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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1992
I think the declaration of Bob's Big Boy as a local historic landmark is great ("Historians Give Bob's a Seal of Approval," Times Valley Edition, Nov. 7). At a time when our city is changing all around us, we need to preserve buildings that give us a sense of what was. Not that change is bad, but how wonderful it is to see something that represented a more pleasant lifestyle, standing strong amid strip malls that may or may not lend economic and visual benefits. At a time when a large number of the population is looking to relocate their families to a more stable environment outside the city, or even the state, landmarks such as Bob's recall a time when the city was a much less threatening place.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1992 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Big news for fans of Bob's Big Boy restaurants and Southern California kitsch: After a long battle, the nation's oldest surviving Bob's was declared a local historical landmark Friday by the California Office of Historic Preservation. In a decision sure to delight some preservationists and anger some developers, the commissioners voted 7 to 1 to guard for future generations a Burbank restaurant building that preserves the look of the Southern California car culture of the 1950s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1992
Good grief, Elizabeth Morgan ("Big Boy Architecture," Letters to the Editor, Valley Edition, Aug. 7). Are you one of the teeming throngs set on turning Los Angeles into one huge mini-mall? Where is the appreciation for the things of our glorious past? I'm 26 years old and I never got to enjoy driving through Bob's Big Boy and the fond memories it created for others. My grandfather helped build the very first Bob's Big Boy and my mom spent her high school years eating what she recalls as the best hamburger ever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1992
Good grief, Elizabeth Morgan. Are you one of the teeming throngs set on turning Los Angeles into one huge mini-mall? Where is the appreciation for the things of our glorious past? I'm 26 years old and I never got to enjoy driving through Bob's Big Boy and the fond memories it created for others. My grandfather helped build the very first Bob's Big Boy and my mom spent her high school years eating what she recalls as the best hamburger ever. I bet you think Picasso's work is ugly too. LESLEY JONES Kagel Canyon
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1992
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors' decision to approve the nomination of the Bob's restaurant in Burbank as a state point of historical interest is a substantial, precedent-setting victory about which all of us should be proud (July 29). The owner's statement that "anything that anyone has good memories of is now eligible to become a designated landmark" is nonsense. Built in 1949 by respected L.A. architect Wayne McAllister, this building is an important transitional design of late '40s Moderne and a magnificent example of the emerging California "coffee shop modern" style set to explode in Los Angeles in the 1950s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1992
Ah yes, I remember fondly the many evenings spent driving through Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Burbank when I was a high school student in the '60s. I'm now a grown-up resident of neighboring Toluca Lake, which means I drive past that eyesore often. I'd prefer not being reminded that our taste in architecture and style is reflected in that building. Mr. Moruzzi's attempt to preserve hamburger stands in making Bob's a state Historic Point of Interest makes me laugh . . . and cringe.
NEWS
April 1, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert C. (Bob) Wian, the founder of the Bob's Big Boy restaurant chain known throughout the world for its double-decker hamburgers and chubby mascot, died Tuesday. He was 77. Wian, who opened his first restaurant in Glendale in 1936 with $350 he got for selling his car, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage, which he suffered earlier this month. "Bob was a giant in the restaurant industry," said William H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | MILES CORWIN and LORNA FERNANDES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Some diners at the Bob's Big Boy Restaurant in Burbank were skeptical when they discovered Tuesday that the state may designate the 43-year-old restaurant an official "California Point of Historical Interest." "What a joke," said Jerry Abrahmson, a native New Yorker, who was eating a piece of apple pie at the counter. "When I think of a beautiful, historic building I think of the St. Regis Hotel in New York, not a place that sells hamburgers."
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