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Beneath Los Angeles IN MEMORIAM

Denis Svoboda
(l to r): Denis Svoboda, Steve Goldstein, and Jim Tipton at
2nd Annual Hollywood Underground Dinner,
Hollywood Forever Chapel, October, 1999.

BLA has lost one of our good friends and supporters, Denis Svoboda. Denis was a frequent contributor to BLA and related sites Find A Grave and Hollywood Underground, and we hunted many graves together over the last two years or so. The first place I met him was also the last place I ever saw him, at Forest Lawn, Glendale, a place we both loved and sometimes hated. We spent many happy hours there (and countless other cemeteries) hunting and picture taking, often to the chagrin of the management. In fact, in the final irony of his life, Denis will be interred there in the Freedom Mausoleum, a place we were kicked out of last time we were there together. That's Denis, having the last laugh. He was a warm, generous, caring person, always fun to be around. When it was pointed out to me that I had the 'wrong' Wilbur Hatch listed on the site (who knew there could be two guys with this name who lived and died around the same time in Los Angeles?), it was Denis who found the right one and took me there. I will miss him. Lots of us will. If you knew him, or want to know more about him, visit his tribute page at Find A Grave under Non-Famous.


(Photo: J. Matheson)

Carol Ann Hale
(l to r): Carol Ann Hale and Grand Daughter.
BLA lost another true fan last week with the death of Carol Ann Hale, 68, of Santa Cruz. Although we never met personally, she began writing to me over seven years ago as a fan of the site and we developed a pen pal relationship that included much humor among the death related topics of our conversations. She was always among the first to send me any death notices of notable individuals, or to share a funny gravestone name she thought I might enjoy. She was also a devoted mother and grandmother. This is aphoto of her with her granddaughter, Juliana. I know she would be very happy to know she is represented here and on Findagrave

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