HELTER SKELTER: First, man on the Moon,...
HELTER SKELTER: First, man on the Moon, then Manson--1969 was some summer. Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the most famous murders in local history, at least pre-Simpson (A1). . . . Manson and his followers planned the murders at Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth, the old movie set. But you can’t see it now. It burned down in 1970.
SAVE THE BOOKS: You can’t fight City Hall. But you can certainly march there, which is what Judith Babka, manager of the San Fernando Public Library, plans to do on Aug. 15. Her goal: To save the library from going under (B2). . . . The branch, which opened in 1914, was the first free public library in the Valley. Without more funds, the library will only buy five to 10 magazine subscriptions a year.
LESS FAITH: Nobody doubts the Christian Right has become a big player in American politics. But according to a Glendale-based survey, the percentage of ardent believers is, actually, going down (B1). . . . George Barna (above), who conducted the poll, also found that 72% of U.S. adults believe “there is no such thing as absolute truth.” That’s a 5% increase since he asked the question in 1991.
OTHER TOUR: When the relatives come in from back East, where do you take them to catch a little Hollywood? Universal City Studios, naturally. But that’s not the only studio in the Valley to offer tours. This week, Warner Bros. in Burbank expanded its tours from six to 16 a day. . . . Spokesman David Horowitz says business has gone up 60% this summer. “It’s not a secret anymore,” he said.
ON CALL AGAIN: Guy Sularz has always been a role player. In baseball, the North Hollywood grad filled in all around the infield. And, these days, as a Phoenix firefighter, he rotates from station to station (C10). . . . As a ballplayer, Sularz made it to the big leagues briefly with the San Francisco Giants. But he spent most of his career in the minors.