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Glossary of People, Places, & Terms

Loren's Market (Introduction). A local specialty grocer during the 1960s and 1970s along Foothill Blvd in La Cañada, California.

 

Eiji's Flowers (Introduction). A long-time florist in La Cañada, California.

 

The Valley Sun (Introduction). A former local newspaper published in La Cañada, California, known for city news and happenings, including the section, "Chit Chat from Here to There."

 

Lloyd's Restaurant (Introduction). One of the long-time, former restaurants in La Cañada, California, also known for its fragrant cesspool in the rear parking lot.

 

Pickle Barrel (Introduction). A former sandwich shop in Montrose, California that offered an assortment of sandwiches named after celebrities.

 

Sports Chalet (Introduction). A former sporting goods retailer originating in La Cañada, California that featured a variety of premium sporting goods, skiing and mountaineering equipment, clothing, and staff expertise.

 

Pegleg (Chapter 1, “Pegleg Evans”). An artificial leg, especially a wooden one, worn before modern prosthetics.

 

Swiss Chocolate (Chapter 1, “Pegleg Evans”). With brands like Lindt, the Swiss are among the finest makers of fine chocolate in the world.

 

Foothill Intermediate School (Chapter 2, “The Birthday Cake”). A former middle school in La Cañada, California.

J. Fuhrman Elementary School (Chapter 2, “The Birthday Cake”). Hud's fictional elementary school named after Janis Fuhrman, a former teacher in La Cañada, California and big Dodgers fan.

 

Circus Peanuts (Chapter 2, “The Birthday Cake”). An orange novelty candy made from marshmallows and shaped like large peanuts since the 1800s.

 

Weekly Readers (Chapter 3, “Mrs. Wallace”). Started in 1928, a weekly educational classroom magazine geared for young students.

 

Chevy Chase Drive (Chapter 4, “Dog, Dog, Dog”). A street that runs from Foothill Blvd in La Cañada, California and ends in Los Angeles.

 

Montrose Theater (Chapter 5, “Armpit Theater”). A small independent theatre in Montrose, California that operated from 1924 to 1987 until it was destroyed by arson fire.

 

The Andromeda Strain (Chapter 5, “Armpit Theater”). A 1971 American science fiction thriller film.

 

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) (Chapter 5, “Armpit Theater”). A worldwide youth organization that offers recreation/workout facilities, youth clubs, and camps.

 

Coney Island (Chapter 6, “Grandpa”). The site of Nathan's annual American hot dog-eating competition held on the 4th of July.

 

“Kraut” (Chapter 6, “Grandpa”). A derogatory term used by Allied soldiers during WWII to describe Germans because of their regular consumption of Sauerkraut.

 

Omaha Beach (Chapter 6, “Grandpa”). One of the primary landing locations along the French Coast during the Allies' D-Day Invasion.

 

"Du, Narr!" (Chapter 6, “Grandpa”). German for "You, fool!"

 

"Menschenskinder!" (Chapter 6, “Grandpa”). German for "My Goodness!" or "What the Heck!"

 

Zondler-Smith (Chapter 8, “Chesley”). A pseudonym for Johnson-Smith, a mail order catalogue starting in 1914 and moving to online during the 1990s that marketed cheap products and gag gifts to youth.

 

Paul Winchell (Chapter 8, “Chesley”). An American actor, comedian, humanitarian, inventor, and ventriloquist whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. Original voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh and possible inventor of the artificial heart.

 

"Ed's Variety" (Chapter 8, “Chesley”). The novelty store, La Cañada Variety, was opened by Ed and Ida Glynn in 1949. It became a sweet treats destination for youth during the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Kaleidoscope Telescope (Chapter 8, “Chesley”). Also known as a "black eye joke," this was one of an array of gag gifts in the 1960s and 1970s presented to unsuspecting peers.

 

Lucky Boy Burgers (Chapter 8, “Chesley”). Local burger joint in Pasadena, California, popular for its giant breakfast burritos, burgers, onion rings, and other popular fare.

 

Phyllis Diller (Chapter 10, “Bad Hair Day”). An American stand-up comedian and actress, known for her eccentric stage persona, self-deprecating humor, wild hair and clothes, and exaggerated, cackling laugh.

 

Euell Gibbons (Chapter 10, “Bad Hair Day”). An outdoorsman and early health-food advocate who promoted eating wild foods during the 1960s and early 1970s.

 

Georgee's Pizza (Chapter 11, “The Fundraiser”). Former La Cañada, California eatery that offered pizzas, pastas, and Italian sandwiches.

 

Koozies (Chapter 11, “The Fundraiser”). A fabric or foam sleeve designed to thermally insulate a beverage container like a can or bottle.

 

Fred Hauter Ford (Chapter 11, “The Fundraiser”). Former Ford dealership located along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, California.

 

Neighborhood Watch (Chapter 11, “The Fundraiser”). The National Sheriffs' Association created the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement. Participating neighborhoods post signs with the recognizable burglar icon.

