This blog consists of my observations about the mid-century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture.
I’m a historian who was born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
In 1999, I founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. In 2006, I produced “Desert Holiday,” a jaunty documentary chronicling the history of the Coachella Valley as seen through vintage postcards. I am also the author of “Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground” and “Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea.” My latest book is titled “Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants” with photography by Sven A. Kirsten.
I reside with my partner in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.