Only in Mu: Non-football fans looking for...

Only in Mu: Non-football fans looking for entertainment on Super Bowl Sunday might consider Mystic Mountain Expeditions of Manhattan Beach. Tour founder Robert Stanley takes adventurers on hikes to what he characterizes as the ruins of L.A.'s predecessor, the Lost City of Mu.

Stanley, editor of Unicus (“the magazine for earthbound extraterrestrials”), contends that Mu was colonized about 30,000 years ago by space aliens “from the Pleiades and Orion star systems via Alpha Centaurus.”

He sent us photos of the ruins, including “Buddha’s Head” and “Sphinx Face” formations. Frankly, they didn’t intrigue us as much as the Malibu Crypto-Phenomena Museum’s findings of the frightening images of Teddy Kennedy and Tammy Faye Bakker on Mars, but that might be because we’re jaded.

Anyway, we’d like to tell you more about Mu, but Stanley refuses to divulge its whereabouts because he’s “very concerned about the dignity of the area and the last thing I want is for it to become commercialized with hot dog and souvenir stands.”


The folks who make Dodger Dogs are no doubt relieved they won’t have any competition from Mu Dogs.

More pie-in-the-sky stuff: The Times also received a copy of the Slick Willie Wire of Seal Beach, which, like the San Diego publication Slick Times, pokes fun at the promises and policies of the new occupant of the White House (see excerpt at left.)

Grand exit: Mirage Resorts Inc., owner of the defunct Dunes Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is shopping around Hollywood for a studio that would pay to film the dynamiting of the resort.

Has Long Beach thought of this solution for the Queen Mary?

Hands-on occupations: Paul McCabe snapped a photo of the sign outside the West L.A. business of Dr. Jerry Packard, who practices chiropractic medicine and teaches karate classes, though never at the same time.

Sounds like Mu to us: In “The Topanga Story,” author Lois York notes that in the 1950s, “less than 50 businesses were listed in the local directory, but they included three gas stations, a barber, a variety store, two kennels and a rifle range.”

“None of these were listed in the ‘80s,” she continues, “but the 1987 Chamber of Commerce directory, with well over 200 listings . . . included 35 artists and designers, 11 physical therapists and 17 psychotherapists and counselors.”

Food for thought: Someone’s got a macabre sense of humor at the Van Nuys Drive-In, which paired up “Alive” and “Silence of the Lambs.”



The Los Angeles Dodgers are among the firms honored in the book, “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” Sure the organization’s a great employer, especially if you’re a second-string infielder making $400,000 a year.