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Walk of Fame 2021 Inductees Celebration

Walk of Fame 2021 Inductees Celebration

Greetings Friends and Happy Graffiti Summer!   Please join us on Thursday evening.    Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Walk of Fame 2021 Inductees Celebration August 19, 2021  6:30  pm – 10th St Plaza Modesto The spirit of “American Graffiti” is back in downtown Modesto and endures today on 10th & 11th Streets in Downtown Modesto on the Historic […]

By August 17, 2021 Read More →
Walk of Fame Legends of the Cruise 2021

Walk of Fame Legends of the Cruise 2021

The Walk of Fame By Chris Murphy Back in 2012, when I approached George Lucas about getting involved in the Modesto Historic Cruise Route, I explained that our mission was simply to tell the stories behind the story that he told. He liked the idea and made a video that you can view at www.modestocruiseroute.com […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Modesto Area Street Rods

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Modesto Area Street Rods

Modesto Area Street Rod Association by Ray Lee 46 years ago, a group of guys and gals with a passion for street rods started our club, the Modesto Area Street Rod Association. Remember the year 1975? Cruising the streets of Modesto was still legal and cruising we did. This was our form of communication. What […]

2021Graffiti Legends of the Cruise  Sam Gottshall

2021Graffiti Legends of the Cruise Sam Gottshall

Sam Gottshall By Gayle Gottshall Sam Gottshall was born and raised in Modesto. Sam attended Downey High School and Modesto Junior College. He has been involved with old cars and hot rods since the age of 12. Sam’s cousin, whom was 6 years older, had a 1941 Willies Quarter mile car, and from that time […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – John Kearney

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – John Kearney

John Kearney My family moved to Modesto, CA in 1949. I attended Thomas Downey High School and graduated in 1961 one year ahead of George Lucas. Upon graduation I joined the United States Air Force and served 4 years in Strategic Air Command as an MP. While I was still in high school I started […]

2021 Graffiti Legends of the Cruise  Walk of Fame –  Jack Flower

2021 Graffiti Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Jack Flower

Jack Flower Jack Flower was one of Downey High class of 1960s fastest graduates. Driving a 1955 2- door Chevy Bel Air, his car was known around the region. Soon after graduation, Jack went to work for George Reed, Inc, essentially building the streets he was cruising and driving on. In 1969 he had the […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise  Mike Fenley

2021 Legends of the Cruise Mike Fenley

Mike Fenley By Chris Murphy Mike Fenley met his future wife Lisa when she picked him up to cruise McHenry in 1968 and the rest is history. Mike worked in his family business of the 5 Minute Car Wash since he was 12 years old. The first location at McHenry & Mensinger opened in 1963 […]

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame –  Marvin Narbaitz

2021 Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame – Marvin Narbaitz

Marvin Narbaitz By Dennis Wilson Marvin moved to Modesto in 1958 and was a classmate of George Lucas in Downey 1962. At 16 he started driving his mom’s car that he took to Smitty’s muffler where they’d heat your coils for $2 a side to lower front but only did one coil hoping she wouldn’t […]

Hazel Houser Spencer: Woman of History

Hazel Houser Spencer: Woman of History

Hazel Houser Spencer: Woman of History by Stella Beratlis Hazel Houser Spencer, Stanislaus County lyricist and composer of many country and gospel songs of renown, is not widely known outside of country music and bluegrass history circles. I’ve been on a personal mission, of sorts, to change that. This year, I nominated Hazel Houser Spencer […]

By March 1, 2021 Read More →
1970s Modesto Timeline

1970s Modesto Timeline

Timeline 1970 Modesto’s population is 61,712 Modesto Peace Life Center founded Modesto celebrate its centennial April 22, Modesto celebrates the first Earth Day Modesto became the first city in the USA to offer curbside recycling Memorial Hospital opens on Coffee Rd 1971 The new Stanislaus County Library opens on I street. The old library would […]

AwarenessView

AwarenessView

Understanding Systemic Racism By Wendy Byrd As America celebrates the Fourth of July amid an uprising against police brutality, and a pandemic that has claimed 125,000 lives, let us open dialogue about re-imagining what the next 244 years could look like. In order to do this effectively and truly create change, one must know and […]

Graffiti USA Museum – Coming Soon!

Graffiti USA Museum – Coming Soon!

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy We are bringing 1962 back! There is only one home of American Graffiti in the whole galaxy and it’s here in Modesto USA. This is were George Lucas grew up, went to school, created his stories and raced his cars and then went to Modesto JC before heading off to USC […]

BigView – The 1950s

BigView – The 1950s

The BigView by Chris Murphy There is really nothing like the sound of a hot rod motor, the squeal of tires and the sounds of the radio playing your favorite songs. Pulling in to a drive in, attended by a car hop on roller skates delivering a burger, fries and shake to you and your […]

BigView – Modesto in the 1940s

BigView – Modesto in the 1940s

The BigView The 1940s were a decade of change in Modesto USA. As the depression of the 1930s slowly changed into a wartime America, Modesto would be home to one of the largest military hospitals, but underneath the war effort, Modesto survived the depression better than many other areas. Our agricultural economy really took hold, […]

Roots of Rock Legends

Roots of Rock Legends

By Chris Murphy Rockabilly is without a doubt the most exciting, artistic and raw form of early rock and roll today. Originally a term used an an insult, “rockabilly” became the foundation of rock with its simple slapping bass percussion and a boogie beat that’s guaranteed to make you dance, just like it did in […]