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  • At Galpin Motors, a family works behind the brand

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    It's A FAMILY AFFAIR at Galpin Motors. “We’re really a family and we work as a family,” said patriarch and dealership owner Bert Boeckmann.

    That includes his wife, Jane, two sons, brother Karl and three grandchildren.

    “I love working together as a family. I love having my sons here and my grandsons here.” he said. But the family culture extends beyond the immediate level at the North Hills-based company that has 1,200 employees.

    “The employees here are the same as the rest of the family,” Boeckmann, a Northridge resident. That all-inclusive spirit, developed over six decades, earned Galpin the Best Workplace Culture designation in the Los Angeles News Group’s Winning Workplace readers poll. … more

  • Object Lesson: The "Big Daddy" Roth car that was lost, then found

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    The Orbitron

    Every car has a story. But few are as good as the one surrounding "The Orbitron," the space-age ride created in 1964 by California's most renowned custom car builder, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

    The car had an electric-blue asymmetrical body that sported a bubble-shaped roof. The interiors consisted of sky-blue shag (known colloquially as "monkey fur"). Just under the dash, it featured a full-blown color television — presumably so that the driver could stay up on all the tele-novelas while sitting in rush-hour traffic.

    The Orbitron is now on view at Kayne Griffin Corcoran as part of an exhibition devoted to exploring work by L.A. artists of the 1960s. This was a group of artists that often employed a preponderance of industrial … more