Raymond Chandler wrote "there ought to be a monument to the man who invented neon lights." Much of the neon glow that gave Wilshire Boulevard, Hollywood and downtown their classic look was turned off during World War II and not relit until the city started a restoration effort about 10 years ago. Now there are evocative colored roof signs along the older stretches of Wilshire, for example. On Sunday night, Aug. 24, another biggie will be reignited at the former Helms Bakery at 8800 Venice Boulevard. Eric Lynxwiler of the Museum of Neon Art emails:
The emailer leads neon tours of Los Angeles for MONA in a double-decker bus, and he's also my partner on the Wilshire book.