1956 Miss Universe contestants line up for a photo in Downtown Long Beach It was the summer of 1952 and Long Beach was a buzz with excitement. The city had been chosen – over Catalina Island and Hollywood, no less! – to host the world’s first international beauty pageant. The most beautiful women in the world were about to descend on the city for the inaugural Miss Universe Pageant. And Long Beach was determined to use this opportunity to show the world – and the universe – t
Still echoing across the ether somewhere above Long Beach are the faint sounds of carousel music, the chimes of carnival games, the roaring of amusement park rides, and the chatter and bustling of thousands of people who came together to take part in the pure ecstasy and excitement of what was known as The Pike. For a moment, let’s pretend that, like when watching a play, the curtains have risen, and this scene is unfolding like it were happening now. The time is 1943. The Pi
It was 73 degrees at noon on Sunday, May 25, 1986. The day was sunny and clear, perfect weather for an unprecedented national event. At precisely 3 p.m. EST, noon PST, an unbroken (well, almost) chain of Americans clasped hands beginning in New York, through Washington D.C., across the country and ending at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Were you one of the 5 million people to participate in Hands Across America?
It was the Eighties. The hair was big. The shorts were short.