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KIM COOPER is the Editrix, which means this is almost entirely her fault. In addition to her true crime reportage at 1947project, On Bunker Hill and on the Esotouric bus, Kim is a pop music historian whose books include Lost in the Grooves, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth and Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. You would make her husband Richard Schave happy if you ordered many back issues of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. BARBARA BOGAEV is a long-time public radio host of such shows as Weekend America, Fresh Air, and Soundprint. She’s currently producing documentaries on Antarctic science in the 1950s, and hosting Global Challenges, a series of programs about sustainability. When not on the air, she consults on podcasting and other new media strategies for non-profits, donates homebrew for the secret bar in the floor of Machine Project, and lurks around St. Vincent’s Court and Santee Alley soaking in the ambiance and uncritically noting everyone’s attire. JOHN BUNTIN is a staff writer for Governing magazine and the author of the forthcoming book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, which tells the story of the rivalry between L.A.’s most notorious gangster and its greatest (and most controversial) police chief. A long-time crime writer, he first visited Los Angeles in 1999, after the region was swept by a series of fake anthrax attacks. He was so confused by the city he found that he decided to move to L.A. the following year to figure it out. He’s still trying. Thoughts criminal, statistical, and literary can be found at his website: http://www.deadwood-dick.com. ROB CLAMPETT has just completed production on a DVD that will be released this fall titled, “Beany and Cecil: The Special Edition Volume 2.” The first volume was released in 2000. Both are tributes to his father, the creator of Tweety Bird and later Beany and Cecil. Click here to visit Beany and Cecil online. Clampett manages his father’s extensive animation archive. He also licenses archival footage that dates back to the 1920’s. Clampett has had experience producing both live action and animation for television as well as RPG and adventure video games. Some of his pop culture interests include American Animation, Hollywood History, the Black Jazz scene on Central Avenue, L.A. Crime, Burlesque and beyond, and the social misfits of any era. ADRIENNE CREW was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. By day, she is an entertainment business affairs attorney, licensing art and movie rights for consumer products and video games. By night, she researches L.A.’s dark past and forgotten architecture. She specializes in the region’s intellectual history with an emphasis on the interwar Central European emigres, court records, neglected restaurants and old apartment buildings. Her passions include culinary history, burlesque, animation, and visual design. She is the author of “Blogosphere: Best of Blogs” from Que Books. She used to pen a business affairs column for the ASIFA San Francisco newsletter. Her work has been published in the “San Francisco Chronicle,” “Los Angeles Times” and Salon.com. She contributes to LAObserved.com and operates a calendar of all the book readings, lectures and intellectual activities happening around town at http://www.Labrainterrain.com. DIANA GOODWIN is a former medievalist, art historian and Yale graduate who has fallen far from the academic tree and now works below the line in Hollywood. She never lost her fascination with the past or its artifacts, however. She moved to Los Angeles ten years ago believing it to be a city without history, and was delighted to learn just how wrong she was. L.A.’s press is all about looking forward (or inward) but around every corner lurks a reminder of its storied and lurid past. This is her first experience blogging for a shared history project. She also blogs about cheap and free ways to enjoy Los Angeles at http://affordablela.blogspot.com. DIARMID MOGG writes about the lives and times of old Hollywood extras at The Unsung Joe and small-time criminals from New Castle, PA, at Small Town Noir. If pressed, he’ll admit that his tendency to indulge in melancholic nostalgia for places and times of which he has no personal experience probably leads him to spend too much time thinking about what dead people of whom no one has ever heard were like when they were alive. TONY MOSTROM, as a native son of the Angel(e)s, has been gripped firmly by the firm, gripping saga of L.A. history since about, wellllll, oh, about 1989 or so. What took him so long? Hey, mind yer own business! He wrote certain (no, not uncertain) chapters of the book “Death in Paradise: A History of the L.A. Dept of Coroner” (by Brad Schreiber, another true Son of the Soil), and has penned journalistical-type profiles of L.A. writers like John Gilmore for the “L.A. Weekly.” He is currently writing this bio-squib. JOAN RENNER is a writer and a social historian. She has a passion for vintage cosmetics ephemera, and crime. Her blog Vintage Powder Room explores history, women, art, and provides her with a transparent excuse to add to her collection of over 500 items. As a tour guide for Esotouric she has developed a personality profile of Elizabeth Short (aka The Black Dahlia) based upon her choice of makeup. She has been an invited lecturer at the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival. RICHARD SCHAVE, who built this website, has been at various times an art historian, a mason, an independent film producer, and a computer programmer. He is founding Director of the The Downtown LA Art Walk non profit, and the host and writer of Esotouric’s literary and architectural bus adventures. Richard enjoys farm chores, koi husbandry, social networking and good porter.

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