As people who muck around in this celebrity real estate and Movieland history world, we appreciate more than some the importance of “place”. We’re not architecture wonks, nor anti-progress. But too much of what passes for progress these days is crap. Too often, it’s about ego or lining someone’s pockets. Again, neither of which we have a problem with. But, this well-researched L.A. Times piece on Newport Beach honoring the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth highlights the importance of “place”. Significant places like his home, and incidental locations like bars, restaurants, boats and boat slips. Without care, they slip away. And, some of the magic of visiting a place like Los Angeles, which is so much about the places of Movieland history, slips way when that history is not preserved. There are some quality John Wayne links in the article, including this one to a town that appreciates the importance of an historic home.
In this March ABC 7 piece, featuring cameo appearances from John Wayne, himself, and featuring friend Scott Michaels from FindADeath, imagine no…places. Not everything old and interesting should end up in a museum or stored digitally.
We’re happy people visit The Movieland Directory. But, there is no substitute for walking, as on a tour with the Los Angeles Conservancy, or riding in person. As the LA Times story notes, houses get torn down or remodeled and streets (and boat slips) get renumbered. Feel free to contact us if you use us to plan any of your personal tour of LA and find things bearing no resemblance to our directions. Click here to see a long list of Movieland addresses related to John Wayne.