Category Archives: Autobiography

Sweets

Grandma always added extra Vanilla Extract to her cake frosting. It could have been stirred by hand, but she preferred to use the old electric mixer with the heavy head that would clunk down into the mixing bowl and whir … Continue reading

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Radio Club

I met Terence in Junior High School, Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High to be exact. I would often see him sitting on the portable stairs practicing his intimidation skills. He looked like he might be a bully, but once we … Continue reading

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8mm

My first exposure to a real movie camera was when my friend, Terence got permission for us to use his father’s 8mm Bell & Howell. Terence owned a white bedouin costume that made him look like and Arabian Sheik. Taking our … Continue reading

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Intolerable

My first exposure to John Barrymore was during the second episode of Fractured Flickers when it aired on August 8, 1963. In the episode, Christopher Hayward, who later gave us The Munsters, turned the transformation sequence in the 1920 version … Continue reading

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Bless the Beasts and the Children

When I arrived at Westlane Auto Movies, I had two pets, a turtle and a parakeet. The turtle wandered off one day while I was at school and the parakeet suffered a fate that has made me cautious of insecticides … Continue reading

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Hobo Strip Tease

There weren’t any kids in my neighborhood except at night. They came in cars, with their parents, to see the movies. In the summer, when it took longer to get dark at Westlane Auto Movie, the cars arrived early to … Continue reading

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Watchdogs

Theater patrons have a sense of entitlement. In movie theaters some see nothing wrong with leaving gum on the bottom of their seat or taking a knife to the upholstery. On a drive-in, speakers and heaters are fair game for … Continue reading

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Long Blond Hair

There were only a few school days left when Robert Kennedy was shot on June 5, 1968. Mr. Arvizu was not himself. His attempt to read from John Kennedy’s Profiles In Courage was fraught with long pauses as Mr. A … Continue reading

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Pioneer Days

I found my niche in the sixth grade while attending Pioneer Elementary School in Davis Mr. Arvizu, my sixth grade teacher, got me, but he may have cursed me too. This was his final evaluation on my sixth grade report … Continue reading

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15 Acres of Asphalt

Westlane Auto Movie was situated between downtown Davis and West Sacramento off a strip of Interstate 80 called the Yolo Causeway. You could see the marquee from the highway. Drive-in patrons would take the Chiles Road exit and follow the … Continue reading

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