Meet Hollywood’s Dolores Kirby: One Awesome Octogenarian

Eighty-six year old Dolores Kirby is every bit the wide-eyed, precocious, seductress she was 71-years ago when she won her first beauty contest at the age of fifteen. Born in Chicago in 1930, Dolores moved to Hollywood in 1956. “I married Don, my first husband in Chicago and it was he who suggested we make […]

Hollywood resident turned app creator shares Hollywood history

Gary Kramer, longtime Hollywood resident-turned-entrepreneur, takes us on a stroll down memory lane starting with the old police station. “When Chief of Police ‘Bud’ Naylon was the boss in the ’70s, crime was negligible in Hollywood,” Kramer recalls. “And in the old days, if you went west of State Road 7, you were in the sticks, […]

Photo and interview by Tom Olsen

Meet Virginia: Hollywood resident since 1951

Hollywood resident Virginia Rasor (née Kastner) was born in 1922 in Brier Hill, a small town in New York’s St. Lawrence County that was home to about 200 residents at the time. “My mother passed away giving birth to me,” she shares. “She was twenty-five or twenty-seven, the same as my father.” Five years passed […]

Local barbershop ‘a cut above the rest’ since 1946

Nestled at 110 South 20th Avenue, Hollywood, Florida, between the alleyway and Morningstar Jewelers, sits a cozy little barbershop called Downtown Cuts. Established in 1946 and currently owned by native New Yorker Phil Fuchs, who has been living in Hollywood for 30 years, Downtown Cuts is just one of those gems that helps give Hollywood its magic. […]

Hollywood native Robert Giacin takes us on a journey through Hollywood’s history

Robert Giacin was born in Doctors Hospital (now Kindred Hospital, just south of Young Circle on Van Buren Street) by Dr. Elbert McClaury. “Mom always said I was the first baby of the year, born January 2, 1939.” Giacin lived in a little, coral rock house at 2300 Polk Street with his mother, father and […]