Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friendly friends

It was a day of "friendly friends," as Nelson used to say, way back when.
First, Kathie came over to visit The Boy.
Then Annie showed up.
Then we all rendezvous'd with Jan at "Rootin' Tootin's" in Orange

Annie and I noticed the back of this old building. 
Took a snap. Very cool.

Annie and Kathie, catchin' up, visiting the Boy

Now plastic smiles for me, boy.

Late lunch at Rutabegorz, Orange

We stayed pretty long. Darkness fell.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Been scribblin'*

Where you been, boy?
     The phone rings and provides only foolishness.
     Yes, the doctor, or his sweet nurse, called at 8:30 a.m. Where you been, boy? You need to come in! Good Lord!
     Lookin’ at the fine Teddy, thinking about love and betrayal, here on the still, big bed. Sad to think—is it betrayal to make him wait this long to go outside and play in the bright morning sun? Surely it comes close.
     Finally, almost in tears over the deep wonderfulness of the faithful Boy, I get up. Can feel the onions of last night’s stir fry, can feel the breeze of today’s mild Santa Anas. It’s a beautiful morning, and there is only the sound of wind and bugs and a distant jet.
     I grab this Mac and open the door. Teddy rushes out, an me, I’m listening to Clem Snide doing Journey. He finds beauty, that singer, where others find only parties and cheese. I swoon.
     Teddy once again needs direction and encouragement, and I’m glad to give it. Let’s examine this delicate grass, shall we? And this hill, and this hole in the ground. He looks up to me, he does. That Teddy boy, he does. "Dad? What do we do next?"
     Now he’s stalking around and sniffing the air, and I’m over here typing.

     And on and on, on and on.

Strangers waiting
Streetlight people
Some were born to sing the blues
In the night
Hold on to the feeling

*Went to Aaron Bros. Got a fine pen and some paper.
Drew shitloads last night. Didn't have a scanner and so I photographed some of these drawings. Then Photoshopped the crap out of 'em. Not good, but it's a start.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A gossamer Michelle Pfeiffer "connection"

     On this day [April 29] in 1958, future actress Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana. The family later moved to Midway City and eventually Fountain Valley. Today's photo shows her swinging at a birthday pinata in the backyard of Felix and Vita Garcia, 8302 Peters St, Midway City, circa 1967. Thanks to Tim Castroreale for making this image available. —From OC History Roundup

     A close friend of mine during my UCI undergraduate days—and later—was Kathy Leonard (later, Kathy Pike, then Kathy Blanchard). Shockingly (I suppose), she was "dating" Prof. Nelson Pike even during her undergraduate years (which coincided with mine, more or less). Later, she was very much around during Kathie (Jenni) and my graduate student years, when she was with Nelson. She briefly tried Law School—she hated that—and eventually attended veterinary school (UC Davis), which she seemed to like. She practices veterinary medicine today in the Inland Empire. (And think she's now a grandma.)
     Back in the day, I spent some time at Kathy's mother's place—I think it was in Fountain Valley. Kathy's sister, Kris, was the best friend of none other than Michelle Pfeiffer. Evidently, Pfeiffer attended many of the parties that I attended, but I have no clear memory of her. Maybe Kathie does.
     At the time of these parties, Kathy's mom was divorced, and she lived with Kris and Kathy, when Kathy wasn't somewhere else. The parties were pretty wild, I guess, by my standards, but not by many others'. I recall Gerry Santas getting me seriously drunk one night on Ouzo. I woke up in some room at Kathy's place. Had a hangover literally for days. Kathy thought it was pretty dang funny. (I was known, I'm sure, for being very straight-laced. Also, they say I'm very funny when I've got a bad hangover. But I essentially stopped drinking years ago. Now I'm always as serious as a crutch, and just as funny.)
     There was some skinny-dipping, too. I recall that Jill Burroker (sp?) was involved in some of that. With Nelson, no doubt. Don't know who else. Pretty tame, I guess, by contemporary standards.
     Kathy and I "dated," I guess once or twice. I recall we saw Up in Smoke at a theater in El Toro (we snuck in some beers). I changed the oil on her car, a Honda Civic, once. At the time, I had no idea how she was connected with Nelson, who later became a mentor of mine.

