When the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, directly overhead the Observatory’s meridian line, we celebrate local noon. A Museum Guide gives a free 15-minute presentation explaining how we use the Sun’s light in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor to tell us what day it is and where the Sun is located in its pathway across the sky.
Robert J. and Suzanne Gottlieb
Benefactors of the Transit Corridor
Although Robert J. Gottlieb considered himself a “native Californian,” he was born and raised in Far Rockaway, New York. When he was ten years old, his parents moved the family to Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Southern California and Southwestern Law School, Gottlieb went on to become a renowned attorney whose automotive clients included Cadillac, General Motors, and Petersen Publishing. One of the world’s foremost classic car authorities, Gottlieb contributed his editorial expertise to several automotive magazines, including his long-running column “Classical Comments” in Motor Trend magazine.
Born in the Philippines and raised in the southern U.S., Suzanne Gottlieb met her husband in 1952 at Trend, Inc., where she worked as a secretary. Married for more than 40 years, the Gottliebs generously championed numerous projects, including a $2 million gift benefiting the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. Mrs. Gottlieb is excited to be a part of Griffith Observatory’s renewal. She personally chose the Transit Corridor because it allows visitors to track the motions of the Sun through direct observation and creates an immediate and intimate connection with the sky. “The reopening of the Griffith Observatory is so exciting,” notes Mrs. Gottlieb. “I am delighted to be a part of this grand event which is sure to inspire visitors from around the world.” Though Robert Gottlieb passed away in 2002, Mrs. Gottlieb knows his legacy lives on.