Happy Birthday Pasadena | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:49:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Happy Birthday Pasadena | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASADENA https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/happy-birthday-pasadena-4/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/happy-birthday-pasadena-4/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:30:43 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103909 TO INFINITY AND BEYOND Pasadena Museum of History exhibit explores the city’s links to science fiction WHERE DREAMS ARE BORN The Caltech brain trust leads America in the advancement of science and technology LIVE LONG AND PROSPER The ‘Star Trek’ franchise and other sci-fi shows, books and comics had a profound effect on Caltech and […]

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Pasadena Museum of History exhibit explores the city’s links to science fiction https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/pasadena-museum-of-history-exhibit-explores-the-citys-links-to-science-fiction/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/pasadena-museum-of-history-exhibit-explores-the-citys-links-to-science-fiction/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:25:41 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103802 Pasadena has long been a hub of both science and science fiction, and the latest exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History offers a fun look at how these two fields have intersected from the 1930s through the 1980s.      Packed with rare props and costumes from legendary franchises including “Star Trek” and “Superman” […]

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The Caltech brain trust leads America in the advancement of science and technology https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/the-caltech-brain-trust-leads-america-in-the-advancement-of-science-and-technology/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/the-caltech-brain-trust-leads-america-in-the-advancement-of-science-and-technology/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:20:39 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103806 Because of Caltech, Pasadena since the 1920s has earned a well-deserved reputation for being at the hub of the known universe when it comes to scientific innovation, imagination and space exploration.     But the institution’s name — in pseudonym form — only really found its way into the orbit of planet Hollywood and the […]

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The ‘Star Trek’ franchise and other sci-fi shows, books and comics had a profound effect on Caltech and JPL scientists https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/the-star-trek-franchise-and-other-sci-fi-shows-books-and-comics-had-a-profound-effect-on-caltech-and-jpl-scientists/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/the-star-trek-franchise-and-other-sci-fi-shows-books-and-comics-had-a-profound-effect-on-caltech-and-jpl-scientists/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:15:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103809 For some, the journey to Pasadena and its science community began on a flight of fantasy into a final frontier with the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. In fact, in some ways Pasadena could be considered an informal “Star Trek” convention that convenes every day.     “If it weren’t for ‘Star Trek’ I don’t […]

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Stephen Hawking believed peace may be the last thing visitors to our planet have in mind https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/stephen-hawking-believed-peace-may-be-the-last-thing-visitors-to-our-planet-have-in-mind/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/stephen-hawking-believed-peace-may-be-the-last-thing-visitors-to-our-planet-have-in-mind/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:10:22 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103812 Even though he could not move, the mind of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking, a frequent visitor to Pasadena and Caltech, moved at the speed of a rocket. And what Hawking foresaw in man’s first encounter with alien life is less than comforting for those who may have believed they would come in peace.     […]

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Octavia Butler’s Pasadena connections informed her stellar science-fiction writing career https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/octavia-butlers-pasadena-connections-informed-her-stellar-science-fiction-writing-career/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/octavia-butlers-pasadena-connections-informed-her-stellar-science-fiction-writing-career/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:05:59 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103815 Growing up in Pasadena, Octavia Butler had dreams of succeeding as a science-fiction writer, a field that had long been dominated by white men. Yet she didn’t let her status as an African-American female deter her from reaching for her dreams, and by the time of her untimely passing in 2006 Butler had become a […]

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AlienCon brings a universe of fascinating theories about extraterrestrial life to Pasadena June 15-17 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/aliencon-brings-a-universe-of-fascinating-theories-about-extraterrestrial-life-to-pasadena-june-15-17/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/aliencon-brings-a-universe-of-fascinating-theories-about-extraterrestrial-life-to-pasadena-june-15-17/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:00:49 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103818 Since its inception, television programming has been loaded with shows about space travel, science fiction and creatures from other planets visiting ours.     “Star Trek,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Lost in Space,” “Battlestar Gallactica,”  “Land of the Giants” and “Night Gallery” are but a few of the great old shows that still air on second-tier […]

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Pasadena celebrates 131 years with exhibitions on railroad-inspired artistry and the annual Pasadena Chalk Festival https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/06/08/pasadena-celebrates-131-years-exhibitions-railroad-inspired-artistry-annual-pasadena-chalk-festival/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:30:16 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=94946 One day a few weeks back, my son, Ted, daughter-in-law, Dorene, and two-year-old grandson Kedt treated me to an afternoon at Travel Town in Griffith Park. The free museum of trains of all sorts — from old-timey engines and stripped down coach cars to a miniature choo-choo for kids of all ages — reminds us […]

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Before light rail, Red Cars led the way to expansion of Los Angeles County https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/06/08/light-rail-red-cars-led-way-expansion-los-angeles-county/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:15:28 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=94948 Southern Californians are so accustomed to going everywhere in their cars that most people can’t remember a time when there were no freeways and few people owned automobiles. However, in the early 20th century an innovative network of electric-powered trolleys was the region’s dominant form of transportation. The Pacific Electric Railway (PE), with its Big […]

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Wealth, power and art are what drove railroad magnate Henry Huntington https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/06/08/wealth-power-art-drove-railroad-magnate-henry-huntington/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:28 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=94930 If the Red Cars of the first half of the last century could be considered a sort of art form in motion, then the life of their inventor, Henry Huntington, could easily be thought of as one of art in virtually perpetual motion — professionally and personally. Born in New York in 1850, Henry Huntington, […]

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