yes, those are all great memories…. my favorites were the Loyola & Paradise Theatres…. Woolworth’s, Savon, Broadway, JCPenny, the list goes on…. don’t forget all the chasing of girls you did….
Ah yes… Thrill hill. The shack. The pond at the bean field. The nike missile drills. And later, party in the silos. The pump house across from the little league field. The neon signs at sav on. Smoking and making out behind the Y. Going to one of the original McDonalds. Underage drinking at Lums. The monster model contest at Karls toys. Marina Federal free shows. The cry room. Hamburger hand out. Folding newspapers early morning at the chevron. Knocking over those front yard xmas candles. Thumbing for a ride to the beach. Getting a hand made coke at Woolworths. Gillis beach. Toes. No 405. No marina. No large airport. La Tijera without curbs. That orange jet that always landed at Hughes. Walking to school. The Lariettes pancake breakfast. Up with people. Sheri Averonni in her pink Vet. The pool atop the gym at Orville Wright. The storm drains on barranca. Crazy Judy’s. The flying A gas station. The “Home of the X15″ neon sign. The oil tank farm fire. The pony ride. What about the guy who came to your door to take a picture of you on a pony. The tune from the ice cream truck. The voice of Vin Scully at a summer BBQ. And last but not least campers, HELMS TRUCKS.
I remember sooo much grew up on fordham rd,went to Loyola village,moved Orville wright and Westchester High,lots of memories that have come back after viewing this page keep looking for pics of my brother and his friends
I am also from the class of 1971 and will be attending the class reunion on Sept. 3rd, will you be there? Gosh, so many great memories of Westchester. Climbing down into the drains on Liberator and finding the tiny frogs we found there. Walking to Westchester Park to swim in the pool there in the summers and taking the long walk to Playa Del Rey beach in the summer, too. Loyola Theater used to have free summer matinee movies that my Mom got tickets for from the Marina Bank. We would fill up with penny candy and watch double features there and remember Loyola had a balcony, too and the Paradise had a glass enclosed cry room at the rear of the theater? I always remember seeing the movie ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars’ every summer at the free movies.
Wow! This is bringing back some very fond memories for me as well. I didn’t live long out there but enough to really love it. Went to Airport Jr High in 1969 til they closed it, then over to Orville Wright Jr before we ultimately moved over to Long Beach for a year. My dad was military then and we moved around a lot because he didn’t want to be far from home I guess. Thank you for this posting sir.
Sorry to disappoint you, there is no pool atop the gym. I taught PE at Wright from 1995 to 2013. I find these memories fascinating and a pleasure to read. It may interest the readers that Trevor Ariza (one time Laker forward) and Desean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver) attended Orville Wright during my tenure there. x
No schools were torn down because of LAX “expansion”.
Homes were taken in response to the homeowner’s lawsuit, in which they asserted the airport was unsafe, and the commission agreed.
Airport Junior High and 98th Street Elementary were closed under these auspices. Emerson closed for lack of attendance and was converted to an Adult Education facility.
Even today, as homeowners anew sport “No LAX” signs, the controversy is mislabled – the airport isn’t expanding, it isn’t allowed to. It is merely updating its design and traffic circulation.
Westchester residents should be focusing their ire on their friends in Orange County, who successfully stalled the redeployment of El Toro as a complement to LAX. Given that Irvine doesn’t have the funds to develop the “Great Park” – or clean up the toxic soup, there is still plenty of time and opportunity to renew efforts and resurrect the airfield.
I was told back in the day the Westchester Witch name was Burt and lived near Liberator and 86 or 87 streets. Everyday in the mid to late 70’s she would walk her usual course which would go by our house on Truxton Ave. I just remember her walking down our street and mumbling things as she walked by us playing in the street. She was like clockwork and would go by our house at least 2 to 3 times a day.
This brings back alot of memories of Westchester–great place to grow up. Orville Wright was the best…as was WHS….We had some great baseball teams back in the day all the way from Little League through High School. Time moves on but great memories never fade away….Grew up on Bella Vista St. right down the street from WHS, and today due to the airport expansion the entire neighborhood is gone.
