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  • Testimonials – Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    2 weeks ago by

    Some people say history is boring. 🙁 Brea's landmark clock turned caricature says otherwise. 🙂


      “Oh, history is anything but dull,” Charlie replied, “What’s more, I can prove it to you.” “How’s that?” inquired Skyler. Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! - Author Teresa Hampson.

      Brea Grammar School: The building served as a grammar school until 1956, when it was transitioned to Brea Junior High. Time travelers, Charlie the Clock and his kid crew, drawn by 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins.


        "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

          "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as it's historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Mayor

            "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

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

    3 weeks 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!

    4 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

    6 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!!!🎂

  • Casting Call – An Exciting Historic Centennial Opportunity for Brea Kids!

    8 months ago by

    Photo: Charlie the Clock as drawn by 2006 BOHS grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, and background image courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

    Photo: Festive "Charlie the Clock" as drawn by 2006 BOHS grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, and background image courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.


      BOUSD elementary students, grades 3rd-6th, you can apply to be featured as kid characters in Brea’s 1st children’s book showcasing the city’s iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock in time travel with friends - - celebrating Brea's centennial year in 2017.

        I have received parental consent for Valeria Zavala, a former student of Laurel Elementary, who made history as the first Brea student, awarded California National History Day Champion in 2015. Five more students are needed: one from Arovista, Country Hills, William E. Fanning, Mariposa and Olinda elementary.

          Orange County Register News: Our Town Brea, December 26, 2016.

          Orange County Register News: Our Town Brea, December 26, 2016.


            Overseeing the project based on my concept, the author of the book is Teresa Hampson, known for her history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 years, and 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, who drew Charlie the Clock caricature, is the book's Illustrator.

              I’m looking for kids who excel at academics and are interested in Brea history!

                The deadline has been set for Friday, January 6, 2017.

                  If you are interested, I'll need your child's name, name of school, grade level, and academic interests.

                    No doubt, it's going to be a very hard decision. Parents will be notified either way. More to come on Charlie the Clock group photo book op and sub-project opportunities for BOUSD kids, grades 3rd - 6th.

                      Please send your information via private message on Brea Old and New Facebook/Instagram or news@breaoldandnew.com. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

                        I look forward to hearing from you!

                          Thank you!

  • Brea’s First Children’s Book: Whimsy Centennial History Lesson

    10 months 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!

  • Wacky Whole Foods Market Meetup

    1 year ago by

    Just another Wednesday at WFM Brea!!


      Time to fuel UP!

        Ralph the Rex arriving at Whole Foods Market Brea!

        Ralph the Rex arriving at Whole Foods Market Brea!


          CLICK here to watch the video!

            Arriving in what else -- but a Jurassic Jeep, Ralph the Rex met his neighbor and new sidekick cartoon Charlie the Clock. What fun they had frolicking through the humongous store with a checklist of food to divide and devour!

              Many thanks to the "fun crew" at Whole Foods Market Brea, our friend Ralph_the_Rex, Dino Doctor - ranger_kevin, and Charlie_the_ Clock cutout performer --Austin Zemlo!

                Those of you on Instagram: Coming soon Charlie the Clock-- Time Travel Celebrating 100 Years in Brea!

  • Only Time Will Tell the Future of Brea’s “Charlie the Clock!”

    2 years ago by

    Photo illustration of Brea's 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.

    Photo illustration of Brea's historic icon 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.


      For those of you who love the world of imagination....Tick Tock: The unveiling of our new timeline image

        For quite some time now, I have viewed Brea’s historic icon ‘Charlie the Clock’ as an animated character, so it’s with great excitement as we countdown to our centennial, that I present our photo illustration courtesy of fellow Brean residents: BOHS and CSUF grad, Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins who designed ‘Charlie the Clock’ and Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

          A special Shout Out to Heather Ashley Collins who recently published her first children’s book, "My Dog the Alien."

            As for ‘Charlie the Clock,’ caricature cutout, it’s photo op time! Next week the dapper gent will be at the annual Country Hills Jog-A-Thon. Thereafer, you can see Charlie in the lobby at Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, followed by sister theater East 12, Thanksgiving week!

  • “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest Winners

    2 years ago by


      Anyone who viewed “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest album knows that Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography had a tough job in choosing just five winners. To us, they’re all winners.

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