|Mels 140 S. Van Ness San Francisco August 1974|
It was in August of 1974. I had just graduated from high school and a friend of mine an I were driving up the coast to meet my girlfriend's family that were on vacation there and we got into town about 3:00 AM and I looked over and there it was: The Mels from American Graffiti! They weren't open all night but they were lit up all night. We pulled over and slept in the van and in the AM took the picture.
I was already an AG junkie when we took this pic. I had seen the film at least 20 times in high school. I started collecting 45's around that time and the soundtrack was unbelievable. The songs fit so well with the scenes. We had an 8 track player mounted under the dashboard and played the Beach Boys' ENDLESS SUMMER on the entire road trip.
|We drove a 1967 Ford Econoline van. You can only see the back doors with windows (far right) in the Mels photo but this is what it looked like.|
For the true exciting story on the closure of the original Mels featured in Graffiti check out the link below:
- Goodale, Mark Lee. [photos] received Aug 8, 2015
- Kronsberg , Matthew. Drive-In Restaurants Worth Going Out of Your Way For. (2014). Dow Jones & Co., Inc.