ICONS OF PAST
A brief history of the marsh mallow, from ancient Egypt to gooey s’mores. Page 4
The holidays are almost here, and fresh trees will soon be on their way!
Perhaps the city’s most famous room with a view opens to the public. Page 11
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LACMA’s Geffen Galleries half-done; construction above ground next
AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST above Wilshire Boulevard.
By John Welborne In mid-October, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that construction of its new David Geffen Galleries building — that will span Wilshire Boulevard — is 50 percent complete and that the museum’s fundraising campaign has now secured $700 million of its $750 million goal. The accompanying aerial photograph from September shows the substantial amount of construction generally not visible because it is below the surrounding construction fences. Completed work consists primarily of the underground work of digging and pouring foundations and basements and installing seismic base isolators. Passersby soon will see falsework and formwork erected to support construction of the concrete galleries that will span Wilshire Boulevard.
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Height limit agreed on by homeowners, developer on Melrose
By Suzan Filipek Four neighborhood homeowner groups and a developer of a creative office building on Melrose Avenue and Seward Street have reached a deal which includes reducing the proposed project’s height from five stories to four. “We came to a win-win solution, starting with slicing a floor off the building, and setbacks on Melrose, opening retail to the public and keeping public art focused on Seward,” developer David Simon, of the Bardas Investment Group, told us. “A favorable revised building plan and agreement” has been reached, echoed Cindy Chvatal-Keane, president of the Hancock Park Home Owners Association (HPHOA), in a statement released last month. The parcel had been zoned for three stories, and the developer had requested a zone and height change and a traffic study to build five stories. The five-story project was approved by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission in August in spite of neighbors’ concerns regarding the height, noise and possible impacts on the historic John C. Fremont Branch Library next door. The neighborhoods then formed the coalition and continued to negotiate with the developer until the recent agreement was reached. In addition to Hancock Park, the coalition included the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, South Hollywood Neighborhood Association, Windsor Square
Association and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. The offices of Council Districts 5 and 13 also worked to revise and finetune a plan to benefit all involved, Chvatal-Keane said. His 30 years in business have taught developer Simon to listen to concerns from stakeholders and community members, he told us. The creative office building — designed with outdoor space, landscaped walls, floorto-ceiling windows and an open stairwell — will be targeted to media companies. The 100,000-square-foot campus features 68,000 square feet of new office, retail and open space and includes two existing buildings — one of which houses Netflix. A proposed coffee shop will be open to the public. Other agreements include
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By Suzan Filipek Several neighborhood associations are having their annual meetings this month. Block captains, public safety and land use issues are on the agenda of the Windsor Square Association Town Hall meeting Thurs., Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. The 2022 Squeaky Wheel award will be presented to a neighbor whose efforts im(Please turn to page 10)
landscaping that will provide sound buffering features on all outdoor decks and vibration monitoring on the western frontage adjacent to the library during construction. Outdoor deck hours of operation may not extend past 10:30 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday or 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The new building will re-
place a commercial strip that includes the home of the nonprofit Big Sunday’s headquarters. David Levinson, executive director of Big Sunday, told us a temporary site has been located nearby while a long-term solution is being sought. The proposed Bardas project will serve as an anchor at the end of the Seward Me-
dia Corridor, which extends from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard. “I want to keep Hollywood in Hollywood,” said Simon. The project next moves to the City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the City Council. Simon said he hopes to break ground on the project in January 2023.
