Bean Hut Days
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Bean Hut Days

About the Book

This is a story collection based around an Anaheim taco stand called The Bean Hut. We are free to surf crisp waves all year, and to star in bad beach movies. We are the young people of Orange County in 1956. Formally known as the La Palma Drive-In, Joe Cano’s Mexican restaurant is where Marlon Brando picks up his son from Saint Catherine's Military Academy, and eats a quiet Bean Hut lunch. This is where the Street Sweepers Car Club, the original bad asses, invent hotrods. The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, and Bobby Hatfield, sing our souls. John Griggs, president of the Street Sweepers, teams up with Timothy Leary to form a religion based on Orange Sunshine LSD, Maui Wowie weed, and surfing. It was a big success, imagine that. This Anaheim Diner is where Jimmy The Weasel stands guard, while West Coast Mafia boss Jimmy Regace and his son Anthony have tostados after big Anaheim--Savana football game. Beach parking along the coast is open all night. At secret coastal spots around fires of dead orange wood, we sing folk songs with Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne. We are Boom Babies who bust out to invent life in the fast lane. We race our freeway world in a sunshine victory-garden cars. Gas is less than a quarter, roads are new, and wide open. Disneyland admission is a dollar, and Knotts Berry Farm is free. These are the stories of those Bean Hut Days.

About the Author

William Elmore Gann
William Elmore Gann

William Elmore Gann is a photographer, photojournalist, and teacher born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on a Mississippi River farm. He is a world traveler raised in Southern California, and has been writing and photographing for over fifty years. 

He was a Navy Photographer in Vietnam. Gann's by lines are found in Scholastic Magazine, American Folk, the Anaheim Bulletin, The Los Angeles Times, The Fullerton Observer, Sierra Magazine, and countless Web-based publications. He has published five Ebooks. During his working years, Gann traveled in a ’66 VW Kombi on expeditions around North America. This book is a collection of road stories.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Trailer Park Kids
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Bad News Paper Boys
  • A Christmas Tree Story
  • The Underground
  • Fountain Head Sprinklers
  • The Condors
  • Hawaiian Outrigger Team
  • Pink Weenie
  • The God Father’s Son
  • Girl Songs
  • The Street Sweepers of Anaheim
  • The Chevy Chase Gang
  • Buying Rubbers
  • Into The Wild
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy
  • Bean Hut Days
  • The Gunslinger
  • Orange Sunshine
  • Under The Radar
  • The Broadway Village
  • One Thousand False Steps
  • Jim’s Click Clock Watch
  • Grave Digger’s Pick
  • The White Sisters
  • The Gypsy Rover
  • The Power Of The Priesthood
  • Fullerton Junior College
  • Society Page Photographer
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • The Old Friends
  • North of South

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