The Los Angeles City Council ruled last week to give landmark status to Johnie's Coffee Shop, a blue-and-white striped diner in the city's Miracle Mile district. Opened in 1956, the building's dramatic angles and flashy neon made it a darling of L.A.'s newly car-centered culture.
When I become an incredibly rich technology magnate, perhaps next year, I will craft my palace as Henry Clay Frick did in 1913. There will be bowling. My staff will have their own diner. And the secrets will be many.