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September 21, 2012
As L.A. eagerly awaits the flyover the space shuttle Endeavour, one spot they should probably avoid is the Griffith Observatory. "Somebody leaving their house right now shouldn't come," said Mark Pine, deputy director of the observatory. Parking lots were overflowing early this morning and authorities have started shutting down the streets near Greek Theatre, he added. "There's nowhere for people to go," Pine said. The observatory has been preparing about a week for the flyover and expected crowds, he said.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
Enthusiasm at Griffith Park for the flyover of the space shuttle Endeavour was palatable Friday morning as swarms of people converged up the mountain for a prime viewing spot. Among them, Carla Torres of La Mirada. She said at 6 a.m., newscasters were saying the parking lot at Griffith Observatory was nearly full. "We better go," Torres recalled saying as she rounded up her husband and four of her five kids. They arrived around 7 a.m. to get a viewing spot for the space shuttle Endeavour's L.A. flyover, but still had to park nearly a half-mile down the mountainside.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
Officials have revealed some details of space shuttle Endeavour's aerial tour of California, a final flight that is to include low-level passes over the state Capitol, San Francisco and several Los Angeles landmarks. Riding piggyback on a modified 747 aircraft, the retired shuttle will depart Edwards Air Force Base about 7:15 a.m. Friday and will fly low over Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento, NASA officials said. There, Endeavour will fly over the Capitol and turn to San Francisco, where those hoping to catch a glimpse of the shuttle are advised to watch from one of several Bay Area museums, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Exploratorium, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
NEWS
By Stephanie Ghiya | March 9, 2007
Twilight is holding in the clouds scattered across the domed ceiling of the recently renovated Samuel Oschin Planetarium as about 150 people leave behind the clear windy day outside Griffith Observatory to be ushered into the theater's impending night. The crowd has come to experience the new 8.5 million dollar planetarium show "Centered in the Universe" which, along with a new dome, star projector, digital laser projectors, seats and lights, features original music composed by Emmy Award-winning composer and La Crescenta resident Scott Liggett.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
Some planned to make a mad dash outside as the space shuttle Endeavour flies over the L.A. region, but others decided to not even bother and take the day off. Sam Saldana let his three young sons skip school to watch the Endeavor at Griffith Observatory to "open their eyes to possibility. " "We're from a pretty rough part of town. I wanted to show them something different," said Saldana, a machine operator from Pacoima. Saldana, who works the 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift, brought his sons over at 7 a.m. "I feel like a zombie, but it's worth it," he said.
NEWS
December 26, 2000
Thank you for the front-page story about the passing of Barbara Larsen. I remember Barbara as one of the first people to help me in 1993 when I began my research for a book on the history of Griffith Park. She invited my wife and I into her stylish condo and was very generous with her time, even though it seemed that she was very busy with tutoring Spanish and other activities. I fondly remember her talking about hiking in the park beginning in the mid-1920s as a member of the Hiking Club at Glendale High School.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
As the space shuttle Endeavor flew by the Hollywood sign around 12:10 p.m., onlookers at the Griffith Observatory -- some of whom had been waiting since 6 a.m. -- hooped and hollered. "That's the money shot," said Larry Unser in from St. Louis to visit his son in L.A.  "I almost hate taking (pictures) because then you miss it.” Joan Pappas from Arcadia didn't get a shot of the shuttle when it first approached. She pressed the wrong button and turned off her digital camera.
THE818NOW
By Brittany Levine and Daniel Siegal | September 21, 2012
As the space shuttle Endeavour flew by the Hollywood sign around 12:10 p.m., onlookers at the Griffith Observatory - some of whom had been waiting since 6 a.m. - whooped and hollered. “That's the money shot,” said Larry Unser, in from St. Louis to visit his son in L.A. “I almost hate taking [pictures], because then you miss it.” Joan Pappas of Arcadia didn't get a shot of the shuttle when it first approached. She pressed the wrong button and turned off her digital camera.
NEWS
December 9, 2006
Less demand, more parking needed When speaking of the "Manhattanization" of Glendale ("Specific plan will lead to a new Manhattan," Nov. 15, Community Commentary), I think of my local neighborhood's reopening of the Griffith Observatory: You can walk up and onto the observatory grounds (for free) or take a special bus from either of two locations ($11 includes admission); but you can't park your car in the observatory parking lot (at least for now). Why not? In a word, demand.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | July 19, 2011
The relentless sunlight made the dirt ridge along the hill a ghostly white, a washed-out doppelganger of its former self. The once-inviting ochre causeway that led us up and away from the Griffith Park carousel now only served as a mirror of the sun's rays - SPF 1,000 be damned. We got what we needed, my friend and I. A few days prior we visited that same hill but we drove up its back - or front, if you're in Los Angeles. From the top of the Griffith Observatory, on an unfortunately rushed whirlwind through its hallways and past its lightning-in-a-bottle Tesla coil, we spied the dirt path that leads from the observatory's parking lot. “We should come back here and see where that trail goes,” John said as we leaned on the roof edge.
