What killed the dirigible and the electric car?

Death came in the form of the internal combustion engine on fire on the freeway.

What killed the pay telephone outside the liquor store?

Death was little screens that lit up a million faces like a Roosevelt dime.

What killed the passenger pigeon and the California grizzly?

Death arrived in the form of guns that massacred imagination.

What killed Japanese American towns such as Crystal Cove and Terminal Island Furusato?

Death was delivered by the Western Growers Protective Association, http://www.wga.com/about.

What killed California and the United States of America?

Death, death killed them, in the form of red demon of Wall Street and the blue demon of Hollywood.