Posts Tagged ‘Hot Angeleno’

RIP – Jaime Escalante

©LA Times/UCLA LibraryUPDATE: Jaime Escalante passed away from cancer on March 30, 2010.
This article is a repost from July 2009.

HiddenLA’s HOT Angeleno of the Day: JAIME ESCALANTE!!!

Our HOT Angeleno feature was created to prove a point and counter the perception that we’re all shallow dimwits here. Knowing this, normally this is about the time I’d make silly jokes about whether or not the accomplished person being profiled has rock-hard abs – just to be a smart ass. Today I’ll refrain from the silliness out of respect for the subject, though. Jaime Escalante was born in Chochabamba, Bolivia, where he began teaching physics and mathematics. In 1964 he decided to find a new life for himself in America, although he spoke no english and had no valid American teaching credentials. He began to go to night school at Pasadena City and CSULA, and in 1974 was hired to teach basic math at Garfield High in East LA. His students were disrespectful, unprepared and uninterested. He considered giving up teaching, but over time his incredible educational and motivational skills as a teacher ended up turning around a low-priority public high school as he single-handedly built a calculus program rivaled by only a few well-funded private academies. His teaching style and students’ accomplishments were the focus of the 1988 movie Stand And Deliver.

So THAT’S why he’s our Hot Angeleno today. But unfortunately, the story of Jaime Escalante didn’t play out as happily as the movie, which is why I won’t joke about his abs. It just doesn’t feel respectful, and he deserves to be honored. Bureaucracy and office politics aside, for our own sakes we need to embrace our passionate and caring educators and leaders instead of underpay them, knock them down and drive them away.

*To see a great video of Jaime discussing his love for teaching, scroll down after the jump.* (more…)


HLA HOT ANGELENO – Ted Maiman

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“TED” MAIMAN

(July 11, 1927 – May 5, 2007)

Our HOT ANGELENO OF THE DAY found his true calling by first taking inspiration from his electrical engineer father. Young Ted Maiman repaired and refurbished household appliances in order to save up enough money to put himself through college. COOL, DUDE! Oh, but that’s not the part that leaves us weak in the knees… our love was sealed when a mere five years after earning his doctorate at Stanford, while working as a Junior Engineer at Hughes in Malibu, Teddy created the first machine that would actively amplify light waves of atoms that had been stimulated to radiate, and then shoot them out as narrow, intense beams of light! WOO HOO! In other words… Ted won a world-wide race of scientific engineering by CONSTRUCTING THE WORLD’S FIRST WORKING LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) DESPITE LACK OF SUPPORT AND A LAUGHABLE $50,000 BUDGET.

HUBBA HUBBA!!! Is it laser hot in here or is it just Ted!??? Yep, I’m thinkin’ it’s Ted!
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HOT ANGELENO – Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph J. Bunche signing stuffSome people believe L.A.’s most important residents are the ones who have reality shows… but today’s sizzling Hot Angeleno was sexy cool in his own right. He didn’t have rock hard abs (that we know of), but he clearly worked pretty hard on other less-important things.

HiddenLA‘s HOT Angeleno of the Day: RALPH JOHNSON BUNCHE!!!

(August 7, 1904-1971) Orphaned at age 12, Ralph and his two sisters moved to Los Angeles to live with their grandmother, a former slave who “appeared Caucasian on the outside but was all black fervor inside.” As a teen he was an accomplished athlete who worked all sorts of odd jobs to help his family survive. He was the senior class valedictorian at Jefferson High School in South Central and began his college studies at UCLA (which was then located on Vermont where City College is). Then he went on to get a few other degrees and do a few other important things. And he helped to write some stuff too. Oh yeah, I almost forgot… then at 46 years of age he became THE VERY FIRST PERSON OF COLOR FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD to ever receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. OMG! TOTALLY HOTTTTT!!! (more…)