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Hollywood Sign: Hollywood, California
The Hollywood sign in California is as famous as the many stars that live beneath its nine letters.
The Hollywood sign in California is as famous as the many stars that live beneath its nine letters.
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Before it became an icon of impen­ding celebrity to newcomers with stars in their eyes, the Hollywood sign, built in 1923, was a real estate promotion that actually read "Hollywoodland."

The last four letters didn't survive, but the first nine did -- albeit barely. By 1973, the sign was falling apart -- one "O" had toppled down the hill, and an arsonist had set fire to an "L" -- prompting a $250,000 reconstruction.

From Tinseltown to Tinkertown -- one man's expression of what you can create with old bottles and a little handiwork. Check out this roadside attraction on the next page.