CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2009 |
Edward S. Cobb, a prominent civil engineer and civic leader in the early part of the last century, might be more than a little surprised to see the fanciful new life bestowed on an electrical substation he designed circa 1906 for the no-nonsense purpose of powering streetcars. These days the imposing brick Huron Substation, located a block off bustling Figueroa Street in Cypress Park, hosts movie shoots, art shows and other "special events." And it's a unique home for owner Meike Kopp, her son, Anton, 12, her mother and the family's cat and two dogs.
October 10, 1994
Since some doubts have been voiced in The Times about the historical authenticity of the movie "Quiz Show" and since the movie is based on something I wrote and since I have been involved intermittently with the film's production during the last six years, I feel it appropriate, in the shared interest of accuracy, to make a few comments (" 'Quiz Show': The Pattern Still Lives" and "The Ethics of a Movie on the Quiz Show Scandal," Sept. 19). Obviously the rendering of a historical episode into a drama necessitated some changes in the recorded facts.
March 16, 2002
In "L.A. County's Vanishing Past" (Opinion, March 10), Marc Haefele quotes Roy Ritchie, director of research at the Huntington Library, as saying that at one point court records up to the 1890s were "loaded on a skid, ready to be dumped" when the Huntington intervened to save them. For the record, at no time has the Los Angeles Superior Court loaded up court records that have not been preserved on microfilm to be dumped, nor has the court destroyed original records older than 1920. While the Huntington Library for years expressed a desire to acquire historical court records (something the court also wanted, since the Huntington had the resources and facilities to keep them from deteriorating, which the court did not and still does not have)
April 24, 1988
Gore Vidal's well-written (is anything he has done not well-written) diatribe against academic historians in general and Dr. Richard N. Current in particular, which appeared in your Opinion section on March 20, deserves a reply. Vidal alleges that his "novel" "Lincoln" contains nothing but "agreed upon facts." But he does not tell us who agreed. The author assumes too much. One sees this on the book jacket in which it is represented that the book is "history." This does real damage to the reading public as it is a misrepresentation.
January 28, 2007
Kudos to J.R. Moehringer for setting the record straight on the boxing career of Max Baer Sr. ("Mad Max," Jan. 7). It is unfortunate that the director and writer of "Cinderella Man" were too busy to contribute to the article. However, I suspect that they were not too busy to accept the recognition and remuneration that the movie afforded them. Even though the heirs of the deceased cannot sue for libel, there should be a moral compass that Hollywood follows when telling a historical story.
June 13, 1998
In "The Casualties of Docudrama" (May 29), Howard Rosenberg depreciates the fictitiousness of docudramas "in contrast to historical dramas that use true settings merely as backdrops for imaginary characters ('Gone With the Wind,' for instance)." About the only historical fact that "Gone With the Wind" manages to convey is that there was something called the Civil War in America's history. Beyond that the movie creates a fantasy land more unreal than anything ever built by Disney. Because of its enormous popular appeal and its racist, distorted version of the Civil War, "GWTW" is one of the worst "historical" films ever made.