Chris Ott

Student Historian

Chris Ott graduated magna cum laude from University of Washington and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Teaching from the UW and hopes to be teaching high school social studies in the near future. His historical interests pertain to music, theater and other performing arts.

Eureka Villa/Val Verde, California

  Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1924 a group of prominent Los Angeles African Americans, led by actor and real estate developer Sidney P. Dones and including Norman O. Houston, Joe and Charlotta Bass, Hattie S. Baldwin among others, bought 1,000 acres in Santa Clarita … Read MoreEureka Villa/Val Verde, California

Robert “Bumps” Blackwell (1918-1985)

Bumps Blackwell with Quincy Jones on Trumpet Image Ownership: Public Domain Robert “Bumps” Blackwell was a musician, producer, and composer who worked with the top names in early jazz and rock and roll.  Blackwell was born in Seattle, Washington on May 23, 1918.  By the … Read MoreRobert “Bumps” Blackwell (1918-1985)