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Charles Phoenix and America’s Leftovers

Off-Ramp contributor Charles Phoenix is a treasure.

Somehow, Charles manages to promote kitsch without being kitschy; he is retro without being annoying; he loves local history without being whiney about progress. His schtick, if you think about it – showing other people’s slides, explaining the rituals of the 1950s-1970s – is to take leftovers (of culture) and turn them into delectable treats that don’t make you bilious.

Check out his webpage God Bless Americana, listen to him give Off-Ramp a tour of Whittier Blvd, or watch him in action with his new best friend, Martha Stewart, who finally seems to “get” Charles.

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