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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tokyo Cheapo's Guide To Mobile Wi-Fi

Above, my room at the Niigata Dormy Inn with my laptop on the desk. Alas, I couldn't use the room's
Internet connection as the plugs were incompatible with my laptop. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan may be one of the most high-tech countries in the world, but when it comes to having Wi-Fi (free or otherwise), they are a bit behind.

However, they are catching up (even more so now that they've landed the Olympic Games for 2020) with the rest of the world.

During my last trip to Japan, I had no problem concerning Wi-Fi. The hotel I stayed at in Ueno, the Tsukuba Hotel, had free Wi-Fi. At least they made it into the 21st Century. There was also Wi-Fi at Toho Studios that Jonathan Bellés made use of during his interview sessions.

That was not the case in 2010 when I was in Tokyo and Niigata. Both hotels I stayed at had free Internet, but the connecting plugs were not compatible with my laptop computer. I had to resort to using the coin-operated computers at the Tokyo hotel and the Niigata hotel's two free computers in the lobby to get online.

The only places where I was able to use my laptop for the Internet were at Starbucks Coffee or Tully's Coffee in both cities.

Funny thing, in 2007, I was able to get a Wi-Fi connection in Kumamoto at the ryokan I stayed at.

Tokyo Cheapo has posted an article on where to get connected.

They wrote:
Arriving in Tokyo, you may be excited to see all the cool high tech stuff that’s just a part of everyday life here in the eastern capital. But then when you stop in at a café and pull out your phone to update everyone on all the things you’re eating, seeing, and the ways you’re winning at life… there’s no wifi. What the–? Yup, while it’s getting better, Tokyo is still not a very connected city in terms of public wifi. Read on for cheapo tips and tricks on catching a signal while in Tokyo.
 To read more, go here.

Google Street View Takes You Into A Tokyo Love Hotel

Above, a lighter advertising a Tokyo love hotel. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Google Street View has shown Internet browsers some unique places in the world. What follows is also, um, pretty unique.

It is a "tour" inside of a Tokyo "love hotel." (Gee, did they accidentally walk in on anyone?)

According to an article in Rocket News 24:
Love hotels in Japan provide a service that is very unique in the world. They play a convenient role for those passionate one-night stands, which is exactly the sort of business you’d expect at a place called a “love hotel”. But they are also a place where married couples can go who are being pressured from their parents to give them some grandchildren. That’s kind of hard to do with mom and dad in the room next door. One quick glance in any city shows that these love hotels are a dime a dozen, which is probably why there are so many random and fun hotels with different styles of rooms and designs. 
And now, with the convenience of the Internet, choosing a love hotel is easier than ever. Why should we settle with those “flattering” pictures they provide when we can take a tour of it ourselves with the help of Google Street View!
 To see more, go here.

Latest Blog Post Pick-ups

The fine folks at The Japan Daily have picked up three blog posts from yesterday for sharing with their readers.

They are:

To read The Japan Daily, go here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mt. Aso Eruption

Back in April 2007, I paid a visit to the Mt. Aso Volcano National Park in Kyushu. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see much as the park was having a blizzard at the time.

The volcano decided to erupt this week and the above photo is a screen capture of a news report video posted at News On Japan about the eruption from FNN News in Japan. The Iwao Temple Okuno-in can be seen in the background.

The reporter was standing near the ropeway station from where I took the photo below.

Above, the Iwao Temple Okuno-in. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
To see the video of the eruption, go here.

A Thanksgiving Message From Nebraska's Soon-To-Be Newest U.S. Senator

Above, Ben Sasse on the campaign trail with Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Nebraska's Ben Sasse was elected to the United States Senate a few weeks ago as part of the enormous "wave" that swept out the Democrats and swept in Republicans. Thankfully, the financial support I gave him paid off. 

I received the following Thanksgiving message:

Dear Armand,

Last year, our family ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Days Inn in Kimball, Nebraska. It was incredible.

