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Wallace Neff, Architect of California’s Golden Age

Monday, Jan 30 2017 by Alephs
Wallace Neff was a famous Southern Californian architect. The houses he designed are still among the most coveted and appreciated houses in Los Angeles by celebrities and architectural connoisseurs alike. The distinct style he worked in is called the California style.

Jon Brooks's house
William Joseph "Bill" Bell Jr. and Maria Arena Bell's house
Adrien Labi's house (The Singleton Estate)
Carol and Frank Biondi Jr.'s house
Jimmy Iovine's House
Bradley S. Cohen's House
Peter Dent & Susan Purvis-Dent's house (formerly Madonna's)
Bill Guthy & Victoria Jackson's house (formerly Cary Grant's & Buster Keatons's)
Rudolph Valentino's 'Falcon Lair' (demolished)
Pickfair Estate
'Chandler House' by Wallace Neff
James Murdoch's House
Loren G. Lipson's House
'Dome Home' by Wallace Neff
Ricky & Betty Chow's House
G. Chris Peters's House

This Week's Birthdays - Week of September 5

Wednesday, Sep 14 2016 by kjfitz
September 5, 1850 - Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, an American distiller and the founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery.

Jack Daniel
September 6, 1963 - Angela Chalmers, a retired Canadian track and field athlete who competed in the 1500 m and 3000 m.

Angela Chalmers

September 7, 1936 - Buddy Holly, an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
September 8, 1990 - Matthew "Matt" Barkley a NFL quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.

Matt Barkley - USC QB (2009-2012)
September 9, 1890 - Harland David "Colonel" Sanders, an American fast food businessman who founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant chain.

Colonel Sanders
September 10, 1950 - Anthony Joseph "Joe Perry" Pereira, the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith.

Signed Aerosmith photo
September 11, 1862 – O. Henry, American short story writer (d. 1910)

The 1880's home of O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)

Thomas Edison

Wednesday, Sep 14 2016 by kjfitz
Thomas Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.