Olympics bid in the ’70s. But a few years later, at the opening day of the 1984 Summer Games, Rosien beamed as people took pictures of his father’s work inside the Coliseum. “I wanted to say, ‘That’s my dad’s. He did that.’ ” By then, Rosien had moved across the country. His father died on Jan. 1, 2007, at age 86. The origins of the mural were all but lost — until Gordon started his detective work. A conservation team restored a mural at the Coliseum 50 years after it was painted. (USC) The teen tracked Rosien shortly after spotting his wife’s tweet, shocked to learn that someone directly connected with the artwork was still alive. “The entire time I was trying to figure out who painted it, I thought it was from 1932,” said Gordon, now 19 and a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts. “All my research was in that time period.” Not that there was a wealth of material for him to work with. A search through the Los Angeles Times archives revealed only one reference to the mural’s painter: a 1982 letter to the editor from the man himself. In reference to a photo published two years before the 1984 Olympics, Heinz Rosien identified himself as the creator: “In the article ‘Olympics — An Ongoing Legacy,’ you featured two murals, one painted by students at Central Adult High School. The other described as a delicate painting on the ceiling was painted by me. Heinz L. Rosien.” The end of Gordon’s search two years ago led to a series of hours-long discussions about the mural — and the start of a friendship between the younger Rosien and the student detective. “Thankfully, Dean didn’t take ‘mystery mural’ as an answer,” Igor Rosien said. When it came time this spring to restore the mural, Gordon’s discovery and resulting reporton the mural proved helpful. Dean Gordon, left, meets with Igor and Mary Lou Rosien. (Igor Rosien) Over the course of their work, which was recently completed, the artists reached out to Rosien, asking about the paints and techniques his father had used. A photo of the senior Rosien working on the design of the mural provided insight as well. Aneta Zebala, Suzanne Morris and Adam Romcio have been in the conservation business for decades, restoring artwork at Griffith Observatory and the Wilshire Temple, under bridges and in libraries around Los Angeles. But the Coliseum’s mural has been one of their most challenging projects, they said. It had been damaged by water and, after decades of being battered by the elements (including the wind that races through the archway), the design had nearly disappeared. The lack of historical reference also was not ideal. “We’re used to having all the information — or a lot of it,” Morris said. “We’re well-trained conservators,” Zebala added, “so we don’t make up stuff. We go by what’s there to offer original intent to the design.” Before the mural’s restoration got underway, Gordon and Rosien met outside the Coliseum. There, the artist presented the young detective with one of his dad’s paintings. Nick Rosien, at right with his uncle Mick Rosien, visits the L.A. Coliseum mural that his father helped to create. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) And on a sunny day in June, Nick Rosien — Igor’s son and Heinz’s grandson — was in town to visit his Uncle Mick. Because the youngest Rosien had never seen the mural, his father suggested they add a trip to the Coliseum to their itinerary. The scaffolding had just come down from the archway. The tarps were cleared, and the revitalized artwork was ready. The Rosiens were the first to see the mural’s unofficial debut. Fifty years after it was painted, the vibrant blue and gold had returned. And on either side of the archway, the glittering signature of Heinz Rosien dared anyone to forget him again.
  3. What the heck are you talking about? Atlanta got bad treatment in the press because aside from the Olympic Park bombing, they were considered one of the more poorly run Olympics. I mean come ON, bus drivers there were getting lost taking athletes to their competitions. That's pretty bad! Let alone the crass commercialism that marred those Games, which the IOC was not happy with. Cheap facilities? Again, what are you talking about? UCLA housing the athletes, yeah, they're existing dorms, but they're not exactly mobile homes either. They're perfect for housing Olympic athletes, and they already have dining facilities: I don't know if you know, but The Forum was renovated in 2014 and now hosts big events like concerts, sporting matches, and awards shows: Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus also went through an extensive renovation in 2012 and is a state of the art sports arena: Again, thanks for your concern, but I won't worry too much about the media talking about our "cheap facilities."
  4. This stadium is really starting to take shape now. From Urbanize Los Angeles: Swooping Roof Canopy Hoisted Into Place at the Inglewood NFL Stadium Link: https://urbanize.la/post/swooping-roof-canopy-hoisted-place-inglewood-nfl-stadium?fbclid=IwAR3PkiTFaFxq4FBt35RAJjz93MPmdno3i_YixoxHijcO4yLxwj-FbJo-QhU
  5. ejaycat