Kathy (Leonard) and I, goofing around, on the the top floor of
Humanities Office Building, UCI, c. 1979
     Whatever, dude. It all passed right by my consciousness. (Wake up, Roy. At long last, wake up.)
     I seem to recall hearing that Kris's friend—Pfeiffer—was on a TV show during those days. I'm pretty sure that the TV show was Delta House, based on the film Animal House, which ran in 1979. I never saw it. Another failed comedy spewed forth by the Hollywood garbage factory. And things were pretty bad in those days. Not like now.
     Here's what Wikipedia has on Michelle Pfeiffer's early life:
Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, the second of four children of Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor, and Donna (née Taverna), a housewife. She has one elder brother, Rick (born 1955), and two younger sisters, Dedee Pfeiffer, a television and film actress, and Lori Pfeiffer (born 1965). Her parents were both originally from North Dakota. Her father was of German, Dutch, and Irish descent, and her mother was of Swiss-German and Swedish ancestry. The family moved to Midway City, where Pfeiffer spent her childhood. She attended Fountain Valley High School, graduating in 1975. She worked as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket, and attended Golden West College. After a short stint training to be a court stenographer, she decided upon an acting career. She won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978, and participated in Miss California the same year, finishing in sixth position. Following her participation in these pageants, she acquired an acting agent and began to audition for television and films.
The Bauers—Edith: bottom left; Manny: top right—at Nelson's place in Laguna Beach, c. 1984. Nelson's mug is in the middle. Kathy's face is between Kathie Jenni's and Edith's, at bottom. Annie must've taken the pic. Also pictured: George and Karen Draper, Linda and Rod Jenks (and Annie's friend Alan).

P.S.: Yet another gossamer connection to a Hollywood star: I graduated high school with Kevin Costner. (See.) He was an asshole.
Another: I went to UCI at about the same time that Jon Lovitz did. I think I remember him. UCI was smallish in those days (early to mid seventies)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Bauers' Canyon: topo & fault maps

This map combines old topo and earthquake data with contemporary roads and
structures, some of which appeared after (sometimes long after) the topo maps were made.
The central shape here, defined by Santiago Canyon Rd. (at left) and Live Oak Canyn. Rd.
(middle and right) resembles the tip of a finger. Cook's Corner (biker bar) is the red triangle
at left; Bauers' Cyn. is the red blotch at right. I noted the local ridges in green.
As you can see, Bauers' Canyon is at about 1400 ft. elevation and is near some fault
Click on graphic to enlarge it.

     Yesterday, Manny noted that he had a cache of old maps that he seems to have acquired during his time with the water district. I asked to locate them and then I briefly examined them. Though the maps are part of a 1973 state report, much of the data they present is from much older data-gathering efforts, some going back to the 20s, some from the 60s.

This old map shows the same area as above plus the area to the west. The map is designed to show "slide" areas--which, typically, are not suited for construction. As you can see, there are no slide areas indicated on our side of the ridge, where Bauers' Cyn. is located, but there is a great deal of slide activity on the west side and the hills beyond further to the west. Naturally, there's been construction, sometimes massive construction, in those zones. It's amazing what years of legal effort by developers can do.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

1963 maps of our area in the Santa Anas

     As I indicated recently, I got ahold of my dad's 1963 Thomas Guide for Orange County. We've still got its front and back covers, though they have torn off of the wire binding. Aside from that, the guide is in good condition.
     I sought the maps depicting our area in Lambrose/Trabuco Canyon:

Click on graphics to enlarge
     I've indicated the approximate location of Bauers' Canyon with a blue dot at right. The location of Ron & Susan's place (today) is at left (just southwest of Jeffrey's northern terminus). (See "Ron & Susan" map below.)

