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  • Tick-Tock… Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    3 days ago by

    Giving Thanks this November!


      Hi Brea Old and New followers! I hope all is well with you! Many thanks to you for subscribing to our local good news! We greatly appreciate it!! Today, I’m writing to give you an update regarding the city of Brea’s 1st young person’s book — Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits! Click here to read the background of this amazing community-oriented centennial project.

        Pacific Electric Red Cars finally reach what will be Brea in 1910, at last linking the isolated townsite with the wider world.
        Teresa Hampson, author of Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! Illustrator, 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins


          This project has been in the making for 18 months now. We have experienced the usual delays in executing a project along with unexpected problems.

            After a major setback, the author, Teresa Hampson, and I will be working together in seeking sponsorship dollars needed to publish the book.

              I’m thankful for all the people who have been supporting this project, in and outside of the community!

                Currently, I have a Fullerton College student who is interested in drawing the dimensions needed to make a Charlie the Clock mascot.

                  Charlie the Clock has touched people worldwide on Instagram! People like the cute time traveling historic clock whose mission is to make people smile ☺ while piquing their interest in history!

                    It’s been a long journey to move this project along. Unfortunately, the centennial book will not get published this year. We project that it will be accomplished early next year! Better late than never!!

                      Relative to other cities in Orange County, we are small, yet big enough as I'm always learning that a lot of people don't know about Brea's centennial book yet.

                        I'm doing my best to spread the word about our young person's history book, and ask that you hop-on the Brea train to help raise awareness of Brea's unique centennial book - a once-in-a-lifetime special treasure!

                          Should you have any questions -- do not hesitate to contact me.

                            Thanks again for your support!

                              Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season!!

                                P.S. Farrell's Brea is naming an ice cream sundae after Charlie the Clock!! How cool is that!! Hint: The last chapter named: Party Time! takes place in Brea Downtown and ends on a high note with special guests arriving to celebrate..

                                  Best,

                                    Carolyn Campbell

  • Sparkle & Glitz – Bessie the Brea Beader

    2 months ago by

    Brea


      I wonder how many local people remember former Brea resident Bessie Nelson (known to many as the Brea Beader), who gave glitz to so many entertainment and political stars?

        Bessie Nelson, known to many as Bessie the Brea Beader, gives glitz to many entertainment and political stars. She is shown with daughter Bessie.(Courtesy of Vita Zol)


          Bessie’s talented touch added the gleam of rhinestones, sequins, bugle beads and more to Michael Jackson’s glove, Neil Diamond’s jackets, Liberace’s capes, Joan Rivers’ blouses and Cher’s evening dresses, not to mention Nancy Reagan’s and Hillary Clinton’s inaugural ball gowns.

            We remember one year when Bessie’s daughter, also known as Bessie, was involved in Brea Olinda High School’s dance production program and her mom volunteered to hand bead costumes for all the girls – at the same time she was running back and forth to Hollywood doing beading for top designers! Bessie moved to New Jersey several years ago to be closer to family, and once word got out, Broadway came calling. She did beading for shows from “Dreamgirls” and “Sunset Boulevard” to “Miss Saigon,” “Wicked” and “The Boy From Oz,” but her biggest project of all was embellishing 31 costumes for the national tour of “A Chorus Line.”

              Now 86 years young, Bessie keeps her needle busy, recently beading dresses for Bette Midler and her understudies for the Broadway production of “Hello Dolly!” and adding glam to the outfits of all the Radio City Rockettes for a Chase Bank TV commercial. She’s currently working on costumes for “Frozen,” which is expected to open on Broadway next spring.

                In a world filled with labor-saving devices, beading is one thing that still must be done by hand, one tiny piece at a time. Bessie, who learned the art from her aunt at the age of 9, said she is sad that, even though demand remains high, beading seems to be a dying art. “They haven’t found a way yet for a machine to do it,” she laughed. Which is fine, as long as folks like Bessie the Brea Beader are still there to keep people in stitches.

                  Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle (714)529-8561..or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Brea is Born: Excerpt from Brea’s Centennial Children’s Book

    3 months ago by

    Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!


      Author, Teresa Hampson

        Chapter 2: Brea is Born

          “Look!” shouted Roman. “There’s two men carrying a huge plank of wood way up at the top of that tall derrick, and there’s no safety ropes holding them on!”

            Beautiful Brea Old & New, focusing on "All Things Brea," changed its logo patterned after (Roughnecks sculpture) in 2012 to bring awareness to the city of Brea's 💯 birthday celebration on February 23, 2017! Artist: Carlos Terres


              “Yes, that’s the way they built derricks in the old days,” Charlie said. “It was very dangerous work. Now, do you see anyone else, maybe up even higher in the hills? Perhaps a group gathered for a celebration?”

