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PALM SPRINGS ECOF 2023 ~ April 4-6

LOCATION and THINGS TO DO
Prepared by host Scott Tracy Griffin
Location
Downtown Palm Springs is situated between the one-way streets Palm Canyon Drive (southbound) on the west and Indian Wells Drive (northbound) on the east.
The Art Museum, Forever Marilyn, Palm Springs Park and other public artworks are two blocks west of Indian Canyon drive.

The Walk of the Stars runs along Palm Canyon Drive, Museum Drive, Museum Way, and Canyon Way. Donít miss the life-sized statues of Sonny Bono and Lucille Ball!

As with Los Angelesí San Fernando Valley, the Coachella Valley is crowded with interconnected towns, including Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Indio, Coachella, and Desert Hot Springs.


Air Service
Palm Springs International Airport is 2.5 miles away from downtown Palm Springs
Ontario airport is 68.5 miles west on I-10
LAX airport is 125 miles west on I-10
Hotel Zoso room registration includes free Palm Springs airport shuttle service to the hotel.
Airport information: https://palmspringsairport.com/


Ground Transportation
Hotel Zoso is 4 short blocks from the Star location, and 1.5 blocks from Welwood Murray Memorial Library, so ground transportation is unnecessary for those arriving by air and shuttling to Hotel Zoso.

Driving
Palm Springs is approximately 105 miles east of Los Angeles on I-10
Palm Springs is approximately 270 miles west of Phoenix on I-10
Palm Springs is 232 miles southwest of Las Vegas through the desert, 280 miles via I-15 and I-10

Parking
Downtown Palm Springs has plentiful free parking. There are parking garages and three-hour street parking. Hotel Zoso room registration includes free overnight parking for one car per room.

City of Palm Springs information: https://www.palmspringsca.gov/
Tourist information: https://visitpalmsprings.com/


Things to Do in Palm Springs
* Tour the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, which includes statues of Sonny Bono and Lucille Ball, and 450+ stars. How many ERB- and Tarzan-related stars can you find? https://www.palmsprings.com/walk-of-stars/

* The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is 6.5 miles northwest of downtown Palm Springs along Palm Canyon Drive and Tramway Road. Take the rotating tram car two miles up Chino Canyon to Mount San Jacinto State Park at 8,516 feet of elevation. Restaurants and hiking trails await! See: https://pstramway.com/

* Explore the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, which features desert flora and fauna: https://www.livingdesert.org/

* Take a guided tour of the McCallum Adobe Museum or the Cornelia White House; these facilities are maintained by the Palm Springs Historical Society: https://pshistoricalsociety.org/pages/contact

* Tour historic homes of the movie stars and other celebrities: https://www.palmspringscelebritytours.com/

* Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum: https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/

* Patronize the Palm Springs Art Museum: https://www.psmuseum.org/

* Dinosaur lovers can travel 17 miles west on Interstate 10 to experience the historic Cabazon Dinosaurs (free) and Dinosaur Park (admission required). The brontosaurus has a gift shop in its belly! https://www.cabazondinosaurs.com/

* World War II history buffs can travel 53 miles east on Interstate 10 to visit the General Patton Memorial Museum at Chiricahua Summit, California: https://generalpattonmuseum.com/

* Visit the Coachella Valley Preserve: https://www.blm.gov/visit/coachella-valley-preserve

* Hike Tahquitz Canyon (https://www.indian-canyons.com/) and Indian Canyons (https://www.indian-canyons.com/indian_canyons),

* Experience unique desert vistas in Joshua Tree National Park north of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

* View the San Andreas Fault up close via a San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour: https://www.red-jeep.com/tours/SAF

* Tour the Palm Springs Windmills: https://www.windmilltours.com/

* The adventurous and fit may summit San Jacinto Mountain (12 miles round trip, 2,240 ft. elevation gain from the Tramway Station; check weather conditions first!): https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=74226

ECOF SPECIAL GUEST: TOMMY COOK

Our Special Guest for this event is Tommy Cook, star of two Edgar Rice Burroughs films, the serial Jungle Girl (1941) and Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946).

Tommy is one of the last living actors of the Johnny Weissmuller era, and has a lifetime of stories to tell. Tommy will join us at the unveiling ceremony, will sit for a Q&A with us, will be selling and signing stills of his film roles and discussing his career with fans.

Tommy Cook Tommy Cook: Born on July 5, 1930 in Duluth, Minnesota
He started as a child actor and played many ethnic and juvenile delinquent roles on film.

He portrayed Little Beaver on film and on Mutual Radio's "The Adventures of Red Ryder" (1942-1945). He also had a role in ERB's Jungle Girl. He turned to promoting and producing in his adult years and did many voice roles in animated TV and feature film productions.

Filmography Highlights:  Adventures of Red Ryder (1940) ~ Jungle Girl (1941) ~ Tuttles of Tahiti, (1942) ~ Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) ~ Humoresque (1946) ~ Song of Arizona (1946) ~ Bad Boy (1949) ~ American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950) ~ Battle Cry (1955) ~ Mohawk (1956) ~ Night Passage (1957) ~ Missile to the Moon (1958) ~ "Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, The" (1967) TV Series (voice) ~ "Fred Flintstone and Friends" (1977) TV Series (voice)


Tommy Cook Today


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