When the boys started out together, some as early as second grade, it was an innocent time, Eisenberg said. "We were here when it was a small town," he explained. "And even though we were bad, we were angels compared with what they do today." When he was 9, he sold newspapers at the 1932 Olympic Games at the Coliseum and was "so happy to make $1.50 for the day."
Later, the boys used to stop at Carl's, a drive-in not far from Salvatore's, for hamburgers and Cokes. On New Year's Eve, the city would block off Broadway, and they would sell confetti to those making whoopee.
"Then," on New Year's Day, he said, "we'd go to the Rose Parade and sell chairs. Then we'd go to the Rose Bowl and sell programs, and sneak into the game."
On Friday and Saturday nights, they congregated in front of the Wabash drugstore, where Harmatz used to shine shoes. "We had a very good life." Eisenberg said.