In its December issue, Los Angeles magazine notes an LA truism: "In a city famously filled with so many people from elsewhere, it’s the locals who are exotic." They asked 50 of the rare bird to talk about growing up in Los Angeles. Here are some of our favorite quotes:
Writer A. Scott Berg: "In college I would try to describe Palisades High to these eastern kids. They couldn't believe that I went to a high school that overlooked the Pacific Ocean, where there wasn't even an indoor cafeteria..."
City Council President Eric Garcetti: "A friend of mine says if you don't like L.A. at any given moment, drive ten minutes and you will. I have an 18-month theory: If you last that long, you'll never leave. But for the first 18 months, it's very complicated."
Comedian George Lopez: "I grew up in San Fernando, but we said 'Mission Hills' because it seemed classier. What divided them was the Golden State Freeway. But on the phone the cars sounded like waves. So I'd tell the girls 'Malibu.'"
Actress Juliette Lewis: "Two blocks from my house [in Tarzana] was a 7-Eleven. We'd pull our horses up and tie their reins to a post."
Actress Tori Spelling: "[M]y fondest memory [at The Manor] is of my dad and me raking leaves and picking up dog poo in the backyard."
Doors drummer John Densmore: "In the '50s, West L.A. was like Kansas."
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher: "After Pearl Harbor in 1941, when I was just finishing Hollywood High School, Japanese submarines were lurking off the coast here and L.A. was blacked out for a couple of weeks. I remember going around trying to ensure that my neighbors closed down their lights."
Artist Robert Irwin: "In 1946, I went to Paris. It was stunning. But being an artist is about change, and I realized that in Paris, I would never want to change anything. I came home, got in my car, put the top down, had my big-band music playing."
Writer Carolyn See: "When I first started to write, the Hollywood novels were written by East Coast boy geniuses who had flunked out of Princeton or someplace, and then they'd have some seductive movie deal and it would go sour, and then they would get all cranky and then they would write a Hollywood novel: 'Oh, the strawberries look big, but they don't have a taste; the Pacific looks nice, but you can't even smell it; the grass looks green, but I think it's artificial; everything looks nice, but I get a headache from the sun.' They couldn't figure out a place that looked so pretty and made them feel so sad at the same time." [Image via Lord...What's My Motivation?]
· Los Angeles Magazine [Official Site]