2004 Guestbook Entries
Name: Tom Rutherford
Date: 26-Dec-2004 00:08:10
Fantastic website. Spent most of the afternoon
reading your stint in the Corps page. Loved the
advice on boot camp. I am currently a legally
blind, retired military vet. I was a Marine from
75-82 and was stationed on Oki twice; RS Dallas;
MCLB Albany; Camp Lejeune; & of course MCRD San
Diego. Great website. Thanks and take care.
Date: 23-Dec-2004 23:06:04
I stumbled on your site while researching an article on
SFV filming location. This is great stuff! And I live
around the corner on Brighton and Monterrey so I
know your house. I bet you know alot of the old timers
who are still in the neighborhood.
In the 60's we lived in an apartment So. of the Blvd. in
Tarzana. My dad was a manufacturers rep and we
had load of 60's stuff like light boxes and candles.
Everything we had that wasn't covered with Contac
paper was avacado. And then my dad got an
'antiquing' kit so everything was antiqued avacado!
Name: ron bell
Date: 13-Dec-2004 02:16:51
Great stuff, if it was a documentary I'd record it.
I'd buy the book, fantastic and hilarious.
Date: 2-Dec-2004 19:40:45
Interesting, evocative website.
Name: Jerry McBrearty, Sr.
City: Pacific Palisades, CA
Date: 20-Nov-2004 00:03:30
Fantastic site. Grew up in North Hollywood.
Had the same camera with the blue bulbs where
you looked down through the lens.
City: Sydney, Florida
Date: 17-Nov-2004 15:30:45
I really enjoyed looking around your site, thanks
a million! ~Angie~
Date: 14-Nov-2004 19:07:32
Thanks for the sweet roll recipe.
Name: Jonna Gardemann
Date: 11-Nov-2004 23:50:53
I had a blast reading about how my crazy aunt
Viki, Valerie, Jamie and my dad Kim grew up. You
should call Viki some time or my grandma Flo to
see how everything is going here.
City: Eaasthampton, MA
Date: 11-Nov-2004 19:50:33
Thanks for putting the time for not only you're
kids and personal satisfaction, but for all the
ramdoms who come across this wonderful site! I
grew up down on Lincoln St. between Victory
Blvd. and Burbank Blvd. My mom is still in the
same house!! Born in '71 and graduated in '89
from Burroughs,..Go Indians! Anyways, thanks
for a lot for the stroll down Lincoln St! I'm
coming home for X-mas and I'll be sure to get
a "new" look at this web site icon! Peace in
the BBC (Burbank City Fool!) Mark
P.S. I would love to write more to tell you of
my memories of Burbank and the vast changes
since Ileft In 1990.
Date: 18-Oct-2004 22:54:15
I grew up in Burbank and this brings it all
back, good or bad. Veteran of St. Finbar
School, lived at 418 N. Brighton Street, Ed
McMahan's Budweiser commercials (well, at least
one) were shot at my aunt's big paneled bar in
her house across the street. Remember Pizza
King, Chopsticks, Genios, and the DeBell Golf
A great place to be a kid. At the edge of
Hollywood with the reflected glare of
celebrities but still a small, seemingly
innocent small town in many memorable ways.
Name: Ken Nordlie
City: Bloomington MN
Date: 22-Sep-2004 00:50:54
Found your very entertaining and interesting
site on a Google search for Hamms Beer
Commercial info. I was at a olf buddy's cabin
just 3 or 4 doors down from Arcadia Resort on
Turtle Lake in northern Minnesota and I can
verify that the "Land of Sky Blue Waters"
commercials were indeed taken from the point at
Arcadia Lodge - a well known spot in the 50s.
I'll send along a picture if I can convince my
friend to take one on his next trip there. My
golf buddy owns Alf Landon's (ever hear that
name?)old cabin, and local legend says that
Carol Lombard and Clark Gable used to spent time
at Arcadia Resort.
City: montevideo mn.
Date: 21-Sep-2004 14:02:46
sweet man i love old pictures
City: Tampa, FL
Date: 19-Sep-2004 22:00:58
Fun site, found my way here on a bored night.
