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October 29, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
FROM the moment he took on the expansion of the Griffith Observatory a decade ago, Stephen Johnson knew his work would not go unnoticed. "More than any other project we've worked on, this is an incredibly visible one," says Johnson, 56, a polished, slightly formal principal architect in the Los Angeles office of Pfeiffer Partners. "From where we're sitting, we can see almost the whole city." And it means that any misstep won't remain a private disappointment.
February 12, 2006 | Marc Porter Zasada, Special to The Times
ALONG with many other pairs of lovers, the Earth has often arranged to meet the sky up at the Griffith Observatory. Twelve-year-olds placed a cautious eye to the 12-inch Zeiss telescope and focused on the moons of Jupiter. The sun revealed its face to millions of teenagers who came to gawk into the mirrors of the celeostat.
June 18, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Nealon has come a long way from his "Saturday Night Live" days. For one thing, he's swapped coasts and now resides in the South Bay with wife Susan and young son Gable. But his career's hotter than ever, with the hit Showtime series "Weeds" as well as his Nick at Nite animated show "Glenn Martin, DDS," which just began its second season. His weekends are on the kooky side, but there are some tasty finds too. 4-day weekend My weekends really start on Thursdays, just because it seemed like a good idea back when I was more of a drinker.
November 2, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
THE pristine lawn spreads before you like a quad that's misplaced its college. The six smart guys of the Astronomers Monument glower stonily in your general direction. Beyond them waits the triple-domed Griffith Observatory, our freshly squeegeed window to the universe, or, as observatory director Edwin C. Krupp likes to say, "the hood ornament of Los Angeles."
June 25, 2009 | Chris Willman
Marla Maples has what appears to be an extremely bright green mole on her cheek. Actually it's just a benign laser beam, straying onto her features as she stands inside the lobby of Hollywood's venerable Vine Theatre. Technicians are hurriedly turning the 1937 movie house into the new permanent home of Laserium, which is returning to Los Angeles beginning Friday after seven years of being officially unplugged.
February 25, 2013 | By Larry Harnisch, Los Angeles Times
One night on Mt. Wilson about 1908, a short, powerfully built man with a handlebar mustache looked through the largest telescope in the world. What he saw transformed him, and would put Los Angeles at the forefront of a movement to make astronomy the people's science. We may never know whether Col. Griffith J. Griffith saw the rings of Saturn or another celestial object with the then-new 60-inch reflector telescope, but we can be sure that it inspired his vision of a world-class observatory for the people of Los Angeles, allowing the masses a glimpse of the heavens.
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