Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Father Was a Theater Manager

My father was a theater manager. It wasn’t what he wanted to be, but it is how he will be remembered. He went to a trade school to become a traffic manager. In the years after World War II, dealing … Continue reading

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Drive-Ins Were Passion Pits

Drive-Ins were passion pits. That’s what I heard. In 1966, my father was the manager of the Motor Movies on Tennyson Road and Mission Boulevard in Hayward. Hayward Motor Movies, as it was usually called, was my father’s first outdoor … Continue reading

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It Wasn’t Long After

It wasn’t long after my first drive-in movie date that I found out that Hayward Motor Movie was going to be torn down so that Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) could build a terminal and a parking lot. I would … Continue reading

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Nana Had a Rule

Nana had a rule. On birthdays and holidays she would provide me with toys and Grandma Chapman would give me clothes. Grandma Chapman was my father’s mother. She had married into the Maginot family. When her Maginot husband died, she … Continue reading

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