Archive for ‘December, 2011’


Rose Parade road closures and changes

Rose Parade road closures and changes

Our content partner Pasadena Sun offers this list of road closures and traffic signal alterations for the New Year’s weekend. Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

Oscar Palmer, May 1, 1947 – December 25, 2011

Oscar Palmer, May 1, 1947 – December 25, 2011

I met Oscar Palmer when he was the principal of Rose City. Like many others in our community I learned a lot from Oscar in a very brief time. He is pictured here with his wife of 33 years, Lydia Palmer, the photo taken at a local fundraiser. There were there lending there support – […]

Where Floats Once Mixed With Electric Guitars

Where Floats Once Mixed With Electric Guitars

Since 1964, the drab warehouse at 835 S. Raymond Avenue has served as one of several float-decorating venues for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. From 1969-70, it also rang with the guitars of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and other bands. Though neither aesthetically nor acoustically impressive, in one year the Rose Palace presented a […]

Felony charges filed against chemistry professor in fatal laboratory death

Felony charges filed against chemistry professor in fatal laboratory death

Three years ago, a 23-year-old University of California chemist was severely burned over nearly half of her body in a laboratory chemical fire. Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji, who was not wearing a protective lab coat during the experiment, died of her injuries 18 days later. The case brought into questions about lab safety practices at UCLA […]

Author Julia Flynn Siler on Hawaii’s controversial past

Author Julia Flynn Siler on Hawaii’s controversial past

Most people know that Hawaii was the last region in North America to enter the union, but many don’t know the elaborate history of the islands prior to being annexed. In her book "Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure," author Julia Flynn Siler sheds light on the influential […]

This Year, New Year’s Eve Will Be Great

This Year, New Year’s Eve Will Be Great

You swore you wouldn’t do it again and yet, here you are. You raise your bleary, post-Xmas head in which visions of sugar plums — whatever the heck they are — have polka’ed your plan-ahead gene into oblivion.  You realize — horrors! — it’s mere days until New Year’s Eve and you’ve forgotten to figure […]

Caption This Photo (#84)

Caption This Photo (#84)

I really need help with this one… Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Entropy, 4

Entropy, 4

I haven’t been able to get out much with my camera over the last couple of weeks, what with the holidays and Boz’s surgery. So I hope you don’t mind me digging into my (vast and growing) archives for this pair of pictures from the photo safari John and I took on Thanksgiving day. If […]

Remembering Bob O’Rourke

Remembering Bob O’Rourke

Bob O’Rourke passed away yesterday. He was a great friend. When I first knew him he was the director of public relations at Caltech, then he moved up in the world and became the vice president of public relations there. Bob called me on Jan. 2, 1991 — my first day on the job as […]

Altadena man killed in Northwest Pasadena Tuesday

Altadena man killed in Northwest Pasadena Tuesday

by Adolfo Flores Pasadena Sun Edward Santana, 43, of Altadena, was the gunshot victim killed in Northwest Pasadena Tuesday, Pasadena police have confirmed. No one has been arrested and the L.A. County Coroner has not conducted an autopsy to determine the official cause of death, Lt. Tracey Ibarra with the Pasadena Police Department said. Pasadena […]

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