“My arrival in Van Nuys began in 1960….”


 

Mrs. Fletcher, Hazeltine Elementary School, Van Nuys, CA
Mrs. Fletcher, Hazeltine Elementary School, Van Nuys, CA

Carey Wilson, now of Lakewood, Ohio, has started a new blog called, “Van Nuys Boomers”.

He writes, in a brief autobiography:


About Me

My arrival in Van Nuys began in 1960 at the age of 5. I was raised in Van Nuys and have spent about 43 of my 52 years in the Valley. When I was 5 years old we lived about 1 block from the notorious gangster Mickey Cohen. During the 1970’s we lived in an apartment building owned by the actress Jane Russell. Yes she did live at the building during out time there. Mayor Sam Yorty once complained to the police about the noise from our band practice. My Dad worked for Flying Tiger Line and I once flew with the top WW2 ace of the Flying Tigers, Duke Hedman. Please forgive the gratuitous name dropping but I hate talking about myself. I suppose I sound more like Forrest Gump then myself. But everyone in L.A. rubs elbows with celebrities. I will elaborate on some of these stories as the days go by.

Check out his work. He has some great photos too.

2 thoughts on ““My arrival in Van Nuys began in 1960….”

  1. My Dad worked for Flying Tiger Line and I once flew with the top WW2 ace of the Flying Tigers, Duke Hedman.

    I hope you got a chance to meet Mr Hedman! I interviewed him about twenty years ago, when he was living in Nevada. He was one of the original Flying Tigers, who give up their commissions in 1941 to go to Asia and fly as part of the Chinese Air Force. After the war, several of them started the Flying Tiger Line, now part of FedEx. For more about all this, see Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942. Blue skies! — Dan Ford

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