There is really only one thing you need to create a Web site, but that one thing is critical: an idea. What interests or intrigues you, what do you want to learn more about? Chances are, if something interests you, it's going to interest other people, too.
The project called "Murders, Scandals, and Crimes in L.A. History" grew out of a discussion about Dennis Thomison's L.A. pages. There are pages on all sorts of things to do with L.A., with one glaring omission: nothing on the more scandalous side of L.A.'s history. What a great idea, we thought, and immediately started wracking our brains to come up with potential entries. Among those ideas:
As you can see, it didn't take long to come up with quite a list. At the moment there isn't much content: remember, this is a site that is under construction (as you surf the 'Net, you'll see that comment all of the time--basically, if it's on the Web, it's probably under construction). But if you want to keep an eye on its development, here's the address: http://www.usc.edu/Library/Ref/Ethnic/lascandals.html.
- The Assassination of Robert Kennedy, 1968
- Tiburcio Vasquez, Bandit, 1870-75
- Black Dahlia Murder, 1947
- Johnny Stompanato, 1958
- The Kidnap of Aimee Semple McPherson, 1926
- Dr. Finch and His Mistress, 1959
- Charles Manson and Helter Skelter, 1969
- Edward Hickman, 1927
- Bugsy Siegel, 1947
- Gangster Mickey Cohen
- Chinese Riots of 1871
- Caryl Chessman, Red-Light Bandit, 1948
- Fatty Arbuckle, 1921
- Los Angeles Times Bombing, 1910
- Murder at Greystone, 1929
- William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam, 1928
- The Mysterious Death of Thelma Todd, 1935
Let's set aside all of these other juicy scandals and focus on just one: Murder at Greystone. What are the actual steps that go into creating a page? What tools do you need to add neat features like pictures and even sound to your page? Hopefully, after following along with this cyber-seminar you'll have answers to those questions.