     Here's the (1963) map to the east of the one above (note: there's overlap). Again, the X marks the approximate location of Bauers' Canyon. Observe that neither Hamilton Trail nor Hunky Dory are indicated on this map.
     Here's a contemporary map showing Ron & Susan's place:

Ron & Susan map

     At the risk of being accused of morbidness, I offer this unpleasant but interesting image that relates to these locations. It depicts the takeoff/flight path of the large Marine jet that crashed into Loma Ridge in 1965, an event that does figure into Bauer family lore.
     Just west of this area, in 1965, some famous UFO photos were taken. (See.)

The Newport Freeway, part II

     In yesterday's post, I suggested that the construction of the Newport Freeway (later called the "Costa Mesa" Freeway) could be viewed as marking the beginning of the end for old, rural Orange County. The opening of its first segment (from the Riverside Freeway [91] to Chapman Ave.) in January of 1962 occurred just a year or so after we moved into the area (our home was on the border between Orange and Villa Park, just west of Santiago Blvd.). The segment that continued to Costa Mesa was completed by 1967.
     Today, I got ahold of Pa's old Thomas Guide from 1963, and it answers some questions I had about what existed before the construction of the Newport Freeway. In those old maps, both the old Route 55 and the projected (or nearly completed?) extention of the Freeway to Interstate 5 (101, also the "Santa Ana Freeway") are indicated, which confuses me a bit. See below.
The green dot marks the spot of our
Orange home (1961-1976). See blue arrow.
     I was amazed to discover that the Newport Avenue of Tustin and Orange (which, as it travels northward, eventually runs into E. Santiago (near Irvine Park and the old Catholic cemetery) is the very same Newport Blvd. of the (unfortunately named) City of Costa Mesa! Or so my dad assured me. The freeway project is what finally separated that road into seemingly unrelated segments.
     As you can see above, the old (pre-freeway) Route 55 followed Tustin Ave. until it met with Newport Ave. in south Tustin, near the Marine Corps blimp/helicopter station with its famous hangers.
     From there, it was a straight shot, I guess, to Costa Mesa.
     Actually, here, the map begins indicating, not Newport Boulevard, but the "proposed" Newport Freeway, and so I'm not sure just where the pre-freeway Newport Boulevard was:

     My dad remembers driving through vast "bean fields" when he took this route back in the day.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The "Newport" Freeway (1962-present)

Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, c. 1960—very near the existing terminus of the 55 freeway.
BTW: "Costa Mesa" is meaningless in Spanish. It was chosen by ignorant gringos.
     The Bauer Family saga would be incomplete without mention of Orange County's "Newport Freeway," the 55, which, since 1976, has gone by the name "Costa Mesa Freeway," a fact many of us old-timers have not quite caught on to.

(California) homes of the Bauers, 1960 to present.
(Newport Freeway in red)
Click on graphic to enlarge it
     The family moved from Vancouver, B.C. to California in (c. February) 1960, targetting the LA area. But Manny was told that the real jobs were down south, in Orange County, where much construction was occurring, and thus it was that we secured a rental in Anaheim—in north OC—on Academy Street (see map above). By April of 1961, the family managed to move to a new home (on Topaz Street) in a development ensconsed in orange groves in the part of the City of Orange (central OC), bordering Santiago Boulevard and the "city" of Villa Park. (Villa Park became a city, in the mid-60s, only to prevent annexation by the City of Orange.)
     Well, as it turns out, we moved to the Topaz home smack dab in the middle of construction of the new "Newport" freeway, which cut through a decidedly rural section of the county dominated by orange groves. I recall family walks, with Prince the dog, who was just nuts about oranges, in and around the development. It is a memory of quiet, country life, with old farms, thick orange blossom aroma, and long stands of fragrant eucalyptuses, still protecting the orange groves from wind. 
     Most of that disappeared fast after the opening the Newport Freeway in January of 1962. No doubt the county population saw its arrival as "progress." Now, it's hard not to see the freeway as among the first acts of betrayal of OC's rural ideal and self-conception, the initial heating of an eventually fully-boiled frog.

