Back in the early 70’s, the band Hiroshima played at my high school, John Marshall which is located in Los Angeles, California (see my post about Grease the movie–http://yesteryearremembered.com/?p=3306). After reading Hiroshima’s wikipedia page, it looks like the band was formed the year that I graduated, so they either played in 1974 or before they officially announced that they were a band.


This is going to be a pretty short post since I don’t remember a lot of the details of that day. I attempted sending a Facebook message to June Kuramoto who is the Koto player for the band to see if she remembered playing at Marshall, but didn’t hear back (I didn’t really expect to). But I was hoping to get details about how they were approached to play there, and other tidbits of information.

I do remember we were all ushered into the auditorium and the band was introduced and started playing. Their music back then seemed, how can I say it, more radical than their music of today? I don’t know if that’s the right word. My preference is for their more mellow music, like One Wish, Thousand Cranes, Save Yourself For Me, but I do like their up-tempo music too.

The last place I saw them perform was at Spaghettini Bar & Grill in Seal Beach, California and they were great! I really like that venue because it’s small and very intimate.


How many of these do you remember?


Top Cat


Beany and Cecil


Baba Looey



Fat Albert

Fat Albert

Judy Jetson

Judy Jetson



Popeye The Sailor

Popeye The Sailor

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Tazmanian Devil

Tazmanian Devil

Under Dog

Under Dog


Wilma and Fred Flintstone


Barney Rubble


Chip and Dale


Crusader Rabbit


Droopy Dog


Gumby and Pokey


Magila Gorilla




Yogi and Boo-Boo Bear

Yogi and Boo-Boo Bear


Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy


Tom and Jerry


Speed Racer


Rocky and Bullwinkle


Boris and Natasha


Rat Fink


Mr Peabody and Sherman


Mighty Mouse


Master Cylinder


Mr Magoo


Bugs Bunny and Gossamer


Well, with this post, my blog has sunken to an all time low. In search of that interesting, thought provoking, one of a kind post, I decided to share my experience with a clogged main sewer line. There, I said it, but I did warn you that this was ‘an all time low’ for this blog.

A couple nights ago I was watching some television and my wife called out to me from another part of the house and said “we have a leak!”. I yelled to her, “honey, I’m coming”, I jumped up from the couch and dashed to where she was…okay, it didn’t happen exactly that way. I didn’t yell “honey I was coming” (I probably grumbled under my breath) or jump up and dash to her, but I eventually got to where she was and saw that the bathroom floor was covered in water and the adjacent tub was partially filled with water. Okay, I was thinking, if the tub is only partially filled and there was no indication that the water overflowed the tub, then receded, then how did all that water get on the floor? Hey, hey, so, maybe this post is turning out to be an interesting, thought provoking, and a one of a kind post. :)

Upon closer inspection, I saw that the water in the tub originated from the washing machine that my wife was running. The water in the tub was then trying to seek it’s own level and found the perfect spot; the toilet. Water from the tub was leaking from the base of the toilet, gross!

I immediately grabbed a bunch of rags and towels and my wife laid them out on the floor and tried to absorb as much as possible. I went to the garage to get our wet/dry vacuum and started sucking up all the water on the floor and in the tub. At first I poured this captured water into the bathroom sink, but then I realized that it was feeding back into the tub; doh!

Anyway, to keep this as short as possible (ha, you know when I say this, it’s going to go on forever), I got some of this stuff called “Instant Power Hair & Grease Drain Opener” at HomeDepot. I bought two 2 liter bottles and poured the majority of them into all of the affected drains, plus some of the other drains in the house to attack the clog from all sides. :)


After about 6 hours I ran the hot water as instructed and to my amazement, it seems to have worked. So I went ahead and ran the washing machine again and during the drain cycle, the tub immediately backed up again. The instructions say don’t plunge, but I was desperate, so I plunged and plunged and plunged again and to my amazement, still nothing! Usually you may get a little sign of drainage after plunging, but this baby was plugged up solid. Don’t do as I do, I recommend following the instructions and safety instructions on the bottle, not my written words because you could get a serious chemical burn if this stuff splashes on you, plus, in the end, it didn’t help at all to plunge the drain.

It was late so I sucked out the water in the tub once again and poured in more drain opener and called it a night. I said if this doesn’t clear up by tomorrow, then I’m going to call the plumber.