Name: Brad Wonnacott
City: Missoula Mt.
Date: 15-Sep-2004 19:18:43
I really enjoyed your website, especially the
60's toys! It sparked memories of things I
haven't thought of in years. Thankyou for taking
the time to put together such a delightful way
to cruise down memory lane!
Name: beverly wolff
Date: 4-Sep-2004 01:19:59
I found your memoirs once before and happened
acrosss them again tonight.I am a BHS alumna-
class of "63. It was wonderful growing up in
Burbank then-probably pretty good now. You have
done a wonderful job documenting the times of
our youth-thank you. I don't live in Calif. any
more-so it is all the windmills of my mind.
Name: Neil Jensen
City: Trabuco Canyon
Date: 31-Aug-2004 19:36:42
Wow, That was fun! Thanks for the memories.
Name: Larry Day, Jr.
City: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Date: 28-Aug-2004 03:53:26
Just a quick note of admiration regarding your
web site. What was going to be just a quick,
“I’ll see what that link is then jump back”
turned into an entire evening!
Being born in 1971 I remember visiting aunts and
uncles that had their décor stuck in the late 60s
and 70s, so your descriptions bring back memories.
You have put a tremendous amount of time and
energy in to the preservation of your family’s
memories and by the responses to your site,
resurrected the memories of the many kids growing
up in the 60s and early 70s for not just Southern
Californians but nationwide (and Canadians too).
As a history graduate I commend you on the work
that you have done. Very few people would have
taken photos of the “mundane” or what seemed
common place back then (like your Mom complaining
that you “wasted” film on taking a picture of a
pile of scrap lumber in the back yard) and even
fewer would have compiled these memories and
photos into such organized fashion that you have
done on the web site.
Thanks for the insight into Burbank in the 60s
Larry Day, Jr.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
PS: Question. Why did you move from Southern
California to the East? Did you feel you missed
real winters growing up and wanted your kids to
experience shoveling snow? Half joking / half
Name: Allen Walden
City: Washington DC
Date: 21-Aug-2004 15:41:39
Hello Wes! Thanks for sharing your memories.
That was great fun... and you helped me to clean
out the cobwebs in my brain to fire a few
neurons that needed a workout. I had many of the
toys you had... and if I didn't own it, then one
of my buddies had one. I think our generation
was part of the "golden-age" of toys. We're
lucky. --- Thanks again for taking the time to
put your web pages together. Regards, Allen
Name: Vic Johansen
Date: 17-Aug-2004 07:33:46
Wes, I truly enjoyed looking at all of your
pictures of the Aurora Monster Models - what
memories they brought back! I grew up in the
60's in New Jersey and spent many, many hours
working on those very same models. When we moved
to Cincinnati in 1966, I gave all of them away.
Great pictures - it was a fun trip down Memory
City: poplar bluff MO
Date: 12-Aug-2004 13:53:50
HEY I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY COOL SITE YOU GOT
TELLING ABOUT YOUR SELF WHEN YOU WHERE GROWING
UP AND THATHOUSE YOU WHERE LIVING IN ITS COOL
IT REMBERS ME WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I WAS BORN
IN CHYANN WY ABOVE DENVER I HAVE SOME PICS OF
ME WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND I CAN REMBER GROWING
UP IN MISSOURI IN A WHITE HOUSE IN THE COUNTY
IT BRINGS BACK MEORIES SORRY I CAN'T SPELL THAT
GOOD AND I LIKE THE CARS ALOT MY GRANDMA AND
GRANDPA USED TO HAVE A 1969 PONICA BONNIEVILL
IT HAD A 400 IN IT I WAS ABOUT 7 OUR 8 YEARS
OLD AT THE TIME BOY I SURE MISS IT ALOT BUT MY
DAD HAS A 1970 PONAIC CATALENA WITH A 350 IN
IT ITS BLUE ON TOP AND WHITE ON THE BOTTOM AND
I GOT A 1976 DODGE MAXIVAN WITH A 318 IN IT
IT'S VERY BIG AND IT WEIGHS 6.100LBS THATS A
TANK WELL YOU WHERE IN THE MERINES MY DAD WAS
IN THE MERINES TO HES WAS IN FROM 1970 TO 1975
ABOUT FIVE YEARS HE WAS STAION IN ALTORAL HE
WAS 18 WHEN HE WHEN IN THE MERINESHE TOLD ME HE
WENT TO JAPAN I THOUGHT THAT WAS COOL WELL I
WAS BORN IN 1981 IM 23 YEARS OLD DO YOU WISH TO
GO BACK TO BE A KID I WISH I COULD SOME TIMES I
FELL LIKE A KID WELL I LIKE YOUR STIE ALOT IT
WAS COOL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND ONE MORE
THANING IS IM A LITTLE SLOW AND I CAN'T SPELL
Name: Ralph M. Rodriguez
City: Lancaster, CA.
