I'm a cowboy, hootie, hootie
Trip Start Oct 06, 2013
84Trip End Mar 15, 2014
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Bobby, Fran and I spent hours looking through all the cowboy artifacts, western art, amazing Indian bead work and weaving. This is my kind of museum. Bobby and Fran were worse than I was in slowly working through this amazing collection. They were as pokey as Gabby Hayes driving a chuck wagon
The most amazing thing is they had my Davey Crockett bedspread from when I was 5. The one with him fighting the bear in that soft chenille ribbed cotton. My sisters will remember. I have not seen that bed spread in well over 50 years. Going to bed underneath the image of Davey Crockett killing a bear with a knife gives a kid the feeling that they can do anything. Of course, Davey "killed him a bear when he was only three," so I felt I was slipping a bit having not even seen a bear by the time I was five. I still think I should have a big Bowie knife under my pillow, particularly in bear country. Fess Parker was a hero. Although, I was crushed when I found out that Ed Ames, as Mingo, was really a singer and really wasn't an Indian, in fact he was Jewish. So, Jay Silverheels, as Tonto, replaced him as my Indian Hero even though Mingo had a better outfit.
The museum also had a show on the Jewish community of LA, which focused on Boyle Heights, but also talked about all the Jewish impact on Hollywood and the movies. Really interesting but close to home as Bobby's grandparents lived in Boyle Heights in the 40s and 50s.
Did you know that Upton Sinclair, that muckraking journalist, in 1935 ran for the Governor of California. Among supporters of the Stop Sinclair effort were MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler. During the campaign, Mayer turned multiple studio lots in Los Angeles into propaganda machines, churning out fake newsreels to be played before feature-length films in the state. Republican Frank Merriam won the election
I also got to listen to the music of Chuck Higgins, Spade Cooley and Slim Gaillard that made music that was popular in Boyle Heights, including such hits as Dunkin' Bagels, Boyle Heights Bop and the Pachuko Hop. Sax player Chuck Higgins influenced Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. Spade Cooley, claimed to be the King of Western Swing and brought Tex Williams into his band. Unfortunately, Spade's career was cut short when he killed his wife after she had an affair with Roy Rogers. Everyone now says Bob Wills was king of swing. By the way, Ry Cooder named his dog "Spayed Kooley." Slim Gaillard made famous that old bop favorite, Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy), a song my dad loved, and he never told me what it meant. Man those cats in Boyle Heights were cool.
We ended up meeting Jim, Fran's brother for dinner at this great Italian Restaurant; Mezzomondo and had some excellent wine and spectacular food. Jim and I had the veal saltibucco which was incredible. Jim is a wine distributor so he brought some of his selections to enjoy. We talked baseball and our travels and the wine biz. The most impressive thing for me was that the restaurant is quiet and we could eat and enjoy the wine slowly, talk and be heard. The owner, Elio and his wife, Luba, came over to discuss what to eat with us. We had pumpkin ravioli as an appetizer. We also had The 405 Salad, which Elio thought up when in a traffic jam on the 405; hearts of Palm, papaya, raddicio, baby greens and the secret dressing. Wow! We finished with frozen lemon cello with cream. Great place. You should go, tell them Jim sent you.
Meantime. Sadie and Roamin' enjoyed each other and had the run of the place. Sadie was very happy to see us.