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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Big Boy! A Burbank Tradition

Bobs on San Fernando Rd – 1948

We are a lucky people here in Burbank. We are one of a few City’s that still has a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant on the edge of the city near Toluca Lake.

Bob’s was originally a local enterprise begun by Bob Wian. The Big Boy the signature Burger was originally made as a joke for a customer who asked Wian for “something different”. It caught on and soon everyone wanted one!

Bob began to expand his idea and opened a Bob’s at 624 S. San Fernando Road in Burbank. It was a small place with a tall neon sign featuring a character known as Big Boy eating a hamburger. This Bob’s was remodeled to the 1950’s Googie Architecture style of Coffee Shops of the time.

The Toluca Lake Bob’s the one original still left here today is a “California Point of Historical Interest”. In 1993 original Architect Wayne McAllister helped save his creation from the wrecking ball campaigning for its inclusion on the list of California Point of historical interest, thereby saving Bob’s #6 for us to enjoy the food we grew up with and introducing new generations to the Big Boy!

The Friday night car show at Bob’s is a must see event each week. If you are lucky Jay Leno has been known to show up with one of his car collection every now and then.

So just one more great thing that makes Burbank great and one thing that we have here that the rest of the country can only dream of. After all this, I feel like a Big Boy Combo is in my future today.

See you there!

The interior 1948 boy is it packed! Good food will do that!

Same Location after 50’s remodel. Early 1970’s

Coming on November 27, 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

 

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lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Magnolia Park

Magnolia Park 1927

On the western end of Magnolia in Burbank is an area of homes and shops know as Magnolia Park.

Earl White with Betty Gerry

In the 1920’s, a project to build homes and a shopping district was begun.

Hopes were high and plans were laid out to make this a fantastic area to live and to shop. To draw attention to the area of Magnolia, the promoter Earl L. White pulled out all the stops and hired several Silent movie actresses to show off the new development and bring in buyers and businesses.

Within a short few years there were 3500 homes and a new business district on Magnolia Blvd itself.

As they say the rest is history as today Magnolia park is a bustling hub of shops, restaurants, antique stores and other fine eclectic businesses.

Here are some photos from the 1928 promotional pictures featuring actresses, Betty Baker, Betty Gerry, Dorothy Gulliver, Ann Carter and Billie Barnes.

BETTY BAKER

BETTY BAKER

BETTY BAKER

Betty Gerry

Betty Gerry

Betty Gerry

ANN CARTER

BILLIE BARNS

BILLIE BARNS

BILLIE BARNS

Coming on November 27, 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

 

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lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Starlight Theater/Bowl

A Burbank Icon is the hillside amphitheater known as the Starlight Bowl.

Originally called the Starlight Theater it was once part of the Oliver Stough Property located in a natural canyon in the Verdugo mountains. Upon obtaining  the property from the Stough family Ben Marks had a vision of making a huge college campus with first class amenities including a beautiful amphitheater in the hills above the campus.

When the bid for UCLA was lost, Marks started the Benmar Hills development, a housing project for the land. Not lost on the City of Burbank was his plan for the hillside amphitheater part of the original project.

The City acquired the land and made a small development that included a wood platform (stage) with backdrop and when needed a canopy to cover performers. For seating the city built split log benches (ouch) in 3 sections with the two outer sections angled to better face the stage.

As time went on a BBQ & picnic facility were added and in time a WWI memorial was placed in the center of what has become Stough Park at the base of the bowl.

It also included a rock pond for swimming. In time a Symphony orchestra would play during the summer season and later theatrical performances were added once the permanent stage and seating were constructed.

During the 60’s, rock concerts were held with many famous bands gracing the stage. In the 1980’s even Weird Al brought his musical talents to the Bowl.

Today the Bowl is still the place to be with it’s views of the city, and musical acts during the Summer Concert Season that starts with the 4th of July Spectacular. The City has always shot off their 4th fireworks display from the Bowl parking lot as far back as the 1950’s!

If you have not had the opportunity you owe it to yourself to visit and enjoy this fine venue as thousands of people have done since the 1920’s.

WWI Memorial Still there today minus the flag pole.

 

 

 

 

 

BBQ and Picnic facilities

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Wading pool addition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming on November 27, 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

 

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: From San Francisco With Love

In the Early 1800’s a Man named David Burbank cane from the east to start a new life and practice Dentistry.

He settled in San Francisco and “Hung out his Shingle” Literally!

Long before he came to the San Fernando Valley to become a sheep farmer and alfalfa Grower, Dr Burbank set up his business in the Express Building on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

Not much is known about his time in Frisco, so how do we know where his business was?