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NEWS
September 21, 2012
Some planned to make a mad dash outside as the space shuttle Endeavour flies over the L.A. region, but others decided to not even bother and take the day off. Sam Saldana let his three young sons skip school to watch the Endeavor at Griffith Observatory to "open their eyes to possibility. " "We're from a pretty rough part of town. I wanted to show them something different," said Saldana, a machine operator from Pacoima. Saldana, who works the 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift, brought his sons over at 7 a.m. "I feel like a zombie, but it's worth it," he said.
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THE818NOW
By Brittany Levine and Daniel Siegal | September 21, 2012
As the space shuttle Endeavour flew by the Hollywood sign around 12:10 p.m., onlookers at the Griffith Observatory - some of whom had been waiting since 6 a.m. - whooped and hollered. “That's the money shot,” said Larry Unser, in from St. Louis to visit his son in L.A. “I almost hate taking [pictures], because then you miss it.” Joan Pappas of Arcadia didn't get a shot of the shuttle when it first approached. She pressed the wrong button and turned off her digital camera.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
As the space shuttle Endeavor flew by the Hollywood sign around 12:10 p.m., onlookers at the Griffith Observatory -- some of whom had been waiting since 6 a.m. -- hooped and hollered. "That's the money shot," said Larry Unser in from St. Louis to visit his son in L.A.  "I almost hate taking (pictures) because then you miss it.” Joan Pappas from Arcadia didn't get a shot of the shuttle when it first approached. She pressed the wrong button and turned off her digital camera.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
Enthusiasm at Griffith Park for the flyover of the space shuttle Endeavour was palatable Friday morning as swarms of people converged up the mountain for a prime viewing spot. Among them, Carla Torres of La Mirada. She said at 6 a.m., newscasters were saying the parking lot at Griffith Observatory was nearly full. "We better go," Torres recalled saying as she rounded up her husband and four of her five kids. They arrived around 7 a.m. to get a viewing spot for the space shuttle Endeavour's L.A. flyover, but still had to park nearly a half-mile down the mountainside.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
As L.A. eagerly awaits the flyover the space shuttle Endeavour, one spot they should probably avoid is the Griffith Observatory. "Somebody leaving their house right now shouldn't come," said Mark Pine, deputy director of the observatory. Parking lots were overflowing early this morning and authorities have started shutting down the streets near Greek Theatre, he added. "There's nowhere for people to go," Pine said. The observatory has been preparing about a week for the flyover and expected crowds, he said.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
Officials have revealed some details of space shuttle Endeavour's aerial tour of California, a final flight that is to include low-level passes over the state Capitol, San Francisco and several Los Angeles landmarks. Riding piggyback on a modified 747 aircraft, the retired shuttle will depart Edwards Air Force Base about 7:15 a.m. Friday and will fly low over Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento, NASA officials said. There, Endeavour will fly over the Capitol and turn to San Francisco, where those hoping to catch a glimpse of the shuttle are advised to watch from one of several Bay Area museums, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Exploratorium, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | July 19, 2011
The relentless sunlight made the dirt ridge along the hill a ghostly white, a washed-out doppelganger of its former self. The once-inviting ochre causeway that led us up and away from the Griffith Park carousel now only served as a mirror of the sun's rays - SPF 1,000 be damned. We got what we needed, my friend and I. A few days prior we visited that same hill but we drove up its back - or front, if you're in Los Angeles. From the top of the Griffith Observatory, on an unfortunately rushed whirlwind through its hallways and past its lightning-in-a-bottle Tesla coil, we spied the dirt path that leads from the observatory's parking lot. “We should come back here and see where that trail goes,” John said as we leaned on the roof edge.
NEWS
By Stephanie Ghiya | March 9, 2007
Twilight is holding in the clouds scattered across the domed ceiling of the recently renovated Samuel Oschin Planetarium as about 150 people leave behind the clear windy day outside Griffith Observatory to be ushered into the theater's impending night. The crowd has come to experience the new 8.5 million dollar planetarium show "Centered in the Universe" which, along with a new dome, star projector, digital laser projectors, seats and lights, features original music composed by Emmy Award-winning composer and La Crescenta resident Scott Liggett.
NEWS
December 9, 2006
Less demand, more parking needed When speaking of the "Manhattanization" of Glendale ("Specific plan will lead to a new Manhattan," Nov. 15, Community Commentary), I think of my local neighborhood's reopening of the Griffith Observatory: You can walk up and onto the observatory grounds (for free) or take a special bus from either of two locations ($11 includes admission); but you can't park your car in the observatory parking lot (at least for now). Why not? In a word, demand.
NEWS
December 26, 2000
Thank you for the front-page story about the passing of Barbara Larsen. I remember Barbara as one of the first people to help me in 1993 when I began my research for a book on the history of Griffith Park. She invited my wife and I into her stylish condo and was very generous with her time, even though it seemed that she was very busy with tutoring Spanish and other activities. I fondly remember her talking about hiking in the park beginning in the mid-1920s as a member of the Hiking Club at Glendale High School.
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