National Geographic : 1962 Oct
Even faculty secretaries study at UCLA. April sun bathes the university's handsome new Medical Building. Wilshire ends softly at palm-fringed Palisades Park above the Pacific. The boulevard cuts through Los Angeles's recent past and the days of the dons, but its most fantastic chapters are revealed in La Brea Tar Pits, still gurgling sluggishly in Hancock Park on the Miracle Mile-ugly sumps surrounded by heavy wire fences to keep peo ple from falling in. A small observation house has been erected; now a campaign is under way for funds to build a science exhibit museum in the park. The Indians were familiar with these treacherous black pits, and the Spanish used the brea (tar) to water proof their roofs-including that of the Avila Adobe. In 1875 a geologist wrote the first scientific paper describing the pits as a repository of thousands of fossil bones. No one paid any attention. Not till 1905 did scientists become actively interested. In 1913 the Los Angeles County Museum took over management of the pits, and since then half a million bones have been recovered for study and reconstruction by experts. 486 Class-bound Students Crisscross the Sun-drenched UCLA Green The University of California at Los Angeles spreads across 465 acres of rolling country in Westwood Village. UCLA currently enrolls nearly 20,000 full-time students. In addition, thousands take extension courses ranging from modern Armenian to thermal management of spacecraft. Situated just off Wilshire Boule vard, UCLA offers courses dealing with motion pictures, television, and the theater. Many graduates hold top jobs in the film industry. Twin towers flank the entrance to Josiah Royce Hall, named for an emi nent American philosopher. Brick staircase at the end of the esplanade leads to gymnasiums. Dancers sway to a Javanese gamelan orchestra in a UCLA music class.