Icons of the season traced to 1950s and long before
It’s Thanksgiving Standard Time. This may mean, in your household, or in your dreams, buying cans of string beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and French’s Fried Onions, then putting them together as a side dish to the roast bird, which, since this may be in your dreams, is always the perfect golden color and perfectly moist — all of it. For those of you of a certain age, it is possible you might consume your 67th Thanksgiving green bean casserole. (The recipe, I think, is still printed on the Camp-
bell’s cans.) Who knows how many variations there are? A recipe developer at Campbell’s invented the dish; the recipe was printed in the 1955 “Associated Press Thanksgiving Edition” and the rest is history. My grandmothers didn’t make it, though they tried to be as American as they could (pumpkin pies, for example), so when I encountered it as a guest somewhat later, I let it pass by at the table. Then there are the marshmallows — marshmallows in stomach-turning sweet gelatin salads; marshmallows on
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top of the already sweet sweet potatoes. (Why?) The original confections were made 4,000 years ago from the roots of the marsh mallow plant, Althaea officinalis, sweetened with honey, and then fed to Egyptian kings and gods. (If there is
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an ancient Egyptian cookery papyrus, I want to see it.) Marsh mallow was used medicinally against sore throats and as poultices. The Greek healer Dioscorides used it for treating wounds and inflammation, and physicians followed down the ages. But along the way to 19th century France, the plant extract was replaced by gum Arabic, which gave the confection, known as pâte de guimauve, a similar texture — but it could be made more quickly. The earliest French recipe one researcher found was from 1757. In the mid-19th century, in France, a new hand-processing method was developed for making the individual sweets — the starch mogul system. It involved molds lined with a starch (cornmeal, for example)
and the marshmallow crème was poured into them to set. In the teens and twenties of the last century in the U.S., commercial marshmallows and marshmallow crème made their appearances. Gelatin by then had long replaced gum Arabic. The brand Campfire Marshmallows declares the firm has been producing them for “more than a century.” Two World War I veterans formed a partnership in 1920 in Lynn, Mass. to produce Marshmallow Fluff, a crème. The boys hit it big. Fluff flies on to this day. I suspect that the enthusiasm for marshmallows in 1940s and 1950s American recipes stems from World War II food rationing. Sugar was famously rationed, but marshmallows were not. (Please turn to page 13)
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Room to Grow?: Preserving not-yet-designated historic districts I was having lunch with my friend, James Dastoli, who has newly moved with his family into a historic house located in the Wilton Place National Historic District. We had originally met through a group which was looking to set up an historic district in Los Feliz. James was successfully shepherding an historic district in Miracle Mile through the state system. We were meeting to discuss his interest in furthering the creating of historic districts within Greater Wilshire. He sent me an intriguing map of identified historic districts which, if adopted by the City Council, would in total increase the number of protected historic resources by 30 percent. This was a conversation I wanted to have. Greater Wilshire’s four Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) are Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Wilshire Park (which also includes the National Register Boulevard Heights Historic District) and Windsor Village. Also in Greater Wilshire is the National Register Wilton Historic District. Together, these districts account for more than 2,800 historic structures under protection in our area. If you include the 10 potential
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districts identified by Survey LA it would increase this number by more than 4,000. But what and where are these “potential” historic districts identified by SurveyLA?
The surveyors sought out the largest and most cohesive collections of surviving historic structures often sharing a similar development period or history, stylistic design or property type. These are the districts they identified: • Willoughby Ave. Spanish Colonial Revival Residential Historic District • Sycamore - Citrus North Multi-Family Residential Historic District • Sycamore - Citrus South
GREEN NEIGHBORHOODS have HPOZs; red neighborhoods may be eligible.
(Sycamore Square) Residential Historic District • Wilshire Crest - Mullen Park (Brookside) Residential Historic District
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Rimpau house will again spook the neighborhood
By Casey Russell To say that Rich Correll loves Halloween would be an understatement. A director and producer by trade, Correll has made a decades-long hobby of collecting spooky movie memorabilia and Halloween items. This will be the 29th year he shares his collection with the neighborhood by transforming his historic Rimpau Boulevard house into a not-to-be-missed Halloween destination. The house, which was built in 1926, will feature highend Halloween décor made by special effects artists — some items specifically commissioned by the hobbyist and some that he lucked into. Volunteer actors (including Correll himself) will be dressed as spooky movie characters and will pop up to scare visitors. In past years, Correll and
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his wife Beth even decorated the interior and opened it up to the Halloween crowd. This year, visitors will most likely remain outdoors but, according to the Corrells, the crowd won’t be disappointed. “People coming to see it will experience what they’ve always experienced and will still be blown away,” Correll
told us. The couple hires five security guards to ensure people and decorations stay safe. Some years have seen as many as 8,000 visitors. Last year, 4,000 to 5,000 people showed up to be spooked. The decorations, which are stored in vaults in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and even
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Columbus, Ohio, will go up on the 30th or 31st of October. On Halloween, “when it turns to dusk, the little ones come around and we just give them candy and don’t really scare them. When it gets darker, it gets scarier… we don’t try to scare the little kids. We do try to scare
everyone else,” said Correll. The real visiting hours and spooking end around 10 p.m. because otherwise, according to Correll, visitors stay into the late hours and the crowd changes. In recent years, the Halloween aficionado said he’s had a lot of people drop by saying they used to come when they were kids. When asked what the best comment he’s ever heard was, he responded that he had once heard a visitor say, “Wait a minute, this is a private house? No way.” A lot of people really appreciate what the Corrells do, and Correll is glad. He said, “I just think it’s a fun thing for families. It is a little scary, so you’ve got to tell the kids they may get scared, so hold onto mom and dad. But, I like the traditional Halloween — pumpkins, witches, bats and all that stuff. It was always my favorite day when I was a kid.” When asked if Halloween is still his favorite holiday, Correll said, “Of course!” He went on to say that Beth is a really good sport about it. When asked if she likes it, he replied, “Oh yes! Well… she’s married to it!” Those who visit the house on Halloween will definitely see what he means! To enjoy the Corrells’ spookfest, go to 434 S. Rimpau Blvd. on Halloween night between dusk and 10 p.m.
