Hollywood: The Many Stories of its Name

There are many competing theories on exactly how Hollywood, California got its name. Is it possible that the most ridiculous-sounding story is also the most credible? In this episode, we go to “Tinseltown” and explore its history – including the theories behind how it was named. Then we issue the “Quick Quiz” to Actor, Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Michael Hitchcock.

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The iconic “Hollywood Sign” – first erected in 1923

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The Hollywood Sign in its original form, reading “HOLLYWOODLAND.”

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The Wilcox Advertisement for the original plot of land – the first advertised use of the name “Hollywood.”

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The adobe house that was the only dwelling in the area that is now Hollywood, CA.


H.J. Whitley’s 1886 Journal entry describing his run-in with the man who would inadvertently name Hollywood.


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Forgotten history, bizarre tales & facts that seem too strange to be true! Host Michael Kent asks listeners to tell him something strange, bizarre or surprising that they've recently learned and he gets to the bottom of it! Every episode ends by playing a gameshow-style quiz game with a celebrity guest. Part of the WCBE Podcast Experience.

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