Saturday, October 18

Library Card

Quick personal update: I just got my LA County library card from the Los Angeles County Julian Dixon Library. Yay! Now, on to the city library up the street.

From Wikipedia:
Julian Carey Dixon (August 8, 1934 – December 8, 2000) was an American politician from the state of California.
Dixon was born in Washington D.C. and served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1960. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles. He was elected to the California State Assembly as a Democrat in 1972, and served in that body for three terms. Dixon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978. He chaired the rules committee at the 1984 Democratic National Convention and the ethics probe into Speaker Jim Wright. Dixon won re-election to the 107th United States Congress, but died of a heart attack in December 2000.
The busy 7th St/Metro Center transfer station for the Red, Purple, and Blue Lines in downtown Los Angeles is named after Dixon, with a plaque commemorating his role in obtaining the federal funding that enabled construction of the Metro Rail system. His alma mater, Southwestern University School of Law, in 2004 opened the Julian C. Dixon Courtroom and Advocacy Center in the famed Bullocks Wilshire building. The Culver City branch of the Los Angeles County Library is also named in his honor.
Dixon was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans


Ben said...

A metro center, a courtroom and a library! All the man needs now is a school bearing his name and he will have the four pillars of civic life. Perhaps JFK is willing to give him one, he's got an awful lot.

Have you spent much time at Central Library? I was looking at a list of "America's coolest libraries" yesterday (can't locate it now) and that one was on there.

MJA said...

I haven't been there yet, but I read today in my work newsletter that an exhibit is opening up there displaying old old old maps of various sorts from the history of the region. Oh yeah.

Ben said...

"Old old old maps." Like, pre-MapQuest?