California State University, Northridge, used to be San Fernando Valley State College. The campus used to include a property known as Devonshire Downs, which included a stadium and numerous arenas and agricultural buildings. Devonshire Downs was sold off in a bout of austerity by the California state government, and became a business complex.
In 1969, Devonshire Downs was host to a West Coast Woodstock. Creedence Clearwater Revival was there! So was Joe Cocker! The Byrds! Steppenwolf! Jimi Hendrix! The Animals! It was our own Woodstock in LA!
When I first moved to Northridge as a high school student direct from Brooklyn, in 1960, there was a reptile show being held at Devonshire Downs. As I had worked at the Bronx Zoo in New York, I was quite familiar with reptiles and…
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