Los Angeles writer Steve Brodeur is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, the last exit off the Santa Monica Freeway East.
as Brodeur has reported in detail, was in the decades prior to the
birth of Hollywood the defacto "Hollywood East", the first center for
theatrical film production all year around. With over two dozen
silent film studios in operation at its peak, J-ville was Jurassic
More than half a century later, Brodeur would start
his professional career as a journalist - and dinner theatre critic
- on his hometown morning daily, The Florida Times-Union.
the gathering twilight of the 70's Brodeur packed his belongings into
his MGB and took the I-10 west out of J-ville. The interstate
southern route to LA, with a single sign at the end of the trail in
Santa Monica proclaiming it, The Christopher Columbus
Transcontinental Highway. The Sunbelt Mother Road.
been based in LA since the day he first drove in on the Santa Monica
Freeway West, arriving on or about the 4th of July 1978.
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