Saturday, March 26, 2011

Summer 1959: California here we come! Part 2

Summer 1959 and the story of Bob Wills, Art Mylott and Al Rivet continues.....The household furnishings were all sold off in the neighborhood auction.  The job resignations were handed in.  While the families on the east coast tried to sell the real estate and live without tables and chairs, Art, Al and Bob were driving west on Route 66  into L.A.   Judging from their letters, they made good time and drove straight through with only a few rest stops....

Al Rivet and Art Mylott

and Art wrote to folks back home as soon as he got to California....

Art Mylott in California, July 1959
and tried to communicate the experience of California freeways....



They soon saw the coast....


Left to right: Al, Art and Bob
 and started looking for housing and jobs....

Art Mylott on the right with real estate agent in southern California

Art and Bob checking out the real estate


Art Mylott in front of rental apartment

By the second week of July, they had temporary quarters in Fullerton. Though it was stressful, they also shared some good times described by Al in the letter below....




The wonders and amazements of California seem to have made big impressions on them all but as the weeks went by Bob and Art became more disillusioned and less hopeful about getting jobs at the levels they hoped.  In August, Bob and Art were back in New York.  Al remained in Fullerton  with a job and the start of a new life. 


Al Rivet on the California beaches he loved
The friendship among Art, Bob and Al would continue on...

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