Backtrack: Speed King
On a marathon drive from L.A. to New York in 1929, Cannon Ball stayed alert by drinking a quart of olive oil and downing bags of peanuts.
There were Shrine bands, drill teams, even hula dancers, each group more intricately choreographed and elaborately attired than the last. The Zor Temple members from Madison, Wisconsin, surpassed them all by prancing the streets on tall, hairy, spitting, knobby-kneed camels. Still, it was tall, knobby-kneed Harold Lloyd who most thrilled the onlookers.
In early May 1906, activity at the corner of Washington and Gray streets, three blocks away from what’s now Rural Street, was causing a stir. The source of the ruckus: Wonderland Amusement Park, soon to appear on two near-eastside city blocks that had been a baseball field. By May 13, the frame of the Scenic […]