A little look at some places I visited during my trip that you're bound to recognize...
WHERE'S FRED AND LAMONT?!?
To the left of the telephone pole is the approximate spot where Fred Sanford's empire/junkyard should be in Los Angeles, based on Fred's famous address, 9114 S. Central, if it existed. There is no such house address on Central Avenue, therefore there's no Sanford, no Son, not even &. However, I think I might've passed Rollo on a sidewalk in Watts, which I was crazy enough to drive through. Truth be known, I've seen far rougher parts of town here in K.C. and in Chicago and St. Louis than Watts—it didn't seem all that bad to me.
IS FONZIE HOME?
This of course would be Chez Cunningham from "Happy Days", but it ain't in Milwaukee, and there's no upstairs apartment over the garage. It's actually located just a few blocks from Paramount Studios, where the show was taped. And of course, the exterior and the interior floor plan of Mr. and Mrs. C's abode are totally incompatible.
YOU WANT ME TO GET THAT?
Welcome to the Tate mansion, also located near Paramount Studios, and just up the street from Rob Zombie's house. And no, that's not Benson waving in the front yard! Confused yet? You won't be after the next episode of "Soap"...
Y'ALL COME BACK NOW, HERE?
I wasn't able to check out the Clampett Mansion in Bel Air—according to the tour guide, there's not much to see since they've built high walls up all around the place. So in lieu of that, here's the street the Beverly Hillbillies drive down during the opening credits of the show. Oddly enough, it's just down the block from Will Rogers Memorial Park, where singer George Michael got busted for spanking his monkey in the john there (more on that in a future post).
HERE'S THE STORY OF THE HOUSE OF BRADY...
Nestled in a quite little subdivision just north of Hollywood and just off Ventura Blvd. sits the famed Brady abode. I was quite pleased to see that the current owners have righted an egregious wrong by replacing the evil astroturf lawn with natural grass! And we can only hope the man of this house wasn't too "busy with three boys of his own"...
This would be Casa de Walsh from "Beverly Hills, 90210", but it ain't nowhere near Beverly Hills—it's located in Altadena, which is just north of Pasadena. It's not located in an overly swanky neighborhood, but it's still a major upgrade over where I live.
OZZY DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
And finally we have the former Osbournes residence, which I believe our tour guide said now belongs to one Jennifer Lopez. The gargoyles have been removed from the front gates, but the cricifixes (crucifi?) are still affixed to the porch light fixtures. Sharon!!