Thursday, September 16, 2004

History Being Razed For The Future

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Los Angelos School District announced plans to demolish portions of the Ambassador Hotel, converting it into a campus for 4,200 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Built 83 years ago, the hotel was a favorite frolicking ground for Hollywood's glitterati, from Charlie Chaplin to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio stayed there, as did Albert Einstein, who once called the front desk to complain of a fight next door -- which turned out to be between boxer Jack Dempsey and his new bride, whom he apparently was trying to throw out the window.

Board President Jose Huizar said, "For many years, the Ambassador Hotel served as a playground for the rich, powerful and famous, and we will honor that. However, we will look at the hotel and see the new future it has before it. It will now serve as a playground for children and the next generation of Angelenos."

Many people remember the Ambassador for a tragic moment in our nation's history. For it was outside the pantry area of the Coconut Grove night club that Sirhan Sirhan shot and killed Bobby Kennedy. "A panel of experts would be appointed to consider ways to preserve" this area as a memorial. The plan is expected to be considered by the full school board on Oct.12.



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