1980s

Los Angeles in the 1980s

Frank Oklesson, visiting from Georgia, stands on top of a hill near Wander View and Aspen Oak Lane. Below him is a 1985 view of Glendale as well as the downtown Los Angeles skyline in the distance. (Photographer: Mike Sergieff / LAPL 00043662 ) Bizarre Los Angeles.

Frank Oklesson, visiting from Georgia, stands on top of a hill near Wander View and Aspen Oak Lane. Below him is a 1985 view of Glendale as well as the downtown Los Angeles skyline in the distance. (Photographer: Mike Sergieff / LAPL 00043662 )

 

Bizarre Los Angeles Collection: “Los Angeles in Dangerous to Your Health” Coffee / Tea Mug

 

The Struckus House, located at 4510 Saltillo Street in Woodland Hills. Photo is from 1983 (the year it was built). LAPL. Photographer: Paul Chinn. Bizarre Los Angeles

The Struckus House, located at 4510 Saltillo Street in Woodland Hills. Photo is from 1983 (the year it was built). LAPL. Photographer: Paul Chinn.

To read more about this oddity from architect Bruce Goff, click here: http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-strukus-house-by-bruce-goff-in.html

 

The Mayan Theatre (1038 S Hill St.) in 1983, when it was an adult movie house. (Photographer: Michael Edwards / LAPL 00028740) Bizarre Los Angeles

The Mayan Theatre (1038 S Hill St.) in 1983, when it was an adult movie house. (Photographer: Michael Edwards / LAPL 00028740)

 

Stereos and televisions rain down from a truck that overturned at the transition between the I-10 and the I-5 on May 11, 1984. Photographer: James Ruebsamen / LAPL 00082142) Bizarre Los Angeles

Stereos and televisions rain down from a truck that overturned at the transition between the I-10 and the I-5 on May 11, 1984. Photographer: James Ruebsamen / LAPL 00082142)

 

The Mt. Baldy Inn in Pico Rivera, circa 1984. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The Mt. Baldy Inn in Pico Rivera, circa 1984.

The programmatic drive-in restaurant/nightclub was originally built by Gar and Lily McOmber in 1927, on a 6.6 acre property on the 9600 block of Whittier Boulevard. During the Depression, it became famous for its special squeezed orange juice and barbeque sandwiches. In fact, it was often promoted as having the world’s best OJ.

By the 1980s, it was mostly abandoned, and the City of Pico Rivera used eminent domain to take control of the property in order to tear it down. Pico Rivera’s historical society didn’t lift a finger to save it. Not one finger. Its chairperson at the time, Diane Gonzales, told the Los Angeles Times, “At one time the inn brought a bit of fame to Pico Rivera. But the building is old and run-down. You can’t save everything.”

The federal government’s historical preservation department thought differently, however, and forced the city to take ample photos and to document the building’s history and architecture before razing it.

Two years later, in April of 1986, it was torn down to make way for 34 single-family homes. (Photographer: Paul Chinn /LAPL 00087570)

Source:
Steven R. Churm, “Dying Landmark : Mt. Baldy Inn Falling to City Renewal Plan,” Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1985.

“Pico Rivera : Mt. Baldy Inn Being Razed,” Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1986.

 

Not even a plane wreck interferes with Minnie Cook's golf game at the Van Nuys Golf Course. The plane was attempting to land at the Van Nuys airport when its hydraulic system malfunctioned, preventing the brakes from working. The out of control plane sped off the runway, hit a couple of automobiles and smashed through a fence, finally coming to a stop near the 14th hole. No one was injured, including the pilot, James Mayfield. The incident took place in June of 1985. (Photographer: Mike Mullen/ LAPL:00094894 (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Not even a plane wreck interferes with Minnie Cook’s golf game at the Van Nuys Golf Course. The plane was attempting to land at the Van Nuys airport when its hydraulic system malfunctioned, preventing the brakes from working. The out of control plane sped off the runway, hit a couple of automobiles and smashed through a fence, finally coming to a stop near the 14th hole. No one was injured, including the pilot, James Mayfield. The incident took place in June of 1985. (Photographer: Mike Mullen/ LAPL:00094894

 

An embarrassing mishap in a parking garage near the County-USC Medical Center on July 31, 1985. The driver of a Ford Fairmont station wagon accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake, crashing through a cement barrier and metal railing. The vehicle teetered about 200 feet above the ground while the driver was able to get out of the car. What kept the station wagon from falling was a steel cable that ran along the edge of the parking garage. (Photographer: Chris Gulker / LAPL: 00094973) Bizarre Los Angeles

An embarrassing mishap in a parking garage near the County-USC Medical Center on July 31, 1985. The driver of a Ford Fairmont station wagon accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake, crashing through a cement barrier and metal railing. The vehicle teetered about 200 feet above the ground while the driver was able to get out of the car. What kept the station wagon from falling was a steel cable that ran along the edge of the parking garage. (Photographer: Chris Gulker / LAPL: 00094973)

 

Smog on Spring Street in 1986. (Photographer: Chris Gulker / LAPL 00060080) Bizarre Los ANgeles

Smog on Spring Street in 1986. The Alexandria Hotel is in the distance.(Photographer: Chris Gulker / LAPL 00060080)
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