Issue: Issue Fall 2009

From the Editor

From the Editor

From the Editor
Summer 2009

We’ve marked quite a year for this publication.  A year ago, we increased our frequency 100% publishing 5 issues – summer, fall, winter, spring and a special Ford Program issue. At a time when we hear about the demise of print media, we thank you, our readers and our advertisers, for your support.     

Summer is a luscious time everywhere, and especially this year at the Original Farmers Market. We’re happy to join in its 75th anniversary celebration. James Bartlett’s article gives us some background on

the historic market and the family that owns it. Through the years, Hollywood and the market have enjoyed a strong partnership. In April, the Hollywood Arts Council presented Original Farmers Market with its coveted Community Arts Award. Mark Panatier, vice president of Gilmore Company recently completed a term as Chairman of the Board of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and president Hank Hilty, great grandson of founder Arthur Gilmore, is well known in the community. A visit to the market always brings back fond memories; it’s amazing how little has changed over the years. Perhaps you can go home again. 

Speaking of icons, Rena LeBlanc’s article on the Hollywood Bowl also brings forth memories of soft summer nights, and music – classical, rock, pop and jazz. It seems everyone has a favorite story to tell about the Bowl and an unforgettable evening under the stars. Any evening there is a special event. Not as well known, perhaps, but an equally historic venue, sits directly across the freeway. The Ford Amphitheatre with its 1,200 seats offers an outstanding array of music and dance in a beautiful and intimate setting. Each year more and more people discover the wonderful summer season presented by Los Angeles County’s Performing Arts Commission.

This issue, if you haven’t guessed, is about our beloved places.  Anita Rosenberg takes us on a tour of a few of the Grande Dames of Hollywood – historic apartment-hotels built in the 20’s and 30’s to cater to the stars and starlets of the Golden Era. These are wonderful spaces, finely crafted with old world details – lovely structures of a bygone era, clinging to the past, but being brought into the present by renters who appreciate their timeless elegance.

For some life happens in a hand-held electronic device; to others, comfort and relaxation can be found on the printed page. I say let’s have it all. Just like Hollywood.