                “Oh…oh…I do!” cried Skyler excitedly. “There’s men and women and lots of kids, and everyone’s all dressed up and sitting around a long table eating. And I think I smell barbecue!”

                  “Great spotting!” Charlie encouraged. “Those people are from the Puente Wells oil settlement, which was active all the way back in the 1880s and 90s. They were famous for their parties, where everyone stuffed themselves with tamales and barbecued beef! Now, does anyone here live in Olinda Ranch?”

                    “I do!” volunteered Jarred, as he turned around to zoom in on that area. “Oh…my…gosh …” he stuttered. “Look at all the stuff out there! There’s a gazillion houses and a street with stores and stables, a baseball field and farms stretching way back into the hills. There’s tons of people and oil wells everywhere! And wait…is that a gusher?!”

                      Sure enough, a huge tower of thick, black liquid shot skyward as he spoke and dozens of men started dancing around and shouting.

                        “Absolutely!” confirmed Charlie. “Around the turn of the 20th century, Olinda had some huge oil strikes, and easily was one of the richest oil fields in all California.”

  • Brea: Landmark in a centennial story told by Author Teresa Hampson

    4 months ago by

    Brea Landmarks List - Brea Boulevard North/Central


      Brea Grammar School before transitioning to Brea Junior High. Courtesy of JoAnn Penn Haws

      In the spirit of the "BJH Bobcats" photos courtesy of BOHS incoming junior, Jennifer Choi.


        Brea Junior High, 400 N. Brea Blvd…The front building dates from 1916, but its original second-story auditorium and decorative exterior trim were removed after the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. It was substantially modernized in 2006, including relocation of the main entrance from west to north. The auditorium, PE and non-modular classroom wings were added in 1949. It served as Brea Grammar School until 1956, when it was transitioned to a junior high with the opening of Arovista.
  • Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    7 months ago by

    Brea’s first children’s book, a centennial celebration, named Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!


      Excerpt from chapter three: ONE HECK of a DECADE

        Author, Teresa Hampson

          Illustration by 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins

            The Brea Bowl held on Halloween in 1924 between Brea's baseball hero, Walter Johnson, aka “The Big Train” and his friend baseball player, Babe Ruth, aka “The Sultan of Swing.
            Book characters from left to right: Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Charlie the Clock, Roman, Madison and Lauren.


              "Stop the clock!” gasped Roman. “What are Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth doing here?”

                "Crazy, isn’t it?” Charlie agreed. “But the answer’s really simple. Walter Johnson grew up in Olinda, where everyone adored baseball and every oil company fielded a team, and his very first pitching experience came during his years there. Major league players often went on tour during the off season in these days, so when Johnson came back to Brea, it was natural for him to bring along some friends for a charity baseball game!”

                  As Charlie spoke, the game got underway, and Ruth, who normally played outfield, stepped in as his team’s pitcher. Most in the crowd started out rooting for Johnson, their hometown son, but Ruth’s batting talent caused quite a few to switch sides. One wonderful inning followed another, and then Ruth again stepped up to the plate.

                    "I can’t believe I’m seeing Babe Ruth play!” shrieked Jesse, a big baseball fan. And just as he said it, an enormous roar rose from the field.

                      “Look at it go!” shouted Skyler, pointing to a ball barreling way out into the field… When that huge home run finally touched down, thrilled officials measured it a 550-foot grand slam – ample reason for naming Ruth the day’s most valuable player.

                        "It looks like Walter Johnson’s team is losing, but nobody seems to mind,” Madison observed a little while later.

                          She was right. The fortunate fans who saw Johnson and Ruth face off that autumn afternoon seldom spoke of (or even seemed to recall) what the final score was, but always considered themselves blessed to be there for Brea’s great day in baseball.

                            "Charlie, that was the BEST afternoon ever!!!!!” Jesse exclaimed as the post-game photo session wrapped up. “You really outdid yourself this time!”

                              “Oh, I have my moments,” Charlie beamed. “But right now – we’ve gotta fly!”

  • A sneak peek at Brea’s very first young people’s history

    9 months ago by

    Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!


      Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman.  (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)

      Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman. (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)


        It's a cute meet on Birch Street....

          ...as six Brea Kids get the surprise of their lives - when Charlie the Clock wakes up and starts talking!

            written by Teresa Hampson & illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins

              HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, BREA - FEBRUARY 23!!!🎂

  • Photo op featuring kids in Brea’s 1st Children’s Book – Celebrating Our Centennial Year

    10 months ago by

    Hi everyone! Brea’s 1st children’s book is coming along nicely, as we have a “dynamic group” of people helping us on the book and sub-projects. The name of the book is Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!!