 

Ford Pinto (Chapter 12, “The Pinto”). Making several all-time worst car lists, the 1971 Ford Pinto not only performed poorly, but proved deadly due to the position of its fuel tank.

 

Carnauba Wax (Chapter 12, “The Pinto”). Hot carnauba wax was a popularly-used commercial wax sprayed onto vehicles at drive-through car washes.

 

8-Track Tape (Chapter 12, “The Pinto”). The 8-track tape was a magnetic-tape sound recording technology popular from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s.

 

Puka Shells (Chapter 12, “The Pinto”). Natural bead-like objects (shells) found on some beaches in Hawaii, popularly made into decorative jewelry during the 1970s.

 

Naugahyde (Chapter 12, “The Pinto”). An American brand of artificial leather popularized during the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Abba-Zaba's (Chapter 13, “Ed’s Variety”). A novelty taffy candy bar with peanut butter center since 1922.

 

Red Vines (Chapter 13, “Ed’s Variety”). A novelty licorice since 1920.

 

Chic-O-Sticks (Chapter 13, “Ed’s Variety”). A novelty honeycombed candy filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut since 1955.

 

Magic Loop/Cloth Towel Dispenser (Chapter 13, “Ed’s Variety”). Originating in 1933, the Darman Manufacturing Company developed a continuous cloth roll towel cabinet popular in public restrooms through the 1970s.

 

Chick Hearn (Chapter 14, “The Sports Franchise”). From 1961 to 2002, famed sports broadcaster Chick Hearn coined numerous phrases during his Los Angeles Laker broadcasts that have become part of broadcasting jargon.

 

Fez Hat (Chapter 15, “The Merit Badge”). A red, conical, flat-crowned felt hat topped with a tassel that originated in 19th Century Morocco.

 

Shopping Bag (Chapter 15, “The Merit Badge”). From 1933 to 1978, Shopping Bag Food Stores dotted Southern California until bought out by Albertson's.

 

"Was meinst Du, alt?" (Chapter 16, “Flying Dutchman”). German for "What do you mean, old?"

 

Flying Dutchman (Chapter 16, “Flying Dutchman”). A classic swinging ship ride, simulating an ocean voyage on rough seas by swinging riders to dizzying heights back and forth.

 

"Nicht wahr?" (Chapter 16, “Flying Dutchman”). German for "don't you think?"

 

"Ach Du Liebe Zeit!" (Chapter 16, “Flying Dutchman”). German for "Oh, my Goodness!"

 

"Mir ist Schwindelig" (Chapter 16, “Flying Dutchman”). German for "I'm dizzy."

 

Rotary Club (Chapter 17, “The Recital”). An international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders.

 

Glenn Miller (Chapter 17, “The Recital”). An American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader during the 1930s and early 1940s swing era.

 

Hell's Angels (Chapter 17, “The Recital”). A worldwide motorcycle club (or gang) whose members typically ride tricked-out Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

 

Hair Wiz (Chapter 18, “The Butch”). A short-lived "as seen on TV" electric hair trimmer similar to the gimmicky Ronco and K-tel products and marketing campaigns of the 1970s.

 

Chuck's Barbershop (Chapter 18, “The Butch”). A long-time barbershop along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, California, owned by Chuck Heinzelman.

 

Art Garfunkel (Chapter 18, “The Butch”). Legendary folk/pop singer during the 1960s and 1970s, primarily known for his role in the tandem, Simon & Garfunkel.

 

Butch Haircut (Chapter 18, “The Butch”). A type of haircut in which the hair on the top of the head is cut short in every dimension. Slightly longer than a buzz haircut.

 

Chocolate Malted Krunch (Chapter 19, “Graduation”). Popular ice cream flavor sold by Rite Aid (Thrifty), blending chocolate ice cream with chunks of malted milk balls and shaved bar chocolate.

"Pomp and Circumstance" (Chapter 19, "Graduation"). Composed by Edward Elgar and used for the 1902 coronation of Britain’s Edward VII, the tune was used four years later at a Yale University graduation attended by Elgar at which he received an honorary doctorate. Soon it was adopted by several universities and subsequently became associated with graduation processionals.

 

"There They Are, It's The Graduates" (Chapter 19, “Graduation”). A parody of the song, “There She Is, Ms. America,” written by Bernie Wayne for the Miss America pageant, made famous by Bert Parks.

 

Gaffer (Ending Credits). The chief electrician in a motion-picture or television production unit.

 

Stunt Coordinator (Ending Credits). Typically hired by a TV, film, or theater director (or a production company) for stunt casting.

 

Key Grip (Ending Credits). A key grip refers to the person who works with the gaffer and the cinematographer to supervise lighting, rigging, and the entire grip crew.

 

Best Boy (Ending Credits). The assistant to the chief electrician of a movie crew.

 

Dolly Grip (Ending Credits). A dedicated technician trained to operate the camera dolly.

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