Readers have memories

Readers share their memories and pose questions:

“Dear Kevin,

“Here are a few more (hazy) memories for “Gone But Not Forgotten”:

“Don Drysdale opened a bar in the early sixties, called Don Drysdale’s Dugout. It was on Oxnard, just east of Hazeltine. He lived nearby (I believe around Califa and Ranchito.) The structure is still there and I believe it’s still a bar.

“Tail o’ the Pup was next to the Tail o’ The Cock on Ventura near Coldwater.

“When Van Nuys Blvd. mattered, the Copper Penny restaurant opened up not long after JFK’s assassination (between Victory and Oxnard.) The walls of the entry were lined with info likening the assassination of JFK to that of Abraham Lincoln. (FYI: JFK made a stump speech in 1960 at Valley Plaza on Laurel Canyon at Victory. In the Sears parking lot.)

“In the 60’s through the 70’s, there was another ice skating rink in the Laurel Plaza mall (Oxnard and Laurel Canyon.) I believe some famous skaters practiced there.

“Hody’s restaurrant was a big deal for us, growing up. Big clown icon outside, clown balloons (with paper feet so they stood upright) for all child diners. I believe it was on Lankershim in North Hollywood.

“In the early 1960’s, many a boy’s birthday was celebrated at a little restaurant in Burbank where kids sat at a counter and a choo-choo train—on tracks running the inner perimeter—would deliver their food. The kids would remove their burger from atop the train which would stop right in front of them.

“Thanks for the memories, Cathy”

Thanks to you for sharing yours. I’ve added Don Drysdale’s Dugout and Tail o’ the Pup to the Gone But Not Forgotten page.


“I am trying to find information on Ad Astra Ranch, which was or is located in the Van Nuys area. Do you know of this ranch? I know it existed in the 1930-40s but I cannot find anything more recent about it.

“Thank you, Susan Dei”

The Ad Astra was a thorougbred ranch in Van Nuys run by a former Army and college football coach, Arthur Mosse, and his daughter Justine. In the 1940s they drew some attention for having the first California-bred Kentucky Derby winning horse, Morvich, in their stud barn. (1940 Los Angeles Times story as .PDF file) Morvich died at the ranch in 1946; I couldn’t find any later references. Also, I still don’t have—yet—its exact location.

“Hello Kevin,

“Being a native resident of the San Fernando Valley (in Van Nuys 1961-1966; Northridge/Porter Ranch 1966-present), I really enjoyed your book….It was great to see all of those historic photos and the history behind them. I remember when there were many horses in the Northridge area….”

—Tony Gaudenti

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