Goblins, ghouls coming to Wilshire Park
A haunted house will be featured at the 13th annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt on Sat., Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Bronson Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Eighth Street. A fortune teller, bounce house and carnival games, as well as food and a costume contest, will also be featured. New this year to the Haunt will be the Creepy Carnival Haunted House, New Orleans Cemetery and a Ghostbusters photo op. The street will be blocked to traffic, and street parking is available.
By Casey Russell Just a sample of 2022 decorated houses are these on the following streets:
Arden Boulevard, Elmwood Avenue, Hudson Avenue, Larchmont Boulevard, Lorraine Boulevard, Lucerne
Boulevard, Norton Avenue, Plymouth Boulevard, Ridgewood Place, Van Ness Avenue, and Windsor Boulevard.
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• Van Ness - Wilton Place Residential Historic District • Ridgewood Place Residential Historic District
• St. Andrew’s Place Residential Historic District, and • Gramercy Place - St. Andrew’s Place Residential
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Historic District. The path to these becoming truly recognized historic districts is a difficult one. The City Attorney’s heavy-handed — and in my opinion, erroneous — interpretation of Senate Bill 330 currently is preventing the creation of any new HPOZs in Los Angeles. Originally planned for a sunset in 2025, this law has now been extended to 2030 after the signing of Senate Bill 8 last year. As I have noted in previous columns, residents and homeowners have been forced to take matters into their own hands by — independently of the city — applying for California and National Register recognition. While these do not provide the same level of protection and control, they do add a layer of review that the Office of Historic Resources is only beginning to come to grips with. Of all of these identified districts, only Brookside has made a serious attempt at becoming an HPOZ — only to fall short and settle on the City Planning Department’s creation of zoning subzones to preserve the scale and character of the neighborhood. Sycamore Square considered pursuing HPOZ status but ultimately dropped the idea. Both of these neighbor-
hoods were reacting to the threat of the “McMansion” — the boxy modern houses that are oversized for their lots and out of scale with their neighbors. The threats to the historic resources of these districts vary, but are more apparent in the districts around Wilton Place, particularly relating to the smaller historic homes as their property values have risen. The local multi-family districts also may see more pressure after the lifting of the COVID-19 eviction restrictions, particularly those parcels that are eligible for density bonuses for Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) projects. It is a sad truth about the creation of designated historic districts that the efforts to preserve neighborhoods often are reactive, a move to protect against something, rather than proactive as a way of recognizing historic and cultural significance. My conversations with James Dastoli got me thinking about these potential historic districts and, in future columns, I intend to explore the beauty and significance of them individually and to examine the case for why each should be preserved. But my conversations with James also (Please turn to page 9)
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got me curious as to why my friend, so new to the neighborhood, owner of an historic property, father of three, and a busy professional, would want to spend his free time looking to preserve districts where he didn’t live. His reply is the cri de coeur of many a preservationist: “Just because we don’t actually live on a certain block, does not mean that we are not stakeholders. Anyplace that we work, shop, dine, commute through or even just walk by frequently can be
considered part of our community. We can’t realistically confine our lives to our backyards, or even within HPOZ boundaries. “You’re going to need to go out and buy groceries, and I love that I can drive through numerous historic neighborhoods on my way to Trader Joe’s… After college, I desperately needed to move somewhere where I could feel a sense of place, with the type of character that could stimulate a young artist. When I moved to Los Angeles, I got an apartment on a mostly Mid-Century block of Winona Boulevard in Los Feliz, which
allowed me access to the beauty of the period revivals in Los Feliz Square. “Good harmonious design provides value to ordinary people’s lives. The stark contrast between the clumsily slapped together Mediterranean boxes of Central Florida [from whence James had moved from] with the artfully crafted bungalow courts of Hollywood had an
immediate effect on me. “When I later moved to Miracle Mile, it was like I was taking a master class in design every time I walked down the street. Here we have neighborhoods that give residents a sense of comfort on the deepest level, regardless of income. You don’t have to be an artist to understand this in a subconscious way. “I knew that I had to return
to the Wilshire Corridor [from Glendale where he bought his first house], so over the past few years, as I was preparing to move, I researched all of the SurveyLA neighborhoods in Greater Wilshire and MidCity West, not knowing which one I would eventually end up in. Now that I am here, I am determined not to lose the integrity of these neighborhoods.”
