"Where Can Oga Park"

2008
Jan
10

When I was employed by a radio station in the suburbs of L.A., it frequently paid tribute to the area its signal covered best with “This Is the San Fernando Valley”. A lot of the historical tidbits involved the origins of the names of communities in the area (and there are a lot of them), and thus we learned that Burbank was NOT named after Luther Burbank and Tarzana WAS named after Tarzan (since Edgar Rice Burroughs lived there). There were also some in-house parodies of the feature, including one claiming that Van Nuys was named by the first Jewish settler who took one look at the area and said “Ver’ nice!” (a cheesy Jewish dialect makes the joke funnier) and Canoga Park was named for the plaintive cries of an immigrant named Oga looking for a parking place…

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