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Morning Briefing: A First, And Last, Job For Beloved Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round Man

Julio Gosdinski, who has died at 49, was the longtime operator of the Griffith Park merry-go-round and for the last nine years a co-owner as well. (Courtesy Dora Herrera)
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Over the weekend we learned of the death of Julio Gosdinski, the beloved longtime operator of the Griffith Park merry-go-round.

“This was his ‘first and last job,’ is what he likes to say,” his friend Dora Herrera, who is an officer with the Friends of Griffith Park board, told reporter Josie Huang. Gosdinski was found dead at his home Friday at age 49.

He came to the U.S. from Peru when he was 12 and started working on the merry-go-round when he was a teenager. Gosdinski played such a big role in running and maintaining the famous carousel, friends say they're worried about what's next for the attraction he co-owned.

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