• Monroe posing for photos by the swimming pool at Harold Lloyd’s Greenacres estate in 1953.
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    HOLLYWOOD

    Atomic Blonde

    - Why was Marilyn Monroe lounging around a pool owned by a silent film star, saying the same cryptic phrase over and over? In the interest of nuclear-era propaganda, naturally. A Hollywood mystery finally is solved.

  • Thomas O. Larkin
    CALIFORNIA LETTERS

    SF’s First Boom

    - Thomas O. Larkin was the Navy’s agent in San Francisco, as well as being a successful businessman himself. His Gold Rush letters to his friends and colleagues tell familiar stories about life amid a financial boom.
  • Winchester Mystery House in San Jose is a popular tourist attraction.
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    Winchester Dark

    - Winchester Mystery House, a famed San Jose tourist trap and historical curiosity, offers rare opportunities to tour the (haunted?) mansion after dark — and alone.