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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Legend of the Cruise: Vern Silva

Legend of the Cruise: Vern Silva

Vern Silva Turlock High School- 1965 My car was a 1957 Chevy. My senior ditch day was spent at a friend’s working on his car. Now I am helping friends with repairs and building cars from the ground up. I went to Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and came back and started a family with […]

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Legend of the Cruise the Deacons

Legend of the Cruise the Deacons

Deacons The Deacons car club was established 60 years ago and still meets as a group.Founded at Downey High School in 1962 by a group of young men who were interested in hot rods, cars, and drag racing. They were affiliated with the International Car Club of America. They all loved to cruise 10th Street […]

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Legends of the Cruise 2022 Walk of Fame Inductees

Legends of the Cruise 2022 Walk of Fame Inductees

Legends of the Cruise 2022 Walk of Fame Inductees By Chris Murphy As George Lucas once said about American Graffiti, these were the stories that he grew up with cruising on 10th and 11th Street in those formative high school years.  Everything was about your boyfriend or girlfriend, being seen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, driving, racing, […]

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Greetings Friends – It’s Graffiti Summer

Greetings Friends – It’s Graffiti Summer

I’ll bet you didn’t know that I love all things American Graffiti. Yes friends, it is Graffiti Summer, a time when we celebrate the cool classic things about our community. I love the music, the chrome, the art, the history, the stories, the legends and the fact that Modesto is the only city in the […]

FoodView – Scenic Drive In

FoodView – Scenic Drive In

By Chris Murphy George Lucas Ate Here If you have been down Scenic Drive in the last 10 years, you have seen some nice new construction and beautiful commercial buildings. But back in 1962, there were a row of auto shops and other light industrial, including Gustafson’s Foreign Car Service. This is where the racers […]

InterView- Mackenzie Phillips

InterView- Mackenzie Phillips

By Chris Murphy Back in the day when I was cruising, all of the little sisters and brothers wanted to go along. Rarely did this ever happen, and babysitting was not the goal when you were cruising. One of the most famous little sisters to ever go cruising was Carol Morrison, the Dewey Weber surfboard […]

Gallo Center 2022-2023 Season Announcement

Gallo Center 2022-2023 Season Announcement

GALLO CENTER LAUNCHES 2022/23 SEASON THE BOOK OF MORMON, FRANKIE VALLI, GEORGE LOPEZ, KRISTIN CHENOWETH, BLACK VIOLIN & BELINDA CARLISLE AMONG SEASON HIGHLIGHTS TheGallo Center for the Arts has announced its 2022/23 season, which marks the 15th anniversary of the performing arts venue and the first season curated by chief executive officer Chad Hilligus. Advance […]

NonProfitView – 75 Years of Service

NonProfitView – 75 Years of Service

75 Years of Service by Cathy Mendoza, Executive Director, Society for disABILITIES When I first met Mae, she was a bit despondent and a lot determined! We were delivering a motorized scooter to her…but what she was really getting was some freedom. Mae lives in a board and care home in a small town and, […]

FW: ZenView – Euphoria

FW: ZenView – Euphoria

By Mary Layton Achieving Euphoria We are happy to announce that we are back teaching Tai Chi at the MJC! As you all know, most activities during the pandemic were stopped and it’s nice to see that things are moving again. However stress hasn’t gone away. We may feel, more than before, the need to […]

PoetryView – Tidy Up Modesto

PoetryView – Tidy Up Modesto

PoetryView by Salvatore Salerno, Poet Laureate of Modesto TIDY UP, MODESTO! How do you know of a hometown hero? Someone who calls your attention Not to themselves, but instead the work at hand. There is such an unsung person, so I shall Chris- ten his Ship of Good Deeds with the pennant Operation 9-2-99, and […]

MoBand’s 103rd Season

MoBand’s 103rd Season

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. Last year MoBand was back with […]

AllAgesView – Happy May Modesto

AllAgesView – Happy May Modesto

By Grace McNamara May is here, and summer is arriving. I’ve been loving >the sunny weather we’ve been having, and what better way to enjoy it than >going outside! One of my favorite ways to stay active is going on a bike >ride. I love going to dry creek and riding around there. This place […]

BigView -Go Outside

BigView -Go Outside

By Chris Murphy Did you know we have so many public spaces waiting for you? One of the most important recommendations I can make is to turn off the TV, put down the game controller and get out and about and explore. Many of these things don’t cost anything and you can enjoy hanging out […]

Interview  – Library is More Vital Than Ever

Interview – Library is More Vital Than Ever

By Chris Murphy The pandemic has changed so much. So many things were closed, some adapted and some went away. On the other hand, some things changed and may even be stronger now after making it through. The Stanislaus County library is one of those institutions. During the pandemic, library services, mobile book check out […]

GreetingView – May the 4th and More!

GreetingView – May the 4th and More!

Greetings Friends, We are a month away from Graffiti Summer, but it is May where we really step on the gas and get running fast. It was so amazing to see so many people out helping make Modesto better at Love Modesto. Thank you all to those that donated to our Walk A Mile team […]