04-01-2006 - Walter Dixon '41 - Hawthorne Historian
"Hawthorne - Images of America"
Walt Dixon and Jerry Roberts
Walt Dixon, former owner of B & B Camera in Hawthorne, is a long time Hawthorne resident and Leuzinger graduate. He has over a period time compiled one of the largest collection of pictures of his California hometown... from it's early beginnings to today. Not only is Walter a photographer, but he is also a pilot who flew B-24 Liberators during World War II as a U.S. Lieutenant Commander.
His co-author Jerry Roberts is the Southern California acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing. He has written and edited books such as "The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, TV, Video and DVD" and "Rain Forest Bibliography: An Annotated Guide to over 1600 Non-fiction Books About Central and South American Jungles".
"Hawthorne: Images of America" is a book for anyone who is interested in what our city looked like from the early years to the present. A semi-rural alternative to bustling Los Angeles early in the 20th century, Hawthorne grew through the World War II years, welcoming oil wells and eventually airplane factories. The city became home to the chart-topping Beach Boys, athlete Jim Thorpe, and the greatest glamour blondes of their times, Marilyn Monroe and Mattel’s Barbie. Bisected by Hawthorne Boulevard, the main north-south thoroughfare through the South Bay region, Hawthorne’s notable events ran the gamut, from the annual Kiwanis Parade—second in California prestige only to Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade—to a furious 1971 police gun-battle with the desperate Charles Manson gang. Today, the city is a support community to Los Angeles International Airport and the aerospace industry.
Walt continues to speak at events such as Leuzinger's Memorabilia Day, and shares his rich knowledge and photographs of Hawthorne and Lawndale.
Interested in purchasing Hawthorne: Images of America? Contact Walt Dixon by phone at (310) 973-8720 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Walt Dixon performed in a few of "The Little Rascals" black and white short films. His character's name was "Little Georgie."