It's 1958 in Hollywood
Just off Sunset Boulevard, parked next to the Directors Guild - this seems to be a 1958 Rambler American in original condition. The paint is new but the color scheme is correct. American Motors Corporation (AMC) made Ramblers from 1958 and 1969. The American was their second try - a Rambler compact had been sold under the Nash and Hudson Motors name in 1954 and 1955. But this was all new for 1958, or at least the body style was. They produced this for two years before making something bigger and far different as a Rambler American. You can credit this first generation to the company president, George W. Romney, and the Eisenhower Recession of 1958. People suddenly wanted smaller cars, or so the thinking went. It was available only as a two-door sedan 1958, but they moved 30,640 of them. In 1959 they sold 91,491 units, having added a two-door station wagon. In 1960, they added a four-door sedan and hit 120,603 units. Then they changed it all. The recession was over.
George Romney resigned to become governor of Michigan, the company reversed course and tried to turn itself into a full-line imitation of the Big Three. That didn't work out and by the late seventies they were looking for a partner to bail them out - and that would be France's Renault in 1979. The arrangement lasted until March 1987, when American Motors was purchased by the Chrysler Corporation, and they discontinued the use of the AMC and Renault brand names in the United States. The Jeep line was continued. The Rambler American was no more.
But there's one in Hollywood.
Remember 1958? Here are selected events -
Top movies of the year, in descending order of box office receipts -
- January 1 - Treaty of Rome founding the European Union is implemented
- January 8 - Fourteen-year-old year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship
- January 31 - The first successful American satellite, Explorer I, is launched into orbit
- February 1 - Egypt and Syria unite to form the United Arab Republic
- February 17 - Pope Pius XII declares Saint Clare the patron saint of television
- March 11 - A B-47 bomber accidentally drops an atomic bomb on Mars Bluff, South Carolina. Its conventional explosives destroy a house and injure several people, but no nuclear fission occurs. Oops.
- March 17 - The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite
- March 27 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
- April 4 - The daughter of the actress Lana Turner stabs her mother's gangster lover to death out here (this was eventually ruled self-defense)
- May 13 - During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators
- June 1 - Charles De Gaulle is brought out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months
- July 15 - In Lebanon, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order to protect the pro-Western government there
- August 3 - The nuclear powered submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571) became the first vessel to cross the North Pole under water
- October 4 - BOAC uses the new Comet jet to become the first airline to fly jet passengers across the Atlantic
- December 9 - The John Birch Society is founded in Newport Beach, California, by Robert Welch, a retired candy manufacturer
- December 21 - General Charles de Gaulle is elected president of France with 78.5% of the votes
The top then hits of 1958, in descending order -
- Touch of Evil
- Thunder Road
- House on Haunted Hill
- Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
- Auntie Mame
- The Barbarian and the Geisha
- Bell, Book and Candle
- The Big Country
- Big Deal on Madonna Street
- Bonjour Tristesse
- The Brain from Planet Arous
- Tequila - The Champs
- Johnnie B. Goode - Chuck Berry
- At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors
- Get a Job - The Silhouettes
- Twilight Time - The Platters
- It's All In the Game - Tommy Edwards
- Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman
- Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
- Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day
- Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony and the Imperials
And more than thirty thousand Americans were driving Rambler Americans like this one.
Sunset on Sunset
Topic: Light and Shadow
Monday, November 6 - a November heat wave, with brutally clear skies, no humidity and a high in the nineties - big brush fires out in Rialto, threatening homes - just another day in paradise. But the sunset was good.
An hour before sunset, men at work on the Sunset Strip -
Down the block, how the sunset looked in the wall of the Directors Guild of America -
A helicopter passes over the Sunset Strip, on its way to the fires out east -
Fall in Georgia
Topic: Guest Photography
Matching Georgia Porches, our friend from the South sends more photographs.