Date: 5-Aug-2004 18:42:13
Great to see you at our 30 year reunion! Had a
great time, recognized so many classmates it was
Your website brought back alot of memories of
growing up in Burbank and it was inspiring. I
recognize alot of your friends and in fact
considered some of them as my friends too.
All the best to you, your family, friends and
readers of your website.
Maybe we'll all get together for our 40th
Date: 3-Aug-2004 14:30:05
Just enjoyed an extensive site visit. Great
nostalgia and storytelling!
One thing that seems to be missing is the story
of how you met your wife. Did I overlook it?
My site contains many nostalgic photos from
the '70's and early '80's, but I have not
developed them into stories as you have done so
Name: Danny Klein
Date: 26-Jul-2004 11:19:33
A good friend of mine sent me the link to your
web site. Amazing, I knew your parents. From
1979-1984 I worked on Lincoln, two doors east
of the restaurant. Used to eat lunch there
quite often. Became friends with your parents.
Remember your mom quite well. What a character.
Your dad getting yelled at and making faces. Oh
my....when he got caught. It was entertaing and
a nice break from work. I graduated BHS in
1971. My wife Bonnie (Bell) in 1974. Thanks for
the great memories found in this web page.
Date: 24-Jul-2004 21:51:17
Hi! I found your webpage and I was impressed
with your dedication to Burbank. I was also
shocked that my father wrote something about
me. His only grandchildren are here in
California (1 he's never seen) and we've been
estranged for several years.
Name: Steve A. Campbell
City: Santa Cruz CA. 95062
Country: U.S. of A.
Date: 3-Jul-2004 15:27:20
Wes you are freeking me out with your
website.although I've only just scrathed the
surface I felt compelled to wright you first to
let you know that I think its wonderfull.
You and I must be the same age.I was born
Aug.3rd 1956 and owned MANY of the toys you show
in your website and loved many of the same TV
programs as you,I not forgotten any of them and
have gotten myself in dutch with ebay try to
relive my childhood....man what a collection
Thank you so much for sharing,what a gas
Steve A. Campbell
Name: Rene Heins
Date: 3-Jul-2004 08:05:51
Hey Wes, your wedsite is wonderful, I saw your
name on our listed for our reunion, just thought
i would look you up, we were not close in school
but i knew who you were, just wanted to say hey.
Thank you for bring some of the memories back
about burbank. I miss the OLD burbank, it sure
has changed since i have moved away. Thank you
Name: stan mccauley
City: oklahoma city
Date: 3-Jul-2004 01:44:36
thanks for the read on the trips with your
father to the del mar race track. heartwarming
and a great tribute to your dad.
City: Wyandotte, MI
Date: 7-Jun-2004 04:03:28
I found your site while looking up Ferro Lad on a google search. It seems like his death in the old Legion of Super Heroes back in the 60s effected both us that we still think about it nearly 40 years later. Love the idea of your site.
Name: Guy Ruffner
City: Gaithersburg, Md.