After a day spent with three kids on an RV, we checked into our hotel. I must have looked as exhausted as I felt because, as soon as we brought in our bags, the owners welcomed us to their own dinner—turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pies. Complete strangers opened their home and showed our kids what generosity looks like.

That memory will stay with us but that kindness is not uncommon. That’s Nebraska. Over the past year, our family met countless big-hearted, hard-working Nebraskans. You shared your ideas with Melissa and me and taught our kids what Nebraska values are all about.

This Thanksgiving, while we are thankful to be gathered around our own table, we are grateful for your support and humbled by the new vocation you have given us.

Washington, D.C. isn’t the center of life. It’s Kimball, Nebraska. That’s why we teach our kids to live lives of gratitude and service to their family and neighbors. That’s why we have an obligation to leave them a great, free, and opportunity-filled country. And that’s why we’ll work for a more humble politics next year in Congress.

Thank you for your example and your support. May God bless you.

--Ben and Melissa Sasse

Mount Aso Rumbles To Life

Above, the Mt. Aso Museum lobby. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Either Rodan has awakened or Mount Aso is throwing a fit.

The Japan Times reported:
A huge volcano in southern Japan was belching smoke and ash 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) into the air on Wednesday, the latest eruption in one of the world’s most volcanically active countries. 
Mount Aso, whose huge caldera dominates Kyushu, rumbled into life on Tuesday.
To read more, go here

Wi-Fi To Be Added To 143 Tokyo Subway Stations For Foreign Visitors

Above, the Handomon Line's entrance at Shibuya Station. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the best things about Tokyo is the city's extensive public transportation system consisting of trains, subways and bus lines. It is so good, one really doesn't need to own a car there.

A new perk is being inaugurated at Tokyo's subway stations for those who can't live without being online while waiting for the subway train to arrive.

Rocket News 24 reports:
As if public transportation didn’t already have enough going for it, next month things are about to get even better, as over 100 Tokyo subway stations are about to start offering free Wi-Fi to foreign travelers. 
As part of the lead-up to Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the city has been putting renewed efforts into conveniences for overseas visitors. Starting December 1, the newest perk is free Wi-Fi at selected stations along the Toei and Tokyo Metro subway lines, as well as on certain city-operated busses. 
The service will be offered at 143 stations, selected due to the large number of foreign passengers that pass through them, on the Asakusa, Mita, Shinjuku, Oedo, Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Tozai, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, Hanzomon, Namboku, and Fukutoshin Lines. Users will need to download the free Japan Connected Free Wi-Fi app before they can access the network. Each session is valid for three hours of service, and there’s no limit on the number of sessions for a single user.
The highlighted lines listed above are the ones I've frequently used while in Tokyo.

To read more, go here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Latest Blog Post Pick-ups

The good folks at The Japan Daily has picked up three blog posts from yesterday for sharing with their readers.

They are:

To read The Japan Daily, go here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Guess Who's A Finalist For The 2015 Miss Universe Japan Okayama?

Above, Miki Hayashi and Armand at Crazy Tokyo Sushi in Tarzana.

It is always great to hear when friends have made a major accomplishment in their lives.

Such is the case of Miki Hayashi, one of the models I photographed to promote The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

Miki announced that she made it as a finalist in the 2015 Miss Universe Japan Okayama over at Facebook:
I'm pleased to announce that I am officially selected as one of the finalists of 2015 Miss Universe Japan Okayama, and I won the 3rd prize!! It means a lot to me, especially considering the fact that it was my first time to participate in a pageant among many experienced candidates. It makes me proud of myself to be one of those representing my country.
Well, Miki, we're proud of you over here, too! Congratulations! 

Happy 94th Birthday, Noel Neill!

Above, Noel Neill with her leading man, George Reeves.
Last August, while planning the Adventures of Superman plaque dedication portion of the Superman Celebration in Tarzana, I was wondering (and hoping) that actress Noel Neill would be able to attend.