See green arrow: Academy Street in Anaheim.
Observe our proximity to Knott's Berry Farm (on Crescent
and Beach, just to the north). From our house, we could hear Richard
speaking there during the Nixon/Kennedy contest of 1960.
Map: Pa's 1963 Thomas Guide
     The freeway was perhaps a quarter of a mile to the west of our house, and, when opened, it provided a constant whooshing roar of cars and trucks breaking through air and spewing smog. (You can't imagine how bad the smog was in the 60s!) I don't recall anybody complaining much about that noise, which seems odd. Why wasn't everybody pissed off? Well, it was a different timethe beginning of the end, more or less. Hell, we only just got there!
     Below, I've assembled some factoids about the freeway and its development. The core facts are these: 
     Route 43 was established in 1931. It connected PCH to Corona/Riverside on surface streets (including Newport Ave. in Costa Mesa and Tustin Ave. in Santa Ana, Orange, and Olive). In 1959, the 43 was [truncated and] renumbered the 55, and construction of its first "freeway" segment soon began, completed in 1962. The Newport Freeway then stretched from the newly-renumbered 91 (aka  the Riverside Freeway) down to Chapman Avenue in Orange. In 1966, the (more or less) final section was completed, and the freeway now extended all the way south to Costa Mesa (Mesa Drive?). In 1992, it was stretched further south to 19th Street in Costa Mesa. Community opposition prevented completion of the final stretch to PCH. Right now, it would seem that completion of the initially-conceived freeway will never occur, owing to that opposition.
     The Garden Grove Freeway—the 22—was completed in 1967, connecting Orange/Santa Ana to Long Beach. The 55 is, of course, bisected by the San Diego Freeway (405) (see map). That construction occurred between 1964 and 1968, starting in the north. The original Highway 101, stretching between Mexico and Canada, was renamed Interstate 5 owing to the Eisenhower Interstate Highways Act of 1956. It, too, bisects the 55. Not sure when the 5 came to be known as the Santa Ana Freeway, though it was likely thus named from the start, since, at that time, the four-lane section was meant to connect Los Angeles and Santa Ana, the latter city being regarded OC's central town. Nowadays, it is regarded by many in the white population of OC as an enormous, unattractive barrio. It seems to me that OC is increasingly polarized between the immigrant-heavy north and the very white and wealthy south. The 55 seems to provide the (rough) dividing line between these different worlds.