Date: 5-Jun-2004 09:13:38
I stumbled on your site by accident. Its a
wonderful site. Even though I didnt live in
California we are the same age & I can relate
to alot of the things in your site. (i.e. the
toys & monster models...wow great). Reading the
memories of your family life was like watching
the Wonder Years. Super job-definately book
Name: Mike Ragan
City: Rockwall, Texas
Date: 4-Jun-2004 22:25:08
I'll let you in on a secret.....My sister, Susie
Ragan, LIKED YOU.............Hahahaah! Just
kidding! Nice web site.......Us Ragan's will
have to dig out our Burbank photos.
Later, Susie, George and Mike Ragan
Name: Mike Muckenthaler
Country: USA, Virginia
Date: 3-Jun-2004 07:50:16
I'm lovin' this site ...
I grew up in the Orange County area of Southern
California (born in Orange, 1952) and have
recently moved to Burke Virginia ....
Reading your stories has brought back a
thousand great memories ... and made me want to
document them all. 'Thanks for the memories'
says it all.
City: suburban detroit, michigan
Date: 31-May-2004 00:53:22
thanks for the tour. i really enjoyed it.
seeing the christmas color wheel sitting on the
living room floor reminded me of something that
i forget existed. the strangest things bring
back the sweetest memories. thank you very
much. i think this is a great autobiography.
may all of your future memories be pleasant
Name: R Chambers
Country: United States
Date: 29-May-2004 16:51:12
I was simply looking for "Tiki huts" for design
reference, when your site came up. What a great
compilation of memories. Undoubtedly you are
fond of the happenings as a child, with that i
say, Bravo! I think I will be starting my own
as spare time arrives for me.
Thanx again for sparking my soon to be memory
Name: Bonny Holder
City: Cedar Crest New Mex
Date: 27-May-2004 16:15:35
I found this while googling for the General,
and have spent a long time smiling and smiling
and even laughing at what you've posted. How
Name: Ric Marshall
Date: 26-May-2004 22:59:13
I am from Burbank, 321 N. Lincoln St. went to
john burroughs, grad in 1974. now I live in
Name: Patrick Bulger
Date: 24-May-2004 00:44:23
Thanks for including the pasrt about the death
of ferro lad, I experienced the same two
issues, exactly as you did, only in Chicago. I
am an artist, and live in Fla with my wife and
City: valley village, ca.
Date: 18-May-2004 12:36:25
Thoroughly enjoyed your site; it brought back so
many wonderful childhood memories! I'll make a
return visit and tell my friends, too.....thanx
for the memories.
Date: 5-May-2004 22:13:41
Discovered and enjoyed the site while surfing
links from the alt.culture.us.1970s site. I hope
that others will be inspired to scan and share
these treasures link you have.
Visit my homepage to see images from my college
days from 1979 to 1981. Scanning old photos like
these is an emotional, time-consuming process
that is well worth the effort.
Country: ontario canada
Date: 5-May-2004 00:11:59
Hi Wes, I've never seen so many insignificant
details of someones life. It seems like you
love yourself, and life. Good luck on your
focus of the future and living in the here and
Date: 1-May-2004 00:30:50
had one - loved it. I can pend weeks here and
probably will. Thanks for the unique and
enjoyable site. (I found you on google when out
of curiousity was searching on "prole" after a
flashboack ofr eading "Class" way back in the
Name: John Moore (Jack)
Country: United States
Date: 30-Apr-2004 15:00:36
Thoroughly enjoyed your writing. As you said,
Semper Fi, Mac.
Name: John Blais
Date: 21-Apr-2004 18:37:25
Mr Wes I was born in Glendale lived burbank from
1958 to 1963.I remember The Cornell Theatre and
Zodys and also a malt shop called Curries.I
lived at 1863 Kenneth Road.
Date: 23-Mar-2004 16:07:10
very funny website, I just happen to stumble
across it looking for tiki hit kits.
Date: 19-Mar-2004 12:48:34
Hi, am enjoying your site a lot:-) I used to
live on Grismer Ave in Burbank- and I came
across your site in google search looking for
websites talking about the Cherokee Bookstore.
I used to hang out there quite a lot. Always
used to think it could be turned into a sit-com
all its own, as a matter of fact.
