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News from: Current | 2003 | 2002 | Main

Friday - November 22, 2002

A couple of items have hit the news item list today. First of all is the potentially horrifying fate of the Kona Lanes Bowl in Costa Mesa, California. Let's not let this ten pin alley end up in a black hole like many of the other roadside treasures of the past. Check out Preservation Alley for more details.

On a brighter note, KilbyCreative has done it again. That is, the Florida roadside calendar for 2003 is now available for purchase. For more info, click here.

Wednesday, July 30 2002

A unique mid-century modern shopping center in Palo Alto called the Edgewood is in danger of being razed.

Please take a moment to review and perhaps sign this petition which seeks to garner support to revitalize and preserve the Edgewood Shopping Center and adjacent Eichler Homes offices in Palo Alto, California. The Edgewood is a mid-century modern shopping center prototype designed by the prominent Los Angeles-based architectural firm of A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons and is the only commercial development planned and built by Joseph Eichler. (Text above from the Save the Edgewood Petition site)

More information can be found about mid-page at the Eichler Network site.

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for this info.

'Friday, July 19, 2002

An old drive-in eatery in Santa Cruz, CA is in danger of being razed to make way for a natural history museum. Please visit Preservation Alley now to get more info.

Many thanks to Len Klemnauer for this info.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Visit the Friends of Johnie's' booth and sign the petition at the 5th Annual Lakewood Summer Stampede Car Show on Sunday, June 23rd from 10am-3pm at Mayfair Park-Todd Community Center, 5720 Clark Avenue, Lakewood. Over 300 pre-1975 custom cars, street rods, restored classics and motorcycles. Come buy a Johnie's T-shirt! Remember, it is only through your involvement that the roadside classic Johnie's Broiler will stand a chance. See Preservation Alley for photos.

For information on the Car Show, click here. For a map to the event, click here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Mark your calendars for THE CALIFORNIA MOTHER ROAD WEEKEND AND AWARDS BANQUET sponsored by: The California Route 66 Preservation Foundation and the San Bernardino Visitor's and Convention Bureau on June 15, 2002.

Please see the attached flyers for more info. Flyer 1 Flyer 2

Many thanks to Don Berizko of for this info.

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Join the Friends of Johnie's Broiler at an all important rally scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 11am to 2pm. See Preservation Alley for newly added vintage photos and another shot of the interior destruction.

Here is the flyer with more info.

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for the updates.

Monday, April 15, 2002

Join the Friends of Johnie's Broiler at an all important rally scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 11am to 2pm. Now that some of the lettering has been taken down and the interior is all but gutted, this may be Johnie's last stand. Save Johnie's from being just another fond memory at Where Are They Now and be there.

Friday, April 12, 2002

Johnie's Broiler Demolition --- Urgent! New, alarming information about Johnie's Broiler in Downey, CA.

On Thursday evening April 11th, a blue tarp is covering parts of the sign and the 'FAMILY' 'RESTAURANT' 'COFFEE SHOP' neon lettering has now been removed. Three flatbed trucks are parked nearby and six giant oxy-acetylene tanks are inside the now almost completely gutted interior.

(Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for this current, though alarming, update)

Yes, the end appears to be near for this venerable coffee shop, former drive-in car hop. Please contact the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy today for information on how to keep one of the last remaining examples of googie from disappearing from the roadside. Time is of the essence!

(This information came directly from the Modern Committee's website).To protest the demolition of Johnie's Broiler at 7447 Firestone Blvd., Downey.
Please contact the Mayor and Councilperson for that district.

Meredith H. Perkins

Rick Trejo
Mayor Pro Tem - District 3

City Council (562) 904-7274

Curious to see what all of this hullabaloo is about? Take a peek at Johnie's Broiler during better times at Preservation Alley.

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Second City Council Art Gallery --- This nonprofit art gallery in downtown Long Beach run by volunteers will be having an exhibition called "In Other Words" (art that incorporates words, makes literary references or tells a visual story). L.A. Times writer (public T.V. & radio host and commentator, Pulitzer Prize winner, Emmy and Golden Mike award winner etc, etc.) Patt Morrison as the juror.

Interested potential artists and guests, please visit this site for more information.

Preservation Alley has been updated with two new additions: The Cabazon Dinosaurs and Needles Budget Inn Motel. Also added, a look at how Santa Claus is doing after his removal from his rooftop home in Santa Claus, CA. Click here to take a peek at Preservation Alley.




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