      A panoramic photo op has been scheduled on Saturday, February 11, at Arovista Park in Brea, at 1:00 p.m. Please help to spread the word -- grassroots style -- as
      Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea's first children’s book featuring historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website. Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member

      Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea's first children’s book featuring historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website.
      Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member

      each and every person counts!

        The purpose of the photo is to feature as many Brea children from public and private schools (grades 3rd-6th,) as the group photo will be featured in Brea’s first children’s book and on a website devoted to the book named: CharlietheClock.club which is scheduled to go live soon!

          *In order for your child/children to be in the photo, you must fill out the photo release form and bring it to the photo shoot on Saturday, February 11.

            Should you have any questions, please email me at News@BreaOldandNew.com.

              This is an independent community-oriented venture including many children, residents and businesses. Following is an extensive background of the book and sub-projects.

                CLOCK BACKGROUND

                  The Brea Clock: Our much loved landmark The Brea Clock, was first placed on Brea Blvd in 1975 as an advertising gimmick for a clock shop that was in the old Brea Hotel, at that time, located near the NE corner of Brea Blvd and Ash St. Most Breans believe that the clock has a much longer history in the city, but prior to its 1975 installation, it serves as the station masters clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside. For a time, the clock was known to the city as “Charlie’s Clock,” named for the proprietor of the clock shop. When Charlie closed his business and left town, the city brought the clock since it had become such a cherished landmark and it fit well with plans for eventual downtown redevelopment.

                    The Brea Clock article as seen on BreaOldandNew.com by former Brea Historical Society President, Kathy Cannon.

                      Charlie the Clock caricature: In early 2015, I contracted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, to draw a caricature of the clock, renaming Charlie’s Clock to “Charlie the Clock,” because it’s friendly and implies the clock belongs to everyone in the community. Soon after, Charlie the Clock cutout was made, just in time to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, with "The Face of Brea" contest held at Brea Stadium West 10. “It was a hit,” said West 10 GM, Stephen Moehle! Charlie the Clock continued to dazzle the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Historical Museum, where the clock was taken out to visit events at our local elementary schools and recently again at the 2nd annual Brea Country Hills Color Run Fundraiser.

                        The concept of the book: Brea's historic iconic "Charlie the Clock" and seven school friends travel back in time to celebrate Brea's 100th birthday. After reading the first chapter Orange County Journalist/Columnist Terri Daxon said, "Teresa Hampson has written a delightful 'time travel' story that makes learning all about Brea's history an entertaining journey for kids and adults. I am anxious to read the rest of it.

                          Book Team:

                            *Teresa Hampson – Our author, is known for her history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years, and serving as the longest BOUSD Board member.

                              *Heather Ashlyn Collins - A 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, is our illustrator.

                                *Carolyn Campbell – Based on my concept, I am serving as the creative director and project manager.

                                  Sub-project Video Team: A video showcasing students dancing with an animated Charlie the Clock - lyrics written and sang by a high school student.

                                    * Stagelight Performing Arts located in the Vons center, Co-owners: Lindsey Russo and Alyssa Gramer to choreograph the video with their dance students.

                                      *BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Magnum, is our singer/songwriter

                                        *CSUF student Alejandra Mertz is our video animator working under the guidance of her art professor.

                                          Sub-project Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest: Children will give their perspective of Brea’s future.

                                            Brea Old and New networking blog and social media sites is presenting the essay contest, and the Brea Education Foundation Board members is currently judging the essays. Four essays contest winners will be chosen, one per 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Photos/essays will be featured in the book.

                                              Sub-project Panoramic Photo:

                                                *
                                                Longtime Brean Greg Voisan of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography to take group photo. All interested public and private school students, grades 3rd-6th, are invited to be in Brea’s first children’s book, and also showcased on CharlietheClock.club, a website devoted to the book which will go live soon. The panoramic photo shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park in Brea.

                                                  CharlietheClock.club Website Team:

                                                    Our local high school students along with the help of their instructor, Todd Salesky, are building the book’s website, CharlietheClock.club - which is due to go live this month. As a community-oriented children's book Web page, a bio and a photo of everyone involved in the project will be shown on the site, thanks to the BOHS GITA Club team members assistance as follows:

                                                      *Student: Kyle Tam

                                                        *Student: Zoya Kahn

                                                          *Student: Jennifer Choi

                                                            I greatly appreciate everyone's interest in this once-in-a-lifetime project! And when I say this is a community-oriented project, I don't just mean the people involved in the project. This project has been put together out of love for the community. It's for the young -- and young at heart, as it will interest many people in its whimsical approach to telling the story of Brea's rich history! I need your help in spreading the word!!

