Author Archive: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.

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What If ?

What If ?

What if? We had a way to celebrate our American Graffiti History? We had a museum to share our Graffiti USA history? We had a place where we could show our classic cars and collectibles? We had a showplace for cars, rock and roll history, radio history, educational space, Modesto history? We took our place […]

PerformingView – Happy Summer

PerformingView – Happy Summer

PerformingView By Kaye Osborn Happy Summer Readers! May your days be filled with adventure, exploration and wonders. If you are looking to enhance your artistic and dramatic flairs consider attending a summer camp in theater, dance, singing, music or art. Camps are offered at Gallo, Hammonds House in Oakdale and local theater and dance companies. […]

ModestoView Wins Gold!

ModestoView Wins Gold!

ModestoView Wins Gold! I am so very proud of our design team of Pete Grimaldi and Micheal J Mangano. They take our piles of “ murphyglyphic” scribbles, snippets of text and boxes of photos and turn them into an amazing magazine each month. This is nothing short of a monthly miracle. We have won an […]

GreetingsView – Happy Graffiti Summer

GreetingsView – Happy Graffiti Summer

Greetings Friends, I’ll bet you can’t guess that I love Graffiti Summer in Modesto USA. This is one of the best seasons of the year where our city shouts out to the world that we are a really authentic cool city and are the #homeofamericangraffiti. Why is this so cool? It is more than just […]

PlaygroundView – Party for the Park

PlaygroundView – Party for the Park

Go Hollywood to help East LaLoma Park – June 29 Yes friends, we need your help to build a new playground. A few years ago, all of the playground equipment was removed, with nothing left for kids to play on. East LaLoma Park is important to the community and families need a safe and fun […]

GoModesto – Happy Birthday Lonny

GoModesto – Happy Birthday Lonny

Go Modesto Happy Birthday Lonny Davis! – June 8 Our friend Lonny Davis does so much for our community and his Hope Haven West non-profit delivers and fits wheelchairs around the world. You can help Hope Haven and celebrate Lonny’s birthday at the same time at the State Theatre. This party features Live Again and […]

ZenView- The American Spirit

ZenView- The American Spirit

ZenView By Mary Layton The American Spirit There’s definitely something uniquely American about American Graffiti – whether we are talking about George Lucas’ movie that made Modesto famous or the American graffiti as an art genre. As far as I know, graffiti is about recognition. It’s a way of stating one’s identity on a wall […]

Jazz&WorldView

Jazz&WorldView

Jazz & WorldView By Eric Benson Hey, folks, the Porchfest endured despite a wet soggy day, the weather may not have cooperated but the will to come out for some music and festivities, rain or shine prevailed. People with umbrellas or without soaked up the music and vibes. I think next year we should have […]

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In Memoriam Modesto lost two of our cultural characters. Harley Cooney, also known as the Mayor of J Street has passed away. The former Army Vet owned Action Rubber Stamp in downtown from 1962-1989. He was a regular fixture in downtown Modesto, in particular at his table at Deva Cafe and was loved by so […]

MoBand Turns 100

MoBand Turns 100

MoBand Turns 100 By Chris Murphy For as long as we can remember, these amazing summer Thursday nights with MoBand and 3,000 of your friends in the Mancini Bowl bandshell at Graceada park, with food, drink, wine, and fun sounds have made the perfect evening; a hall of fame slice of Modestocana. This 100-year season […]

MemorialView

MemorialView

Memorial Day is celebrated on May 27. It is a day to remember and honor all those who died serving in the American armed forces. Here is where you can join others in remembering family and friends who have died in the line of duty. 8 am VFW Wreath Laying 7th Street Bridge, 9 am […]

ChefView – Nobody’s Got Ralston’s Goat

ChefView – Nobody’s Got Ralston’s Goat

Chef View By Chris Murphy Photos by MJ Mangano Nobody’s got Ralston’s Goat One of my favorite places in Modesto is the corner of 10th and J. This means downtown to me, it is the epicenter. 10th St just has some magic to it as the site of our legendary cruising and the cruise route, […]

InterView – DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice

InterView – DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice

InterView By Chris Murphy DeSha McLeod Community Hospice Death with dignity is probably something every one of us wishes for. Death is a certainty, but it comes to us in many ways. When death is caused by cancer or some aggressive disease, not only is it terrible for the patient, it can also one of […]

Mother’s View

Mother’s View

Mother’sView By Chris Murphy You know the truth, every day is Mother’s Day, but every May, we make sure to all be on our best behavior and make sure that our Moms are truly celebrated. This is a special time to remember how important our moms are. Also, note, there are a lot of dads […]

BigView – Let’s go to the Park

BigView – Let’s go to the Park

The BigView By Chris Murphy Let’s go to the Park! Some of history’s greatest moments have happened at a park. Seurat’s famous pointillism A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, concerts in Central Park in NYC, speakers corner in Hyde Park, the show Parks and Rec, Summer of Love in Golden Gate […]