28 years ago tonight, George Holliday was awakened by the sounds of yelling, helicopters, and sirens coming from the street behind his bedroom. The then 31 year old plumber who was born in Argentina and not yet a U.S. citizen sleepily wandered out to his back balcony to see what all the commotion was about. […]Read More Los Angeles, March 3, 1991: The Beginning of Viral Videos and Citizen Journalists
Late February 1942 was a time of great angst for all of America, especially along the west coast. A little more than three months earlier, America had been shocked out of its isolationism by the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. The laid back culture of sunny southern California had become one of […]Read More The Strange Story of the Battle of Los Angeles
History has an interesting, often unspoken power. It is the capacity to determine which stories to tell, and which to not. Text book writers, history teachers, monument builders, film makers, etc. all have the tremendous responsibility to decide what we see, hear, and learn. For example, there are few Americans who don’t know who Jackie […]Read More Happy Birthday to Kenny Washington, the First African American in the Modern N.F.L.