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Big Girl Wants Big Boy a drive by poem by Flyrod

It was back in the summer of fifty-nine
A shadow cast over the west coastline

A fifty foot woman from outer space
Was reeking havoc all over the place

She stepped on buses and picked up cars
The radio said she came here from Mars

What did she want, why was she here?
California people were living in fear

Over Los Angeles the woman did tower
She needed a car with plenty of power

A two-tone Fairlane in white and red
One hundred and ten the speedometer said

No problem with head-room, just keep the top down
She threw out the driver and took it uptown

A mighty tall girl with a big appetite
On Riverside Drive, oh what a sight!

All that she wanted was just up ahead
“Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant” is what the sign said

She came a long way for that special taste
She wanted it now, there was no time to waste

She tore off the roof and made the earth quake
“Give me a Big Boy with a Vanilla Milk Shake”

Bob’s Big Boy, Burbank is a magnificent example of the emerging California coffee shop style that exploded in Los Angeles in the 1950’s. Built in 1949, the structure is dramatically related to World Fair pavilions of the pre-war period by its long, low, horizontal roof line and wide canopies.

Its asymmetrical shape alternates from sharp angles at the entrance to smooth, inward curving picture windows facing the street. Certainly the building’s most striking aspect is the monumental freestanding Bob’s sign which soars vertically in contrast with the horizontal lines of the restaurant. Placed at a strategic angle, the sign, with its attractive pink and white neon lettering, is breathtakingly dramatic and visible from far down Riverside Drive. The sign itself is transitional in that it is free standing and retains elements of 1930’s streamlining. The sign is a billboard raised to an art form. At 70 feet tall, the Bob’s sign is a true landmark in the surrounding community. At night, with its dramatically lit sign and wide band of windows highlighting the diners inside, the entire restaurant was a powerful lure to the passing motorist. Abstract, amoebae-like canopies intersect the structure metamorphosing into an angular skyward slanting entrance canopy. Various textures adorn the exterior walls from mosaic tile to wooden clapboard to decorative vertical and horizontal brick veneer. Beautiful moss-green and black terrazzo walkways surround the building.


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The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 2 years ago

    Another extraordinary piece of work.. Terrific!

  • Thanks John. Now enjoy that burger.

    – flyrod

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    You are pleasantly crazy, flyrod! Really enjoyed this.

  • Thank dot. Actually this is what keeps me sane.

    – flyrod

  • redqueenself
    redqueenselfover 2 years ago

    “with a big toy!”

  • That works too. Thanks red.

    – flyrod

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 2 years ago

    SUPERB (yes caps for excitement).

  • Thanks Rebecca.

    – flyrod

  • John Trent
    John Trentover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thanks a lot John.

    – flyrod

  • Mike Capone
    Mike Caponeover 2 years ago

    Terrific work!

  • Always a pleasure Mike. Thanks

    – flyrod

  • I appreciate it mike.

    – flyrod

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 2 years ago

    hehehe…yay! love how you’ve worked the 50’s movie poster art into this…brilliant work:)

  • In America everything start and ends with food. Usually bad food. Thanks Shanina.

    – flyrod

  • Jeff Burgess
    Jeff Burgessover 2 years ago

    fun image. Like it very much.

  • Always appreciated Jeff.

    – flyrod

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 2 years ago


  • Thanks Walter.

    – flyrod

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