Over the years, the event has raised nearly a million dollars for local charities.
In the 1950s, immediately before Acres of Books brought its 6.5 miles of shelves full of nearly a million volumes to the space, it was, first, the Western Corral, a country-western dance hall with Texas swing by local and touring acts such as Billy Carter & His All Stars.
With wars losing their clear-cut purposes following something short of triumphant victories in Korea and Vietnam, coupled with the loss of the Navy and defense jobs in Long Beach, the city’s enthusiasm for martial displays and celebratory patriotism waned to the point that a couple of decades passed with no Veterans Day parades at all.
Nobody’s claiming there’s a literal A in the word, but there’s an “understood” A in it; an invisible A, if you will (and you will).
the library was open to the public on May 19, 1909, with a formal opening and dedication on June. 14—110 years before the planned opening of Long Beach’s new Billie Jean King Main Library later this month.
“When people ask me how I became successful in my life, I tell them that I was always able to take risks that other people might not take,” says Foster. “Because if push came to shove, I could always go back to flooring to support my family. I could make a good living at it.”
The building is one of the few remaining on the Shore’s retail and restaurant district of Second Street that still retains its 1920s look.
Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, who will be recommending the name in Tuesday’s Council meeting, said in a statement that King “is more than an athlete.” Well, so am I. So much so that “athlete” isn’t even the first word that pops into your head when you hear my name.
Long Beach is full of wonders—from famous pickled eggs to an airport—but we need your suggestions to narrow down the list.
“You gotta figure out how to re-energize your event,” the executive producer said. “And our team is working on lots of stuff in order to do that.”