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Acknowledgements This project would not exist without the work of Dean George A. Damon. His writings have served as a civic timecapsule and a timely message from a forgotten generation. The commitment, enthusiasm and great imagination of this World War I generation has served as a guiding light. The project was also created from the conversations of Pasadena between the 1970s and today and in particular with Pasadena’s planning community in meetings and informal gatherings and a recurring “toast to ideals” between 2013 to 2016. Great appreciation is extended to Councilmember, former Planning Director and now Mayor, Terry Tornek. Thank you to the self-appointed ambassadors who helped expand the conversation and who contributed to making these gatherings so special. To Gazelle Wichner, Sylvia Holmes who were key to making these gatherings so special and run smoothly. Thank you to Councilmember John Kennedy and Jana West from his office for all your help and support. To my mother and father who still live in the house I grew up in on the Arroyo Seco. My father the problem solver and my mother the art docent at local museums for the last 35 years, thank you for teaching me the value of appreciation. A very big thank you to the teachers and advisors who gave encouragement along the way: Gil Young, Gary Sterling, Robert Novarro, James Pepper, David Greenberg, Richard Bender and Kevin Starr. The wellspring of research and historical insight from John Fode and the Pasadena History Museum, Loma Karklins and the Caltech Archives, Dan McLaughlin of the Pasadena Central Library and the Digitial Pasadena Website provided essential context and content. In the process of creating this document, many, people have given feedback, support, advice, corrections and editing

assistance. For the feedback, support, advice, corrections and editing assistance, thank you to: Pasadena Principal Planner Arthi Varma, Blair Miller, Bruce Litz, Danny Bayer, Pasadena Planning Director David Reyes, Erica Schatten, Greg Gunther, Janet Stone, Jonathan Edewards, Juan Ashton, Kate Hamilton, Kirsten Korot, Kyla Imburg, Larry and Phoebe Wilson, Lin Griffith, Liz Schiller, Leora Saul, Leah Kohlenberg, Lori Pond, Margaret Schermerhorn, Marsha Rood, Mic Hansen, Morey Wolfson, Nora Wright, Nina Hiken, Qrys Cunningham, Richard McDonald, Scott Haugaard, Spencer Dunbar, Sylvia Holmes, Stephanie Sandston, Stephanos Polyzoides, and Vicrim Chima, Planner for the City of Pasadena. Inspiration and the original link to Dean Damon and “My City” was supplied by Margaret Schermerhorn of The Espresso Bar, who also helped guide this project. Thank you Margaret. Thank you Don Kirby for being there and involved through the decade of working on this project. A big thanks to Ted Soqui for his great photos of the Espresso Bar. Thank you to everyone who helped with photos and images. Photo credits and details can be found on page 193. Great gratitude goes out especially to Dennis Campbell who helped edit “My City,” including suggestions and advice along the way, what to keep and what to change. Your friendship, generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for the project kept it going and on track. Also, to the City of Pasadena, and its Commissions, and Department of Planning, thank you for your help and assistance. I am very grateful to all of you. A warm and hearty thank you to each of you for your help and encouragement along the way. David Robert Wolf david@mycity.is

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