Olive Hill, turn of century
     1. I worked right along the 55 in my summer job of 1975. I was employed by a Mr. John Haight, who owned a Mobil station on 4th Street/Irvine Blvd.--on the east side of the freeway. The job was all I expected it to be, a real education in some ways. Haight was quite the racist, though he usually wasn't very open about it. Once, I told him that a customer had cheated me out of 5$ (something like that). "Was he black?" asked Haight. "Well, yes he was," I answered. (Blacks were actually rarely seen in OC in those days.) "They're all like that," he said. "Remember that." I knew that disagreement would be both pointless and likely very bad for me. So I said nothing. I recall that, ironically, Haight routinely sang the chorus to "Ease on Down the Road" from the African-American musical "The Wiz" (1974).
     My best friend at the station was a guy named Mike, a Chicano. He was the oldest son (?) in a nice family that lived in El Modeno, just off Chapman. He introduced me to the nighttime work culture: after work (at midnight or a little later), he'd need to wind down with a meal and a beer, purchased at a 7-11 or worse. We'd do that together and then park in all sorts of interesting places around town. He had a nice old Impala and I had my cherry '66 Bug. On my car stereo, I played the newly-released "Dark Side of the Moon" and he'd play--well, I really don't remember. I really liked him and was kinda sad to quit at the end of the summer, somehow knowing I'd never see Mike again.
     2. At some point during the 60s, a K-Mart, that symbol of commerce and cheapness, was built immediately behind the freeway relative to us. The freeway, of course, was a kind of noisy, stinky wall or fortress that, somehow, is not quite seen for what it is, a Maginot Line, a blunder, a disaster. K-Mart stores are similar disasters whereever they are placed. Growing up near a K-Mart is a kind of misfortune, I think, especially if you routinely enter it and are molded by its mentality of bright, cheap emptiness.
     Our development was defined by Santiago Boulevard to the east, Taft St. to the south, the 55 to the west, and Meats St. (yes "meats" street) to the north. The freeway went over Taft but it went under Meats, and thus there was an absurdly massive overpass on the latter road and we (kids) would climb it on our way to the intersection of Meats and Tustin. I recall visiting what used to be called a "five and dime" store there, a "TG & Y." It wasn't much. I bought plastic models there. I enjoyed making, at first, model dinosaurs. Later, I specialized in military aircraft. I have always had a fascination with military hardware. Still do.
     In the very early days (c. 1961), there was a chicken ranch on Meats, just across from our development. I recall that Edith bought eggs there. That parcel later became dominated by a Lutheran High School, founded in 1973.

     3. The 55 ends, roughly, in the area of Olive Hill. Crowded between Olive Hill (a small quasi-town) and the 55 is the intersection of Tustin and Nohl Ranch Road/Lincoln, the site (slightly to the west, on the north side of Lincoln) of "the old brickyard," a memorable old structure from my first years in Orange (see photo above). Despite its charms, the brickyard was knocked down in favor of a park--Eisenhower Park--and a relatively pleasing strip-mal called "The Brickyard," which sits on the northwest corner of the intersection (of Tustin/Lincoln). I do believe that the pond that always sat next to the original brickyard was retained when the park was constructed. At any rate, there's a lovely pond there now.
     Ray's notorious "trouble" began perhaps in 1974, when I got a call from the police one Saturday morning that Ray had punched a cop in Eisenhower Park while on LSD. He was (I believe) 13 years old at the time.

Annie and I visited the Eisenhower Park pond a few years ago
     4. Family friends, the Stolps--of murder-suicide infamy--lived in a very nice neighborhood atop Olive Hill, overlooking the canyon and the 91 freeway.

* * *

1. Orange County Transportation Authority: Costa Mesa Freeway

State Route 55
     The Costa Mesa Freeway, State Route 55 (SR-55), was originally constructed in 1962 as a four lane (two in each direction) highway. Within the next ten years one additional lane was added in each direction.
     In 1985, Orange County's first carpool lane was added between the I-405 and the SR-91 freeway. The freeway was also extended to 19th Street in Costa Mesa in the late 80's.
     With the help of Measure M, Orange County's half cent sales tax for transportation improvements, along with additional state and federal dollars, the face of the SR-55 continued to change.
     In late 1995, the freeway was widened between the SR-22 and McFadden Avenue, with a direct carpool lane connector between the I-5 and SR-55.
     From 1996 to 2002, Caltrans and OCTA completed the addition of one lane in each direction between the I-5 and the SR-91. Currently, the freeway has a total of five lanes in each direction including the carpool lane and provides enhanced traffic flow to more than 300,000 motorists traveling the freeway each day.
     Thanks to Measure M, the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 1990, $1.5 billion worth of improvements have been made to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) during the past 20 years. The Renewed Measure M (M2) Freeway program promises to earmark another $1 billion for SR-55 improvements in central and north Orange County….

