The Summer Olympics took place in Los Angeles in 1984 when I was a sprout and my dad had a period of paternal custody. Those who drove were singing the praises of Peter Ueberroth for spooking the city into traffic calming, the likes of which had never been seen before, and I was in heaven (pure heaven!!!) because my uncle, who remembered the ’32 Olympics, took me to the swimming events.
Here we have two future movie stars on the Swim Team circa 1932 – do you recognize Flash Gordon and Tarzan?
The 400 meter:
This is Dorothy Poynton executing a high dive:
My uncle, who was born in 1917, remembers taking his very little brother (my father) swimming, here — in Griffith Park:
And, because we’re still talking about Los Angeles and swimming pools (my blog, my rules!) here is the pool of a notorious mobster named Bugsy:
And, because Mr. Steven Soderbergh made an HBO film about a famous pianist, I give you this: