Roots

Kinnard Ave, West Los Angeles
21st Place, Santa Monica

We are visiting Los Angeles with our son this weekend for a campus tour of  UCLA and USC. It’s a memorable trip for me.

This is where mom and dad grew up — mom in Westwood, and dad in Santa Monica. It was the Golden Era in L.A. Both of them went to UCLA.

Mom went to University or “Uni” High (her classmate was Andy Williams, and she led Gov. Ronald Reagan around campus as a student leader) and dad went to Santa Monica or “SAMOHI” high.

Both of their parents worked (one grandma worked at Hughes Aircraft and another was a school teacher; one grandpa worked at Pac Bell, and the other ran a “mom and pop” grocer. Dad became an exploration geologist with Humble Oil).

Dad’s office was on Flower St. in downtown L.A. before it relocated to Avenue of the Stars in Century City, next to 20th Century Fox. He joked that one afternoon he looked out the window and saw actors running around in “ape suits.”  As it turned out, the street was closed for a filming of “Planet of the Apes.”

Their childhood neighborhoods were ideal: “location, location,” quiet, well-manicured lawns with sidewalks and so on. During WWII, their houses required “blackout curtains.”

These are still considered ideal neighborhoods — and the homes are much pricier now.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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