"The register maple in my front yard may be the brightest tree in the neighborhood. It is affected drastically by the angles of the afternoon sun. In the first shot you can see the difference in chromosomes between the sugar maple limb in the foreground and the register maple." - Phillip Raines
Photos Copyright © 2006 - Phillip RainesWhat is a register maple? Where does it fit?
|Maple Species Native to the United States|
|General Geographic Distribution|
|Sugar Maple ||Acer saccharum ||Northeast United States and Southern Canada|
|Black Maple ||Acer nigrum ||Northeast United States and Southeast Canada|
|Red Maple ||Acer rubrum ||Eastern United States and Southeast Canada|
|Silver Maple ||Acer saccharinum ||Eastern United States and Southeast Canada|
|Boxelder ||Acer negundo ||Eastern and Central United States and Canada|
|Mountain Maple ||Acer spicatum ||Northeast United States and Southeast Canada|
|Striped Maple ||Acer pensylvanicum ||Northeast United States and Southeast Canada|
|Bigleaf Maple ||Acer macrophyllum ||Pacific Coast United States and Canada|
|Chalk Maple ||Acer leucoderme ||Southeast United States |
|Canyon Maple ||Acer grandidentatum ||U.S. Rocky Mountains |
|Rocky Mountain Maple ||Acer glabrum ||Western United States|
|Vine Maple ||Acer circinatum ||Pacific Coast of United States and Canada|
|Florida Maple ||Acer barbatum ||Southeast United States Coastal Plain and Piedmont|
Not Just Paris - Another Russian Submarine
In last weekend's Just Above Sunset, Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, told us of the odd Russian submarine in the middle of Paris, with pictures and everything. It was just sitting in the round pond at the Tuileries gardens - really.
Not Just Paris - Another Russian Submarine
Every major city should have a Russian submarine. In Long Beach, docked next to the actual Queen Mary, there's our Russian submarine - Russian Attack Submarine 'Scorpion' b-427 - and it's real too (to the right, the aft torpedo room) -
- Russian Designator: Project 641
- NATO Designator: Foxtrot-Class
- Manufacturer's Number: b-427
- Built: 1972
- Decommissioned: 1994
- Length: 299 feet, 6 inches
- Beam: 24 feet, 7 inches
- Draft: 20 feet
- Displacement: 1,952 tons surfaced, 2,475 tons submerged
- Built: Sudomekh Shipyard, Leningrad
- Construction: 3/8 inch outer light hull comprising ballast tanks. 7/8 inch QT28 Nickel Steel pressure hull.
- Complement: 12 officers, 10 midshipmen, 56 seamen
- Maximum Diving Depth: 985 feet
- Speed: 16 knots surfaced, 15 knots submerged, 9 knots snorkeling
- Range: 20,000 miles surfaced at 8 knots 11,000 miles snorkeling 380 miles submerged at 2 knots
- Endurance: 3 - 5 days submerged
- Propulsion: 3 x Kolomna 2D42M diesel engines, 2,000 hp each. 3 x electric motors; 2 with 1,350 hp and 1 with 2,700 hp. 1 x auxiliary motor with 180 hp. 3 x propeller shafts, each with 6 bladed propellers.
- Torpedoes: 22 maximum
- Radar: Surface search: Snoop Tray; I band.
- Sonar: Herkules medium-frequency active/passive. Feniks passive search/attack.
Click on the link for more information on our sub. You'll find a full photo tour in this weekend's Just Above Sunset, which should be online Sunday morning.
Long Beach, through the sub's periscope -
Topic: Botanical Studies
Thursday, November 2 - long light with good shadows is the only hint of winter on the way out here. It was in the mid-seventies by noon, with a light breeze off the Pacific and pretty much full sun. And things are still in bloom. These, the spotted calla lillies, in back end of Beverly Hills with all the twenty bedroom mansions and such, where the big stars and studio heads live. The rose was in the Mount Olympus area - garish and new ten million dollar modern homes with columns and fountains (the Greek thing) in the hills between Laurel and Nichols Canyon, floating high above Hollywood Boulevard. This is November out here.