My parents lived in Corona, California, but I was born at Griffith Park Maternity Home in Los Angeles. Is it any coincidence about me and animals? The Griffith Park Zoo was not far away in the same park. In the 1960s it moved to a bigger space across the park and became the L.A. Zoo. Meanwhile, I lived for my first six months in an apartment over my grandma's garage, and we had a dog. At about six months we moved a block away when my parents bought Aunt Eloise's house and she moved up to Lemonia Grove. Before long, they started remodeling, and I'm sure I loved the disorder and the fun building materials.