Film Inspired by similar restaurants serving motorists in Los Angeles, Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs founded Mel’s Drive-In restaurants in 1947 in San Francisco, California. Night and day, hordes of patrons that fancied dining-in-your-car came early and often. It didn’t take long for the first restaurant to multiply into eleven. In 1972, the original Mel’s located at 140 South Van Ness in San Francisco was selected as a feature location by filmmaker George Lucas for his 1973 coming of age film American Graffiti. When filming began, the restaurant had been closed for several years and was slated for demolition, perhaps the consequence of Mel’s then newly introduced concept of “serve your self“. George managed to lease ( continue reading... )
Episode 292 Dec 2nd 2013
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of speaking to the great comedian ‘Shelley Berman’. Well, he’s back on the show to talk about a book of poetry he’s has written along with extraordinary ability to adlib. I’ve got a free vintage online magazine to check out, and a nice box set for you in time for Christmas.