After his undergraduate studies in art history at UC Santa Cruz, Richard Schave set out to explore the American interior as an itinerent brick mason. His return to his native Los Angeles coincided with a renewed acquaintance with Kim Cooper, a once-detested academic colleague who would become his bride. Together, fusing scholarly research with new digital tools, they launched the 1947project time travel blog, along with In SRO Land, and On Bunker Hill, as well as the Esotouric tour company. With the success of Kim’s True Crime tours, Richard developed a series of Literary and California Culture excursions. Richard is a dedicated preservationist, and the host of the LAVA Sunday Salon and the LAVA Literary Salon series, named Best L.A. Literary Salon by Los Angeles Magazine. He also curates an ongoing series of forensic science programs at Cal State Los Angeles. Richard is also a reader at the Huntington Library.


  1. Carlos Silva Carranza October 23, 2015 @ 3:16 pm Reply

    Build around the most historically important parts of the building! 🙂

  2. Andrea Weaver October 24, 2015 @ 12:05 am Reply

    Paramount has always done such a good job of remodeling the studio with a sensibility to its origins. Please don’t destroy a Hollywood treasure by demolishing the RKO globe. Having worked on “Star Trek” original series and “Mission: Impossible” original series, I am proud to have worked on the lot when it was Desilu as well as when it became Paramount. As Hollywood history and Paramount history, the lot should be honored and preserved.

  3. mouseketeer lonnie burr October 27, 2015 @ 12:17 am Reply

    History has been much too fiction rather than fact and any destruction of what was splendor tastes of horrible ethics and morals only for shekels.

  4. Rudolph Poodaluski October 27, 2015 @ 5:06 pm Reply

    The historical value of the RKO Globe should not be so easily swept aside. On studio lots space is a limited commodity and new directions are the trend of the business, but can you not find a way to preserve the best of industry history.

  5. Jody Jaress October 27, 2015 @ 6:13 pm Reply

    Why in the world wouldn’t you want to keep an historical structure. If indeed you wish to remodel… great, but not at the expense, destruction of something that represents so much of the past in our film and entertainment town…. known all over the world! Let’s not forget who and what events paid into this community. Keep the history. Keep our past image. Keep our reminder of (maybe) a more glamorous day. However you need to say it, read it…. reconsider the possibility of RESPECTING what once was.

    Thanks much for your wanting to improve… but keep visual memories.

  6. Darryl Haase November 3, 2015 @ 3:25 pm Reply

    Hollywood needs to be more mindful of its history. So many remnants of its glorious past have been carelessly destroyed and discarded in the name of progress and business. Saving and preserving the RKO Globe, which towered over one of the great Hollywood studios during the golden era, is a small endeavor compared to the backlots, sets and soundstages that have already been demolished. Please learn from past errors and save this beautiful sculpture for future generations of fans and filmmakers. Thank you from a dedicated fan of RKO.

  7. John Orland November 3, 2015 @ 5:41 pm Reply

    Hollywood can ill-afford to lose any more of its landmarks.

  8. Randall Hyde November 3, 2015 @ 9:19 pm Reply

    This is a very important part of Hollywood history. Please don’t take this important landmark.

  9. Marie Pabon November 8, 2015 @ 3:37 am Reply

    Please, Reinvest in Hollywood. Keep the Dream A live. We need the Stories of hope,Joy,Tragedy and Love…
    Thank you.
    Marie Pabon

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