It was a time of El Monte based Thrifty ice cream and drug stores, a Helms Bakery man who drove around neighborhoods in a yellow truck selling baked goods, and the Huddle restaurant that once stood where the TGIFridays restaurant is now at the West Covina Eastland Shopping Center.
"Maybe it's the perception of the world by children, they experience their world through a different set of eyes and only remember the fun times and the fun places," said Cliser, who was born in 1957 in West Covina and grew up in La Puente.
And although some historic places like the Vineland Drive In and Donut Hole remain, Cliser said preserving things of the past is important for future generations.
were here," Cliser said. "We're all aging together and there's a large collective memory out there and I think its important to share and pass on and the personal stuff doesn't get written about."
While the places may have disappeared, Chino resident Gary Cliser wants to make sure the vivid images of those decades past don't. 3, 2012 in La Puente, Calif.
Despite the region's rich history, few historical and cultural icons remain from life in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
Harris said that reading Cliser's personal stories and seeing the photos brings him right back to his own childhood.
"Preserving these pictures and hosting them on either a website or YouTube is my way of keeping those memories alive and available to everybody," Cliser said of his hobby. "I can escape. It's fun. I just take a lot of pride in putting together memories that other people enjoy."
"A lot of people that grew up here after my generation don't even know those places Omega Seamaster 300 Master
"People are forgetting about it and you have a whole new generation who don't realize . how awesome it was back in the day in the San Gabriel Valley," he said. "They were wonderful things of the past that will never come back."
Chino man compiles vintage memories from San Gabriel Valley's boomer days
Cliser has also created other sites through his blog about: Covina's early years; Crawford's Village Store at Five points in El Monte; the Barrydale Street neighborhood, where Cliser grew up; and the trial of prominent Dr. Bernard Finch and his mistress Carole Tregoff, who were convicted of killing Finch's wife in West Covina.
"It's become a hobby really to keep track of old photographs and things that were normal icons and places that we visited when we were younger that are now just disappearing," Cliser said.
The website includes video montages, documentaries and personal stories of old Valley hotspots and events, such as the carnival days and opening of the Star Theater in La Puente, the Tumbleweed theater once located on Garvey and Mountain View Road in El Monte, and the Carousel Theater in West Covina where the Doors once played.
The web page has garnered nearly 39,000 views and gained fans, including West Covina resident Jim Harris.
"Immediately I'm there and I love that because that's what he artfully does," Harris said. "It's not just the pictures . but he incorporates Omega Speedmaster Nato
Cliser, 55, has become somewhat of a local historian over the years, collecting vintage photographs, postcards and other boomer memorabilia from Omega Speedmaster Automatic Movement
around El Monte, La Puente, West Covina and Baldwin Park and compiling them on his blog.
Cliser collects photos and advertisements from old high school year books, reference books from libraries and local historical societies. Other images he gets Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Black from people who share them on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr.
"They come from old boxes in the garage that people forget about, or those old slides in the slide tray that haven't been touched in 40 or 50 years," Cliser said. "I guarantee you there is a treasure of photographs out there of wonderful local Valley places from those early days that haven't even been discovered yet."
"I have always had an interest in our life and how things were when we were kids," Cliser said. "Perhaps it's an aging Baby Boom population that realizes the fleeting (passage) of time and of those fond memories of life then."
into it his personal story, and that's where he's truly inspired me. It makes me think about where was I?"
"We were a huge Baby Boom community, so there's tons of us here who can connect with what he posts," Harris, 58, said.
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