Fireworks light the night sky over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (From the USC Libraries’ “Dick” Whittington Photography Collection)

Fireworks light the night sky over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (From the USC Libraries’ “Dick” Whittington Photography Collection)

Carolyn Castoe prepares to blast off before the Rose Bowl’s 1958 circus and fireworks show. (From the USC Libraries’ Los Angeles Examiner Collection)

Carolyn Castoe prepares to blast off before the Rose Bowl’s 1958 circus and fireworks show. (From the USC Libraries’ Los Angeles Examiner Collection)