August 29, 2009
It’s not every day that most of us visit a deceased loved one, but the fact that Forest Lawn Glendale has created a destination around that experience is quite intriguing. Equipped with replica statue of David, a labyrinth, America’s largest painting and many more “attractions,” it is what I’ve always considered the Disneyland of Death, so it is fitting that Michael Jackson will be buried in this Forest Lawn on Thursday. Forest Lawn, as a cultural artifact, has an interesting history; of a visionary man seeing his wildest dream come to life.
August 19, 2006
La Crescenta Elementary School's first teacher, Helen Haskell, has been dead for more than 60 years. But a portrait her famous husband, S. Seymour Thomas, painted of her has been given new life. The 103-year-old portrait, which bumped around in the school since Thomas donated it in 1953, was rehung in a place of honor Friday, restored to its former grandeur. The community teamed up to raise $1,600 to have the portrait restored to its youthful beauty after school officials realized that the oil painting was deteriorating, said Mike Lawler, president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley.
December 23, 2004
Jan. 21, 1928-Dec. 13, 2004 William Edson Bachman passed away Dec. 13, 2004 at Verdugo Hills Hospital of respiratory failure, after a yearlong illness. Bill, a longtime resident of La Cañada, retired in 1996 from Jet Propulsion Labor-atory of the California Institute of Technology. Bill was born in South Bend, Ind. on Jan. 21, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Philippine Islands where he taught teletype repair at a Signal Corps Training Center near Manila.