I remember when moving to Westchester in the early 70’s there were still homes from Airport Blvd on the east to Will Rogers Street/ Westchester Parkway on the North to almost Sepulveda on the West and I think 96th Street on the south. I do not remember homes that were where the LAX North runway is west of Sepulveda. I have been told that Westchester lost a third of its size since it was at its peak with homes, can that be true? Does anybody even remember when they first started taking homes in Westchester and having people move? Was it in the late 50’s or early 60’s? I have heard there were lots of homes on the bluffs as well.
yes i remember the loss of homes in westchester, sad thing is, its still going on! remember shakeys pizza on arbor viate? all the apartments and homes south of there were taken down in the last ten years
. everything is gone between airport and la cienega, and arbor viate to century bl. just parking lots and fenced off waste land , just waiting for lax to take over. westchester has turned into a parking lot for lax! very sad, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot! joanie mitchel ! chow. greg lambert class of 71, westchester high school, aka watts chester these days.
Westchester Elementry was just east by a couple blocks of The Paradise theatre. It and the 2 homes I grew up in are now gone. They were replaced by car rental facilities for LAX. That happened in the mid 70’s.
Mike……………….is this really you????????? You may not remember me…………..I am Frank Stewart from Westchester High. I am happy to see that you are alive……………….me too…………….for whatever that is worth. I remember you distinctly. I fell across this thread accidentally. What a supreme rush of memories that I find difficult to comprehend. WTF????????
I only lived in Westchester for a few years but they were the best years of my younger life. We lived at 5524 W 78th St just half a block east of Osage. Went to 6th grade there in 66. Had Mr. Rygg. Lived right across the street from Kenny Beckman and over from Anna Raposa. Went to Airport 66 – 67 for 7th and 8th. Gail Deardorff, Laurie Bruns, Jane Schmidtdale were friends. Remember a lot of other kids still, too. We ran all over Westchester, Inglewood and PDR. So many great memories in these posts. Wonder if anyone remembers me? I was Sharon Brock then. Like so many have observed in their posts, what I loved was the small town feel in a big city. I moved to Westchester from Phoenix and that’s where we moved back to in summer of 67. I live in an older part of central Phoenix that offers that kind of village within a city feel and was great to bring my kids up in. I don’t think they’re as fortunate as I was, though, with living in Westchester during such a great time =]
I just stumbled upon this message board and enjoyed reading these memories. This is Patty Harvey and I have very fond memories of Westchester. We moved into our new house on 88th street 3 houses away from Westchester High in the new tract houses in 1959. We always looked forward to the Helms truck passing by our streets so we could have those amazing donuts and goodies from their bakery. I went to Loyola Village Elementary. We enjoyed walking up to Shoppers Market on Lincoln and Manchester. Remember Toy Palace (what a great mom and pop toy store) I can still remember the smell of the new dolls in that store. When Chucko the clown came to visit in that parking lot there we were with many other kids screaming to see him. The group The Turtles would be practicing in their backyard near that store area. There was a music store called Mr. Music that I would buy all my records in. Going downtown was going to the Loyola and Paradise theatre area. Took the black and white photos at Woolworth’s and had a blast. There was also a cute restaurant named Rosie’s where we would have lunch. Can’t forget the Westchester Park dances (the Rooster’s band) and the YMCA dances and of course the sportsnights at Orville Wright. Those were FUN! How about Dunken Donuts in Playa Del Rey? That was the hangout. My friends and I had many fun years at the Westport Beach Club next to the jungle (homes on the beach near the Shack and The Fountain ( the cool hamburger joint across from the Shack). That was the surfer hangout after surfing at Toe’s and D & W (Dockweiller Beach). How about Gillis beach. Now that was the best beach back then where we spent almost everyday in the summer. Those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end….la la la… Great memories!! Good friends!!
Hey Darlin’,Great memories,thanks for turning me on to this site.And speaking of Gillis Bch. – There is going to be A Celebration of Life for Mark Harlan at Gillis Bch. on July 18th,don’t know the time yet,but more to come…