Excellent article, ranks up there as my favorite. Cheers!
Oh - the other day, I stumbled across a blog posting (with photos) of the real Hollywood Tower Hotel. San Simeon has always looked to me as more of a palpable inspiration, but thought you and your readers might fancy taking a look-see.
One of the comments, from a former tenant (the hotel was later converted into apartments) is especially notable:
"I lived ther when I first moved to Hollywood in 98.It was an experience that’s for sure! Lets just say after about 6mon. into living there I spent the next year and 6mon. sleeping with all the lights on Many other people experienced similar things and knew exactly what I was talking about. You only truly know if you have lived ther. It had great patios with amazing views. I could sit up there forever! I did enjoy living there…even though I never took the elevator and wouldn’t do laundry alone"
The Real Hollywood Tower Hotel
UPDATE: Recalled an older piece of Imagineering concept art that looks exactly like the Hollywood Tower Hotel: Early concept art
Here's another photo of the real hotel, you can see some of the sign in this one: Hollywood Tower with partial sign
Finally - the sign lit up at night: Hollywood Tower sign by night