Unfortunately, Noel's frail health prevented her from attending. But, she was well aware of the plaque dedication and was reportedly very pleased. I am sure that she will receive a copy of the sooon-to-be-released DVD of the Superman Celebration. Hopefully, someone showed her a photo of the plaque.

Above, Noel Neill and her fellow Superman cast members are pictured on the plaque. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tomorrow is Noel's 94th birthday. She was born on November 25, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She first portrayed Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in two Superman serials by Columbia Pictures.

In 1953, she reclaimed the role on the Adventures of Superman after the first season Lois Lane, Phyllis Coates, opted out for another television series. Noel remained with the show through its final season in 1957.

Since then, she had been a tireless ambassador of the show. First, she held talks at colleges and universities and then appeared at many fan conventions around the country.

Tomorrow's the day to raise a glass to toast "The First Lady of Metropolis." Happy Birthday, Noel!

Above, Noel addresses the Superman Week ceremony at the L.A. County
Board of Supervisors with Supervisor Mike Antonovich looking on.

Above, Noel with yours truly at the Kenneth Hahn Hall
of Administration for the Superman Week ceremony.

Above, Noel and Armand at the TV Land Convention.

Above, Jack Larson and Noel at her 85th birthday celebration. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Here's the story on my first meeting with Noel.

Old Hawthorne, California

Wonders never cease!

I was perusing the Feedback forum of the alumni website of Hawthorne High School and posted at the top was this 1938 map of the City of Hawthorne:

This was the first time I've ever seen this map and I was surprised by a few things it reveals. I consider Hawthorne my "hometown" since I lived there for over 20 years. I didn't live in the City of Hawthorne, but in a Los Angeles County strip called "Liberty Acres." We still had a Hawthorne mailing address, though. The big difference was that we didn't vote for Hawthorne's elected officials and were unable to fire off fireworks on Independence Day. The residents of the city were able to fire off fireworks as the city had their own fire department. I thing they are still able to (unless things have changed since I moved out of the area).

First, Hawthorne was a much smaller town back in 1938. The city had since annexed several surrounding areas to make it the size that it is today.

Second, the street names are not numerical as they are today, the streets south of El Segundo Blvd. had the names of most of the original thirteen states. I emailed the map to a friend who lived on 129th Street between Inglewood Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd. If she had lived there in 1938, she would have lived on Maine Ave.

Lastly (unless I notice something else), the address/block numbering was different. I lived on the 4900 block of 129th Street (between Shoup Ave. and Oceangate Ave.). But back then, the block was the 6000 block. 

I am curious as to who changed the street names and the block numbering and why.

Well, you learn something new everyday!

TripAdvisor Launches New Feature To Research, Compare and Book Tours

TripAdvisor, the "world's largest travel site," has launched a new feature to help research, compare and book tours around the world.

According to Japan Today:
HONG KONG —TripAdvisor has launched a new feature that allows users to compare and book tours and tickets for attractions around the world by integrating tour inventory and pricing information from Viator, which was acquired by TripAdvisor earlier this year. 
When travellers visit attractions on TripAdvisor - such as the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal - they will now be presented with up to three tour options, such as small group, private or skip-the-line options, along with descriptions and prices for each. Once travellers have identified the tour that best fits their travel preferences, they may click to book their tour of choice through Viator.
The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan has been listed at TripAdvisor for the past three years.

Above, The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan TripAdvisor listing.

To read the full article, go here.

L.A. To Tokyo Airfares Spiked Up, According To The L.A. Times

Above, the Seven Samurai mural at the main entrance of Toho Studios. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Oh-oh! Yesterday's Travel section of the Los Angeles Times reported that their weekly survey found that airfares from Los Angeles to Tokyo has spiked up.

They reported that they found the lowest round-trip fare to be $1,186 and the high fare to be $1,710. These are before any fees or taxes are added in.