2. Wikipedia: California State Route 55

     State Route 55 (SR 55) is an 18-mile (30-km) long north–south highway in the U.S. state of California. The portion of the route built to freeway standards is known as the Costa Mesa Freeway ([1976;] formerly the Newport Freeway). SR 55 runs between Finley Avenue south of Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1) in Newport Beach and the Riverside Freeway (SR 91) in Anaheim to the north, intersecting other major Orange County freeways such as SR 22, SR 73 [mostly, the toll road going through the San Joachin Hills], and Interstate 405 (I-405). The freeway passes through suburban Orange County.
     SR 55 was first added to the state highway system in 1931, known as part of Legislative Route 43, and was routed on surface streets. It was renumbered SR 55 in 1959, and the construction of the freeway portion began in the 1960s and continued until 1992. Due to congestion, several alternatives are being discussed to expand the freeway portion past its current end in Newport Beach. SR 55 received the first carpool lane in Orange County in 1985, and the first direct carpool ramp in 1995.
. . .

     SR 55 was built in 1931 and originally numbered Route 43. It was built from the southern terminus of SR 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway, or "PCH") and continued northbound on roughly the same route it follows today, following Newport Road (today Newport Boulevard) northeast to Tustin, and then Tustin Avenue north to near its current terminus at SR 91. From here, Route 43 continued east on what is now SR 91 towards Riverside. In 1959, the highway was renumbered as Route 55, and its route was shortened from Route 1 to the also-renumbered Route 91. The freeway portion from Chapman Avenue to SR 91 opened on January 18, 1962, at a cost of $4.6 million (about $73.2 million today). The segment between SR 73 and Chapman Avenue opened in 1966.
     SR 55 was the first freeway in Orange County to receive carpool lanes, opened in October 1985 between I-405 and SR 91. The stretch of SR 55 between Mesa Drive and 19th Street in Costa Mesa was opened in 1992; plans to extend SR 55 freeway south from 19th Street to State Route 1 were never realized due to community opposition, fueling an amendment to the city charter to prevent this extension.
     In 1995, the direct carpool lane ramps between I-5 and SR 55 were completed; these were the first in Orange County. The year also saw further widening of SR 55 between SR 22 and McFadden Avenue. Between 1996 and 2002, the fifth lane in both directions was constructed between I-5 and SR 91, funded with a sales tax of half a cent approved by Measure M. In April 2007, the Orange County Transportation Authority approved funds to study the feasibility of extending the Costa Mesa Freeway south to 17th Street via tunnels or flyover ramps. The segment of SR 55 from Finley Street to the Newport Channel bridge was legally authorized to be turned over to the city of Newport Beach in 2009.
     SR 55 was formerly called the Newport Freeway. In 2010, the stretch between Chapman and Katella avenues in the City of Orange was renamed the Paul Johnson Freeway for longtime local radio television traffic reporter Paul Johnson, who died the same year.

See green dot at lower right (and blue arrow). It indicates our home on Topaz
St. in Orange. The blue dot well below it indicates Patton's Market.
From Pa's 1963 Thomas Guide
3. Suburbanization in the Post-WWII era [The Open Computing Facility for UC Berkeley students]

