Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fact of the Day: Hollywood

According to Hollywood's "founder" Hobart Johnstone Whitley, the name originated from a Chinese laborer saying he was "holly wood" which was bad English for "hauling wood".  The words hit him and sounded right for the new "town". 

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for everything to do with Hollywood.

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  2. Didn't know any of that. Our capital city is called Hobart.

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  3. Now that's an interesting fact.
    Thanks

    All the best Jan

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  4. All from not saying something the right way

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  5. I've never heard that before, but I'd love to visit Hollywood sometime!

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  6. Actually I had always read that it was a very pious husband and wife who owned a large home and the town grew. He was the mayor or something so they named the town after their last name. They wanted the town to be alcohol free and pious like them....it didn't work out that way. I actually like your version better

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  7. Interesting, but I wonder if this is an urban legend.

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  8. I grew up in California so I've seen that sign many times.

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  9. I love that sign, it's such a part of our culture.

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