Watch your mailbox/front porch this week for a special 60-page publication: Pacific Palisades: A Centennial Retrospective, 1922-2022.
Mailed free to every household in Pacific Palisades, this tabloid-size magazine celebrates the town’s rich and wide-ranging history and is sponsored by the Pacific Palisades Historical Society.
The issue, featuring 37 articles and 98 photographs and illustrations, was produced by a team of journalists who were colleagues at the Palisadian-Post for many years. They drew upon their own knowledge of the town’s history, Historical Society archives and the five books of local history published by Betty Lou Young and her son Randy.
Most of the photographs are from the Clearwater Collection and the Ernest Marquez Collection. Clifford and Zola Clearwater were successive publishers of The Palisadian, the town’s first newspaper, until 1960. Marquez, now 98, gathered a treasure trove of photographs while publishing five books on local history.
“We especially want to salute the dedicated residents, organizations and business owners who have fought for 100 years to protect and enhance our town’s natural environment,” writes the publication’s editor, Bill Bruns, who was managing editor of the Palisadian-Post for 20 years.
The writers included Bruns, Laura Abruscato, Laurel Busby, Libby Motika, Sue Pascoe and Laurie Rosenthal, with Nancy Bryan serving as copy editor. Tom Hofer provided the graphic design and layout, and Jeff Ridgway was the sales manager. He sold full-page sponsorships and chronology boxes to families, businesses and organizations to pay for the editorial, printing and mailing costs.
All net proceeds from the publication will help the Historical Society digitize its archives for public access. Additional copies ($20) can be purchased through the PPHS website: www.palisadeshistory.org, or by visiting Ridgway’s Collections Antiques and Books store at 15326 Antioch St.
Cover Illustration: The Pacific Palisades Lighthouse and coastline, circa 1928. Pacific Palisades Historical Society