From a very interesting photo from a Historical archive up north. The photo clearly shows Dr Burbank’s “Shingle” and the street scene dated 1855 in San Francisco. Take a look at this very historical photo that has more meaning to us here in Burbank than it does for San Francisco. Also compare to the Dr. Burbank sign on display at the Burbank Historical Society. 162 years old!

Enjoy!

Coming on November 27, 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Villa Cabrini / Woodbury

About a year ago, We took a look at Mother Cabrini the first American Saint canonized by the Pope.

Today, I want to focus on her little known school for girls “Villa Cabrini”!

The school was a beautiful campus at the edge of Burbank on Glenoaks. Thousands of girls over the schools long run went from grade school through high school because of Saint Cabrini’s foresight to build a school of this type when Burbank Schools only had a few schools.

The school offered Classes in Science, Math, Home Economics, Arts, Drama, History, Physical Education, Gardening, Horsemanship and of course Religion.

The teachers were well educated and capable. All of the operations were overseen by the Mother Superior who was personally chosen for the task by Mother Cabrini herself before her passing.

We see pictures and stories about Burbank Schools, BHS, JBHS, the fine Jr Highs, our great elementary schools, and the several fine Parochial Schools in town. Rarely do we hear of this fine school let alone see pictures of this academy that pre-dated many of the Burbank schools giving opportunity to gain a first class education to thousands of young girls helping them to become educated young women.

Today we should pause and remember this Saintly Italian immigrant who blessed Burbank with her presence and a wonderful school that would become the City’s Woodbury University. Take a look at the following photos that most have never seen of this school in its heyday.

Enjoy!

Coming in November of 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Magnolia Theater

Back in March we talked about the Cornell Theater today we will travel back to another Theater that holds many memories for Burbankers on that edge of town.

1949

The Magnolia Theater was located just inside the Burbank border on Magnolia and Valley Street. Built in 1940’s it was fantastic theater to go to especially at night with the large towering marquee that cast a glow over the whole street.

Designed by Jaques De Forest Griffin who said it was to be a modified French style, topped with a 170 foot pylon inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The cost was estimated at the time at $50,000.

The theater was extensively remodeled in 1964 to include a new marquee, refrigerated air conditioning, a new box office and the front façade done in Italian Marble at a cost of $60,000. The Theater boasted an 800 seat auditorium and a 300 car parking lot.

The theater went out of business and was remodeled into a recording studio reportedly owned by Will Smith but we have no proof of that. The building is still there today with the shape basically the same but with all the marquee removed and earth tone paint to make it no longer stand out.

I had the great fortune to have seen a number of movies over the 1960’s there, the best were with John Wayne and I remember the last movie I saw there was in 1975 called ROLLERBALL.

The Magnolia was a great example of the  movie palace style theaters and as a child no one had to ask me twice to go there as in my young mind it was the coolest awe inspiring way to have a day at the Movies.

So if you are ever down that way take a look at a Burbank icon!

 

1959

A sad site for movie goers

The Magnolia as it looks today

Coming in November of 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Ozzy Osbourne, Quite Riot & Burbank Connection

Many may know of this connection, many may not, but at a quiet unassuming Lutheran Church on Alameda and Glenoaks is a small memorial to a former student and member of the church who would go on to become a Rock and Roll Legend.

Randy Rhodes went to elementary school here and to John Muir and Burbank High.

He and some friends while in school here formed a Band named Quiet Riot and played the L.A. Music scene and had a large following.

They were signed to a record deal but their first 2 records were only sold in Japan.

In 1979 Randy was called to see if he would audition for Ozzy Osbourne who was forming a new band after leaving Black Sabbath. Ozzy signed him up to be his lead guitarist right there. As the saying goes “the rest is history”.

Randy became a legendary guitarist and put Ozzy’s new start over the top. Randy’s intro to their first big hit “Crazy Train” from their first album “Blizzard of Ozz”  is still a classic and is played on classic radio and even as an intro to each baseball game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. You can hear it here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcoweoZ6jpM

Sadly Randy and some fellow band mates were killed in a light plane crash while attempting to “Buzz” Ozzy’s tour bus on their first American tour while in Florida.

Whether a fan or not you may wish to stop by the memorial at the church on Alameda & Glenoaks and pay your respects to this Burbank rock Legend!

