Friday, December 26, 2008

A Public Service Announcement From The SoCal Tourism Council

Now look, we allow you people (you know who you are) to visit our little paradise every yr. about this time, usually in conjunction w/ a land grant university from your frost-bitten state having earned the privilege of having it's lunch handed to it by the Trojans or another manly sort of Pac-10 football colossus in the Rose Bowl, but remember, you don't have to go home by the wknd. after New Yr.'s Day, but you must leave Southern California. (Authorities will be searching hotels, motels, & relatives' houses for stragglers. Be warned!) So to save you (& your rental car) from wandering endlessly through the streets of the celebrity districts, we'll let you all in on the biggest bang for your map-to-the-stars-homes buck, one little street in Beverly Hills, where Jack Benny & Lucille Ball lived next door to each other, & the world was a happier & simpler (or so it's claimed) place.
1000 N. ROXBURY.
At 1000 Roxbury Drive is the former home of LUCILLE BALL, star of "I Love Lucy." It's a beautiful, gray & white, modern colonial home, with large, rounded hedges out front. Lucy used to personally hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

1002 N. ROXBURY.

Right next door, at 1002 Roxbury is the longtime home of comedian JACK BENNY, a wonderful brick home, with a large bay window, and brick walkways. Back in 1944, Jack and his wife Mary set up a huge tent in their back yard for a New Year's Eve party, which was attended by (among others) Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers,Tyrone Power, Claudette Colbert, Dorothy Lamour, Robert Taylor, Joan Crawford,Sam Goldwyn and David O. Selznick!

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