Fresh trees are coming to Larchmont!
By Nona Sue Friedman Some of the freshest Christmas trees in the city will be available for purchase starting Fri., Nov. 25, at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. The Wilshire Rotary Club sells thousands of Douglas and noble firs that are shipped directly from Oregon on a weekly basis. “There is a big demand for trees,” says Wendy Clifford, who runs the tree lot for the Wilshire Rotary. Sizes run from tabletop to 11 feet. The lot will also have wreaths, garlands and adorable reindeer and snowmen figures made from fresh branches
available for purchase. Proceeds from the lot assist l o c a l charities, scholarships TREES will fill the a n d lot on Larchmont. human- Photo: Wendy Clifford itarian projects around the world. The lot will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Fri., Dec. 23.
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Neighborhood meetings (Continued from page 3) proved the quality of life in Windsor Square. Learn more at windsorsquare.org.
At the Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting, which was held on Zoom Oct. 25 after the
Chronicle went to press, both mayoral candidates — Rick Caruso and Karen Bass — were scheduled to speak and answer questions. Council District Five can-
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the past year and what we intend to do in the coming year,” WVA president Barbara Pflaumer told us. WVA year in review “The past year, we’ve had two movies in the park and will be having a number of movies in [Harold A. Henry] park in the coming year.” The group also has hosted the Wilshire Division police captain and the two candidates for City Council: Sam Yebri and Katie Yaroslavsky. In addition, “we’ve organized three park clean-ups, a potluck dinner for the neighborhood, and will be doing another one next year. Members also plan to participate in an emergency preparedness event prior to the annual meeting. “We are also supporters of the LA food drive [Los Angeles Regional Food Bank], and are exploring a collaboration with Saint James’ food pantry activities,” Pflaumer added.
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didates Sam Yebri and Katy Yaroslavsky and city controller candidate Paul Koretz were also scheduled for the Hancock Park meeting. For more information, visit the group’s website, hancockparkhomeownersassociation. org or hphoa.org. Wilshire and Olympic division senior lead officers and a representative from Council District 13 are expected at the semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association on Tues., Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Visit lvna.info. Election of new board members will take place at the Windsor Village Association annual meeting Sun., Nov. 20, at 3p.m. at the home of Diane Dicksteen, 901 S. Lucerne Blvd. “Generally the only business we conduct at this meeting is providing the attendees an overview of what we have a accomplished over
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Join Your Friends and Neighbors at the Windsor Square Association’s Annual Meeting at The Ebell Thursday, November 17, at 7pm Mark your calendars so you won’t miss the Windsor Square Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting, once again being held in person at the historic Ebell Club (corner of Wilshire and Lucerne Boulevards). This gathering of neighbors always is a great opportunity to find out what’s happening in our neighborhood, catch up with friends, and learn how you can contribute to the well-being of our community. Among the important subjects addressed will be public safety, earthquake preparedness, and land use and development news. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with the senior police officers who are in charge of our neighborhood, with representatives from private security companies, and with members of Council District 13’s staff. Windsor Square board members will update you on our Block Captain Program and our expanded website, both designed to build strong community bonds and foster safety. In other exciting news, you’ll hear about the new RYLAN earthquake preparedness program, which equips neighbors to work together in case of an emergency. Your involvement and interest in our community will make Windsor Square an even better place to live. Don’t miss this chance to ask questions, share opinions and learn the latest neighborhood news. And don’t miss the chocolate chip cookies, either! See you there!
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The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org.
