Rock star Reuben Miller lives makes his home in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California. Surrounded by Los Angeles, Santa Monica has become a a resort town, and its residents are generally more affluent renters, celebrities, surfers, professionals, and students.
Santa Monica beach is the “Baywatch” beach—the beach of the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) TV show. It also is the home of Muscle Beach. Muscle Beach dates back to the 1930s when the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed city-provided exercise equipment south of the pier. A platform on the beach with weight lifting equipment provided a workout area for such famous bodybuilders as Vic Tanny, Jack LaLanne, and Joe Gold, and gymnastics and acrobatic exhibitions were often held.
The Santa Monica Pier is a 100-year-old landmark. The current pier is actually two adjoining piers. The long, narrow Municipal Pier opened in 1909, primarily to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers. The shorter, wider Pleasure Pier, also known as Newcomb Pier, was built in 1916. Attractions on the Pleasure Pier eventually included the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome building, the Blue Streak Racer wooden roller coaster, the Whip, merry-go-rounds, Wurlitzer organs, and a funhouse.
The Carousel was built in 1922 and features 44 hand-carved horses. It was rebuilt in 1990 inside the Hippodrome. A calliope provides musical accompaniment. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is located beneath the pier.
Beach volleyball is believed to have begun in Santa Monica in the early 1920s after large areas of sand created a need for a beach sport. Originally played with six people as in indoor volleyball, games were attempted with two men at the Santa Monica Athletic Club in 1930.
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