Society to Feature John Jackson, Owner-Manager of the Culver Ice Arena

Culver Ice Arena - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society is pleased to announce that John Jackson, the owner and manager of the Culver Ice Arena since 1982, will be the featured speaker at the Society’s general meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

In addition to discussing how the ice arena was created and how hockey and figure skating training developed there, Jackson will share stories about Wayne Gretsky, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Michelle Kwan, and the many local skaters who learned or honed their skills at the facility.

John Jackson (Medium)Jackson (pictured, right) is a former Marine Captain and a former football coach at USC, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of Illinois. He is also the owner/promoter of Forum Boxing. In addition, he served as assistant to Jerry Buss, the former owner of the Lakers Basketball team and the Kings Hockey team.

Several former local Olympians and professional skating stars drawn from the teaching staff at the Ice Arena will be on hand and will share their early experiences as skaters in Culver City, including Cathy Machado (first U.S. Latina Olympian, Olympic medalist, World Professional Ice Skating Champion, U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame); Josselyn Baumgartner (Double National Medalist in figure skating); and Crystalrose Guerra (five-time National Kathy Machado - Culver City Historical SocietyShowcase Champion).

See videos of Machado (pictured, left) and Guerra below.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), and the Center will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, as well as through the Archive & Resource Center space.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or e-mail us.

Cathy Machado – Ice Capades 1963, Fantasia Mexicana


Crystalrose Guerra Showcase 2011 Light

CCHS to Host Brian Taves, Author of Thomas Ince Biography

A “Meet and Greet” with author Brian Taves, film archivist with the Library of Congress since 1990, will be hosted by the Culver City Historical Society on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC).

Taves’ book, Thomas Ince: Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer, the first ever written about Ince’s life, describes how he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the role of the producer. Taves will show a DVD of a tour of the former Thomas Ince Studios (now Culver Studios), will describe the writing of this work, and will sign books (which are available in book stores) for those who Continue reading

Visits to the ARC

Culver High Alum Dan Bloom (’63) [left] who built the “visually historic” screen for the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), visible behind, and Ron Crawford (’61) visited the ARC in June and were happy to see the growth.

Danny lives in Dana Point and Ron was visiting from Folsom (the city, not the prison).

A Special Guest Visits the ARC: Deborah Landis

Deborah Nadoolman Landis - Culver City Historical Society

News from the Costume Chair

by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair

I wanted to let you know about some very interesting visitors we had the pleasure of hosting at the ARC at the end of last year.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, and her assistant, Natasha Rubin, came to look at some of our MGM costumes. Why? Well, Deborah is the Senior Guest Curator of an exhibition at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London on film costumes in 2012. Entitled “Style and Seduction: The Art of Hollywood Costume Design,” the exhibit is scheduled to open October 20th, 2012, followed by an international tour. There will also be a catalogue.

And who is Deborah Nadoolman Landis? She is a costume designer with an illustrious career, creating the iconic looks of Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller among so many more. She has had a distinguished career designing for major motion pictures directed by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Louis Malle and Costa-Gavras.

Deborah was the President of the Costume Designers Guild and created the now, very glamorous and sought-after “Costume Designers Guild Awards” that precedes the annual Oscars© telecast.

The David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA

Most recently she has been appointed Founding Director of The David C. Copley Center for Costume Design in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. This new Costume Center is the first for the study of costume design in the film world. Through bold research and a robust program of conferences, exhibitions and film festivals, the Copley Center will serve not only the UCLA community, but international motion picture historians, cultural anthropologists, and working designers and filmmakers as well.

“Deborah Landis has made the point on many occasions that costume designers are first and foremost storytellers,” said Robert Rosen, former dean of the school. “They are full creative partners in art forms that are intrinsically collaborative, and academic recognition of that fact is long overdue.

While many film scholars have analyzed early motion pictures from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century through its “Golden Age,” the Copley Center will spearhead costume design scholarship in Hollywood history up to the present day, including gathering oral histories of creative collaborators in current production. It will also focus on genre research, such as Western Film Noir, Science Fiction, and Musical design. Additionally, the Center will encompass costume illustration as an art form unto itself, creating a rich source for both academic and artistic study.

Deborah has worked extremely hard to elevate the status of the costume designer, and to emphasize the difference between a costume designer and a fashion designer. She is also an author of several books, notably Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume (2007) and Screencraft: Costume Design (2003).

For more information on The David C. Copley Center for Costume Design in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, please click here.

The Culver City Historical Society is always thrilled to share knowledge about its collections, with other professionals.

It’s Spring — and time to rotate our costume displays. Next time you attend a program at our Archive Resource Center, be sure to look and see what’s new!

Don’t Miss the General Membership Meeting

Special Program: “Movie Studios of Culver City”

The Culver City Historical Society’s Spring General Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. Please park and enter from the rear of the building.

Co-authors, Julie Lugo Cerra and Marc Wanamaker will present a Power Point program on their most recent book collaboration, Movie Studios of Culver City, published by Arcadia Publishing in their “Images of America” series. The book includes hundreds of images and descriptions of the motion picture and television studios from 1913, when Harry Culver founded the city and attracted studios to locate there – from the early studios of Thomas Ince and Hal Roach through the huge facilities of MGM, Lorimar, Columbia, DeMille, RKO, Pathe, Desilu and Sony. Continue reading