On November 2, they reported fares to be on the low end of $789 and the high end of $1,313.

What could have caused the spike in airfares? It may be due to the upcoming holiday season (with Thanksgiving Day this coming Thursday). Or maybe not.

Looks like I'll have to keep an eye on airfares for the next two weeks. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Latest Blog Post Pick-ups

The good folks at The Japan Daily have picked up three blog posts for sharing with their readers.

They are:

To read The Japan Daily, go here.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

6.8 Earthquake Hits Nagano

Source: Google Maps.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit near Nagano City, causing at least 20 injuries due to collapsing homes.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun:
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit Nagano Prefecture and surrounding areas in central Japan on Saturday night, the weather agency said. 
No tsunami warning was issued. 
The 10:08 p.m. quake measured lower 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 in northern Nagano, and lower 5 in Niigata Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. 
An aftershock registered lower 5 in northern Nagano at 10:37 p.m., according to the agency.

To read more, go here

The Top Ten Spots In Tokyo To Make An Anime Pilgrimage

Above, the Godzilla statue in Hibiya, Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo. Chiyoda
 is the top pilgrimage area for anime fans. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

People traveling to Japan to see locations and landmarks featured in their favorite movies or television shows has been going on for years.

Monster fans have been drawn to Japan to visit places used in Godzilla or Gamera movies. Some of the most popular landmarks include Ginza's Wako department store and the Kachidoki Bridge (both featured in Godzilla in 1954), the Saikai Bridge near Sasebo City in Kyushu (featured in Rodan in 1956) and Tokyo Tower (featured in several monster movies starting with Mothra in 1961). The list goes on.

That is why I came up with The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan to assist fans in making their own pilgrimages to these places.

Wanting to see landmarks and locations used in movies or television shows isn't just a phenomenon of monster fans. This is also something that draws fans of anime to Japan as well. The Japan National Tourism Organization has even put out a Japan Anime Tourism Guide for those fans. (The Japan Anime Tourism Guide is available through the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) at http://visitjapan.jp.)

It may seem a little far-fetched that anime fans would want to visit locations and landmarks featured in their favorite anime, since they are all just basically cartoons. At least, for the most part, the actual locations used in Godzilla or Gamera movies were shown, but intercut with highly detailed miniatures.

Rocket News 24 has an article on "The Top Ten Spots In Tokyo To Make An Anime Pilgrimage." These are wards in Tokyo (Chiyoda and Shinjuku are examples of two of them) that has landmarks and locations that were depicted in anime.

According to the article in Rocket News 24:
A bulk of the anime we know and love are set in real-life locations in Japan. Often, the stories are based on a specific location mentioned in the anime, such as Ikebukuro where popular anime Durarara! and its sequel are set. In other cases, the setting is not mentioned but fans are quick to identify the location using scenes found in each episode. One such example would be the hit franchise The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, which featured scenery from Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture. Avid anime fans have had a long tradition of making pilgrimages to key spots in their favorite series through an activity known as Seichi Junrei. There’s now even a website dedicated to documenting these spots and they have recently released a ranking of the wards in Tokyo that contain the most number of pilgrimage spots.
Above, when one compares the anime (left) and the actual place
in Tokyo, pilgrimages may not seem so far-fetched after all.

The article also has a chart of the rankings of pilgrimage spots of interest to anime fans, in case they have limited time to spare while in Japan. They can just concentrate on the areas with the most pilgrimage spots.

To read the article, go here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Difference Between Life Magazine's Warren Report Editions of October 1964

Above, the former Texas School Book Depository and the Dal-Tex Building
behind it at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During the process of putting away my belongings and tossing out stuff I have no need or use for after the pipe rupture, I came across my collection of newspapers and magazines that covered the JFK assassination. I was looking through them yesterday and found something interesting.

