Author Archives: Peter Moruzzi

About Peter Moruzzi

Author and historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about the middle decades of the 20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. He is the author of "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground," "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," "Classic Dining:Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants," "Palm Springs Paradise: Vintage Photographs from America's Desert Playground," and "Greetings from Los Angeles." His latest pictorial history, "Greetings from Las Vegas" will be available in September, 2019.

Book Launch / Slide Talk for Pete Moruzzi’s “Greetings from Las Vegas” at Wacko September 7th 

On Saturday, September 7th at 6pm I will be giving a rollicking slide talk of historical highlights and sign books at Soap Plant – Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.  “Greetings from Las Vegas” features over 300 vintage photographs and postcards that tell the story of … Continue reading

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1964 Rotating 3-Sided Vegas Spectacular

In 1964, the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) proposed this gigantic atomic age “Rotating Spectacular (Three -Sided)” in Las Vegas for I.W. Harper Kentucky Bourbon. Among YESCO’s most celebrated earlier Vegas signs were Vegas Vic (1951), Sands (1952), Mint (1955), … Continue reading

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Great Article About Googie Coffee Shop Designer Helen Fong (Click on Photo)

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Back Cover for “Greetings from Las Vegas”

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“Greetings from Las Vegas” Out Soon!

I am excited to announce that my latest pictorial history “Greetings from Las Vegas” will be available this September.  Humorous and informative, the book visually celebrates Las Vegas’ evolution from a dusty railroad town to the world’s entertainment capital. Here’s … Continue reading

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L.A.’s Backyard Oil Well Fever!

There were over 1,000 oil derricks near downtown Los Angeles between 1892 and 1901. Continue reading

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Book Launch/Slide Talk for Moruzzi’s “Greetings from Los Angeles” at Soap Plant-Wacko August 19th

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On Saturday, August 19th at 7pm I will be giving a book launch and rollicking slide talk on my new “Greetings from Los Angeles” at Soap Plant-Wacko in Los Feliz.   The book is a comprehensive, humorous history of Greater Los Angeles as told … Continue reading

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Peter Moruzzi’s New Book “Greetings from Los Angeles” Is Finally Available!

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Introducing “Greetings from Los Angeles,” my latest pictorial history from publisher Gibbs Smith. Following the format of my other books, “Greetings” is a comprehensive, humorous, historical tour of Greater Los Angeles told through vintage images (postcards, photographs, brochures, matchbooks and other dazzling … Continue reading

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Moving a 10,000 Ton Building in 1920s Los Angeles

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I’ve always been fascinated by the number of companies that moved buildings in the early decades of the 20th century.  In Los Angeles at that time, street widening projects and new construction often necessitated the relocation of existing buildings.  In … Continue reading

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Melvyn’s Restaurant hits Los Angeles Times front page!

Los Angeles Times celebrates Palm Springs’ Melvyn’s restaurant on front page! We’re so lucky that the last, great classic dining restaurant in the desert, with its top notch seasoned staff, remains for us to enjoy. Here’s to Steak Diane flamed … Continue reading

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