Ralph Pearce

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Looking Back: Revisiting Our Childhoods through Toys and Television

Image: Left: One of the many vintage toy display cases that line Time Tunnel Toys.  Right:  Time Tunnel co-owner Joe Castro strikes a Godzilla pose. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce  A Vintage Toy Store As…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: A Devilish Good Drink; Remembering Orange Julius

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, besides orange juice we had orange flavored soft drinks like Orange Crush, and then we had the Orange Julius. An Orange Julius was a real treat, especially on warm days.

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Looking Back: 1960's Hippie Era Import Shops

I was driving down Meridian Avenue the other day, and noticed a large development near Saddle Rack Street.  Suddenly an alarm went off in my head and I thought, “Did they just tear down Paramount…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Tribute to a Boy Who Jumped Out of a Peach

Back in 1990, I took a Japanese kite-making class as part of the San Jose Japantown Centennial.  The image on my kite was the Japanese folk hero Momotaro, often referred to as Peach Boy in the United…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Today’s Special: Menus of Day's Past

Old menus are so cool! Have you ever found an old menu stashed away in a drawer or a glove compartment? I’ve been collecting local menus for some years now, and I really enjoy the graphics, the…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Looking Back: The Old Trucks of My Youth

Our current low rider exhibit got me to thinking about the many old trucks I've owned. About 1977, I was riding down Koch Lane in a high school friend's 1955 Chevy pick-up, when it occurred to me…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Those Old Buildings with Corner Entrances

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…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: The Keystone Company of San Jose

The Keystone Company traces its origins back to 1867, though it's a trail filled with acquisitions, divisions, name and ownership changes. The company began as a wholesale grocery firm founded by…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Presidential Visits to San Jose, California

I have never seen a president in person, though I have heard stories about President McKinley's speech in St. James Park, President Teddy Roosevelt planting a redwood tree in Campbell, and I have a…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Fill 'er Up! Our Remaining Pre-war Service Stations

Image:  This 1927 Associated Gasoline station stood on the corner of Market and Julian Streets . After being slated for demolition in 1978, History San Jose arranged for its relocation to History…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: A Bookstore on Lincoln Avenue

Image: Myron and Sue Wahlstrand in the early 1980s. Myron's love of collecting poetry lured him into the used book business. Coincidentally, Myron's sister was married to the brother of Recycled…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Say, Didn't That Used to Be A&W Root Beer?

Businesses come and go. But buildings…well, they come and go too.  But more often than not, they are re-purposed for new businesses many times during their existence.  Particularly interesting is…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM