was brought up during the Depression and all that. You lived from day
to day, just hoping to hell you had a better day, and things worked out
for me, they worked out just right for me. I kept myself busy.
Years ago, as a kid, we all went downtown, because all the big utility
companies were there, you went to pay your bills. You got dressed, you
got on a streetcar. Same thing in religion. When you went in church you
dress. Look what happened! (laughs)
Now I see these women in shorts! People from southern California are
very, very casual. Anywhere they travel, just look at their dress and
they know he's from southern California.
Los Angeles, was a very, very prejudiced town. Los Angeles at one time
was like a big pie, you cut it, eight different pieces. The Jewish
people lived here, the Russians live here. And you had the Italians,
here, and you had the Hispanics. I can remember as a kid in the
twenties, you could go down Broadway, if you was dark complected, you
couldn't get in the shows.
So Hispanic and dark complected people, the big day for them was
Sundays. They used to go the Plaza, and they would do all their
shopping on Sunday. Go to all the stores that handled Mexican products,
and they would go to the show, and after that, they would go home. But
if you was dark complected, they would stay on Main Street. Light
complected? Hell, you got in all the big shows on Broadway at the time.
You had no problem.
There were a lot of different groups, ethnic groups, they couldn't
intermarry. You never saw a black individual with a white girl, you
never saw it. Now it's changed, everything has changed.
Everything changes. This neighborhood, when I moved in to this
neighborhood it was predominant caucasian. I think there were only two
- and I was one of 'em - Hispanic families.