Morning arrives and I ran the hot water in the tub as instructed and to my amazement, IT WORKED! I ran the washing machine on the drain cycle, ran the water in the bathroom sinks and flushed the toilet all at the same time and the tub did not back up into the tub at all.

Although I had to do all the work and sweat my butt off, this product saved me possibly hundreds of dollars in plumber charges and waiting around for the plumber to finish the job. I figure this post still fits the theme of my blog, which is remembering things from my past. Hopefully this will be a faint memory in my distant past and not reoccur again. Hope this helps someone in a similar situation.

shirley-temple licking her lips

Born, Shirley Jane Temple on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California.

Shirley Temple started acting at the ripe old age of 3. To this day, she holds the record for being the youngest person to receive an Academy Award.

Shirley Temple acted in 40 plus movies during her career and all of them were years before I was born, but thanks to syndication, reruns and all that other TV network speak, my family and I were able to watch many of her most well known movies like, Heidi, The Little Princess, The Little Colonel, Curly Top, and Bright Eyes, to name a few.


Shirley Temple died at the age of 85, on February 10, 2014 at her home in Woodside, California with her family and caregivers by her side.

Her movies and songs will live on and on. One of her most famous songs is “On the Good Ship Lollipop” from the movie “Bright Eyes” in 1934.

Wikipedia has a very detailed history of her life, so I won’t duplicate that here. You can click on this link to go to that web page.



Decades ago, drive-thru dairies were more prevalent in and around the cities where I lived.

Back in the 1970’s, my then girlfriend lived a block behind a drive-thru dairy. The first time I drove to her parents house, her driving instructions included,…our house is on the street behind the drive-thru dairy, just look for the big black and white cow on the corner. Of course I’m paraphrasing here, because I don’t remember her exact words after all this time, but it was something along those lines.

The day approached for my date with my girlfriend, and sure enough, as I got closer to her house, I spied a BIG black & white cow statue (most likely made of fiberglas) posed on the corner of the street where the drive-thru dairy was.


The above image isn’t the actual statue, but it was the only one I could find.

As far as the actual drive-thru dairy experience, I never actually drove my car through the dairy to purchase groceries, but I did walked through, since it was just a 1/2 block away.

A sign of the times,the drive-thru dairy is no longer there, housing has taken over the property where the ol’ dairy once stood.

The ‘OLD COW’ will be missed too!

No, I didn’t break up with my girlfriend, I married her. :)

Oh come on, you didn’t see that coming!

wimpy holding hamburger

What! You say you’ve never heard of Wimpy?

Well, you must not have been a cartoon watcher as a kid or you just didn’t watch the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoon series. The Popeye character has been around since the late 1920’s and is still around today on clothes and as toys.

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”, were the words that Wimpy, the pleasantly plump friend of Popeye in the Popeye cartoons back in the 1960’s, use to say quite often. Wimpy was quite the moocher.

A 6-minute Popeye cartoon, featuring Wimpy:

Ask any of my close friends and they’ll tell you that one of my favorite foods is the good ol’ hamburger.

I’m not one of those hamburger snobs either. I don’t care for those fancy gourmet burgers either with all that unrecognizable stuff in it, like what are arugula, feta and sprouts doing in a burger! Just give me a good old fashion all American cheeseburger with an all beef patty, sesame seed bun, lettuce, onion, tomato, mustard and ketchup. Make it a double decker while you’re at it.

I went to a place that is relatively new in my area, called Black Bear Diner and they have a hamburger called the Bacon & Cheddar Stuffed Burger. It’s a beef patty stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. I’ve had it a couple times, and it was delicious, one of the best, tastiest burgers I’ve ever had.

The phrase that Wimpy uttered back in my ’60s era, has endured all of these years and was even used on the television show, The Office:

To learn more about Wimpy, click link below:

If you want to learn more about the Hamburger, check out wikipedia’s explanation:


The Adamson family of Malibu, California were vacationing in Switzerland when their hot air balloon excursion went terribly wrong. The balloon crashed in the town of Montbovon after colliding with power lines and falling 165 feet to the ground.

Grant Adamson died at the scene, his wife Terry and two daughters Lauren and Megan were airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.

If you’re wondering why I’m writing about this story, it’s because I wrote a post back in June 2012 about Adohr Farms (the milkman) which was connected to the Adamson family.

See my post on Adohr Farms.

Read the full news story here:
The wealthy descendant of Malibu’s founders identified as the American tourist killed in Swiss hot air balloon crash.