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Past articles by Sam:

South Bay history: Clifton Moore helped transform a fledgling LAX into a modern airport

Clifton Moore was put in charge of building the new terminals during the airport’s first major upgrade. → Read More

South Bay history: Torrance’s Shery High looks at continuation schools in a different light

Torrance Unified began its continuation school program in February 1966 with 48 students. → Read More

South Bay history: Beachbum Burt’s epitomized the laid-back restaurant vibe

Beachbum Burt’s opened in Redondo beach in March 1974, staffed by nearly 100 employees clad in Hawaiian shirts. → Read More

South Bay history: The 91 freeway never made it quite as far west as originally planned

Work on the 91 freeway began in 1965, but it had been on the drawing boards since 1946 and received approval from the California Highway Commission in 1955. → Read More

South Bay history: 1941 ‘murder by mail’ case with a San Pedro connection remains unsolved

The 54-year-old John Kmetz, a landscape gardener for the Los Angeles Unified School District, received an unsolicited package at his home. → Read More

South Bay history: Torrance’s founder envisioned the city as a home for both factories and their workers

Before founding the settlement in 1911, Jared Sidney Torrance had formulated a vision for the new city. → Read More

South Bay history: LAX’s international terminal nears its 40th birthday

Construction on the terminal began in the spring of 1982, with completion expected to take two years. → Read More

South Bay history: 1924 fire at Playa del Rey care facility led to reforms

Hope Development School was a facility for young women with developmental disabilities — until it burned to the ground. → Read More

South Bay history: Exotic journeys start from LA port’s World Cruise Center

The Los Angeles Harbor has had a cruise trade since the early 1900s, when ships carried passengers to Catalina Island. → Read More

South Bay history: Centinela Springs attracted early settlers to Inglewood area

The late city historian Gladys Waddingham suggested the springs originally covered a large portion of Ed Vincent Park. → Read More

South Bay history: West High School is the newest of Torrance’s 4 public high schools

In the 15 years between the TUSD’s founding and West High’s opening in 1962, the number of students had increased from 2,000 to nearly 30,000. → Read More

South Bay history: El Segundo’s Candy Cane Lane has celebrated the holidays since 1949

Resident Kenneth Bailey decided to plant a Christmas tree at the end of the street and decorate it with lights and ornaments. → Read More

South Bay history: Architect Robert Neutra designed wartime housing in San Pedro

The Channel Heights Housing Project originally was scheduled to be built in Compton and called Amity Village, but wartime needs changed the plan. → Read More

South Bay history: 1960s garage band icon Dick Dodd of the Standells grew up in the beach cities

Dodd was born in Hermosa and raised in Redondo Beach — and was a former Mouseketeer. → Read More

South Bay history: New Deal infrastructure work remains part of the South Bay landscape

Many of the buildings constructed during the Great Depression still stand in the South Bay and Harbor Area. → Read More

South bay history: Torrance scaled back its once-grandiose plans for a veterans memorial

But the city still ended up with the Torrance Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated on March 19, 2002, and fully completed in March 2003. → Read More

South Bay history: The days when bathing suits could bring prosecution

When seeing the bathing suits being worn on beaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it’s hard to imagine anyone clad in them actually could swim. → Read More

South bay history: The winding road to the Los Angeles Clippers’ new home in Inglewood

The Clippers played their first game at the aging Los Angeles Sports Arena next to the Coliseum on Oct. 27, 1984. → Read More

South Bay history: Home-front messaging was key to WWII effort

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Office of War Information on June 13, 1942. → Read More

South Bay history: Marymount university’s roots on the Peninsula date to the 1950s

MCU holds the distinction of being the first Catholic junior college to be established in California. → Read More