 

Coming in November of 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank’s Original Library

The Library can be seen just to the left of Bell Jeff High School

On Olive ave. where part of Bellermine Jefferson High School has the end of its building once stood the original main Library for Burbank. There had been several store front type locations for the BPL but this was to be its permanent location.

california centennial float 1950 in front of Burbank Public Library on olive ave closer look with ladiesjpg

Constructed in a beautiful Spanish style it was a showcase for books and events alike.

One huge event was the 100th anniversary of the State of California. Artifacts from early California were on display and a float depicting California History was provided by the State and parked out front of the Library.

About the new library the City had this to say…

It was apparent to all concerned that the Burbank Library needed a permanent building in order to grow. City fathers at the time looked to the future and realized the importance of a library to an expanding community.

Since the beginning of the charter government in 1927, Burbank had been accumulating building funds for a permanent facility. Despite being in the depths of the Great Depression, a new library building was erected at 425 East Olive Avenue in 1935.

The City provided the land, and the building was completed with S.E.R.A. (State Emergency Relief Administration) funds.

The structure of approxi­mately 6,700 square feet was built at a cost of $33,000 – with­out debt or bonds– through the cooperation of the Burbank City Council, City Manager Howard I. Stites, and the Library Board.

night shot durring the 100th California Anniversary

Library service in the new building was still under a year-to-year contract with the Los Ange­les County Library.

The budget projected for the 1936-1937 fiscal year was expected to be $6,000, more than half of that in salaries. Mrs. Ripley, the full-time librar­ian, earned a salary of $120.63 a week. A full-time Assistant, two part-time assistants, and a Page rounded out the staff of the new library.

Once finished the Library was a Beautiful and Grand Structure and the Burbank citizens began using it immediately upon opening. The first year they had 7,382 borrowers who checked out (or Circulated) the 12,711 books 134,217 times that year.

the new addition with the brick patio still there today with the outer wall removed

The library had to be added to in the coming years and a large patio made of brick was added also for outdoor events. The patio still remains a part of today’s main library on the Olive Ave. side where there is a time capsule and a bust of Dr. Burbank.

We would like to thank  Louise Paziak of the Burbank Public Library for help with the stats and several of the photographs.

Coming in November of 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Your Burbank Home

Back in June we talked about the “WELCOME TO BURBANK” signs that graced the entry points to the City as you crossed the border into town.

While enjoyable to see they were not very helpful.

In 1928 however, the Burbank Merchants Association found a more personal and helpful way to introduce you to your new home. In the mid to late 1920’s there was a housing boom and growth brought people to settle here.

With Lockheed coming to town a year later and a new airport coming in 1930, Moreland Trucks being built here prospects for work and homes were great. The Burbank Merchants developed a 56 page booklet that contained a complete history of Burbank from the Rancho Days to the present (1928) with many pictures.

It of course contained Full, Half, and quarter page ads for local businesses, but it also talked about the Schools, City Government, Fire, Police, Recreation, Movie Theaters, Clubs, Church’s, Golf Course, Womens & Mens organizations & places to get work.

The Book was a great way to learn about your new home town then and is still a Great read today! Here are some pictures and you can read the entire booklet at http://www.mbmcdaniel.com/burbankia/your_burbank_home.pdf

Coming in November of 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Redcar from Burbank to Los Angeles

1955 Orange Grove and Glenoaks

2017 Orange Grove and Glenoaks

My friend and co-author Wes received from his Father In Law Don Bilyeu BHS class of 1945, a slide series by Ira Swett in which a photographic trip of the red car from Los Angeles on Broadway to Orange Grove and Glenoaks in Burbank from 1955.

The slides are very clear and give us an idea what it was like to take a trip to and from L.A. back then via electric trolley.

The Red Car stopped service in 1956 but it is an Idea whose time has come around again. On Glenoaks the Green median from Providencia through Glendale is a reminder of this once great transportation system and how it helped shape the cities we have today.

Let’s look at the Burbank slides and how the same places look today.

1955 Glenoaks and Providencia

2017 Glenoaks and Providencia

You may follow the rest of the Journey to Downtown Los Angeles here https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOl2nYkhgebYjlsPl_3UcjcFy5WVdycO-l7vFont7pmGeuUY3Z4khPsWEu2rYgftw?key=UW44akZLeUJJX0Z2VG85bU91SjFDNEdoWWRUT25R  The rest of the slides show an interesting view of how commuting was back in vintage Burbank and Los Angeles. You will love all the vintage cars in many of the slides. Be sure to click each slide to expand it then click the little “i” in the upper right hand corner to get more information about the slide and enjoy the ride!

1955 Cedar and Glenoaks

2017 Cedar and Glenoaks

Coming in November of 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.