Video Village With Ask Chris: Happy Anniversary Los Angeles Magazine


Happy 51st anniversary Los Angeles magazine! A year ago this week we buried a super cool time capsule under our Wilshire Boulevard headquarters to be opened on July 15, 2061. We threw a lavish gala and invited esteemed Angelenos like George Takei, Trina Turk, Rodney Bingenheimer, Jenna Elfman and Zev Yaroslavsky to celebrate with us. I was in charge of stuffing the future tube with goodies and scoured the city for quintessential L.A.: a Simpsons script autographed (and doodled on) by Matt Groening, A paper hat from In-N-Out Burger, a medallion worn by a Lawry’s Prime Rib carver, a 1961 issue of our magazine and a hunk of JPL/NASA’s super advanced new space material Aerogel. We also commissioned a gallery of artists, like futurist Syd Mead, to show us what the city might look like in 2061.

I’m celebrating today because the actual anniversary date is a little flexible. Our gala 50th anniversary party was held last July, the first issue was published in April, 1961 and previous celebrations have been held on different years entirely. The temporal distortion stems from our first incarnation as Southern California Prompter in 1960. There was an even earlier magazine called L.A. that our founder Geoff Miller purchased before staring the publication we know today. Check out all three in our cover gallery here. We’ve had a lot of cool covers, but I especially love the painting they did for that first issue, a gorgeous cartoon modern mid-century freeway baking in the summer sun. The more things change…