My parent's trip to visit me in March, 1973

Digging among the family photos that have gotten into my possession at this point yesterday, I found an almost empty photo album, not completely empty like most of the photo albums were. I have looked at the photos, brought the album in house and scanned some of them in using scanner from a discarded printer given by a friend, CarolSa a couple of years ago, using VueScan software I bought recently, copied photos onto a CD and transfered them to my MacMini computer. (Then created this photostory and converted it into web ready format and put on my main website.)

Inside the front of the photo album were two empty photo processing envelopes. They had written:

Cline, M. D.

Samoa Apts

FILM: 126-12

Envelope # 6735 was dated 4-23-73 and marked A242; #6771 was dated 4-24-73, and marked A447.

Processing location info:

"Woodall Camera Shop

Tujunga at 7165 Foothill

Next to B of A"

Next I will see how an identification goes. Info will be typed in below the photos arranged into small groups.


On the first roll of film, apparently the photos started showing quite a snowstorm's snow at their home, 2621 Virginia NE, in Albuquerque, NM, presumably winter of 1972-1973. Photo on top and center show Dad, and lower photo show both my parents and their dog Coco, digging a trench clearing sidewalk path to the street. Dad had always assumed that I would eventually live in the house and was careful to show me how to maintain it; but after he passed away, a couple years later mother re-married and they sold the house and moved to California; much of the money from the sale of the house in Albuquerque was all that Mother was able to get to me after she had passed away, and eventually helped buy the much smaller and primitive house I now live in in Ephrata, WA, yet a home of my own again after 33 years of enduring nomadic apartment existence in low-rent areas.


On the way to California, several photos were taken of the desert poppy wildflowers in spectacular bloom at the time, presumably mid-March 1973. Above is one of those photos.


They no doubt came mainly to visit me at my new residence, my first apartment after the sale of my home in Topanga, CA in December 1972 as part of divorce by my former wife, Charlotte. From top to bottom. the (left to right,) first photo shows entranceway to the Samoa Apartments, on Samoa in Tujunga, California. 2nd (middle) photo shows an inner courtyard including my apartment's door at ground level right next to corner of swimming pool visible on right side of photo. The 3rd photo shows me (James E D Cline) and my mother (Ethelyne Cline) and photo was probably taken by my father (M D Cline) and their old Chrysler partly visible on photo's lower right side along with edge Dad's finger I would guess. My stance and lean frame show some of the despair I was suffering at the time and slow recovery from near starvation in Topanga after wife had gone. I had moved from Topanga to Tujunga because Tujunga had the cheapest rental sites that were close to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena/LaCanada, CA, where I had a temporary contract job series employed as an Electronics Technician at the time, working on development of a spacecraft camera system. Those slow scan video-cameras went on to take quite a few famous space photos of Mars in the mid-1970's.


This photo is of an old vacant and disintegrating building visible from kitchen window of my Samoa apartment, facing westward. Some three decades later I discovered that the old building was still there and had been restored, now known as Bolton Hall Museum; and eventually I worked there as a volunteer and docent at the BHM historical museum, and part of my volunteer work was to scan in and document old related photos; so yesterday I emailed this photo to one of the folks still there, Lloyd Hitt, and he replied today that they will put the photo in the museum archives as there were no photos of rear of building of that era,  showing how far it had fallen into ruin by then, so it is a unique contribution that my parents' had made through their photography. Some of the early history of the Little Landers Historical Society, who saved the building and created the museum and now staffs it with volunteers, involves the group's struggle to save the building from being demolished. The old 1913 stone building building also has survived several major earthquakes, yet remains standing.


My guess is that these two photos were taken at Busch Gardens in the San Fernando Valley area, on Roscoe and Haskell. The Busch Gardens artificial paradise was one of my favorite places of that time, providing a few free beers, rides on boats, incredible scenery and water birds; but lots more fun back when I had mate and kids to share with than later when going alone in despair. Busch Gardens, which had been constructed by the brewery where a cabbage field had been before (and an expansion of the associated brewery would be later, as is now at that location) I liked to fantasize a copy of it being built in a domed city built on the Moon re-creating a bit of paradise in contrast with the harsh landscape of the lunar surface, when the Moon would be connected part way toward Earth through the balance point L-1 via a fiberglass anchored tether L-1 lunar space elevator which I had already calculated could be built with existing materials and glass was already known to be an abundant raw material on the Moon, using a tapered constant stress cross section design which I had calculated outside requirements and had tried to get NASA interested in the idea. But the reply from Francis Kemmett, chairman of the NASA Inventions and Contribution Board, said it was an unproven concept and anyway NASA was committed to quickly finishing the Apollo moon landing program and then immediately proceed to the Space Shuttle program, abandoning the Moon. 


These two photos are of the family and home of my mother's sister JoAnne, show the Armentrout family and my parents. I also may be in the top (or left side) photo on left of group of people, but I do not remember ever wearing that kind of white shirt before or since. Dad and Mother are the two on the left side of lower (or right-hand) photo. Bob is next and Joanne next and their two boys on right side of photo.


After my parents left from visiting me, their camera film shows that they apparently visited the coast, now that they had come this far west again. We had lived in the mid-1940's in Oakland, San Francisco, and Eagle Rock, CA; so the Pacific Ocean's eastern coastal areas along the western edge of the United States were long a favorite family experience. The above 2 photos include my dad, M. D. Cline; one by windmill and other sitting by the sea, looking out across the Pacific Ocean. Photos probably were taken by my mother.


The above 3 photos are of the coast too, and probably Dad took them of my mother, Ethelyne Cline. The second photo includes a short tree that resembles the mural I had always had on my home in Topanga, CA, called "Monterry Pine" I think. Third photo clearly shows her determination, despite the cold, to get her feet wet in the Pacific Ocean once again.


My parents clearly appreciated the splendors of the scenery, included several photos solely of the seashore world, such as the one above here. It also reminds me of the cherished volunteer and part-time-paid work I did 2004-2007 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, especially at the Marine Biology Diversity Processing Center and Crustacea departments, helping in the documentation and curation process of microscopic seashore seabottom creatures, particularly the Sphaeromatidae.

Prepared and written by James E. D. Cline; on 2008/03/05, 1314 hrs, at Ephrata, WA. Minor text revisions on 20080415 by JEDCline.

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