WindanSea Welcome – Butch Van Artsdalen

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From "Remembering Butch: The Butch Van Artsdalen Story" by Douglas Cavanaugh: GREG NOLL-- "It was as if someone moved Bellvue Psychiatric Hospital to the beach and turned the inmates loose there at WindanSea. I remember filming there and Tiny Brain Thomas was getting rolled down the cliff in a … [Read more...]

La Jolla’s Psychiatric Hospital Of The Beach – WindanSea Stories

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This is from Doug from  Butch Van Artsdalen Facebook; stories from "Remembering Butch: The Butch Van Artsdalen Story" A little about what WindanSea was like back in the good ol' days .... La Jolla's  Psychiatric Hospital. MANONG -- "Dem WindanSea guys, dey was crazy. I nevah seen da kine games … [Read more...]

Long Bar – Butch Van Artsdalen

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Long Bar with Butch Van Artsdalen and Friends To: Webmaster From: Bob Feigel bob(at)surfwriter.net Message: Hi - A brief note to say thanks for your blog. It's being enjoyed by quite a few people who belong to the Facebook group California Surfing Memories & Photos. Your blog came … [Read more...]

Jack in the Box Head On Top of La Jolla High’s Flagpole

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Senior pranks tend to be an unofficial tradition at most high schools, similar to the unofficial senior skip day. It is crucial to find the perfect prank; one must realized the fine line between harmless and mischievous and vandalism or criminal. Some of the typical ones are TPing the school grounds … [Read more...]

End of an Era in La Jolla – The Way We Were, by Tommy Carroll

. I was sent this the other day, and even if it is a bit before Mac Media, it is a classic of what La Jolla was in the late 1940s and set the foundation for the craziness and bizarre times of the 1960s and 70s. Many will recognize the dads and moms of their friends and people they past forgotten … [Read more...]

Date Night in Tijuana, Mexico – Long Bar, Peeing and Coffee Cans

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Coffee cans played a major role in a road trip to Tijuana, Mexico. When Folgers came out with their one gallon cans, it set a new trend in date night to the Long Bar. It took a pretty savvy and opened minded girl to head to TJ and bar hop with her boyfriend.  Most only went there one time … [Read more...]

Police Raid WindanSea, La Jolla – Mac Meda July, 1968, Convention

. Brian Munoz probably summarized it best; after getting a few "to-go orders"  for a beer run, he went to the Liquor Box, filled his truck with cases, and when he started pulling out of the parking lot  heading down Nautilus St -  that’s when he slammed on his brakes. He suddenly had become … [Read more...]