As the headline in the Wall Street Journal stated Friday, “This Beach Boy Got Around.”
And the story that followed began with the founder of the hit musical group, Al Jardine, talking about his days in Lima.
“My childhood began hundreds of miles from the nearest wave. My family lived in Lima, Ohio, a small and quiet town in the 1940s. Our block was lined with trees, and the smell of raked leaves burning still takes me back there,” Jardine, now 75, told the Journal’s Marc Myers.
Jardine was born in Lima on Sept. 3, 1942, living in the 900 block of West Wayne Street until age six. Like so many people in the 1940s, it was a job with the Lima Locomotive Works that lured his father, Don Jardine, to Allen County. Don was a master photographer who captured the images of the many steam engines and trains that rolled through the massive rail yards. After World War II, his father’s talents were in great demand. Don moved the family in 1949 to Rochester, New York, where he was hired by Eastman Kodak and later took a teaching job at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
More moves would bring the family to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Big Rapids in Michigan, then to Hawthorn, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. It was at Hawthorn where Jardine met Brian Wilson. Jardine told the Journal they both played on the high school football team and bumped into each other at an A&W Root Beer Stand, where they started talking music. That conversation eventually led to the Beach Boys being formed in 1961 with Wilson’s brothers, Carl and Dennis, and cousin Mike Love joining in.
Jardine has been back to Lima at least twice.
In 1988, he stopped in for a surprise visit to his former home and was pleased to find it largely unchanged, Lima News columnist Mike Lackey recalled at the time. On Aug. 7, 1991, Jardine returned with the Beach Boys as 6,400 fans at the Allen County Fairgrounds enjoyed their good vibrations. Jardine’s family also accompanied him that day. They toured the since-demolished Locomotive Works and opened an exhibition of his father’s photography.
The Beach Boys returned to Lima in October 2015 with a concert at the Civic Center. Mike Love, however, was the only original member of the band to play. Jardine and Brian Wilson no longer tour. Dennis Wilson drowned in L.A. in 1983 and Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1998.
Today, Jardine and his wife, Mary Ann, live in picturesque Big Sur, California. Behind their two-story ranch home is a red barn.
“Our place is more of a hobby farm,” Jardine told the Journal. “When our rooster crows just before dawn, I’m a different person. I feel like I’m back in Lima.”
ROSES AND THORNS: An order of “fish and chips” is served up in the rose garden.
Rose: Three Lima area fishermen had a dream day while fishing in a Bass Fishing League tournament on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. Wapakoneta’s Alex Newman boated a five-bass limit that weighed 21 pounds, 12 ounces, good for ninth place. Lima’s Zach Maisch had five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 14 ounces. Van Wert’s Dan Cramer’s five-bass limit weighed 20 pounds, 6 ounces.
Rose: Remember the “Potato Chip Man,” Marv Adams of Elida, who in last week’s column told of his love for Lay’s potato chips and his doctor’s orders to cut his salt intake? The folks at Frito Lay contacted him after reading that column and arranged to have a photograph taken of Marv and his wife, Sue, holding a blue bag of lightly salted chips for a possible advertisement.
Rose: To Marilyn Rupert, of Lima. She had her idea featured Tuesday in the nationally-syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.”
Rose: To a favorite aunt and uncle, Marge and Jonas Mack of Ayersville, who celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Thursday.
Thorn: More than $100,000 has come up missing from programs affiliated with Shawnee schools. Former middle school secretary Kimberly Hall, 54, is accused of stealing $34,400 from the school district and $21,798 from the Shawnee Baseball Boosters. She pleaded innocent Tuesday to three felony charges. Earlier this year, Heather O’Connor, 45, pleaded guilty to stealing $42,141 from the Shawnee Middle School Parent Teacher Committee and an additional $9,277 from the Little Indians volleyball booster club. She was the treasurer of the PTC.
PARTING SHOT: A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.