- Posted July 27, 2012 by
Reche Canyon, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who taught you to love food?
When Burgers Were Cheap And The Clown Had Meat
I got this old photo from about 1969 (Pic 1) from a friend of mine on our high school / city (Los Alamitos CA) Facebook page. Wow, did this bring back the memories!
We moved to So Cal in 1973 from south Georgia. We had never heard of this crazy burger place with a talking clown head called 'Jack In The Box'. The teenager name for this joint at the time was 'Jack In The Crack' lol.
Yes, burgers were only 18 cents. But it was so bizzare - and funny - how you ordered your food from a clown's head. This led to many incidences of teenager mischief, especially from drinkers and pot smokers lol...
The clown was urinated on, spat on, had everything imaginable thrown at it, and was subject to major vandalism. People would even cut off the head and steal it.
When you were a young teenage male in the late 60's and 70's, this was especially funny as...well anything!
Finally, the restaurants were remodeled, and the talking clown head was permanently removed around 1980. It had gotten too expensive to replace and maintain them. Plus, the chain wanted a new image.
Photo 2 shows another popular memory: The Jack In the Box 'Antenna ball'. They had balls for several occasions, from Christmas to Halloween. I used to have many of these, including the 'Dodger' balls.
Pic 3 is of the signature 'Jumbo Jack'.
Jack in the Box is a fast-food restaurant founded by Robert Peterson in 1951 in San Diego, California. In total, the chain has 2,200 locations, primarily serving the West Coast of the United States.