February 6, 2008
I’ve wanted to write a letter about a man named Mel and his dog Hobo for quite some time. I met them two years ago when I first moved to Burbank. I walk on the Chandler Pathway each morning, and each morning I see Mel pushing his silver walker with his dog Hobo walking beside him. Over the past two years, I’ve come to delight in both of them. I’ve come to look forward to seeing them off in the distance, knowing that when I encounter them, Mel would charm me with a pithy comment and Hobo would welcome the love I show her and give me even more love in return.
February 21, 2009
Mel Schnell celebrated his 91st birthday at the Coral Café on Burbank Boulevard on Feb. 10. The Burbank community showered birthday wishes on this gentleman with the wicked sense of humor. People who know Mel from his daily walks on the Chandler Bikeway shared a meal, lots of laughs and goodwill. I’ve known Mel for more than three years, and I look forward to seeing him each morning. His comments are hilarious and make my walks much more enjoyable. When I step onto the bikeway, I know I will have a memorable encounter with Mel, and that I need to be on my toes with a quick rejoinder to his pithy comments.
June 6, 2013
"Hungry Hobos," a 1928 Walt Disney animated short film that was considered lost for decades, will screen Saturday at UCLA as part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 24th annual Silent Film Event. The short, which predates Mickey Mouse and stars the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, is one of the earliest Disney cartoons. Staff at the Huntley Film Archives, a stock footage company in England, found a 16-mm print of the movie in a vault there in 2011, surprising many in the animation community who assumed it had been destroyed like so many silent-era films.
March 28, 2009
He arrived without saying hello. He would leave without saying goodbye. That’s not to say he didn’t talk. Oh, he talked all right. He just didn’t waste his breath on salutations. He came to do one thing: haul junk. And he did that well. The Jacuzzi in our backyard had gone the way of the workout bench, exercise bike, yoga DVDs and fondue pot: eagerly used at first, but soon neglected and collecting dust. Dormant for three years and too expensive to fix, it was the sedentary relative who overstayed his welcome.
July 11, 2009
If you are looking for a place that you can take your family out for breakfast, get an enormous amount of food and not have to spend a fortune doing so, Eat’n Park is your solution. Located in Burbank on West Victory Boulevard, a stone’s throw from Buena Vista Street, Eat’n Park boasts “The Best Omelets in Burbank” and “Fresh Homestyle Cooking.” And I am here to vouch for both of those statements. For all that the restaurant lacks in exterior and interior decoration, this old-time, greasy-spoon-style diner more than makes up for in portion size.
February 16, 2008
One letter can make a big difference I would like to thank the Burbank Leader for publishing my letter titled ?A tale of a man and his dog? (Letter to the Editor) on Feb. 6. The response to my letter about Mel and his dog, Hobo, has been both surprising and amazing. Mel?s 90th birthday was Feb. 10, and many in the community decided to celebrate his birthday by having a party at the Coral Café on Feb. 11. During the festivities, I noticed that Mel seemed overwhelmed by the all the attention.
January 1, 2000
BURBANK -- One hundred years ago, a single city marshal employed by the county was all the township of Burbank required to maintain law and order. Still, it wasn't long before the demand for law enforcement grew. In fact, during the second decade of the century -- with about 1,000 people living in town -- two marshals were killed in the line of duty in a span of six years. In November 1914, City Marshal Luther Colson was shot while clearing a hobo camp at the Southern Pacific railroad tracks near Victory Place.
December 4, 1999
TODAY IKEA Burbank is holding a canned food drive to benefit Burbank Temporary Aid Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the store, 600 N. San Fernando Blvd. Customers who bring in two or more cans will be entered in a drawing to win a catered Swedish dinner for eight in their home. Overeater's Anonymous, a 12-step group for people suffering from compulsive overeating and other eating disorders, meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 Magnolia Blvd.