As my first year in SoCal comes to a close, the check boxes on my Burbank Bucket List are nearly filled.
“Summit a Verdugo peak,” “learn kung fu,” and “meet the swordplay guy” are all checked.
“Learn to ride a horse,” “sing at Dimples” and “drive the boot-mobile at Victor’s Shoe Repair” are still empty. I’ll get on them ASAP, but first I had another Burbank mainstay to check out: “The Tonight Show.”
Though Gary Owens first announced his broadcast on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” from “beautiful downtown Burbank,” it was Johnny Carson’s use of this dubious descriptor that introduced me to the land I’d eventually call home. It was like this magical place that couldn’t possibly live up to its reputation, and luckily I was only partially wrong.