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Friday, April 3, 2015

L.A. Evening Drive Time

KFWB used to play this music during the evening drive time of the early 1960's. I wish I could have uploaded the Hi Def version but the file is too large.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Valley Line from "Columbo" Episode

We were watching an episode of "Columbo" this past Sunday night (METV) and this line from the episode jumped out at me. I love it.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Wilson Family 13760 Sherman Way

In April 1960 my family moved to Van Nuys CA. We rented an apartment on Sherman Way near Woodman Ave. Here are a few pictures from those years. There are a few too many pictures of chubby me but you work with what you have. This was also the number 1 song in the country when we traveled across country and arrived in Van Nuys. Please excuse the indulgence.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Van Nuys 1960

Being Christmas time it is normal to lok back at this time of the year. I found some pictures from 1960 when my parents and I moved to Van Nuys from Detroit MI. I made a small collage of photos from outside our apartment building at 13760 Sherman Way. The last time I checked Google street view the building was still there.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're Back

I guess a one year sabbatical was enough. We have a Van Nuys Boomers page on Facebook and the activity has picked up lately so we made the decision to return to the blog for periodical posts. Since we are out of shape we'll start with an easy one, pictures.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Wrecking Crew Documentary

One last post for a very worthy cause. The Wrecking Crew Documentary is complete and just needs an extra push to get it to the point of release to the public so we can all enjoy it and learn the story behind so many of the hits we all enjoyed in the 60's and 70's. I urge you to visit the Kickstarter site and donate whatever you can.

Last week Phone Rat went to a screening of the documentary in North Hollywood CA. He had a wonderful experience and he to urges you to support Denny Tedesco to finally be able to release his award winning documentary to the public. Here is the link:


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Van Nuys Boomers Farewell Post

I would like to thank everyone who visited and read our blog over the past 6 years. I would also like to thank those who contributed with articles and comments. This has been a fun project and we have reconnected with many old friends. The blog will remain online and I will make sure it is monitored so it remains up and visible.
Guitar Rat

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Butler Brothers & Rod Stewart

Below is a snip from a YouTube video for a Rod Stewart video done for the TV show American bandstand in 1981. The song was Young Turks. It was shot on the roof of the old Butler Brothers Department store in Van Nuys. I spent a bit of time up there cleaning leaves and other things as part of my first job. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Butler Brothers & The Sahara Hotel

A couple of souvenirs from my days at Butler Brother Department store and one from the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.