Oops! It was a different Arnold

September 04, 2003


I guess by now you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger started his

campaign here on Main Street.

When I first was told that Arnold would be running for governor of

California, my first thought was that George Arnold had come back to

us and was running again for governor as he had so unsuccessfully

done in 1980.


But I soon found out that I had made an blunder. This week we are

going to look at a few other humorous blunders that occurred over the

years here in Huntington Beach.

Our first mistake happened to Dante A. Siracusa, the office

manager at the S.R. Bowen Oil Tool Co., in October of 1943.

While in his office, just before noon, the phone rang and on the

other end was the frantic voice of his wife Doris wanting her husband

to come home right away. She quickly told him that their two

children, Bunky, 6 and Nicky, 4, had just painted their new 1942

sedan with white house paint. With complete composure, Dante told his

wife, "It's all right, dear. The paint's still wet, so it will wash

off and I'll be home for lunch at my usual time."


When Mr. Fraser's chemistry class at Huntington High experimented

with too much sulfur in March of 1943, things got a little stinky as

the smell of rotten eggs penetrated the halls for some time.

His fellow teachers had a word or two for his experiment.


Again in March of 1943, Douglas Hedrick was in an automobile

accident. He had just purchased a used 1933 coupe and was taking it

for a spin around town and as he headed north on Pacific Coast

Highway heading toward 23rd Street (Goldenwest Street) Hedrick found

his reconditioned and guaranteed coupe was riding along on three

wheels as his fourth sailed across the highway.

The car behind Hedrick's hit his brakes and was then struck in the

rear by a third car. The second car in turn crashed into Hedrick's


Bet that dealer was surprised to see that crushed car back.


Our next blunder happened to a member of our Police Department.

In the early 1940s, Officer Alfred Parker was called to the beach

because kids were acting up. In his patrol, car he quickly caught up

to those kids on the beach road and while he was arresting them, he

watched as his patrol went off the raised road and halfway in the


Parker had forgot to pull the emergency brakes on Unit 452 patrol

car and it took two tow trucks to pull the front wheels out of the

sand and back up unto the road.


Robert P. Mandic was at home at 737 Main St. one Sunday afternoon

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