     At the end of World War II, the Santa Ana Army Air Base (SAAAB) was no longer needed by the military and was closed. The buildings soon became used as the campuses for Orange Coast and Santa Ana Junior Colleges. The many servicemen who were trained and stationed at SAAAB came to enjoy the wonderful air and climate of the Orange County region. So after the war, these servicemen brought their families to Orange County to start their new lives. A rapid increase in city population occurred. The growth can be seen clearly in Garden Grove. The city only incorporated in 1956 with a population of 46,000. By 1962, the population was nearly 130,000. In a span of only 37 years, the population of Orange County multiplied tenfold, from roughly 200,000 in 1950 to more than 2,000,000 in 1987 (Kling, Poster, and Olin, 1991:2).
     The Red Cars promoted growth in Orange County during the first half of this century. However, with the increase of automobile traffic competing with the Red Car's right of way, the trolleys slowly began to fall out of use. Ridership by the 1940's declined rapidly and by 1950 service was stopped on the last remaining Orange County lines to Santa Ana and Huntington Beach. The last Red Car pulled into Long Beach in 1961. It was the end of the trolley era and the beginning of the freeway era. This tool aided the growth of Orange County during the post-war years. In the early 1950's, US Route 101 was upgraded to a four-lane freeway, providing quick and easy access from Santa Ana and Anaheim to Los Angeles. This allowed workers to be able to live farther away from the central city than was previously possible. After the Eisenhower Interstate Highways Act of 1956, US Route 101 was re-signed as Interstate 5, which stretched from San Diego to the Canadian Border. Another early freeway was US Route 91, resigned CA-91, the Riverside Freeway. Built in the mid-1950's and finished in 1960, the freeway went from the Santa Ana Freeway (US-101, I-5) to about Imperial Highway. Other freeways built in the 50's include the Costa Mesa Freeway (also known as the Newport Beach Freeway, CA-55), finished in 1962. The Garden Grove Freeway (CA-22) was built in the early 1960's, and served to alleviate traffic on Garden Grove Blvd., was finished in 1967. It is one of the few freeways in the Southland that has not undergone lane additions since it was built. The San Diego Freeway (I-405) was built from about 1964-1968 in Orange County. The progress went from north to south. Throughout this time of mass freeway building, the Riverside/Artesia Freeway (CA-91) was extended from the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) to the Harbor Freeway (I-110, formerly CA-11 and US-6) in the late 60's. There was much less freeway building in the 1970's, due in most part to environmental concerns as well as lack of funds. However, the Orange Freeway (CA-57) was completed in 1976, and the Corona del Mar Freeway (CA-73) was completed in 1979 (the free part, up to MacArthur Blvd.).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Patton's Market, c. 1960

c. 1960
Notice that the large, brown, rectangular "pole" that once held the "Pattons" sign
now holds the Wendy's and Petco signs.
     I found the top photo on Calisphere. Calisphere suggests that it was taken in 1950, but that can't be right. The cars on this photo are of mid- to late-50s vintage. I'm guessing that the photo was taken c. 1960, perhaps a year before we moved into the area (Topaz St., near Villa Park). The photo is looking north on Tustin Ave., toward our house. Our home woud be about a mile, as the crow flies, to the northeast of this intersection.
     The pizza place that Ron and I remembered (in a recent post) was on the left, perhaps a few yards behind us (on Tustin Ave.).
     Ma and Pa went to Yellin's Gallery for painting lessons c. 1970, which was located just to the left, along Tustin Ave.

     Here's a detail of the right side of the photo. I do believe that we see the newly constructed "berm" for the 55 Fwy. In the foreground is a parking lot, not Katella. Katella Ave. is immediately behind the parking lot.

    And here's a detail of the left side of the photo. If I'm right, and we're looking north on Tustin Ave., Taft Ave. should be about a mile ahead.

     The above photo supposedly depicts road construction in Orange in 1966-67. I'm not sure what we're looking at, but maybe this is Collins Ave., looking West (toward the ocean), where it crosses Tustin Ave. (Moving in the other direction--i.e., behind us--Collins becomes Prospect when it crosses Santiago Crk.) The Sammy Lee swimming school would be on the right, along Tustin Ave.

This is a detail of the left side of the photo.
     I happened to find these photos (below), too, at Calisphere. They are all (I think) of Katella Avenue. The pictures were taken for a 1960 highway project.
     Katella Ave. goes east to the location of (just south of) the old Villa Park packing house. From there, it goes out to the Roman Catholic cemetery and Irvine Park.

     According to Calisphere, the photo below is a photo of the "Martin residence." It looks to me like the old building that Annie used to associate with "Mrs. Nichols" at Villa Park Elementary.