||Tiki Bar in Jacksonville, FL?
Joined: Jul 03, 2011
|Posted: 2013-05-09 09:17 am  Permalink|
Welcome to TC Son of Trader Glick.
I too am sorry to hear how your father's life ended, how sad for you. It stinks for you to have grown up without your Dad's presence. I hope learning more about something he liked will help you feel closer to him.
To answer your question Tiki is a hobby for many here and an obsession for most! Personally, tiki just makes me happy and puts a smile on my face!
Grand Member (5 years)
Joined: Apr 03, 2008
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
|Posted: 2013-05-09 11:01 am  Permalink|
On 2013-05-09 08:52, The Son of Trader Glick wrote:
Now, may I ask you guys a question? What's the interest with all this Tiki stuff? Is this really a hobby for folks?
Definitely, as stated by LoriLovesTiki, it is a hobby and an obsession. In my case, I grew up in Orange County, California, where there was a very high density of "Polynesian pop" in the form of tiki along with "space age" and "Googie" and several other prominent architectural styles. Later in life these things became something I just started to notice when I saw it in other parts of the country, in film and TV, and around me where I live. This happened to many others here to, and this is only one of the reasons why we are also very interested in Trader Glick's and The Lobster House. That interest goes much deeper though -- we want to learn about, and help preserve, whatever stories and materials your family may still possess. Your family had an active role in a very unique aspect of American culture in the middle 20th century. I believe that you and your family have interesting stories to tell, and I would like you to know that here on Tiki Central you have a very interested audience.
Now, having said all that, re-discovering tiki and Polynesian pop is also a helluva lot of fun. Therefore we also enjoy re-discovering the food and drinks that go along with, and are commonly associated with, the genre. So if you run into any menus from your father's establishment, or know of any chefs and bartenders who may have more information on what food and drinks have been served at your father's establishments, or recipes, we hope that you would consider sharing more with us. Your family's achievements and history are noteworthy and worthwhile to many of us who read these messages.
Please know that I would, as a Jacksonville local, be very interested in helping take photos or make scans of any materials your family can and would like to share.
Once again I'm very glad that you discovered this message system and shared your connection to Trader Glick's and The Lobster House. I hope and look forward to hearing more soon.
Joined: Aug 18, 2011
|Posted: 2013-05-09 10:12 pm  Permalink|
We can even say that Tiki is a way of life. Much as it was back in the mid-century.
|The Son of Trader Glick|
Joined: May 08, 2013
|Posted: 2013-05-11 11:28 am  Permalink|
Thank you all again for your warm welcome and kind words. I had some time yesterday afternoon and looked through the Xerox copies of the old photographs I mentioned in an earlier post. Wow, that sure brought back some memories. I am trying to figure out a way to provide these photographs to you, or at least copies of them. The Xerox copies I have are useless for your needs, but I know that the originals exist.
I had a much older half-brother (we shared the same father but had different mothers) who had a lot of the old Lobster House and Trader Glick's stuff. I remember looking through it all when I visited with him in early 1993. He was 66 y/o at the time so I doubt he is still alive. But you never know. Surely his personal belongings went somewhere, I'll just have to find out where.
I also know that my older brother had a lot of stuff since he was the eldest child of my parents and the family believed in that "first-born-son" thing. However, he died in a car accident more than a year ago and my family hasn't had any contact with me since 2005. Maybe my younger brother got his stuff. Who really knows.
If you guys can let me figure out a way to make this happen, I'll see what I can do about helping you find some of these things you are looking for. I understand how obsessions are unexplainable and can become a way of life, I just never thought about Tiki's being one of those things. Mine happens to be Hammond organs. Yes, the big ones. I currently own 25 of them. Anyway, I'm getting off track here.....
Give me a little time to think and I'll see if I can help with your search. Until then....
The Son Of Trader Glick