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Louis Mata (#46599444)
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Bio Photo Taphophilia (a passion and enjoyment of cemeteries) has been my main hobby since the late 1970's when I was a junior in high school. I discovered that cemeteries in and around Los Angeles were the best places to hide from truant officers. It was in these adopted sanctuaries that I began to appreciate my surroundings: the grounds, the headstones, the architecture, the artwork and most importantly, the residents.

In October of 2010, I founded The Traveling Taphophiles, a group that sets out once a month to visit cemeteries. Our travels have taken us as far as New Orleans. I'm fortunate to have met others that share my hobby and to have forged some great friendships along the way.

Once photos have been posted, feel free to use them as you wish - photo credit isn't necessary.

Happy Graving ~

Louis DuMort

I miss Chris with all my heart.
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Tim Reynolds
Basketball gold medalists et al
Hi Louis,

I note that you prepared the memorial for Tex Gibbons, along with many others at Rose Hills Mem Park. My interest in Gibbons is that he played in the 1936 Olympic team that won gold. If you had any info on other members of that team (I have the grave details of Lubin and Schmidt) I would really appreciate any assistance. I have others who died in California whom I'm seeking the site of also, so if you had any general advice on how I could track them down that too would be gratefully received.

Added by Tim Reynolds on Mar 11, 2015 8:53 PM
Kathy Vail
RE: Cemeteries
I don't think we are weird at all but than again what constitutes "weird"?

My grand babies love going to the cemetery just like I do and they will grow up loving it and knowing that it isn't a bad place but a place where we can always go to be with out loved ones when they can no longer be here on earth alive with us.

I wanted to ask you a question. Do you happen to know any of the people that do headstone at Holy Cross in Culver City?

I am going to have my moms headstone done again but this time not through the cemetery and the person that did my grand baby's headstone my daughter in law can't find his contact information and of course when I called Holy Cross they did not know.

The one that my son had done for my grand baby is beautiful and I wish I kept a copy of the card the man gave me but I gave it to my son and they lost it apparently.

Or where can I post on here to see if anyone else knows because this man approached me as I was visiting my grand baby one day after he was buried and noticed he didn't have a headstone yet.

He has done several babies stones but I don't live in CA anymore so I don't get to the cemetery as often as I would like but I do every time I am in town and this next weekend I will be there and would like to get my moms stone ordered if I can get his information.

His name is Able, that's all I know.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Added by Kathy Vail on Mar 10, 2015 5:14 PM
One Incredible Hopper
Mr. Mata:
When I was age 2 back in July 1958, my parents abandoned me, at which time I was placed in the 'care' of the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home - then the largest and oldest facilities of its ilk in the world - just south of Knightstown, IN. The place was capable of housing just over 1000 children at any given time, but during my fifteen years there, we rarely saw more than half that many. Because of such a large population, we were treated more as cattle than children. Suffice to say, those of us who were there practically from birth were not treated all that kindly. Myself, I endured hardships and abuse on levels you can about imagine which need not be mentioned. However, for two hours each week, we were treated - and I do mean treated - to a feature film in our chapel/auditorium stage's pull-down theatre-sized movie screen, which served as my escape from the horrors I endured throughout the rest of the week. I relished these brief weekly escapes to where I paid close attention to the stars and even the credits, drinking in who did what to produce the celluloid miracles. Even the horror films which scared the goodness out of me left me spellbound to where pictures enthralled me. In time, Sir, they were pictures and films; they were never movies or flicks. Only B-pictures or those below the ranks of Ed Wood productions could be classified as such. And it was in this facility I met my beloved wife, but when she passed away in March 2012, I decided I wanted to travel to southern CA for a year and meet some of those people who took me away from my personal childhood horrors, however briefly, each week. Granted, most have passed away themselves, so I did the next best thing: I visited their graves, or what I call Grave Hopping. I still do it today in my own town, but on a much different scale for a much different purpose. However, Sir, you are the ultimate Grave Hopper. But because of you, I have met many of my favourite stars in Hollywood. And because of you, I hope to return some day to meet those I missed and those who have reached the ultimate stardom, such as Miss Lauren Bacall (I realize she is interred in that private sector with Mr. Bogart, but perhaps I might get lucky), or Mr. Skelton (the same situation in the mausoleum where Mr. Michael Jackson and Miss Elizabeth Taylor are interred). I remain optimistic!
I want to thank you for your every thankless effort. Without you, I would not have many of the pix I have now. Thank you, Mr. Mata, for teaching me how to hop, for inspiring me to continue to hop. Many have thanked me for hopping for them. I share their gratitude with you.
Jack D Reynolds,
Added by JackDRatt on Mar 07, 2015 3:44 PM
Leonard Nimoy
Thanks Louis! I was unaware of this custom. I appreciate your response. Take care!
Added by MICHAEL on Mar 05, 2015 6:24 AM
Leonard Nimoy
Hello Louis,
Is it possible that you could get an actual grave site photo, of where Mr Nimoy is buried. If so, it would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks again!!
Added by MICHAEL on Mar 04, 2015 2:14 PM
RE: Leonard Nimoy
Oh Yes! You are correct! Forgive me! Again, nice work!
Added by C.S. on Feb 27, 2015 11:21 AM
Leonard Nimoy
Hi Louis,
Nice bio for Leonard Nimoy. You beat me to the punch! lol. I know it is difficult when writing a bio to think of everything, but you may want to add he also hosted the TV series "In Search Of" for many years.

Added by C.S. on Feb 27, 2015 11:06 AM
B.J. Waters
Octavius Morgan
Hi Louis. Can a memorial only be submitted to Find A Grave as "famous" by the person who manages it? I like to transfer memorials to family members, but if these two Morgans are designated as "famous" they cannot be transferred to family anyway. Would you be willing to write the bios and I can give you credit for writing them?


PS re Angeles Abbey - I've never forgotten about the idea we had to get together with your group and explore, but I've been too busy and we cannot get into the buildings on a Saturday. Someday maybe we can do it; I'm hoping that Oscar will relax a bit and realize we are okay people and do not have hidden motives.
Added by B.J. Waters on Feb 26, 2015 2:38 PM
Kathy Vail
My mom always told me I was strange because I have loved cemeteries for as long as I can remember for the exact reasons you posted.

I would tell my mom "why wait until your dead to enjoy them?"

I especially love Holy Cross in Culver City as my mom and now my infant grand baby as there so we visit often and several years ago I worked close to it so at lunch you could always find me parked at the highest peak enjoying the beauty and quiet
Added by Kathy Vail on Feb 24, 2015 6:41 PM
George Seitz
Dee Haynes

I said wow when I saw this one.


Added by George Seitz on Feb 19, 2015 2:37 PM
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