OB Historical Society: “Reading Between the Lampposts – the Literary Giants of Loma Portal” – Oct. 16th

by on October 15, 2014 · 2 comments

in Culture, History, Media, Ocean Beach

Loma Portal streetsignsJoin the Ocean Beach Historical Society for their monthly presentation on Thursday, October 16th. This month’s program is “Reading Between the Lampposts: the Literary Giants of Loma Portal” – a book about street names.

This program will feature a unique book that is about a special neighborhood project coordinated by friends Elaine Fotinos Burrell and Karla Lapic.

The neighborhood of Loma Portal, has the curious distinction of its streets being named after (mostly) 18th century authors in alphabetical order. From (Louisa Mae) Alcott to (Emile) Zola, the lives of these 26 authors were researched by 26 neighborhood families, and compiled into this book.

Each biographical essay is written in its own style, describing the early life of the historic author, a list of works, and excerpts of writings. A true collaborative effort, this book is a unique celebration of our cherished Loma Portal neighborhood.

The event is at 7 pm, at the P.L. United Methodist Church at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Please join us for this fascinating OBHS program by local authors. This event is FREE!

 [Editor: also check this out for a fascinating look at Ocean Beach street names.]

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gristmiller October 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I loved growing up on Xenophon!


Wireless Mike October 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

The “author streets” actually started in Roseville with Addison, Byron, Carleton, etc., ending with Zola and restarting with Alcott, Browning, Curtis, etc. and ending with Lytton. Addison was renamed Avenida de Portugal. Part of Lowell was renamed Nimitz. I have always thought the author’s names gave an air of class to the neighborhood.


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