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The Hollywood Dog Training School: A 2012 Visit

If there is hallowed ground for Hollywood canines, it is not the plaza outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard where The Artist star, Uggie,... continue »

The First Seeing Eye Dog is Used in America in 1928

In the early twentieth century, those without sight were marginalized members of society. They had no job options and no mobility, and had to rely... continue »

When Gasoline-Powered Cars Were First Used, Where Did They Get Gasoline?

This fall I taught a class at the Osher Institute at UCLA; the class was called American Moments and one day I was talking about... continue »

Little-Known Facts about the Pony Express and the Mail

  The Pony Express began in 1860 and only existed for eleven months, however, almost every American has heard about this early way of delivering... continue »

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

A behind-the-scenes visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (known as TCL Chinese Theatre since 2013) is a not-to-miss opportunity. These tours are sponsored by the Los... continue »

Friday the Thirteenth in America

How did Friday the 13th become a day surrounded by superstition? In checking into the background of it, I was surprised to learn that Friday... continue »

A Few Facts About New Year’s

• Besides Auld Lang Syne, other popular songs for New Year’s are It was a Very Good Year (Frank Sinatra), Imagine by John Lennon, and... continue »

The Most Famous Song that No One Knows the Words To…

“Auld Lang Syne” is sung as part of most New Year’s Eve parties. Here’s how “the most famous song that no one knows the words... continue »

A Holiday Tradition: Driving the Neighborhood to See Decorations

In the midst of all the holiday chaos, many Americans still set aside an evening to load the family into the car and drive around... continue »

Exhibit About Alcatraz Currently Open on Ellis Island

The very name, Alcatraz, stirs fear and a twinge of excitement at the thought of... continue »

Duck Retriever Champion Honored on Conservation Stamp

King Buck (1948-1962), a handsome black Labrador, was a gifted athlete. As a National Duck Retriever champion, he completed an unprecedented 63 series in the... continue »

Dads in the Comic Strips

Today our cultural images of parenting are formed by movies, television, and what we see online.  But in the 1940s and ‘50s, societal images were... continue »