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August 18, 2022

Hollywood to Hollister

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Thank God for President Bush. Illegal immigration from Mexico is
slowing down. President Bush and his anti-immigration plan is a
stroke of genius. Our economy is now so bad you can make more money
working in Mexico. Viva Mexico! According to the Tijuana 50 Centavo
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Ads recall movies’ glory days

Thank God for President Bush. Illegal immigration from Mexico is slowing down. President Bush and his anti-immigration plan is a stroke of genius. Our economy is now so bad you can make more money working in Mexico. Viva Mexico! According to the Tijuana 50 Centavo Taco Times, taco cart pushers in beautiful downtown Tijuana needed … only gringos need apply. Gringo gardeners also wanted. Call 1-800 Tijuana 6969 Green Go Gardeners. Aye chee waa waa.

You got to love a country and Cinco de Mayo celebrating the discovery of Tequila.

The fire last week that took down a historic restaurant building where “Oceans 11” was filmed on Hollywood and Vine brought back horrible memories of the worst fire I ever saw as blocks of old downtown Hollister went down in flames several years ago due to a very sick local and the ineptness of a fire chief who couldn’t put out a fire if it started in his Fruit of the Looms.

Hooray for San Juan Bautista Mayor George Dias Jr. As the politically motivated deputy sheriffs, after a year of trying, could not put him away in a court of law. Hope the county doesn’t waste another cent on this political nonsense. But more importantly, the jury could not convict and the judge declared a mistrial. Here comes the judge. There goes the mayor. Hallelujah!

I went to high school with George Dias Sr. and he was one of the most honest people I have ever met and when he got on the stand I believed his version. I don’t believe the deputies. Surprise, surprise.

The Hollister Downtown Association had a breakfast meeting to allow the “average” citizen voice their questions. The breakfast cost was $15. The average Hollister citizen in this economy is probably asking why can’t the Hollister Downtown Association have a meeting where one may ask questions without having to pony up $15. I have heard there’s no free lunch, but breakfast?

Glad to see Nob Hill supermarket is introducing all-natural shrimp. You mean to tell me all this time we have been eating unnatural shrimp? Holy mackerel.

Movie tip if you’re of the Mexican persuasion, the woman persuasion or a guy of the female persuasion: “La Misma Luna.” Four moons!

My favorite section in the newspaper is the letters to the editor. Amadeu Lima writes a lot of them and the 50 Cent Lance loves to run his folksy stories. My favorites are when he say things about Al Gore like he did a few weeks ago. “Who knows? We might have been in better shape with Gore as president.” With that kind of logic then I can also say we could have been worse off with Gore, fighting the war against terrorism on our homeland in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the streets of Hollister.

Last week I mentioned that great restaurant, the Orient Express in San Juan Bautista. My son David lives in San Francisco and the first time we ate at the Orient Express he exclaimed, “this is better than any place in San Francisco, including Chinatown.”

San Benito County, for all my joking about it being the home of more Mexican restaurants than Mexico City, has per capita the finest restaurants in the free world and parts of France.

Now is the time to support them and now is the time for restaurants to advertise some specials to help bring you in. Here in Hollywood restaurants that never advertised specials are doing so as people, no matter the financial climate, want to eat out but need a good reason and the smart restaurateur gives us a reason with specials or coupons. Your rebate check would be a perfect time to stimulate San Benito County’s economy while stimulating your taste buds.

Two weeks ago I wrote about seeing “The Ten Commandments” in 1958 at the Padre Theater in downtown San Jose in VistaVision Motion Picture High Fidelity. Two days later my brother Ray sent me a newspaper clipping from the San Jose Mercury featuring old pictures of downtown circa 1953 with the Padre marquee in the forefront and clearly in view the Fox California and the UA. If that wasn’t enough to bring tears to my memory bank of Nancy and I going almost every week to a movie in San Jose then Howard Taormino, the former manager of the Granada in Hollister, sends me a copy of the San Jose Mercury movie section from December 1958, the year Nancy and I were married.

My favorite movie ads from that 1958 paper were ads for their drive-in theaters. One dollar, yes $1 per carfull! New wide screen free kiddie playground, in-car heaters with five color cartoons and four hit movies. All movies can be seen even if you come in at 9:30. All for $1 per carfull.

More ads next week from the 1958 entertainment pages when you could go dancing to the big band of Mack Kelly and his orchestra with vocals by Phil Martin. Admission 65 cents. I heard about the Rainbow Ballroom from a San Benito Junior College friend. She was trying out for the part of Liza in My Fair Lady and she was always singing the hit, “I Could Have Danced All Night.” She didn’t get the part because she got knocked up. I think instead of singing “I Could Have Danced All Night” she should have sung “I Should Have Danced All Night.” Aye chee waa waa.

Bob Valenzuela
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