Lizard People!


If this 1934 article about a lost city of lizard people located directly underneath LA isn’t born to be a pulp RPG campaign, I don’t know what is. There’s even a map of the catacombs.

Busy Los Angeles, although little realizing it in the hustle and bustle of modern existence, stands above a lost city of catacombs filled with incalculable treasure and imperishable records of a race of humans further advance intellectually and scientifically than even the highest type of present day peoples, in the belief of G. Warren Shufelt, geophysical mining engineer now engaged in an attempt to wrest from the lost city deep in the earth below Fort Moore Hill the secrets of the Lizard People of legendary fame in the medicine lodges of the American Indian.

I am almost but not quite more interested in the mind that could produce an opening paragraph — sentence — paragraph like that. Jean Bosquet later did publicity for Holiday Inn, a rather frothy looking Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire venture that gave us “White Christmas.”

But not quite more interested. There’s more on Mr. Shufelt and his interrupted explorations here, which indicates that I’m not the only person to pretend that “Lizard People” means they looked like lizards. Shufelt’s all over the Web, in fact, but it’s cool to see the original newspaper article.

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