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Unformatted text preview: . By the end of World War II, Los Angeles was the second-largest manufacturing center in America,
with an industrial output surpassed only by that of Detroit. While Hollywood garnered most of the headlines, defense spending remained the
focus of the local economy for the next two decades, providing about one-third of its jobs.
The new prosperity enabled Carl and Margaret to buy a house five blocks away from their restaurant. They added more rooms as the
family grew to include twelve children: nine girls and three boys. In the early 1950s Anaheim began to feel much less rural and remote. Walt
Disney bought 160 acres of orange groves just a few miles from Carl’s Drive-in Barbeque, chopped down the trees, and started to build
Disneyland. In the neighboring town of Garden Grove, the Reverend Robert Schuller founded the nation’s first Drive-in Church, preaching on
Sunday mornings at a drive-in movie theater, spreading the Gospel through the little speakers at each parking space, attracting large crowds
with the slogan “Worship as...
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- Spring '08