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Photo provided by : Joey Flores Many people know Sonny Madrid as the founder of Lowrider magazine, but that’s just a small part of the story. Sonny was born on January 19, 1945 in Yuma, Arizona to Manuel and Dolores Madrid. Originally named Manuel Mario Madrid, he would later adopt the nickname Sonny. In the 1960s, the Madrids moved to San Jose, where Sonny attended James Lick High School, San Jose City College (SJCC) and San Jose State University (SJSU), and UC Santa Cruz. While attending SJSU, Sonny was involved with promoting dances and events on and off of campus,...Read more...
Image: Park and Hester Market at 1451 Park Avenue.
We seldom mention them or even really notice them much, but I've always liked those old buildings with angled entrances on the very corner of the building. They're usually corner grocery stores or former corner grocery stores, and I suppose the intention was for ease of access. I didn't realize how many there were around San Jose until I started looking for them to photograph. Maybe you'll recognize some of the examples below: Image: Here's a beautiful old corner entrance store on Thirteenth and Jackson Streets , and another on Eleventh and Empire Streets . Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce Image:...Read more...