Sharing History on Double Duty at the Homestead and in Chino Hills

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Baseball Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks once reportedly said, "It's a beautiful day—let's play two."  On those rare occasions like today, I could easily adapt the great infielder's quote and exclaim, "It's a beautiful day—let's give two talks." The first presentation was at the Homestead for customers... Continue Reading →

An “Oriental Imagination” for an “Acropolis of the Caucasian Race”: E.G. Lewis and the Palos Verdes Estates Project, 1921-1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Photos show a mild-mannered looking fellow with large glasses befitting a shy clerk more than an ambitious promoter with massive ideas and a talent for raising millions of dollars from investors.  E.G. Lewis, however, proved to be an incredibly complex figure, who managed to avoid too much legal jeopardy for about... Continue Reading →

Alcatraz Island and the Workman and Temple Families, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri If President Millard Fillmore's executive order of December 1850 stipulating that Alcatraz Island, along with other California parcels, was government property was truly the last word about the legal status of the island, this post would have been limited to yesterday's part one. But, over five years later, a newspaper article... Continue Reading →

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