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Ode to an Old Building

August 12, 1996

Thank you for the wonderful story of the La Brea Bakery, my favorite of breads ("On the Rise," July 28). I like Nancy Silverton's determination, philosophy, vision and taste.

There was one very small error in the story. The newspaper at 626 1/2 La Brea was the Park La Brea News (not the Chronicle), in that location since the late '50s and sold to us in 1972.

My husband, Chuck, the consummate journalist, spent many happy weekends, working on our newspaper, pounding out stories, editing, doing the paste up, alone and loving it--sometimes working until morning. He was a TV news executive at the time; this was his method of relaxing.

We published the newspaper at this site (next to the massage parlor) until 1987, when the building was sold and we moved to an office in the Farmers Market.

We all had a great fondness for the building and it saddened us to leave. There had been many trials and tribulations along with a short-lived rumor the building was to be razed. It seems the building was just waiting for the right person to come along and give it soul and purpose. Silverton has certainly done that.

BUNNY A. RILEY

Los Angeles

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