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on Tues., Nov. 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids 8 and over can participate. Space is limited and registration is required. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Kids Story time in the park: Drop in to listen to stories and sing songs in Memorial Park adjoining the library every Wednesday in November from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Reading to the rescue: Is your child in love with dogs? Do you want your child to read more? Let him or her read aloud to an adorable rescue dog on Wed., Nov. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. Autumn art: Keep fall around a little longer with autumn arts and crafts at 4 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 29. Teens Teen activity: Two surprise activities will take place on Thursdays, Nov. 10 and 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids & Teens Drop-in tutoring with Steve: Need a refresher on some academics? Stop by Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. for one-on-one assistance with any subject or drop in to make a future appointment. Adults First Friday book club: Come discuss “It’s the Violin Conspiracy” by Brendan Slocumb on Fri., Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. Art class: Color, paint and glue every Wednesday from 3
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All ages Chess Club: Every Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., play chess or learn how. Book Sale: Find your next favorite read every Tuesday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. (Tues. Nov. 29 adjusted hours 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.), and every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. All proceeds support the library. WILSHIRE LIBRARY Toddlers, Kids & Teens Costume contest: It’s Halloween! Start your trickor-treating at the library on Mon., Oct. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. with a costume contest. Of course, there will be candy for everyone. All ages Dia de los Muertos paper craft: Decorate paper skulls with glitter, glue, cutouts and so much more on Tues. and Wed., Nov. 1 and 2, starting at 4 p.m. each day until supplies run out. Make holiday cards: Going to someone’s home for the holiday? Have a special someone? Decorate a card and envelope with supplies provided by the library throughout Thanksgiving week, Mon., Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. through Wed., Nov. 23, at 5 p.m.
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Parents at Van Ness Elementary (PAVE) will screen “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” on Fri., Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The movie will be shown outside under the stars at Van Ness Avenue Elementary, 501 N. Van Ness Ave., and it will entertain kids and parents alike. For tickets, visit parentsatvanness.org.
Night sky viewing: Come to the sidewalk in front of the library for a chance to see craters on the moon up close and possibly see Jupiter and Saturn through a very large telescope. The event takes place Tues., Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please note that if it’s cloudy at 3 p.m. this day, the viewing will be rescheduled. Beaded Jewelry: Create beaded bracelets and necklaces with colorful beads. Great for holiday gifts. Takes place on Thurs., Nov. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m.
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Family cooks grabbed onto marshmallows, and desserts stayed on the tables. In the 1950s, a candy executive solved the problem of the slow marshmallow-making process. He turned the goo into an industrial material. He filled the confection with air, “trapping nothingness in the architecture of sugar,” as one writer has it. Kraft began its own manu-
facturing process in the late 1950s; thus we have to this day bagsful of spongy, uniform marshmallows. And what about that marshmallow and chocolate bar and graham cracker sandwich, a must for outdoor wood fires? The “s’more” recipe made its debut in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook. In my copy of the 1947 “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook” is found a recipe for “Sweet Potato Croquettes.” It calls for sweet
Learn all about Pinocchio at the Italian American Museum By Nona Sue Friedman Did you know that the story of Pinocchio has been translated into over 260 languages? The only other book that’s been translated into more languages is the Bible. The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) — at Olvera Street — wants to share information and artifacts about the internationally-known Italian fairy tale about the wooden puppet who becomes a boy. The exhibit begins Sat., Nov. 5 On view will be one of the first editions of the story written by Carlo Collodi, published in 1883. There also will be rare toys, costumes and animation
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Suspect robs couple at gunpoint on Beverly Boulevard OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A couple in their 60s was walking down Beverly Boulevard near Van Ness Avenue on Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. They were “minding their own business and enjoying the day” when a young Black male, around 17 years old wearing a blue baseball cap, grey pants and a white Tommy Hilfiger hoodie, yelled
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Paternity is a word linked to father’s knee; Cyrano’s panache! This month’s musings wander through an etymological garden of parentage, podiatry and plumage. The Latin word genus meaning “birth, origin, race, sort or kind” begets the English words “genre,” “generate” and “gender.” The term, which carries an inflection associated with natural or innate qualities, is also a close relative of the Latin genu, or “knee.” Some linguists have speculated that the affiliation is no coincidence — in ancient Roman custom, a father would acknowledge his paternity of a newborn child by placing it on his knee. This convention would bind a child and parent by blood, affirming a filial connection that one may describe as “genuine” later on in the 1590s when that word first appeared in the English language. If one were to imagine a chart tracing the lineage of that same word and the relationships between its ancestors and heirs, (or, to use etymological terms,
its roots, cognates and derivatives), it may look something like a family tree. It appears that French men and women of the Middle Ages believed the branching structures of these genealogical charts mirrored the outstretched toes of a crane’s foot, or a pied de gru. This resemblance prevailed for several more centuries, resulting in the 15th-century English corruption “pedigree,” meaning “genealogical table or chart.” Today, the word is used to imply the origin and history of something, both genealogically and otherwise, or a particularly distinguished ancestry. Avian anatomy is further immortalized in the term “panache,” a word from the Latin pinna meaning “wing” or “feather.” Since the 1550s, “panache” has connoted a tuft or plume of feathers, especially as worn in a hat or helmet, as was the case with King Henry IV of France, who was noted for his war cry “Follow
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