26th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER26mini2014. The Tonight Show snagged Jimmy Fallon; climate changes moved faster around the world; and the Ebola virus became a frequent topic in the news.

The Church of England voted on allowing women to become bishops, and we wondered if the Cold War was once again being waged.

Debbies Book was released in both print and e-Book editions again, and upgrades were made to the iTunes app to include live turn by turn driving instructions. Meanwhile, release of the Android app just before Valentine’s Day made Android users happy and a few additional categories were added.

Remembering Jim Marin of Art Deco L.A.

I recently found out that Jim Marin, formerly the owner of Art Deco LA, had passed away in Las Vegas.

Jim was bigger than life. As an old biker boy his biggest downfall was his passion for his collection of great Art Deco Furniture lamps, rugs and decorative props.

Al from Al’s Studio Rental had sent me down to meet him at his first location in Hollywood. I never forgot our first meeting. I was walking in past his sign. “Studio Rentals only Everyone Else Keep Out!!!” When I walked past the sign and this big gruff guy in a t-shirt and blue jeans popped up over the large piece of furniture screaming obscenities at me until I walked up to him and introduced myself. At which point he melted into a kitten. Ya he was course, but he looked like he was homeless (or a Hells Angels Biker). I fondly remember him having a big heart though, with a soft spot in his larger than life persona.

Art Deco LA was first located in Hollywood next to Opamp Technical Books (also now gone sadly). He then relocated to the valley in what now houses ZG04 Decor before moving one last time to Lankershim where NEST Studio Rentals is currently located.

Nice to know that all locations that Jim picked turned into Prop House locations. He knew what really worked.

Jim was a colorful character of the Prop House owners and he will be missed. Funny I can still see his mischievous grin.

25th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER25mini2013. The Affordable Care Act launched; Snowden released NSA top secrets; and Pope Francis was elected as the new leader of Vatican City.

Thanks to Miley, we learned about “twerking”; Breaking Bad ended its successful run; and the obsession with zombies continued on The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, by popular demand, Debbies Book went old school and the printed book returned for those who needed to have a copy on their car seats. With print-on-demand, users ordered Debbies Book from Amazon with doorstep delivery. (Thank goodness for Amazon, since all our printers went out of business!)

Many changes were made to the website, making it easier to navigate. For iPad users, our eBook was a great new addition in 2013. And with so many using smartphones, a mobile app was also created, giving users another way to access Debbies Book on the go!

24th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

Cover24th 2ndtry2009–2010. This was to be the last edition of Debbies Book that we printed. As you can see by the cover, we focused on making the book an online resource.

Each year, we increased the scope of the book’s sources to include and provide a broader appeal to those working in all entertainment-related industries. As Debbies Book turned into TheSourcebookOnline.com, we gave our users the ability to search and access information and sources faster and easier, and we could incorporate changes as they came from our suppliers.

It turned out, however, we were not done printing the book!

23rd Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER23mini2008–2009. Thirty years of Debbies Book…whew!

From 1977 to 2009—who would have guessed that we would’ve been the ‘go-to resource’ for the odd and unusual for over 30 years? Since our original Internet database was put into place in 1997 and designed for dial-up, it became apparent that it was time to upgrade. We (along with our programmers) were also getting closer to making the move to putting the book on the Internet full time. This would make Debbies Book an online source book with the capability of making changes for our users on a regular basis, guaranteeing accuracy.

22nd Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER22mini2007–2008. If you’ve been reading these throwback posts, I’m sure you found some arguable details in a fact or two or some news event more important than the one given. Don’t bother to let me know what it is because, by this time, I’m too old and I’m just glad my mind still works. I still own an electric typewriter (even though we have more computers than I ever wanted), and I answer my own phone – just a breed from the old school.

The writer’s strike lasted until 2/14/08. Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House. Polar Bears were designated endangered. The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. Human Rights protesters targeted the Olympic Torch relay. And the mortgage meltdown began.

21st Edition – Debbies Book Restrospective

COVER21mini2006–2007. The Pasadena Art Center for Design approached us for a Debbies Book series of lectures and tours of facilities that showcase everything from effects, wardrobe & props to event houses in the Los Angeles area.

Heroes hit it big on the little screen, while The Departed took the Oscar for Best Picture and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth took Best Documentary. Democrats rule both the House and Senate, and stories of the war in Iraq dominate the news. Apple iPhone rumors swirl throughout 2006 and the game-changing smartphone finally arrives in 2007.

20th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER20mini2005-2006. We watched Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, Lost and Survivor: Palau, and Million Dollar Baby and The Aviator did well at the Oscars.

YouTube launched; the group of 8 nations pledged aid to Africa; and we followed the Terri Schiavo case. Michael Jackson stood trial on child molestation charges; Scooter Libby was indicted for publicly identifying a covert CIA officer; and Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

19th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER19mini2004–2005. Debbies Book cover goes retro wild, and we make T-shirts of the cover for a collectible.

Paris Hilton debuted The Simple Life, and we were treated to Desperate Housewives, The Apprentice and CSI: NY. Sequels such as Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2 and Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban hit the theatres.

Facebook launched; Google went public; and gay marriage was legal in Massachusetts. Martha Stewart got 5 months in prison, and Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunctioned on national TV. A tsunami in Asia killed 200,000 people; the Olympic Games returned to Athens; and Boston won the World Series after 86 years.

18th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER18mini2003–2004. It was unlikely that we would get our own star on Hollywood Blvd., so we gave ourselves the honor with our “Debbies Book Star on the Walk of Fame” issue.

The television season gave us Cold Case, Joe Millionaire, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, while on the big screen, we enjoyed Matrix: Reloaded, Bruce Almighty, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo. Chicago took home the Oscar; Gregory Peck and Bob Hope passed away; and Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.

The threat of weapons of mass destruction led the U.S. to invade Iraq; MySpace was launched; and the Internet Music Store opens after crackdown on illegal downloading.