National Geographic : 1962 Oct
Rounding out the sports calendar are two great race tracks, Santa Anita (page 458) and Hollywood Parks; the Lakers, professional basketballers; the Rams, football pros; the Blades, a new hockey team; professional golf, and hundreds of amateur events. The hockey team surprised everyone by drawing more than 10,000 spectators a game in the latter part of its season. Hockey, basketball, and other events are presented in the new Sports Arena (near the Memorial Coliseum) with a seating capacity of more than 15,000. Industry Proves Its Vitality For many years, Los Angeles has suffered the disbelief of many eastern businessmen. "I don't believe anything they tell me out there," a Bostonian said to me. "It's all a bubble." This attitude is due to a distrust of the glamor industries, principally motion pic tures and aircraft. It ignores the oil of the region, the rich agricultural pattern, and the diversity of secondary industries. When the bottom dropped out of the aviation industry right after the war, when oil yields declined, when the movies took their nose dive and agricultural revenues fell off, the Los Angeles economy did not collapse. It was then that many realized the strength of the city's other industries-tires, fashions, electronics, chem icals, toys, machinery, and the assembly of automobiles. The motion-picture business, which has died so often in print, is a robust corpse-much too young to die. Movies came to Los Angeles in 1907 when director Francis Boggs and cameraman Thomas Persons shot scenes there for a one-reel version of The Count of Monte Cristo. In 1913 Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky, and Samuel Goldwyn rented a barn in Holly wood to make The Squaw Man; one year later David W. Griffith produced The Birth of a Nation. These were the early years, too, of such old-time movie giants as Mary Pick ford, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. The first centers of movie making were Edendale, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Glen dale, and Culver City. Hollywood did not welcome the motion-picture makers, and it is ironical that it became the most famous of all for the glamorous life. The town had been founded by Mr. and Mrs. Horace H. Wilcox, Kansas prohibitionists who had envisioned an entirely different sort of community. I wandered around Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank one day, amazed by the bustle. 494 Laughter rocks a studio in CBS Televi sion City, Hollywood, as three cameras re cord last year's Tell It to Groucho show. Monitor screens in the glassed-in control room capture Groucho Marx and his guests from three angles and enable the technical crew to judge the quality and vary the scenes. Small screens in bottom row reveal what the three cameras are shooting. Large screens in top panel show the picture being used, made by camera at far right. Jack Benny and His Troupe Parody The Mikado for Fall Showing on TV A Sunday evening tradition on radio and television for 30 years, the Benny show has been shifted to Tuesday nights. Here Den nis Day (center) and Don Wilson rehearse a song with the star (left) in the Revue Studios. Camera at left rolls in and out on a ped estal dolly; the other shoots from a height of eight to ten feet.