The LA 3-D Club Awards Banquet always marks the end of the previous club year, and the beginning of the next. I would like to provide a little history, as written by Ray Zone in 2002:
In July of 1955 in camera stores around Los Angeles a simple hectograph flyer appeared. It was also mailed out to members of the Stereo Division of the Photographic Society of America who lived in Southern California and to some of the members of The Hollywood Stereoscopic Society which had been formed in 1950 but was rapidly becoming defunct.
“ATTENTION - STEREO FANS - ATTENTION” read the heading on the flyer. It announced that Thursday, July 21st, 1955 at 8 o’clock P.M. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles the “First meeting of a ‘new STEREO CLUB and their friends’” was to be held and “sponsored by PSA Stereo Division.” The letter was signed by and was the handiwork of Dr. Harold R. Lutes, Chairman of the Western Stereo Division of the PSA.
“An outstanding and instructive STEREO PROGRAM will be provided, featuring many Exhibition slides as well as discussions of interesting and instructive STEREO subjects,” wrote Lutes on the flyer. “This is the first of a series of similar meetings. Please come; bring your wife or hubby or your sweetheart. Also bring a friend who is interested in STEREO and who will make a good PSA’er.”
That flyer marked the launch of the PSA Stereo Club of Southern California, which we now know as the LA 3-D Club. And as we enter this new season, 2014 to 2015, we can look forward to the club celebrating it’s 60th year in July of 2015. Dr. Lutes served as the first club President, and that baton has been passed 40 times, finally landing in my hand.