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Archive for September 2014




Callahan’s Diner from “Zodiac”

Sep 29th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

In the early years of our relationship the Grim Cheaper lived in Santa Monica, just a few blocks from a local staple named Callahan’s Diner.  Even though I knew the eatery was a filming location and supposedly served up some fabulous grub, for whatever reason we never ventured in for a meal.  I am kicking myself now, too, because the restaurant, which has been in operation since 1948, is set to close at the end of the year.  So when I found myself in the […]



Griffith Park from the “Full House” Opening Credits

Sep 26th, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

Growing up, I was obsessed with ABC’s TGIF series Full House.  Like obsessed!  Because my Uncle Tim lived with my family during my younger years, I related closely to the show – and thought it was insanely cool that I had my very own “Uncle Jesse.”  So I was thrilled when fellow stalker Michael contacted me recently to let me know that he was in the process of hunting down the park used in the opening credits of Full House’s first three seasons.  I had […]



New “L.A.” Mag Post – About the Queen Mary

Sep 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Don’t forget to check out my latest Los Angeles magazine blog post – about the 80th birthday of the Queen Mary – on LAMag.com.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The “Yes, Dear” House

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

One show that I never really understood the appeal of is Yes, Dear.  My dad loved the sitcom, which ran from 2000 to 2006, and watched it regularly, but I always found the characters slightly unlikable and the storylines a bit ridiculous.  Nevertheless, when I received an email from a fellow stalker named Jeremy recently asking for some help in tracking down the main house featured on the series, my interest was immediately piqued.

Jeremy had sent some screen captures along with his query and, maddeningly, […]



The Culver City Hobbit Houses

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I have a major affinity for unique architecture.  So when I came across this CurbedLA article about the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments, a grouping of Storybook-style structures in Culver City colloquially known as the “Hobbit houses,” I just about foamed at the mouth.  The complex looks like something straight out of a Disney cartoon and it was not long before I was rushing out to see it with my own two eyes.

The Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments compound consists of […]



This Week’s “L.A.” Mag Post – About the “Golden Girls” House

Sep 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts, TV Locations

Don’t forget to check out this week’s L.A. magazine blog post – about the Golden Girls house – here.



A Much-Needed Break

Sep 15th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Our beloved cat passed away on Friday evening and I am beyond distraught.  I will be taking the week off from blogging, but hopefully will be feeling more like myself again next Monday.



The “Encino Man” House

Sep 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Lately, I have been on a retro-movie watching kick.  I think it has something to do with ”The ‘80s” issue of Los Angeles magazine that hit newsstands this past July.  Reading through it got me in the mood to revisit decades past.  So I was thrilled when my buddy Mike, from MovieShotsLA, took me by the residence that served as the Morgan family home in Encino Man (spoiler alert – it’s not actually in Encino!).  I had not seen the 1992 comedy in ages and […]



Latest “Los Angeles” Magazine Blog – About the Martin House from “Cellular”

Sep 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Be sure to check out my latest CityThink blog post – about the house where Kim Basinger lived in Cellular – on LAMag.com.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The Victorian from “Mr. Mom”

Sep 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Some movie scenes just seem to stay with you, seared into your memory for years, despite the fact that you can remember little else about the storyline.  That’s how it was for me and Mr. Mom.  I had not seen the comedy since 1983 when it first premiered in theatres and recalled few details from it, but the scene in which Jack (Michael Keaton) dried his baby’s bottom in a public restroom using a hand blower had stuck with me.  Recently, on a whim, the […]