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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Meet George Jetson: LAX Theme Building

photo credit: Genaro Molina L.A. Times Nov. 29, 2010

This outstanding photo by Los Angeles Times photographer Genaro Molina really caught my eye. I love the look and feel of the LAX Theme Building, especially at night. Add to that the way Molina framed it with the curves and color of what I assume is a nearby parking structure, and you've got a simply amazing photograph. I'm currently using it as the desktop background on my computer.

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The LAX "Theme Building" re-opened this past July after a massive three year renovation that had it covered with scaffolding.

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The Theme Building houses a "retro-future" restaurant called "Encounter". It's on my growing list of things I'm looking forward to doing, hopefully sometime next year.

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The Theme Building opened in 1961 and is one of Los Angeles' best examples of "googie" architecture (another is "Jack Colker's 76 Gas Station" located at Santa Monica Blvd & Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills), capturing the spirit and optimism of the jet age.

If the Theme Building and Encounter look like something out of Hanna Barbera's The Jetsons (1962) - or Disney's Tomorrowland, that's on purpose. The folks at Hanna Barbera borrowed from the Theme Building's architectural design. Notice the top of the Jetson's apartment building.

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And Encounter, which opened in 1997, was designed by the folks at Walt Disney Imagineering, giving it that fantasy futuristic feel.

The future hasn't turned out exactly the way people imagined it 50 years ago: cars are stuck in gridlock traffic, but we've got cell phones that surpass anything the original Star Trek series could have even imagined.

I'm curious what kind of world my future grandkids will live in 50 or so years from now. It's certainly the desire of my wife and I to equip our kids (currently ages 8 and 11) to be able to engage the future - and to be able to pass on their faith and knowledge of God to their own children, and to their children's children.

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Here's some additional information on the Theme Building.

Hope I look this good when I'm fifty years old (oh wait, I almost am).

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