November 2nd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1973, the Long Beach Independent’s Your Guide To Dining and Entertainment with Tedd Thomey ran this photo of Green Pepper restaurant owner, Henry Lucero. (I think most people in town knew him as “Hank.”)

The microfilm reproduction of this photo is poor, but it’s hard to pass up a chance at sharing another look at Hank’s face. He and his restaurant is still fondly remembered by long time Seal Beach residents. I only wish I had the original non-grainy version of this photo.

And as long as we’re unashamedly being nostalgic for gone but not forgotten people and places, I’d like to point out the artwork behind Hank. For years as a regular patron of the Green Pepper, first with my family and later as a young adult, I’d look at that painting on my way to a table or while waiting to pick up an order. It was once a familiar part of the Green Pepper interior, but I hadn’t thought of it for nearly three decades. I’m missing it terribly because it represents so many fond memories of people and experiences long past.

Ah, well. Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. There’s another post featuring a Green Pepper ad here.

– Michael Dobkins


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