Another Arcadia book! I guess that could be scary.
Early Universal City by Bob Birchard, though, looks quite interesting, and the author will be signing books and giving a presentation on the early days of Universal City this Friday, October 30, at Larry Edmunds Bookstore in Hollywood. Also on hand will be Carla Laemmle, celebrating her personal centennial, and Rick Atkins--Carla's biographer.
Carla is the niece of Carl Laemmle, the early movie-making giant who founded Universal City. She was also an actress--this is her picture. According to imdb, she starred...ok, she appeared in everything from the Lon Chaney version of Phantom of the Opera in 1925 (she was the prima ballerina) to Dracula (THE Dracula, with Bela Lugosi) (Carla was a "coach passenger"), then retired from film in the 1940s, only to reappear as an elder vampire in a 2001 short called Vampire Hunters Club.
What a career! The rest of us can only dream...