(05-03-2020) – While we ride out the pandemic shutdown, we took time to remember George Barris, who passed away in 2015. Six months before I had the opportunity to have a sit down with George in his North Hollywood/Toluca Lake offices. The place is covered with toy cars that he had a hand in designing. Everything from toy Batmobiles to the cars from The ABC show from the 80s….“Hardcastle & McCormick” Remember the late actor Brian Keith? He was “Judge Hardcastle”, but I digress. Fast forward to Barris’ celebration of life at Forest Lawn, I drove my classic 57 Pontiac Safari and joined the conglomeration of classic cars who showed up….and basically got lost in the progression of cars going to the burial site in Glendale. But before I left, I was able to get some car peeps feels about George the man and George the car guy!
Of course, over the years, I bumped into Barris many times. He was at the 2nd “Mopars at the (Playboy) Mansion”. (A picture of that is on our Talking About Cars facebook page). Once I ran into George at the classic Toluca Lake “Bob’s Big Boy” restaurant, just down the street from his offices.
George was sporting a camera where he kept taking pictures of a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and an attractive, heavily tattoo’d woman who I later found out was a well known porn star. Ah, the car scene in So Cal!
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