“VLA TV” Web Series

“Vintage Los Angeles” has launched an exciting new channel with all original content! VLA has been busy partnering up with The Ebersole Hughes Company on a new web series featuring beloved Los Angeles landmarks, forgotten places, and residents of the city whose stories have been generated through the community of Vintage Los Angeles.  We plan on documenting and preserving every bit of it!  Our Delorean is all fueled up and ready to go, so jump in!


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Episode 3: La Dolce Vita


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Episode 2: A Cast of Caricatures


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Premier Episode: Tail O’ The Pup


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VLA Web Series

“Vintage Los Angeles” has launched an exciting new channel with all original content! VLA has been busy partnering up with The Ebersole Hughes Company on a new web series featuring beloved Los Angeles landmarks, forgotten places, and residents of the city whose stories have been generated through the community of Vintage Los Angeles.  We plan on documenting and preserving every bit of it!  Our Delorean is all fueled up and ready to go, so jump in!

Episode 3: La Dolce Vita

Vintage Los Angeles sent Aj Benza out on a special assignment to visit one of the greatest vintage Rat Pack style restaurants in the city called La Dolce Vita!! I can’t imagine anyone better than our former host from “Mysteries & Scandals” to bring back the latest on one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite spots! It’s been beautifully cared for and restored by owner Allesandro Uzieli.

Episode 2: A Cast of Caricatures

In our latest VLA-TV episode, we take you inside the Palm Restaurant’s West Hollywood location before their move to Beverly Hills. I’m sure many of you have been wondering what happened to all those legendary caricatures on the walls. Well, VLA was there to capture all the excitement with Angie Dickinson, Mamie Van Doren, Shecky Greene and many other dedicated customers!! We also reveal the back story of The Palm with owners, Bruce Bozzi, and Wally Ganzi! This is one of the most unique preservation stories in L.A. history!

Click here for a review of the “Cast of Caricatures” episode on Wehoville.com.

Click here for another review on Curbed LA.

Episode 1: Tail O’ The Pup

VLA’s web series premieres with a feature on the beloved Los Angeles roadside eatery “Tail O’ The Pup” which mysteriously disappeared from the streets of West Hollywood nearly a decade ago. Its whereabouts have been in question ever since. Vintage Los Angeles uncovers the original hotdog facade that was built in the 1940s and interviews its long-time owners The Blake Family in this exclusive mini-documentary, highlighting the colorful history and future of this lost Angeleno treasure.

Click here for a review of the “Tail O’ The Pup” episode on Wehoville.com.

Click here to listen to Alison discuss the Tail O’ The Pup with Alex Cohen on KPCC radio’s “Take Two”.

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Sharing this from Jeffrey Sherman (son of Robert B. Sherman of the famous Disney song writers, the Sherman Brothers). This was posted this past Friday and it’s too beautiful not to share....

“In the 60's, working for Walt Disney, Dad and Dick wrote two songs for Disney pavilions at the New York World's Fair; "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for the GE "Carousel of Progress" Pavilion and "It's a Small World" for Bank of America.

As I've posted before, Dad and Dick wrote Small World while the Cuban Missile Crisis was going on. If you listen to the lyrics, it's the Sherman Brothers reminding us all that...

It's a world of laughter, a world of tears,
It's a world of hopes and a world of fears,
There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all.

There is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone...

You know the rest.

Part of Dad's great inspiration for this song was Martin Luther King. Dad thought he was magnificent and was surely influenced by MLK's speeches and wisdom.

Because of his closeness with the Sherman Brothers and to thank them for writing these iconic songs, Walt flew my mom and dad and Dick and his wife out to New York on his private plane.

While they were there, Dad and Mom were driven on a golf cart through the yet-to-be opened fairgrounds. Dad spotted Martin Luther King walking through the park and tapped his driver to abruptly stop.

To mom's horror, Dad leapt out of the golf cart, limped with his cane (he was shot in the knee while a US GI in Germany toward the end of WWII) as fast as he could to go over and shake the hand of the great man he so admired. Dad was like that.

As he approached Dr. King, out of nowhere, according to my mom, a team of huge bodyguards merged on this apparently crazy man with a stick who looked to be assaulting the great civil rights leader. Mom jumped off the golf cart and shouted, "It's okay! He's a songwriter!"

Dad was restrained a moment, till the truth came out. Shaking Dr. King's hand was one of Dad's most cherished memories.

At 19, my father, you see, had been the first US GI in to liberate the Dachau prison camp. He was also the only Jew in his squad. Dad saw firsthand what prejudice and bigotry wielded and for the rest of his life devoted himself to righting that wrong, and other darkness through his uplifting creativity. "To bring happiness to people."

This weekend, as we honor and remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King, I feel his message, and the Sherman Brothers words are more pertinent than ever before in this country.

"I have a dream..."

"There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone..."

We should build bridges, not walls. We should welcome not repel. We are all humans who can help each other and coexist on this planet. There's no reason for hate.

Smile at a stranger this weekend. Lend a hand where you can. Be kind. Forgive.

And then we will heal. Then we find peace.

