Brea Old and New: Tick-Tock, History Isn't So Boring After All™ ~ Charlie the Clock

About us


    Hi everyone, my name is Carolyn Campbell. I am a proud CSUF alum. Thanks for stopping by the site! As a resident of Brea for 20 years and an independent contractor, I created Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook in mid June of 2010 using my public relations and marketing skills to unite and promote the city of Brea. With the explosion of social networking sites, it filled a much-needed niche in attracting attention to Brea, a charming Northern Orange County destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

      We began with a grassroots approach to development in reporting “All things Brea” and continue in that direction, thankful for the many people who volunteered their time to create videos and stories for BBON-- showcasing Brea’s rich history focusing on the city’s people and places.

        Further raising community awareness in 2012, we changed our logo to reflect Brea’s upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2017.

          And then in February 2015, we started a historic campaign showcasing our version of Brea’s iconic “Charlie’s Clock” renaming it Charlie the Clock to appeal to everyone. Illustrator Background Artist Heather Ashlyn Collins, a recent CSUF and BOHS grad, was contracted to draw an animated version of the clock.

            “Charlie the Clock” caricature cutout was successfully featured at Edwards Stadium 10 West, for the “Face of Brea” Photo Contest, celebrating Brea’s 98th birthday. “It was a hit,” said Stephen Moehle, GM at the theater. Gaining popularity, “Charlie the Clock” continued to make the rounds throughout the year, appearing at BOUSD schools and city events, and was on display at our Brea Museum and Historical Society.

              And of course, team BBON will continue to keep you informed about community happenings emphasizing the “old” and “new” aspects of beautiful Brea. Our BBON crew consists of Susan Gaede (or as we locals call her, “Newsy Suzie”), columnist for the Orange County Register Star Progress, and the Johnnie Sisters, Christine-Marie and Carly, who starred in BBON videos, and continue to help us on Brea Old and New Instagram. In addition, we look forward to adding new team members to promote "All Things Brea"!

                And last but not least, we love gift giving and everybody loves a giveaway, right? So keep an eye out as we'll continue to hold year-round contests on BBON Facebook and also BBON Instagram.

Please enjoy our community website created just for you! Always stay tuned for further developments, as we have a lot of creative ideas to add unique flair in representing our beautiful city, Brea: “big city’ appeal with a ‘small town’ feel.”

                    A Peek of What's to Come: We're very excited to report that we are in the midst of producing our city's 1st children's book to celebrate 100 years in Brea in 2017! The nonfictional children's history book will feature Brea's historic iconic Charlie's Clock in a time traveling adventure! And if you are reading this, you probably heard by now that Teresa Hampson author of Brea: Celebrating 75 Years is our writer. Charlie the Clock's artist Heather Ashlyn Collins we'll be illustrating the book! Whoohoo! It will be a creative blend of whimsy and educational narrative content featuring many children from our community. It's all very exhilarating as there are creative subprojects, too! Check out Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! to read all about the once-in-a-lifetime community-oriented project!

                      Susan Gaede, a.k.a. “Newsy Suzie,” has been a Brea resident for more than 45 years. Her husband Rex relocated the family here in 1966 when he launched Brea Psychiatric Hospital. Susan was an elementary school teacher and substituted in the district for 3 years. The Gaedes raised their three children, Jon, Laura, and Lisa, here. During their formative years, Susan became very involved with the community and was publicity chairman for Fanning Elementary School. Through these efforts she discovered her interest in writing and photography and began pursuing a career in journalism. To date, Susan has been a newspaper columnist covering Brea and La Habra for more than three decades. Currently, her column appears in the Brea-La Habra Star Progress, a subsidiary of the Orange County Register.

                        Susan has also been the recipient of many awards along the way, including the Honorary Service Award from Fanning Elementary School PTA and the Outstanding Media Contributions Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Orange County Chapter. Susan also served on the Brea-La Habra Newcomers Club. Special to her heart is the time she spent as chairman of City of Brea POW-MIA effort. To this end she involved the entire town in a swimathon, a walkathon, a letter-writing campaign, and a POW-MIA bracelet fundraiser for the city’s adopted POW-MIA, Captain Stephen Hanson. Susan also organized the dedication of Brea Olinda High School in Captain Hanson’s honor with the assistance of Congressman John Schmidt, School Board President Rex Gaede, Principal Gary Goff, and Patrick Wayne, who was the emissary for his father John Wayne. She also commissioned a painting depicting Hanson and his plight by her neighbor, 18-year-old James Cameron (of special note…Cameron went on to become one of the most successful film directors of our time). Susan was also recognized for her POW-MIA work by the television show Girl In My Life. The show’s host called her from the audience on national television and surprised her with a trip to Hawaii as a thank you for her efforts.

                          Susan was recognized by the American Association of University Women-Brea/La Habra chapter as Woman of the Year in 2006, and she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the La Habra Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

                            The Johnnie Girls are officially unleashed on Brea! Christine, 11, and Carly, 8, have spent their short and important lives training in drama, voice, softball, drums, and too many other things to fit in one little sentence. They’ve gone on to light up the town with appearances in a long list of productions at the Curtis Theatre and the Brea Community Center. Too young to rest on their laurels and hardly able to confine their burgeoning talent to the small stage, in 2011 they made their film debut in Michael Asplund’s “The Tribe.” Now, they’ve made the logical career choice and come to BBON as our own personal kid reporters. They’ll use their talent, wits, and confounding youthful energy to get the scoop, Brea, and they’ll deliver to you in a tiny, adorable package.

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