March 31, 2000
We Tour the Los Angeles Times
 
As in past semesters, the Mass Comm 101 students toured the Los Angeles Times newsroom under the leadership of our long-time tour guide, Darrell Kunitomi. However, given the changes taking place at the Times, this semester's trip was tinged with the feeling that we were witnessing the end of an era.

As always, the Mass Comm 101 field trip to the Times began with a hearty breakfast at Phillippe's, home of the French Dip Sandwich in Downtown Los Angeles since 1912. Typically, only a few students answer the call for an early breakfast Downtown, but it is good to share good food and good conversation with those who do show up.
 
We discussed matters great and small, with Omar telling a story about a scuba diver found at the scene of a brush fire that I suspect may be an urban myth.

 
By the end of breakfast, though, we were focused on the day's theme--newspapers.
Maybe it was my imagination, but it seemed that Darrell was more preoccupied with the Times' role in Los Angeles history than he was in previous tours.
Afterward, some of us went on a walking tour of Downtown. Here are some of us at the Grand Central Market. From here it was on to Angels Flight.
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