Have a lovely weekend.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

- Jeffrey Sherman
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Sharing this from Jeffrey Sherman (son of  Robert B. Sherman of the famous Disney song writers, the Sherman Brothers). This was posted this past Friday and it’s too beautiful not to share....

“In the 60s, working for Walt Disney, Dad and Dick wrote two songs for Disney pavilions at the New York Worlds Fair; Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow for the GE Carousel of Progress Pavilion and Its a Small World for Bank of America.  

As Ive posted before, Dad and Dick wrote Small World while the Cuban Missile Crisis was going on. If you listen to the lyrics, its the Sherman Brothers reminding us all that...

Its a world of laughter, a world of tears,
Its a world of hopes and a world of fears,
Theres so much that we share that its time were aware
Its a small world after all.

There is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone...

You know the rest.  

Part of Dads great inspiration for this song was Martin Luther King.  Dad thought he was magnificent and was surely influenced by MLKs speeches and wisdom. 

Because of his closeness with the Sherman Brothers and to thank them for writing these iconic songs, Walt flew my mom and dad and Dick and his wife out to New York on his private plane.  

While they were there, Dad and Mom were driven on a golf cart through the yet-to-be opened fairgrounds.  Dad spotted Martin Luther King walking through the park and tapped his driver to abruptly stop.  

To moms horror, Dad leapt out of the golf cart, limped with his cane (he was shot in the knee while a US GI in Germany toward the end of WWII) as fast as he could to go over and shake the hand of the great man he so admired.  Dad was like that.

As he approached Dr. King, out of nowhere, according to my mom, a team of huge bodyguards merged on this apparently crazy man with a stick who looked to be assaulting the great civil rights leader.  Mom jumped off the golf cart and shouted, Its okay! Hes a songwriter!  

Dad was restrained a moment, till the truth came out.  Shaking Dr. Kings hand was one of Dads most cherished memories.  

At 19, my father, you see, had been the first US GI in to liberate the Dachau prison camp.  He was also the only Jew in his squad.  Dad saw firsthand what prejudice and bigotry wielded and for the rest of his life devoted himself to righting that wrong, and other darkness through his uplifting creativity.  To bring happiness to people.

This weekend, as we honor and remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King, I feel his message, and the Sherman Brothers words are more pertinent than ever before in this country.  

I have a dream...

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone...

We should build bridges, not walls.  We should welcome not repel.  We are all humans who can help each other and coexist on this planet. Theres no reason for hate. 

Smile at a stranger this weekend. Lend a hand where you can.  Be kind.  Forgive.  

And then we will heal.  Then we find peace.

Have a lovely weekend. 

Happy Birthday, Dr. King 

- Jeffrey Sherman

 

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Your dad liberated my late friends, Morris Rich and his brother Abe Rich, who ended up in Miami beach making custom pool cues for Jackie Gleason.

Then your Dad liberated my Uncle!

“Feed the Birds” is one of the most poignant and beautiful songs ever written. I can’t listen to it without shedding a tear or two every time.

Beautiful. I will never ride Small World without thinking of this story and the wonderful man behind the song.

Helpful hint- I discovered this a few years ago. If you have a song in your head, any song, and you can't get rid of it, nothing helps, your days become waking nightmares and the last thing you hear before going to sleep and the first thing you hear upon waking up is that accursed song, just start singing "It's a Small World"- it's power will destroy the song tormenting you, but they will basically cancel each other out and you won't replace one song with another. Works every time. 😉

What an absolutely beautiful story Thank You for sharing

Carousel of Progress is still my favorite exhibit at Disney World.

Small World is my favorite Disney song. At Disneyland Anaheim I would sing along and embarrass the hell outta my kids.

It was a brilliantly successful ride and song . The song will stick in your head . When I worked for Flying U Rodeo Company “ Thank You Very Much “ a Disney tune was our closing music, equally sticky . My boss was a self described “ Jew from the ( Long Beach ) Pike “ .

That is a fantastic story and thank you for sharing! But...I am kind of on the fence for the "small world" song...created one of the biggest earworms known to man. (A little side note...I paid the front desk lady at a company I worked for years ago to play the full version of the song on a Disney CD I had over the company wide loudspeakers. Yea...a lot of people were mad at me...LOL)

That's powerful stuff, right there.

Thank you for sharing, very touching.

I love stories about the ‘64 Worlds Fair- I grew up right there in the 60s and only vaguely recall going!

Best thing I’ve seen written about Dr. King today. Thank you for sharing. HBD MLK

Thanks for the share....perfect for the day....

Beautiful...that made me misty...l

WoW

Beautiful.

Man has a dream,and that’s the start. He follows the dream with mind and heart. And when it becomes a reality, it’s a great big world for you and me.

Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Their songs mean so much to me and Disneyland is one of my addictions. What a blessing they all are to humanity!

Beautiful post! Thank you! 🙂

Oh yes, Big Beautiful Monsanto.

❤️❤️❤️

What a moving tribute on this sacred day!

oh man that was so beautiful. Love the Sherman Brothers so much. had a tape where they explained how they wrote the songs for Mary Poppins just magical they seemed like such great guys. Thanks for sharing

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