Since I like to say I’ve been a staffer at the magazine since the 20th century, I count this December, 2000 issue as my first. I started out as a freelancer just before Christmas that year and loved this issue. My favorite story was a feature on “Almost Famous” Angelenos like “Trader” Joe Coulombe, coffee shop designer Helen Fong and Beach Boys songwriter Van Dyke Parks. The cover painting by Bill Nelson obviously celebrates the 40th anniversary, but is cast with a kaleidoscopic clash of partying Angelenos (some hidden behind the gatefold) ranging from physicist Richard Feynman to L. Ron Hubbard. I love Buffy Chandler’s chic houndstooth, E.T.’s jammies and Frank Gehry’s hat. The group is extreme – I highly doubt Howard Jarvis and Bob Mackie were ever at the same soirée – but when I saw Ed Roth’s Rat Fink staring back at me, I knew I was at the right place.