In Weird Crescenta Valley, we learn about the odd events, people, and places of the valley, along with natural and supernatural oddities. For instance, a new-age religion was briefly located in Crescenta Valley, a religion that later had ties to the rock group The Who.
Moreover, Hollywood’s “King of Sleaze” lived quietly in the valley. Who knew that Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” was written by a proto-hippie living in Big Tujunga Canyon in the 1950s?
In the weird nature chapter, we learn the origin of the wild parrots of the valley, weird critters such as bats and horny toads, and oddball native plants such as dodder, a parasite that looks and feels like strings of bright orange plastic.
And of course, Weird Crescenta Valley is rounded out by the usual assortment of local UFO and Bigfoot sightings, along with several chilling ghost stories. Don’t be fooled by the Crescenta Valley’s stable reputation. It’s actually a weird place!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Mike Lawler first became fascinated with local history when, as a child, he dug holes in the dirt of his backyard looking for remnants of the past. That fascination for local history has led him to authoring several works on the history of his community, along with a popular newspaper column on the same subject. He was the president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley for over a decade. In his community, he is considered the authority on local history. And he still can't pass by a hole in the ground without at least taking a glance.