Some lunchtime chum for you, mostly noted yesterday. All of these seem to relate to things that have lasted and persevered.
- From the “And They’re Still Standing” Department: The LA Times has a nice article on the Watts Towers, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their being saved from the wrecking ball by a resourceful engineer.
- From the “The Healthiest Part of the Donut is the Hole” Department: Another milestone is being observed by Jack LaLanne — 95 years strong. I remember his show on KHJ Channel 9 when I was young. He truly is remarkable.
- From the “If You Build It, They Will Shop” Department: The LA Times had an interesting piece on a shopping mall that reopened yesterday: Fox Hills Mall, or should I say Westborg Culver City. They expanded the mall to attract the affluent consumers in Culver City, Westchester, Ladera, Inglewood, Baldwin Hills, and other environs. This was the mall that killed Westchester’s downtown.
- From the “Bring The Bunny Suit Out Of Mothballs” Department: Playboy, which is having trouble dealing with the decline of its magazine, is going to attempt to bring back the Playboy Clubs and market the brand better. I remember my dad was a member of the Playboy Club in Century City for a while in the 1970s. ETA: Per the LA Times: Marge Simpson is going to be on the cover of Playboy, and have a 3-page spread inside.
- From the “Take The Bus” Department: The Flyaway service, which we’ve had in the valley since the 1970s, is expanding yet again. Building on the success of the original Valley Flyaway, the Westwood Flyaway Mark II, and the Union Station Flyaway, there is now going to be an Irvine Flyaway, for those who do not want to fly out of John Wayne/Orange County.