    Paris 2024

    You're being sarcastic, right? But then again, in the US, a lot of conservatives were saying that it was government overreach when states started enacting mandatory seat belt wearing laws back in the 1980s. In Spain, I think carrying a yellow vest in your car is also mandatory; you're supposed to wear it when changing a flat tire or having to walk along the side of a highway or something. Also in Spain, it's mandatory to have warning triangles in your car, so that you can place them on the road when changing a flat tire or whatever. I see nothing wrong with that. How do you feel about mandatory seat belt laws? Or some of the "hands-free" laws that some states have (California included) on cell phone use while driving?
  6. Congestion pricing already kind of exists in Los Angeles County, so it's really nothing new. For a number of years now, the 10 Freeway from El Monte to downtown LA, and the 110 Freeway from Harbor Gateway to downtown LA, has express toll lanes, with congestion pricing, and I thought the fees collected for use of the express toll lanes was supposed to help with public transit, but not to the extent of making public transit free. My only beef when they put in these express toll lanes was that they used to be HOV lanes, paid for by our tax money, and then they made it so that you had to pay to use them, even if you have 2 or more people in your car. "Lexus Lanes," some people were referring to them as.
  7. ejaycat

    LA 2028 sponsorships

    I believe that's outdated info regarding LA. I remember some time ago I read a news blurb somewhere that LA's GDP was over a trillion dollars. These sources also claim that: https://www.statista.com/statistics/183822/gdp-of-the-los-angeles-metro-area/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_GDP
  8. I drove by this site a few weeks ago. The stadium in Inglewood is really starting to take shape. Fresh Renderings and a 360-Degree Tour of the Hollywood Park Development https://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-and-360-degree-tour-hollywood-park-development
  9. It never really had one per se, at least not in a very long time. But, when I was younger, certain stretches of Sunset Boulevard were known for prostitution (Hugh Grant back in the 1990s getting busted there). Santa Monica Boulevard east of West Hollywood also was known for where the rent boys hung out, and some of the tranny prostitutes. Nowadays, you don't really see prostitution on those streets. Maybe they've moved. Or maybe the internet has changed things. Or possibly, prostitutes hang out at bars and clubs now.
  10. A little news blurb regarding LA2028: From olympic.org: LA 2028 MOVES FORWARD WITH FOCUS ON PARTNERSHIP, LEGACY, INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION LA 2028 UPDATED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) AND INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (IPC) ON THEIR FIRST COORDINATED VISIT TO LOS ANGELES SINCE THE CITY WAS AWARDED THE OLYMPIC GAMES 2028 ON ITS VISION TO IMPLEMENT AN INNOVATIVE GAMES PLAN THAT WILL BENEFIT ANGELENOS FOR DECADES TO COME. Read the rest here: https://www.olympic.org/news/la-2028-moves-forward-with-focus-on-partnership-legacy-inspiration-and-innovation
  11. An LA Metro video promoting the use of Metro Rail to get to the Banc of California Stadium, featuring Latif Blessing of the LAFC. It'd be great if Metro started promoting itself more and more and producing more of these kinds of videos to encourage residents and visitors to take public transportation to the Olympic venues come 2028. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V61dgYxgCE
  12. I'm looking forward to the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center and the new display for the Endeavour as well. I saw that model when I went to the California Science Center on Monday; I skipped work that day to go there, because one of my nephews, who is 14, had a science experiment entered into the California Science Fair, held at the Science Center, which took place April 23-24. I wanted to spend time with him and support him and his science exhibit. I didn't realize what a big deal that Science Fair is, students from the whole state participated, so Exposition Park had a lot going on; plus there's a King Tut exhibit that's drawing a lot of crowds. I'm gonna see the King Tut exhibit later on some time; it runs through next January, I believe. https://kingtutexhibition.com/en/?_ga=2.167704119.843868252.1524976462-912221074.1523150631&_gac=1.229247272.1524976462.EAIaIQobChMI-uaOgdTe2gIVT7bACh2T4g4_EAAYASAAEgICcPD_BwE
  13. The current Los Angeles City Hall was dedicated 90 years ago today. Obviously, it'll be 100 years old when LA hosts the Olympics again. And at Exposition Park, adjacent to the Coliseum, construction on the Museum of Narrative Art is well underway. Hunter Kerhart Flickr
