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Pershing Square, in Los Angeles, as it appeared in the 1940s (when it was still known as the city's "Central Park)." Vintage postcard, from the 1940s.  


Don’t walk in front of me,
I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me,
I may not lead.
Just walk beside me
and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Steve Lopez, columnist for the LA Times, was out of ideas.  With a deadline looming, he decided to take a walk.  Maybe something would come to him.  Desperation is sometimes a good motivator.

As he approached Pershing Square, he was drawn to the strains of music rising above the sounds of a busy street.  What was the music?  Who was playing?

What Lopez found that day was more than a subject for a column. 

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Original Release: Apr 01, 2009

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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