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Southern California Close-Ups: Pasadena and environs
Southern California Close-Ups: Pasadena and environs

  First published on Nov. 27, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. It's 1922, and nothing much is up in Pasadena. Not among the orange groves, not along the leafy streets. Just as the little old ladies like it. But wait. Down in the Arroyo Seco, a crew has just started erecting some kind of stadium. On Pepper Street, Mallie Robinson's 3-year-old son may already be showing signs of amazing athleticism. Over at Polytechnic School, a tall 10-year-old named Julia McWilliams is developing the taste and aplomb that will make her America's best-known chef. That's right, the Rose Bowl, Jackie Robinson and Julia Child came up in supposedly sleepy Pasadena around the...

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