I know exactly the room of the Cherokee
Bookstore you're talking about (at the back).
Date: 9-Mar-2004 18:30:57
I really enjoyed your website. I am the same age
as you and as you were growing up in Burbank, I
was growing up in Santa Monica. You brought back
a lot of memories.... Gold shag carpets and
City: Columbia MO 65305-0098
Date: 28-Feb-2004 15:03:56
This looks interesting but only surfed by it on
the search for something else. I am interested
first as to what to make of the name similarity
to a recent public figure. What is that about
Tom BRIDE (legally my name, but not the one on
my birth certifcate.)
UCLA '82, '86 Here's Nikki?
City: Escondido, CA
Date: 23-Feb-2004 16:59:49
What an absolutely delightful website you have.
Wow, what a trip down memory lane!
I found your site on a search for all things 60's
as I am throwing myself a 50th birthday bash in
two weeks, and following a 60's theme.
I can hoestly tell you that I have done
absolutely nothing for the past 3 hours, but read
your site. Utterly delightful.
Date: 18-Feb-2004 12:41:18
Thanks! I think the the 70's is one of those
times that unfortunately we don't appreciate
until it is too late. I'd give anything to
experience it again!
Date: 16-Feb-2004 18:07:16
I learned of your Avocado Memories website via
an internet directory of personal websites. It
evokes fond memories for me of my youthful
interface with bicycles, 8-track tape players,
and component audio equipment.
I appreciate your acumen and literary talent.
City: Kent, CT
Date: 10-Feb-2004 17:33:33
Great site you have here. Best of luck to you
and your dad in the Democratic nomination.
Hopefully I will be voting for Clark in
Date: 10-Feb-2004 06:46:38
Great site Wes! I found your site doing a search
on information about the "Bridge of the Starship
Enterprise NCC-1701". I grew up in Claremont,
Ca. and I think our trails passed a few time's
in imaginary space. I was 12 when Star Trek
aired in 1966 and I too would make cardboard
Starship's and dream.
Thank's for the memories.
Name: Mark Payne
City: Washington, DC
Date: 4-Feb-2004 09:57:26
Great Site. I stumbled across it looking for
the other Wes Clark.
By the way, Ferro Lad is alive and well again,
living in the pages of THE LEGION.
Date: 2-Feb-2004 09:42:02
Hi Wes, Well...I stumbled upon your site by
accident and found it interesting to say the
least. It's hard not to get hooked since I also
grew up in Burbank. I went to the "other high
school" though. Good ol' John Burrough's. You
guys might have owned the "B" on the hill, but
we were particularly proud of our annual "add a
J" day. The resulting "JB" wouldn't last long,
but it sure looked great from across town. I'm
on the other side of the country now, so this is
a fun read.
Date: 25-Jan-2004 03:29:17
Avocado has never been so appealing! In my
home it was harvest gold carpeting, which
clashed w/ the pink appliances and tile in the
kitchen. My mom still has the same gold
carpet and pink appliances, all perfect. I'm
also having a bit of bike envy now - I never got
a Sting Ray. I had one of the knock offs by
Royce Union. However, it did have a cool blue
metallic paint job, metallic vinyl banana seat,
sissy bar and a basket in the front w/ plastic
Name: Rebecca McCurley
Date: 20-Jan-2004 18:11:15
Wes I messed up the first message. LOL I was
trying to thank you for taking us down memory
lane. I was one of the girls in "Smoker's alley"
I love your site. Way cool. Thanks for taking the
time to do it. Sheryl Spayd says Hi also.
Date: 6-Jan-2004 02:43:53
still a great site to read and remember, even
tho i lived and grew up 100s of miles away i can
relate to about 80% of everything, keep writing,
hope ur still thinking about a book, take care,
semper fi, dave.
Name: Wes Clark
City: Virtual Burbank
Date: 5-Jan-2004 10:10:17
A new year begins - 2004 - so I have deleted all
prior guestbook entries. (The better ones are
preserved for posterity on the 2003 letters
I enjoy hearing from you!