Re: Sam Hall Kaplan's "To See L.A.'s Past, Visit Florida" (Feb. 25):
I came to L.A. in February, 1961. I enjoyed breakfast at Dupars on North Vine Street (remember?), visited the Pantages (still standing, amazing!), viewed the Brown Derby (gone), and started my walk west on Hollywood Boulevard.
A rainstorm the night before had transformed the skies above to a clear blue and white canopy but, unknown to me, had also made the "Walk of Fame" treacherous, and I slipped and fell somewhere near Musso & Frank's (hooray for Hollywood, still standing). I thought then, and still do, their installation was a disastrous idea.
I fell in love with the area, even though I easily detected signs of decay. But I reassured myself that surely the city of Los Angeles realized its economic and historical importance, and assistance to improve the area was on its way.