My dad saved the newspapers from that weekend in November 1963 along with magazines from that period. He also saved the Life magazine of October 2, 1964 that had the cover story on the newly-released Warren Commission Report on the assassination along with the Spanish edition of the same magazine. The magazines are similar except that the text of the Spanish edition was, naturally, in Spanish.

But there was one (big) difference between the two editions, which I will point out.

First though, a little bit of history. On the night of November 22, 1963 at about 11:00, dress-maker Abraham Zapruder took a call from Life magazine's Los Angeles Bureau Chief Richard Stolley about the 8mm home movie he shot of the assassination. Stolley asked if he could come out to see the film, but Zapruder was tired and emotionally worn out at the time and said no. He asked Stolley to meet him at his office the next morning at 9:00. Stolley showed up at 8:00.

The next morning, at Zapruder's office in the Dal-Tex Building that was located across the street from the Texas Book Depository Building at Dealey Plaza, Stolley viewed the film with the Secret Service while reporters were outside screaming and pounding on Zapruder's door.

Following the viewing, Stolley negotiated the print rights to Zapruder's film (he later obtained full rights to the film) for $50,000. Zapruder made one request, out of fear of exploitation of the film. That request was that Life would not publish movie frame 313, which was the moment of the fatal head shot. Stolley agreed to this. After signing a contract with Zapruder, Stolley left with the film through another exit (away from the other reporters).

True to his word, the edition of Life was published with frames from the Zapruder film without frame 313 among them (I have this issue, too). But they were in black & white. They were unable to print in color at that point for some reason. Color frames were published in the following issue.

Getting back to the October 2, 1964 Life magazine issue featuring the Warren Commission Report.

Frames from Zapruder's film accompanied the article. Again, frame 313 was not among them.

However, as I mentioned at the top of this article, I also have the Spanish edition of this issue (I have no idea how my dad or I acquired it). And, as I also mentioned, there was a big difference between the two editions (besides the Spanish text).

The Spanish edition included frame 313 that clearly shows Kennedy's head explode upon impact by Oswald's bullet. This raises a question. Did Richard Stolley and/or Life magazine renege on their agreement with Zapruder to not publish the fatal head shot frame by including it in the Spanish edition?

It is unclear if Zapruder's request to not publish frame 313 is part of the rights agreement. If so, then it appears that Life may have violated the agreement. They have since published frame 313 a number of times since the 1960s.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dollar Near ¥119 In Tokyo; Now Is The Time To Visit Japan

Above, Nakamise Dori in Asakusa, a shopper's paradise. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The time is right for an autumn visit to Japan as the dollar is continuing to rise against the Japanese yen.

From Jiji Press:
Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--The dollar accelerated its bull run to approach 119 yen at one point in Tokyo trading Thursday after repeatedly renewing its seven-year high recently, as the Japanese government has effectively tolerated the yen's rapid weakening.

Above, some goodies I bought on a past trip to Japan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A vacation in Japan is much more affordable than it has been in years. American visitors will be getting more yen for each dollar exchanged. That means that a kaiju fan can buy more Godzilla and other kaiju toys than they have been able to in years.

To read more, go here

JR West Introducing New Travel Passes To Visit The "Land of Rodan"

Above, the Saikai Bridge near Sasebo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Fans wanting to visit the "Land of Rodan" can do so more cheaply thanks to three new travel passes for foreigners from JR West.

According to Kyodo News:
West Japan Railway Co. said Wednesday it will expand its lineup of unlimited ride passes for foreign travelers from next March. 
By newly offering three area passes that can be used in western Japan, the company, better known as JR West, aims to explore new demand from foreign travelers in connection with next year's 40th anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train line between Osaka and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Hakata Station is in Kyushu's largest city, Fukuoka. From there, visitors can travel to Mount Aso Volcano National Park and Sasebo City (and the nearby Saikai Bridge), where much of the action in Rodan (1956) took place.

To read more, go here

Japan Becomes The Land of Rising Tourism

Above, Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, one of the world's most visited
tourist attractions according to
Travel + Leisure. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The most recent blog post noted that Japan has already beat its 2013 record of 10 million foreign tourists in the first ten months of 2014.

