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77 Sunset Strip / Hawaiian Eye, etc.

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Frank Soyke, Mar 7, 2011.

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    Rustifier,

    Another fine review!!!!
     
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    I'm with you, Lutz. If I was 20 or 30 years younger, I'd have moved to LA in a heartbeat. I was at least lucky enough to have business dealings there that allowed me significant time in the area to really fall in love with it. It seemed like everything I saw was iconic---due to years and years of watching TV shows based on the city.
    I remember driving along with one of my native CA business associates around the hills of LA and oohing / aahing at the landscape. He asked "What the hell is so interesting?" All he saw were plain old hills. To me, they all looked like settings for the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Rockford Files, 77 Sunset Strip and on and on...

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    Not one square inch of Indiana looks like Southern California.
     
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    Thanks to all for the kind words regarding my home town. It's still a great place to live. Although it's becoming alarmingly overbuilt, and getting to the Westside from the Eastside has become quite an ordeal, at least the smog is effectively gone. No more second-stage alerts, no more irritated lungs and eyes. And the weather is still fantastic!

    We've never been to Morton's, but we plan to do so soon. I can report that the Smoke House is still an excellent place, with good food and old-school superb service. And very good prices!
     
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    Russ,

    Laguna is my favorite Southern California beach. I used to go there frequently in my youth, but unfortunately getting there from here now takes too long to be practical.
     
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    Dolly,

    I checked this and some of your other references, and you're right! In the establishing shots of the actual Dino's, you can see glimpses of the lot. I'd never noticed that before.
     
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    Yeah, you lucky stiff--living there your whole life. I am truly envious. But I bet you, too, probably think those are just plain old hills surrounding you.

    Please let us know your thoughts on Morton's and your experiences at the Smoke House. I'm an inveterate foodie and this kind of stuff just fascinates me. My next hobby will be collecting retro menus from long-standing restaurants--such a gas to see how entree offerings have changed over the years--and the prices...jeezo-meezo!

    I really miss my times in Laguna Beach. To me, it was quintessential Southern California. Just driving down PCH from my office in Santa Ana gave me chills--cool houses nestled in the hills on one side, the Pacific on the other. All I needed was a Bentley convertible for an additional happy element to my trek.

    I can sense Gary's head about to explode for us getting so far off topic....
     
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    Good eye for spotting all these details in the episodes, Dolly!
     
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    Ha. No explosion. This isn’t really off topic and I’m enjoying it. Carry on.
     
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    I may start a whole new thread here-- famous food scenes in movies.
    Although somewhere in the labyrinth of this forum it probably already exists.
    I wouldn't be surprised if something like "Film Stars' Bunyons" is a thing in here.
     
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    Oh, not at all. I love our mountains. I'm a mountain kind of guy. Our vacation home is a mile high, up in the Los Padres National Forest, where they actually have this weird cold white stuff that falls out of the sky in winter.

    When I first visited Chicago in college, I found the utter lack of variation in elevation disturbing. I was in the USC Marching Band, and we were there for the 1977 USC vs Notre Dame game. That was the one where Notre Dame wore the green jerseys. All the way up to South Bend, the horizon was utterly flat.

    Later, my oldest brother raised a family in the Chicagoland area, and in 2008 he sent his son out to us to attend the Rose Bowl game, which is about two miles away from us. My nephew's alma mater was playing mine. He specifically requested that we drive him up into the mountains, because he'd never seen mountains before.

    While I appreciate living in the LA area, I am constantly surprised to discover that Pasadena itself is a year-round tourist destination. Sure, I get why people want to come here around New Year's, but Colorado and Lake are lined with obvious tourists in the 100-degree weather of August. That I don't get, because at that time I'm wishing I were somewhere else.

    I'll share my observations upon the Smoke House in another post.
     
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    Rob,
    I was in Pasadena in 1967. My very first trip to California. Barely 18 years old, I was a freshman at Indiana University and our football team was to play USC (O.J. Simpson) at the Rose Bowl for the national championship. For a scant $200, The University gave me a round trip plane ticket, hotel room and a pass to the game. Unbelievable deal. I went with a dorm mate (who, incidentally, now lives a stone's throw from the stadium) for a wild two days. 52 years ago.

    I can hardly believe now that I didn't take the opportunity to hit the Strip--only a mere 2 years after 77 SS series ended. Dino's and the Mary Webb Davis would have still been standing and in good use. I grind my teeth every time I think about it--woulda, coulda, shoulda.

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    Coincidences abound! In 1977, I was a young Advertising sprout living and working in Chicago. My main task was lugging ad copy and art up and down Michigan Ave. I was pretty happy for the flatness of the area for that reason alone.
     
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    Refresh my memory--who won that game?

    Wow, you were SO fortunate! Rose Bowl tickets are as rare as tickets to Heaven around here, even though the stadium seats 75 million. Our Councilman gets two, and he always raffles them off (gratis) to a denizen of his district. I've never been inside the Rose Bowl.

    And your old dorm mate must have done well for himself. A stone's throw from the Rose Bowl is an elite neighborhood. Two stone's throws, not so much.

    If it's a comfort to you, the Mary Webb Davis building had already morphed into the Tiffany Theater well before then.
     
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    Astounding! I deeply love the Loop area, and my recent visit only reinforced that. It's a spectacular cityscape.

    And count my mind blown at our being in the same cityscape at the same time. I was just eighteen, and at that time the drinking age in Illinois was eighteen. So I went to a disco and had a beer, and felt quite wicked.

    I also deeply love propinquity. Our being in Chicago at the same time reminds me that my wife and I were in London at the same time--four years before we met. Oh, and that's not all. WELL before that, we were both at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, watching the Smothers Brothers.

    Great minds think alike.
     
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    USC beat us 14-3. OJ ran all over us.

    I think my buddy owned some sort of computery techie company. Yeah, big house almost in the shadow of the stadium from what I could tell from the photo.

    I'm somewhat comforted by your MWD news. Thanks.
     
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    Chicago is near and dear to my heart. Born there. I asked my wife to marry me in the Cape Cod Room in the famous Drake Hotel. I was never as nervous in my whole life as I was in that moment. I think it was a 4 martini event. For courage.

    When she said "yes", I drank 4 more.
     
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    Since you mention it, I was walking around Colorado and Lake last night. In the 40 degree weather!
    (A few of us went to the Pasadena Playhouse.)
     
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    Twice for me. A soccer game in 1978. And the final Gold Medal soccer match in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
    A glorious evening with the game, pomp & circumstance and fireworks! For a long time that was the largest
    attendance for a soccer game in the United States. I wouldn't mind going to the annual 4th of July fireworks
    show at the Rose Bowl sometime.
     
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    I agree Laguna was very nice the last time I was there, but it has been a great while.
     
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