Thomas Burroughs Phillips, like I am, so she is family. And she is my connection to the Los Angeles of the 1920s, which has always fascinated me. She was born in 1899 and moved to Los Angeles with her husband Hugh Stanley Goodell in 1925, when she was 26. See? Everybody used to be young at one time!
I lived in Los Angeles for a little while in the early 1980s and immediately became fascinated with the history. Most people thought that the freeways were the oldest things in Los Angeles, if they thought about it at all. But I explored the old pueblo, finding history that went back hundreds of years. Did you know that Zorro was set in *Old Los Angeles*, when it was owned by Spain? No, Zorro is not a relative of mine.
The little old lady from Pasadena
Has a pretty little flowerbed of white gardenias.
But parked in a rickety old garage,
Is brand-new, shiny red, super stock Dodge.
And everybody's saying that there's nobody meaner
Than the little old lady from Pasadena
She drives real fast and she drives real hard.
She's the terror of Colorado Boulvard!