Minervinis Celebrated at the Cockatoo

Minervinis Celebrated at the Cockatoo

The Desert Sun labeled their union an “Italian Romance” in 1963. In August of the same year, the Minervinis celebrated at the Cockatoo Inn. The occasion was their 25th wedding anniversary. Over 40 family and friends attended the dinner in Hawthorne. However, it was in 1938 that the paper said an “American-born Italian girl” (it…

Love & Mercy
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Love & Mercy

I’m not the biggest fan of biopics. You know, movies that try to tell a person’s whole life through generalized events, amidst amorphous timelines. However, this week I picked up a biopic on the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. As you probably know, the Wilsons grew up in Hawthorne, and went to Hawthorne High School. The…

Lococo’s Open in Manhattan

Lococo’s Open in Manhattan

Recently, a small article was discovered that announced a new joint in southern California. This time it wasn’t Andy’s Cockatoo, but brother Nick’s “Lococo’s” restaurant. The Palos Verdes News headline from Dec 19, 1957 read: “Lococo’s Open in Manhattan.” It called it, “an exciting new restaurant and cocktail lounge” run by brothers Nick and Michael…

Seeing the Cockatoo Inn destroyed twice
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Seeing the Cockatoo Inn destroyed twice

In 1958, a fire destroyed the old Cockatoo. Then, the razing of the entire building finally occurred in 2005. Imagine seeing the Cockatoo Inn destroyed twice. That’s exactly what former Hawthorne resident Jim Dally saw as a child, then later as an adult. According to John Baker’s Cougartown site, Jim stated in 2005: Recently, I…

Boys in the Mud

Boys in the Mud

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that we remember most fondly. Maybe it was the first time you rode a bike, or saw a ladybug on your hand. Perhaps it was you and the boys in the mud together. Admittedly, that is exactly what happened to Hawthorne native Rick Salisbury. He details exactly how…

Grandview Woman’s Club

Grandview Woman’s Club

The now-vintage clothier, Lanz of California, previewed their fashions for the Grandview Woman’s Club in March 1963. The Palos Verdes News printed the following of the event: Spring fashions will debut at the Cockatoo Inn when the Grandview Woman’s Club and their guests enjoy a bruncheon. Planning the table centerpieces are Mmes. Leroy Ellickson, William…