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Driving along Mulholland near Coldwater Canyon, I’ve seen a big sign on the hillside with a D painted on it. It’s in the Disney font. Does it belong to a member of the Disney family, an employee, or just a fan?

Somewhere from his deep freeze, Uncle Walt is applauding your font detection skills. Yes, that 14-foot-tall sheet metal letter is an artifact from the Happiest Place on Earth. It...

Didn’t I see live reindeer atop a building on Wilshire every Christmas? I remember it being in the early ’60s.

On Donner and Blitzen! Those were indeed living, breathing deer you saw.Throughout the ’50s and ’60s they had a rooftop perch at “The House of Tomorrow” at Wilshire and...

I’ve taken tours of Jelly Belly and Anchor Steam beer up north. Any places in the L.A. area where you can see the assembly line?

Bless you, I thought it was only my spine that tingled at the mention of loaner hard hats and clattering cans. Manufacturing has diminished around these parts, so it’s...

Every time I’m around USC, I drive past that cool neon sign of Felix the Cat atop Felix Chevrolet. How does the dealership get away with using him as a mascot?

The cartoon feline with the winning grin has been Felix Chevy’s biggest booster since the silent era. During the ’20s and ’30s, roadsters all over Los Angeles sported hood...

I just got back from Vancouver, where I had an amazing experience at a movie theater: wine tasting and a supper that was gourmet all the way. Any dine-in places like that in Los Angeles?

Plenty. ArcLight and Cinespace in Hollywood offer chow and cocktails with certain screenings. At the Bridge’s Cinema De Lux in Westchester, there’s calamari and cheesecake, and the Muvico multiplex...

Who are those people holding musical instruments in the mural off the 110 downtown? One of them looks just like my mom.

Either your mom is 80 feet tall, a virtuoso, or both. Those musicians were with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1994, when Kent Twitchell painted the 11,000-square-foot canvas...

For years somebody has been scooping out massive amounts of earth at La Cienega and Jefferson. I heard that the digging was a huge unknown public works project to build a sewer tunnel from the Valley to the ocean.

Turns out there’s already a major sewer main underneath that intersection, but frankly it stinks. So the city has cracked open the land to install a giant air freshener...

Is the 18th Street gang really on 18th Street?

Yes, and on 11th, 12th, and 17th, too. Rather than swing by for a visit (Ask Chris isn’t one to pack heat), I consulted with Alex Alonso of the...

I was riding in a helicopter above downtown recently and saw giant numbers, most of them “10s,” in circles on the helipads of the buildings. What do they represent?

If you owned the building and your chopper wasn’t loaded with lead, you could have landed on one of those pads—the numbers indicate the weight limit (“10” is shorthand...

There’s a great mod building at the top of Topanga Canyon that looks like a church. Was it once a nudist camp?

Modernism + bare necessities? Clearly this was something I had to investigate in person. Alas, aside from one senior senorita in a bathing suit, everyone was fully clothed at...