As the water supplies of California are currently commanding the attention of the world, my local German radio station repeated a program about WilliamMessage 1 of 6 , Oct 24, 2007View SourceAs the water supplies of California are currently commanding the attention
of the world, my local German radio station repeated a program about William
William Mulholland, if you didn't know, is the guy who built a great big
aquaeduct in California to ensure the water supply of the Los Angeles basin,
tremendously pissing off ranchers and (later on) environmentalists in the
process. He also represents the kind of "Heroic Engineer" that seems to be
an especially American phenomenon - individuals who see some sort of
technical challenge and are quite literally willing to move mountains to
reach their goal.
All in all, he seemed to be a rather fascinating and colorful character -
and even if he is dead, his legacy lives on and certainly could be the focus
of some Mythos-related adventures. All we need are the proper hooks.
So, I'd like to ask our local experts: What kinds of Mythos tie-ins could
this guy provide?
- Jürgen Hubert
Fairfield Project: http://fairfieldproject.wikidot.com
... character - ... the focus ... could ... Hmm. Time to watch Chinatown again. -- Julian BreenMessage 1 of 6 , Oct 24, 2007View Source--- In email@example.com, Jürgen Hubert <jhubert@...> wrote:
> All in all, he seemed to be a rather fascinating and colorfulcharacter -
> and even if he is dead, his legacy lives on and certainly could bethe focus
> of some Mythos-related adventures. All we need are the proper hooks.could
> So, I'd like to ask our local experts: What kinds of Mythos tie-ins
> this guy provide?Hmm. Time to watch Chinatown again.
... Reading about the end of his career certainly sounds like there could have been some Mythos event behind it. I see two possibilities: 1) Mulholland wasMessage 1 of 6 , Oct 24, 2007View Source
> All in all, he seemed to be a rather fascinating and colorful character -Reading about the end of his career certainly sounds like there could have been some Mythos event behind it. I see two possibilities:
> and even if he is dead, his legacy lives on and certainly could be the focus
> of some Mythos-related adventures. All we need are the proper hooks.
> So, I'd like to ask our local experts: What kinds of Mythos tie-ins could
> this guy provide?
1) Mulholland was one of two competing warlocks. As retaliation for something (perhaps Shub Niggurath-aligned farmers in central California), his career and fame were ended with extreme prejudice.
2) Mulholland promised an entity something in exchange for fame and fortune (It was tough over in Ireland then...although it was after the Famine), and he failed to pony up.
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... Maybe he /did/ pony up. Whilst it might not be as up close and personal as a knife and sacrificial stone backed up by chanting cultists, what better way toMessage 1 of 6 , Oct 25, 2007View SourceTom Lynch wrote:
> 2) Mulholland promised an entity something inMaybe he /did/ pony up. Whilst it might not be as up
> exchange for fame and fortune (It was tough over in
> Ireland then...although it was after the Famine),
> and he failed to pony up.
close and personal as a knife and sacrificial stone
backed up by chanting cultists, what better way to
mass sacrifice 450 people in one go? And no major
consequences, I'm thinking mainly law enforcement-wise
here, aside from having to retire under a cloud and a
bit of social stigma.
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... No shit. Watching Chinatown is required of all sentient creatures. While watching, remember that Hollis Mulwray is the movie s stand-in for WilliamMessage 1 of 6 , Oct 25, 2007View SourceOn 10/24/07, jubelum23 <jules.breen@...> wrote:
>No shit. Watching 'Chinatown' is required of all sentient creatures.
> Hmm. Time to watch Chinatown again.
While watching, remember that Hollis Mulwray is the movie's stand-in
for William Mulholland.
You can get some Mythos-mileage out of Noah Cross and the Albacore
Club (or their RW equivalents). Hell, I already did. See
(since, ahem, it somehow never made it into the DG site's Case
Histories section hrrrmmppphhh kaff kaff) for a flashback scene from
'Chinatown' that had to be left on the cutting room floor.
"Ethan Proyalt" is, of course, an anagram.
BTW, the bit with Cross smelling the manure was saved for 'The Two
Jakes', when Earl Rawley (Richard Farnsworth) lit a cigarette with a
match and extolled the scent of sulphur. Then he sorta explained how
the world works to Jake Gittes and turned to wave at the sweet young
things cruising by in the Albacore Club speedboat.
Note that several films concerning the secret history of Los Angeles
have an affluent cowboy behind the curtain. Noah Cross, Earl Rawley,
and the mysterious cowboy in 'Mulholland Drive'. Note one of the last
images in 'LA Confidential' is Gene Autry riding in rhinestone cowboy
finery in the Rose Bowl parade. In a somewhat smaller way, Gene Autry
was to Los Angeles real estate what William Mulholland was to the Los
Angeles water supply.
"It's back to the shadows again
Out where an Injun's yer friend
Where the vegetables are green
And you can pee right in a stream
(and that's important)
It's back to the shadows again"
The Firesign Theatre
Just some bits and pieces that Wiki missed. Mulholland s offices were on the top floor of Sid Grauman s Million Dollar Theater. This is across the streetMessage 1 of 6 , Oct 25, 2007View SourceJust some bits and pieces that Wiki missed.
"Mulholland's offices were on the top floor of Sid Grauman's Million
This is across the street from the Bradbury Building, site of
Ellison's 'Demon With a Glass Hand'. You can see it in the background
whenever anyone visits J. F. Sebastian. Both the Bradbury and the
Million Dollar Theater are LA noir architecture at it's finest.
"Mulholland's career ended fifteen years later, on March 12, 1928,
when his St. Francis Dam failed just hours after being inspected by
Mulholland himself, and sent 12.5 billion US gallons (47,000,000 m³)
of water flooding into the Santa Clarita Valley, north of Los
That's the disaster that inspired the fictional one Hollis Mulwray
cited as a reason he wasn't building any more dams with that design in
Sorry to keep harping on 'Chinatown' like this, but sometimes
fiction will explain reality better than "history" ever will.
The significance of Mulholland's career is simply this: he made it
possible for Los Angeles to be a major city. The place is located in a
desert y'all. They ain't no way no how LA was ever going to support a
large population with the water immediately available.
When Mulholland arrived in LA in 1877, the population was 9,000. In
1886 there was a land boom that drove the population from 10,000 to
50,000 in three years. By the time Mulholland and Frederick Easton
(who I credit as one of the men fused into the composite fictional
character of Noah Cross) began reconnoitering Owens Valley for more
water in 1904, the population was 100,000 and growing fast.
But 'Chinatown' refers to some secret history. The California Water
Wars were effectively ended by some slick real estate moves combined
with a some political machinations.
Y'see, because of the earthquakes common in the region, Los Angeles
couldn't go *up* to expand, like Manhattan. Architecture (sacred or
otherwise) of the time couldn't earthquake-proof anything taller than
City Hall (which had some frankly *magickal* elements in it's
construction - plus those extra sublevels into the Lizard People city;
but I digress) It had to spread *out*. All those orange groves in the
San Fernando Valley had to go bye-bye to make room for housing for all
the people that were coming to LA. So the Valley got deprived of the
water rightfully theirs in order to kill the orange groves; which
opened up some real estate to be bought at bargain prices; which then
got their rightful share of the water just in time for huge tracts of
land to become zoned for business and residences. With new owners.
As Noah Cross put it, if you can't bring the Valley to the city - you
bring the city to the Valley.