WindanSea Welcome – Butch Van Artsdalen

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

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 dey … [Read more...]

Long Bar – Butch Van Artsdalen

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

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...]

Drinking, Destruction, Sex – Police – La Jolla Mac Meda

The Mac Meda Destruction Co. sounds like a joke, started as a joke, thrived as a joke and ended up like a joke. Or is it? Some of the teen-age, members of this loosely organized group boast the motto, "Drinking Destruction and Sex" Here's the joke punch line, written Jan 10 (1965): On … [Read more...]

Little John Syvada – Conrad, Sea Lane and Tequila Sunrise

If there was ever a man that could defied the massive consumption of alcohol and chemicals it was Little John Sylvada. He would have been a medical sensation on any autopsy table. His morning consisted of pouring his first wine cooler at 4am, taking a 1-2 hour nap at 12, and after, getting into the … [Read more...]