                                                              Thank you!

                                                                Carolyn Campbell

  • Introducing Brea’s first children’s book kid characters

    10 months ago by

    Although it was a very difficult choice to select district children to be featured in the city's first children’s book, celebrating 100 years in Brea, recently five additional students were chosen. But before I reveal their names, I’d like to thank all those parents who answered the casting call submitting information about their children. Again, a very tough decision, as each and every one of the student’s backgrounds was awesome!


      Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock, a timely community-oriented children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea featuring BOUSD kid characters, from bottom left to right:  Madison Morrill - a third grade Arovista student, Jessie Hirsch - a fourth grade Mariposa student, Roman Meraz - a sixth grade Laurel student, Valeria Zavala – a former Laurel student, Lauren Thompson - a sixth grade Fanning student, Jarred Gonzalez - a fifth grade Olinda student, and Skyler Sandrock - a third grade Country Hills student.

      Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock, a timely community-oriented children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea will feature BOUSD kid characters, from bottom left to right:
      Madison Morrill - a third grade Arovista student, Jesse Hirsch - a fourth grade Mariposa student, Roman Meraz - a sixth grade Laurel student, Valeria Zavala – a former Laurel student, Lauren Thompson - a sixth grade Fanning student, Jarred Gonzalez - a fifth grade Olinda student, and Skyler Sandrock - a third grade Country Hills student.

      The five students selected are as follows:

        Sixth grade Fanning Elementary student: Lauren Thompson

          Fourth grade Mariposa Elementary student: Jesse Hirsch

            Third Grade Arovista Elementary student: Madison Morrill

              Fifth grade Olinda Elementary student:

                Jarred Gonzalez

                  Third grade Country Hills Elementary student: Skyler Sandrock

                    They will be joining Valeria Zavala, who made history in Brea as the first student awarded National History Day champion for California, while attending fifth grade at Laurel Elementary in 2015. Roman Meraz, a current student at Laurel Elementary, will chime in also. Roman was recognized as a County Champion in the Elementary Division in 2016.

                      It has always been my desire to feature as many children as possible in the once-in-a-lifetime book. So there are three awesome sub-projects, starting with Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest that was electronically sent out today via BOUSD principals newsletters.

                        Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest: BOUSD students in the grades 3rd - 6th will have a chance to enter the essay contest, giving their perspective of Brea's future. There will be four winners selected per 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, as judged by the Brea Education Foundation members. The winning essays along with photos will be featured in the book.

                          In addition, we are in the process of scheduling a panoramic book photo to show as many students as possible. And lastly, a whimsy video has been planned to feature an animated Charlie the Clock dancing with children to a song uniquely personalized.

                            The entire project is very community-oriented. Further details are forthcoming.

  • BOHS GITA Club to build Charlie the Clock centennial children’s website

    11 months ago by

    What did the unwound clock say to its owner? A: It’s about time!


      Update on Brea’s historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock caricicature:

        Today, I met with Mr. Salesky, the creator and sole instructor of BOHS GITA (Global IT Academy), and three of his students, Anjali Patel, Zoya Kahn and Kyle Tam, who are working on building a Charlie the Clock website -- showcasing the city of Brea's first children's book, celebrating its centennial year in 2017.
  • Brea’s First Children’s Book: Whimsy Centennial History Lesson

    1 year ago by

    I’m bursting with excitement as I write this update about Brea’s timely project, the city’s 1st children’s book featuring historic icon Charlie’s Clock aka "Charlie the Clock" in time travel – celebrating 100 years in Brea!


      Charlie the Clock as drawn by Illustrator, Heather Ashlyn Collins, 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad.

      "Charlie the Clock" as drawn by Illustrator, Heather Ashlyn Collins, 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad.


        Not only will this whimsy book serve as a learning tool in getting children interested in history, but also it will inspire the young at heart!

          Team "Charlie the Clock" is an independent project consisting of three book team members, community collaboration for book sub-projects, along with a whole lot of support from educators, and people in the the City of Brea and beyond! Thank you all!

            There will be community book characters such as many BOUSD grade school children! How cute is that!

              The book team members:

                Teresa Hampson author of Brea: Celebrating 75 Years is the author.

                  Heather Ashlyn Collins, 2006 BOHS and recent CSUF grad, who drew Charlie the Clock caricature, is the illustrator

                    And I am serving as the creative director and production manager.

                      When completed, we hope you will enjoy it and treasure it for years to come, as its takes a village and patience in producing a noteworthy wonderful project.

                        Team "Charlie the Clock" magical details to come soon!

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