One of the reasons cited for the growth in tourism was the devaluing of the Japanese yen.

Travel Daily Asia has an article on the booming Japanese tourist industy.

It begins with:
Japan’s tourism industry is experiencing a major upswing, as the fall of the yen makes the country an increasingly affordable destination. 
International tourist arrivals to Japan have doubled in the last decade, to more than 10 million in 2013 – the majority of them from other parts of Asia.
The article does mention that a factor that could hinder further growth in tourism, need for more slots at Tokyo's two airports, Haneda and Narita, especially Haneda.

There's one other possible hindrance to future growth: if the yen appreciates in value against foreign currencies. That would put a big damper on tourism growth pretty darn fast!

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Visitors To Japan Surpass 10 Million In First Ten Months

Above, the meeting point at Terminal One at Narita International Airport. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

According to an article in The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun), Japan has already exceeded ten million foreign visitors this year.

They wrote:
The number of visitors to Japan in January-October grew 27.1 percent from a year before to 11,009,000, already topping the full-year record of 10,363,904 marked in 2013, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. 
As a result, the number of visitors in 2014 is on track to hit a record high for the second straight year.
The article cites the weakened yen and the easing of visa requirements for some Southeast Asian countries for the surge in foreign visitors.

It is anticipated that the total number of foreign visitors to Japan will total around 13 million in 2014.

To read the full article, go here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Original Superboy At Superman Celebration Luncheon

Above, Johnny Rockwell as Superboy in 1961.

One of the guests at the Superman Celebration Luncheon last August was Johnny Rockwell (or John Rockwell).

Who is Johnny Rockwell, you may ask?

Above, Jim Walsh with John Rockwell at the Superman Celebration Luncheon. Photo courtesy of Jim Walsh.

Rockwell was the first live-action Superboy. He was chosen for his resemblance to the late George Reeves. After Reeves's death in June 1959, National Comics (now DC Comics) and producer Whitney Ellsworth got the idea to chronicle the early career of Superman when he was a boy in the Adventures of Superboy.

In 1961, a pilot episode was filmed featuring Rockwell as Superboy/Clark Kent and Bunny Henning as Lana Lang.

Unfortunately, the series was not picked up. Superboy did not get his own televised show until 1988. This was the only episode of the 1961 Adventures of Superboy filmed.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Airlines: Those Fees and Fuel Surcharges Aren't Going Away

Above, a fuel-efficient United Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Recently, oil (and gasoline) prices have been dropping like rocks. I was wondering if airfares (along with the fuel surcharges) will be dropped or lowered likewise.

Apparently not, according to an article from AOL.com:
NEW YORK (AP) - Planes are full. Passengers clamor for amenities. Investors want a payout. New planes are on order. 
Those are all reasons the airlines likely won't be passing their recent savings on fuel along to fliers in the form of lower fares. 
In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren't going away either.
It appears that shareholders will be getting dividends with the savings that the lower fuel costs have provided. So if you were counting on the airlines to help you to cheaply get to Japan or elsewhere, guess again.

The flying public is screwed again.

To read more, go here

Goodyear Blimps At Airships.net

Above, the Goodyear blimp Columbia over Point Mugu in 1967. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For those of you who are fans of airships (blimps and zeppelins), a website (http://www.airships.net/) that should satisfy your passion.

Above, Columbia at Point Mugu in 1967. This blimp was in service from 1963 to 1969. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The page that intrigues me is one on the history of the Goodyear blimps. This pages has the history of all Goodyear blimps including photographs. Goodyear recently put into service their first semi-rigid zeppelin, Wingfoot One.

Above, the current L.A. Goodyear blimp, Spirit of America, at its base in Carson. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Goodyear blimp page at Airships.net can be reached by going here: http://www.airships.net/goodyear-blimp

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