Googie is an under-appreciated, all-American form of architecture.
Like the era it reflected, Googie
combined pride in our past, faith in our future and a typically American
sense of humor.
the miracle of modern technology, (shown at right), Googie
Architecture Online has been encouraging the preservation and
appreciation of Googie since 1998.
People ask why I created a website about
Googie? Here are a few of the many reasons:
- I grew up in
Southern California, surrounded by Googie, and have always been
interested in local history.
- My link to all things "Space
Age" was sealed the moment I was born, near a missile test
range, during a ground-shaking launch.
- When I got my first pair of glasses as a toddler,
the first thing I saw clearly was the inside of a Bob's Big Boy
coffee shop. I doubt this really has anything to do anything -- But the subconscious
mind is an odd thing...
- I had a unique professional vantage
point from which to view the redevelopment of the Anaheim Resort
Area. I could say more, but the black helicopters would surely whisk
me away in the night.
- I wanted to build a website that
gave me an excuse to write and use my camera.
- Googie is an interesting topic that
hasn't been done to death.
- I greatly enjoyed Alan Hess' book, Googie:
Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture.
At this point, Googie Architecture
Online has taken on a life of it's own. It seems I'm constantly
meeting fascinating people and learning new things as a result of
maintaining this site. It's been quite a ride so far, and I look forward
to seeing where the road goes from here.