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the skunks of los feliz
3.28.2005
 
If you are like me, you always believed that the original name of our fair city was Pueblo del Rio de Nuestra SeƱora la Reyna de los Angeles de Porciuncula (you did, didn't you?). However, this L.A. Times piece (via KTLA) says that's not the original name.

Well, maybe not.

Seems nobody knows exactly what the first Europeans settlers called their pueblo (what the native Gabrielinos might have called the place is, like the people themselves, lost to history). Apparently, so confused is the back story that there is quite a bit of controversy about the subject amongst dusty historian types. They are fighting it out with dueling publications as we speak, in a drama that holds the city rapt with....

Ah, who am I kidding? Nobody gives a hoot in hell about this subject besides me, and a couple of septuagenarian NPR listeners in South Pasadena who still read the paper version of the Times because reading the Internets will give them spyware.

Sigh.
 
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