There’s a rather funny juxtaposition in the current issue of free weekly community newspaper The Tolucan Times.
Dolores Hope, the widow of the guy who basically put the plush enclave of Toluca Lake on the map, recently turned 102. That’s more than 40 years older than the newspaper in which a fond write-up of the May 27th birthday girl can presently be found (The Tolucan Times was established in the early 1950s):
Much like her husband, she has been the living definition of her name — HOPE. “Fa i fate, no parole” in Italian means, “Do it, don’t talk about it.” Deeds always trumpet louder than words and Dolores Hope was the embodiment of that adage. Her life was an example of doing generous acts to elevate and improve the lives of others.
The section of Toluca Lake in the San Fernando Valley south of Riverside Drive still has the feel of a Golden Age era Hollywood hamlet. With the exception of Hope, most other former stalwart residents have been replaced by the likes of Steve Carell, Andy Garcia, and George Lopez.