Welcome back to LA Quiz. Did you recognize the signpost pictured in our last posting? Located deep in Malibu Creek State Park it was a unique feature in M*A*S*H a fictional field hospital during the Korean War. The immensely popular TV sitcom aired from 1972 to 1983. The weekly episodes revolved around the dramatic daily efforts of a Mobil Army Surgical Hospital ( the fictional 4077th) during the war.
After a shaky first season M*A*S*H reigned as a highly rated series during it’s run. Though classified as a comedy the story lines often dealt with dramatic situations, and many viewers considered it a allegory for American involvement in the Vietnam War (still going on during the early years of the program).
Since the Malibu Creek State Park landscape substituted as the Korean countryside, the site located inside the park now has special information signs about how the TV program was produced and invites the public to visit. My son and I biked back to the site last year and found the signpost, a rusted jeep, helicopter pad, and rusted ambulance along with the information plaques discussing the characters and placement of familiar sets.
To the many viewers who remembered and loved the series (it ran in syndication for many years after the series ended. In fact, I’m sure it can still be found somewhere on late night TV), meandering around the area will bring back memories of favorite scenes and episodes. If you’re not familiar with the series, you’ll still have a good time hiking, (or biking) with the site as a goal.
The plaques at the site give interesting facts of producing the series. They also act as a reminder that glimpses of the entertainment industry are all around us in Los Angeles. For instance, this state park also served as the setting for many other famous movies such as Viva Zapata (1952), Planet of the Apes (1972), and Pleasantville (1998), to name a few. So strap on your boots and make your way up to Malibu Creek State Park. Memories of M*A*S*H beckon.
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Our New Quiz
Well, how did you do with the M*A*S*H signpost? Nailed it? Great. So, here’s our new quiz. See the steps in the photo above? Nothing really special, right? This is LA. you can see steps everywhere, right? I assure you these steps are truly special. Okay, okay, here’s a hint: location, location, location. Well? Where in LA are we? If you have a hunch and want to visit, be sure to take your camera- and enjoy yourself.
In a hurry? You can get the answer to this LA Quiz at my About page. It will stay posted until the next quiz.
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Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with the many popular and famous places I’ve featured on these posts. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at these earlier posts and see if you can identify the locations featured. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next postings. Then gather up the family and go visit these interesting places. Explore LA and have fun.
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
Petersen Automotive Museum Says Look at Me! (Nov. 2015)
Pasadena City Hall: The Pride of Pasadena (Dec. 2015)
Claudio Ethos- Street Art in Los Angeles (Dec 31, 2015)
Welcome to Chinatown, Los Angeles (Feb. 2016)
The Eagle Rock Looms (April 2016)
Palisades Park- Santa Monica (May 2016)
El Parque de Mexico: A Nod to LA’s Heritage (June 2016)
The Broad- In the Heart of Downtown LA (Oct 2016)