Felix In Hollywood

A Blog for the Smart Set

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Big Five O Oh....A Love Letter.



Yup, about 2 1/2 years later, I arrive at my 500th post! 

In my first post I used a photo of the Warner Bros. first Hollywood studio (not much more than a barn really) and noted that in starting the blog I had no idea where the endeavor would take me.  Well, the coincidence is, the property in that old picture is now a featured stop on my Walking Tour!

I want to thank all you guys.  From the very start you've given me companionship, support, clarity, love and courage.  Courage to follow the dream I am now living!

So without further adieu.....

You may recall a post I did in September of 2010 on the fabulous El Royale apartments, but since you have a life, chances are, you don't.  To refresh your memory it's here.

I'm bringing this up because to celebrate my 500th, I want to turn this post over to YOU!  Recently one of you, a wonderful fellow named James Pappas sent me a message offering to share some pictures of the El Royale with us if I would like.  Would I ever!

James grew up in Hollywood and his dad was a lifeguard at the Ambassador Hotel pool in the '40s and '50s!  Of that star-studded poolside he had particular memories of gangster Johnny Roselli being an almost daily fixture.

As an adult, James lived in the building for many years.

Here are the 4 beautiful shots he sent for us:






From James' email:

"I have had these from my own collection for years. I also have an Architectural Digest with pictures from when George Raft lived in the penthouse. Even Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures had the other penthouse at one time. They was a bust in the parking garage in the 40’s with some gangsters."


Thank you James.  Thank you readers.  Thank you tour guests.  Now on to the next 500.

8 comments:

Thombeau said...

Congrats on the Felix 500. Love you, love your blog!

normadesmond said...

HERE, HERE!

Margaret said...

Ancient, by Hollywood's standards; but outright babyish in the blogging world!

kabuki zero said...

who knew you had so much to say? this guy

Jon said...

Clink, clink! - a marvellous milestone for a fabulous blog! Jx

Stephen said...

Congrats on 500!
Will you take a shout out from an old, very old, fan?
http://nopoboho.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-love-la.html

savannah said...

a little late here, but congratulations, sugarpie!!! posts like this make me miss la. *sigh* xoxoxoxo

MJ said...

Cin cin!