Seafarer – 1950s
This image comes to us care of a past Seal Beach resident, Bob Robertson. The photo was taken by Bob’s father, Bill Robertson, owner of the Seal Beach Post and Wave newspaper. Bob’s brother, Bill once owned this restaurant under the name, “Bill’s Place.”
Once there was a restaurant across from the Seal Beach pier known as the Seafarer. Once there was a young man with a wild, crazy dream named Glen Tuttle. Glen Tuttle’s dream was to eat 20 hamburgers at one sitting. And the fine folks at the Seafarer, being wild, crazy dreamers themselves (why else would they own a restaurant?), gave Glen Tuttle a shot at his dream at 3 pm the day this photo was taken.
Did Glen achieve his wild, crazy dream? The answer to that question has been lost in the dustbins of history. Perhaps one of our readers will know the answer to that question and post it in the comments section. Perhaps one of our reader was there on the very day this heroic feat was attempted! It’s even possible that wild, crazy dreamer himself, Glen Tuttle, will chance upon this blog and tell us the epic tale of his attempt to eat 20 hamburgers at one sitting in front of the Seafarer that historic day. We can only hope.
Either way, I, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, think there should be a brass plaque at the spot commemorating the event.
ADDENDUM: Years after this post was originally uploaded, I discovered there was newspaper coverage of this event and covered it again in this June 27, 1956 post.
Also read the comments to this post to learn about Glen Tuttle’s tragic fate.
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