  14. The Banc of California Stadium is nearly finished. Is it me, or did this go up really fast?? The Coliseum renovation is moving right along... All images by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO.
  15. New fly-through video posted yesterday of LAX's automated people-mover, scheduled to start construction this year, to be completed by 2023:
  16. LAX is now the 2nd busiest airport in the US, and 4th busiest in the world. So yeah, it's a stressful place indeed. The last time I flew out of/flew back in to LAX, I took the FlyAway bus from Union Station, which was actually not bad. But once there is direct rail connection to LAX, that'll make it much nicer.
  17. Like the article says, I don't think palm trees will completely disappear, I think they will just plant fewer of them. And like styles of architecture, landscaping goes through a cycle of what's in and what's not, even with street trees. Decades ago, for some reason, ficus trees were really popular as a street tree, but then decades later, we've learned that the roots really damage streets and sidewalks. It seems to me that in the 70s, palm trees weren't even fashionable anymore, as many newer developments at the time seemed to have canary island pine and eucalyptus (like where I grew up in Cerritos; Irvine also has a lot of eucalyptus that were planted in the 1970s, which is funny because a eucalyptus is also kind of an impractical tree as a street tree). You didn't start seeing palms again until the 90s. A decade ago, it seemed that gingko biloba trees started getting planted all over the place. Shade trees are nice; I live in an area full of native California oaks, many of them about a hundred years old. I think another "iconic" tree associated with SoCal, though it's not a native tree, and can be messy, is the jacaranda, with their purple flowers.
  18. You should ride it some time. It's only a buck one way, 50 cents if you have a valid Metro TAP card. And, if you buy the two-way fare, you get a cute, old-timey Angels Flight ticket stub: Photo by me It's a nice little trip from say the Grand Central Market to the top of Bunker Hill to get to The Broad or Disney Hall or the Music Center or MOCA, and vice versa. And of course it's been seen in movies over many decades, from the silent film era, to film noir, to modern films: Hehe... Do I need to say the name of this movie? Scene from "Cry of the Hunted," 1953: Angels Flight, 1905 LAPL Angels Flight, 1910 LAPL Angels Flight, 1927 LAPL Angels Flight, 1930s. Angels Flight, 1957 LAPL Angels Flight, 1960s. As you can see, the demolition of the old structures on Bunker Hill was already well under way. Angels Flight was removed in 1969 and placed in storage, with the promise that it would be back within two years. By the early 1970s, all the Beaux Arts and Victorian-era structures of Bunker Hill were gone---and Angels Flight was still in storage. It didn't get reinstalled until 1996. This tunnel still exists, but when Angels Flight was reinstalled, it was done so half a block south of here, on Hill Street halfway between 3rd and 4th Streets... LAPL ... because 3rd and Hill in downtown LA now looks like this. A senior citizens' housing complex was built over the 3rd Street tunnel portal in the 1980s, so even if they wanted to put Angels Flight in its original location, they couldn't. Google Street View Peggy Lee (!) riding Angels Flight, 1968. I don't think it gave her "Fever." LAPL For those not familiar with Angels Flight, here's a package from CBS This Morning, which talks about its history in a nutshell. I was actually surprised that a national morning news show covered the grand reopening of Angels Flight. OK, I'll stop it with Angels Flight.
  19. Took some pictures over the weekend of the progress of construction for the new soccer stadium being built next to the Coliseum. It's really moving right along. Oh, and I'll include some pics I took of Angels Flight, which reopened earlier this month. I love this cute little funicular. Then of course there's the Grand Central Market across the street. OK I'll stop.
  20. Here's my two cents... 1) I don't think it's final. Like with Tokyo's bid that won for 2020, and where their venues are now. There have been some changes, as I recall reading some time ago, and their overall venue footprint isn't as small as it was; they spread some venues out to save money, I believe. So, LA's venue plan might change as well. 11 years is a long time, a lot can happen---more sports might be added, some sports might be dropped... 2) Here you go, Sepulveda Basin Olympic Sports Park. Mind you, for some reason, the map is oriented east (east is at top). 3) On Wikipedia, they listed the Inglewood NFL Stadium as hosting the Men's Soccer Final and the Rose Bowl for the Women's Soccer Final. It'll probably change, I don't doubt.
  21. LA used to have NFL teams, but they left in the mid-1990s, so it's been a few decades since the NFL was in LA. Like jtrevino said, a fan base has to be grown.
  22. ejaycat

    LA 2028 Ceremonies

    I stand corrected, then, my apologies. I guess I was basing an opinion on one line of "Howards End" by taking it in and just running with it. How very presumptuous of me. Maybe it's a generational thing? I mean, wasn't that Tolkien's motivation for writing his books, in that he felt that England didn't have its own ancient stories and mythologies? I could be wrong with that as well, but I thought I read that somewhere...
  23. ejaycat

    LA 2028 Ceremonies

    I hazily remember an "Old West" sequence for the LA84 opening ceremony (not as memorable as the rocket man of course), with covered wagons and dancers dressed in dubious wild west/"pioneer" costumes. That's what I was getting at in my initial comment in this thread, about settlers moving west in the US; I find it to be such an ethnocentric (and East Coast/Midwest-centric) point of view of what the western US is. First of all, there were people already living here well before the Europeans arrived, and the Yankees weren't even the first Europeans to have settled here; it's obvious from many of California's (and other western states') place names. If not a complete rundown of California history (it would take too long of course), maybe a nod to Native and Californio culture should be in the opening ceremony... that's what I would do, anyway. The 2012 London Olympics conveniently didn't go into British History, at least not into its very early history. I remember the line from the movie "Howards End" where the Emma Thompson character says something along the lines of England not having its own religious mythology, that they just have a collection of stories about witches and fairies. NOT TRUE. Anglo-Saxon religious mythology is basically old Germanic mythology... it's obvious to me by the English names for the days of the week. It's almost like English people want to believe that they are indigenous to the British Isles, even though Anglo-Saxons are a Germanic people, who only settled/invaded there from the 6th (or 5th?) century CE. The Celts were there before them, and the Romans were there after the Celts, and left during the Germanic invasions. It's like English people don't want to admit that they're from somewhere else; their nationalism started early, I guess.
  24. ejaycat

    LA 2028 Ceremonies

    Hear, hear! Again, native history goes back thousands of years. Everyone is all too familiar with Yankee history. California (as well as much of the western third of what is now the US) was a Spanish colony for a few centuries, as well as part of an independent Mexico for a couple of decades... I'd rather they played that up instead of Yankee occupation/annexation. The San Gabriel Mission was founded in 1771, before the 13 British Colonies even declared their independence, and Los Angeles was founded in 1781 (it's even older than Sydney). I'd rather they showcased what makes LA and California unique to the rest of the US... I think THAT should be played up. Just as a for instance, and perhaps an extreme example, but if Honolulu were hosting an Olympics, wouldn't they play up Honolulu and Hawaii over clichéd American crap? I think they would and should.
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