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Five Shocking Secrets About The Hollywood Sign

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There’s no way to talk about Hollywood without mentioning its iconic sign. The sign has been the background of countless images for nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the story behind one of the biggest attractions in the United States. Here are five secrets surrounding this massive landmark.

This Land Is Your Land

Back in the day, the sign originally read Hollywoodland. In 1923, the sign was erected to draw attention to a new housing development in the area. The sign, which included flashing letters and a searchlight, cost around $21,000. In 1949, the “Land” part of the sign was removed to comply with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department.

A Tourist Delight

Getting to the Hollywood sign is easier said than done. Not many people have gotten close enough to touch it. Many tourists are only allowed to view it from a distance. With so many people in the area, residents nearby dread having their parking spaces taken. A proposed tramway to the sign is currently being looked at by the city.

Some A-List Generosity

In 1978, the sign was in serious need of restoration. Fortunately, a slew of celebrities donated some cash to give it new life. Nine celebrities donated $27,777.77 each, which equaled the $250,000 needed. Among the donors were singer Alice Cooper, producer Giovanni Mazza, and actor Gene Autry.

Some Unwanted Transformations

With the help of pranksters, the sign has made some changes over the years. Daniel N. Finegood is best known for several of his alterations on the sign. His biggest one was during the Gulf War when he altered it to read “Oil War.” Other alterations include “Holywood” for Pope John Paul II’s visit and “Caltech” for California Institute of Technology.

Broadcasting To The World

The sign sits on a land named after a popular broadcaster and auto dealer. In 1926, Don Lee decided to run radio programs from the top of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Don Lee Network ran original material such as Queen For A Day and Heart’s Desire. The section was renamed Mount Lee after Lee purchased the area.

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Popular Celebrities Who’ve Owned Sports Teams And You Probably Didn’t Even Know It

When you are a celebrity and racking in multi million dollar paychecks, you get the luxury of deciding where you spend your hard earned cash. And for those celebrities who have always been die-hard sports fans, that choice is often pretty easy.
From hitting proverbial home runs in their careers, to financing their own sports teams that are hitting it out of the park, celebrities who own athletics teams have always been par for the course in Hollywood. Take a look at some of the surprising celebrities have owned their craft along with owning some of their (and our) all-time favorite sports teams.

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‘Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake’ Set For A 2020 Release?

Horror game fans simply can't get enough of the Resident Evil 2 remake. Developed by Capcom, the game reunites you with Leon and Claire with a fresh new coat of paint. Now, another game in the franchise is looking to get the same treatment. A Nemesis For Us All There are talks of a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake being...

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Neverland Ranch is Back On The Market: Take A Look Around the Amusement Park

Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Monica, California, the almost 3,000 acre plot of land upon which Neverland Ranch was constructed has recently been placed back on the market. Nowadays, the one-time residence of international pop sensation Michael Jackson is going by a new name: Sycamore Valley Ranch. Much of the estate is as it was during the 15 years Jackson called it his home, except for a few glaring differences – namely, the removal of the fun-fair rides that gave the home its whimsical name Neverland Ranch. The very last vestiges of where the carousel once spun are still visible as you go through the grounds. Read on for an in-depth view of the ranch.

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