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Current and former residents flock to discuss "old school Arcadia"

More than 5,000 posts in a week on Tina Sweet's Facebook Group topic.

Nostalgia has a way of bringing strangers and friends alike together.

Just a week after Resident Tina Sweet posted a Facebook group topic, “You Know You're From Old-School Arcadia if You Remember...,” the thread became inundated with more than 5,000 posts.

At first, it was all in good fun.

People talked about favorite hangouts of bygone eras and even favorite or not-so-favorite school teachers. A mention of a particular restaurant, bar or moment in Arcadia history would prompt a dozen people to weigh in.

But it didn’t take long before the less attractive side of human nature came out in comments later decried by group moderator Sweet as offensive, obscene and even racist with regards to statements about Arcadia's changing demographics.

Eventually, the comment thread regressed to wallowing in the past.

It seems many of us want everything to stay exactly the same as it was in our youth.

I’m not sure what it is that makes us so fond of reflection. Even though we complained about life and parents and school in our pre-teen and teen years, as adults we often look back on those times as our glory days.

Is it that we see those days through rose-colored glasses? Or that, like the Barbra Streisand song says, “What’s too painful to remember we simply choose to forget; so it’s the laughter we will remember whenever we remember the way we were?”

Some of us have few unpleasant memories from our youth. But when we reflect on our youth as superior to the life we lead now, what does that say about us?

For others, reflecting on their youth is simply a momentary recollection of happy times from a different chapter of life, golden memories to be cherished.

Let’s hope that’s the perspective that future generations have on today’s Arcadia as it eventually becomes their “old-school Arcadia.”

Read more by Scott Hettrick at ArcadiasBest.com

Scott Hettrick August 13, 2011 at 05:43 AM
Very intelligent and thoughtful response. Thanks Marian -- you and Gene Glasco offered some good perspective; much appreciated.
Gene Glasco August 13, 2011 at 03:22 PM
"Old School" Apaches share a special bond and wonderful heritage. We grew up in a different and less complicated time. Memories of our formative years in Arcadia are both unique unto ourselves and at the same time universally understood and celebrated among us all who were fortunate to be raised here.
lynne adams asdel August 13, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Great place to growup. With the racetrack traffic and all! Lol still have wonderful friends from my childhood there. Also a husband, Joe Asdel, AHS class "57" of 51 yrs.
Al Hamichart August 16, 2011 at 05:11 AM
I like this article and I am one that has removed myself from that particular Facebook group because of some idiots that can't let go of the past and cannot except change. I am an Asian American who grew up in the Arcadia School system throughout the 80s and early 90s. I really never experienced racism and I have mainly Caucasian friends. But as time has moved on and I get older, I see more and hear more racist comments made by people about how Arcadia has changed and the Asians have ruined Arcadia. The sad part is that I've called some of these people friends of mine. These people that have taken shots at the change in Arcadia don't factor in that this is what happens to a society or city over time. Boyle Heights was populated by Jews before it became Hispanic. Inglewood was mostly Caucasian before it became mostly African American. Glendale had various ethnicities before it became populated of mostly Armenians. Arcadia didn't just get invaded by an army of Asian people who forced the residents of the city to leave. These racists forget that Mom and Dad sold their homes and got top dollar and moved away to Glendora, La Verne, Orange County, etc..Nobody put a gun to their head to sell and to move away.Instead, they blame the people who put the money in their parents pockets. They blame these people for doing the same exact thing their great grandparents did years ago when they landed on Ellis Island. What a shame that people have to live in the past and blame the present.
Scott Hettrick August 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Big Dave, Good news: Principal David Vannasdall told me that Salter Stadium wording is scheduled to go up at the AHS stadium, specifically on the outside of the elevator tower where it will be visible from the street, as was always planned. These things take longer than everyone would like to get accomplished -- Wording for Arcadia High School itself has not even been completed on the front of the new Student Services Building. He is looking into the Bruce Matthews options. In meantime, Mayor Kovacic had a great idea for our Arcadia HIstorical Society to create our 9th Historic Marrker at school near stadium that would include references to both Salter and Matthews, among others, which Society is already looking into and which Mr. Vannasdall is very agreeable to.

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