The 1984 Summer Olympics, held July 28 to Aug. 12, live in local memory in a golden haze. Despite dire predictions — the Games will bankrupt the city, smog will choke the athletes, traffic will be impossible — and a boycott by the Soviet Union, the Olympics went off without a hitch and even made a profit.
As the 2016 Summer Games kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, and as Los Angeles promotes its bid to host the Games a third time in 2024, David Davis has revisited those 1984 Summer Games in the new book One Gold Moment: The 1984 Olympics Through the Photographic Lens of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. The now-defunct newspaper deployed an armada of photographers to capture the agony and the ecstasy of the athletic competition.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 12:15 p.m. in meeting room A at downtown's Central Library, Davis will host a presentation on the book. Several of the photographers who shot the images also are planning to attend.