- Glenn Saffell
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Memories of Glenn Saffell
Glenn Curtis Saffell.....
One of my best friends and neighbor for so long (so it seemed then), who died tragically so very young during his middle years at UCLA (1963). His death hit me like a ton of bricks at the time. He was a fabulous bright young man (especially in math and science). He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life to the max. He and I "discovered" good music about the same time(classical and Dixieland jazz were just about equal in our "teen world" when others were bopping to R&R). We both planned and built our first component Hi-Fi systems from various electronic kits and our own speaker systems when we were still in our early teens. I remember teaching him how to solder electronic wiring (I had been taught by a master Ham Radio engineer neighbor). He "got it" right away. He even studied and learned how to read electronic circuit schematic drawings. He wasn't particularly interested in electronics per se, but loved the magic of owning his own Hi-Fi amps, FM tuner, speaker system and turntable that he had built himself. He had especially keen hearing and could hear nuances in music and orchestral playing as if he were a musician, but alas he never took up an instrument. Glenn had all the Beethoven symphonies memorized (through Toscanini's recordings) and listened to the great L.A. early FM radio stations (KFAC, KCBH and KRHM) while doing his homework. He also was super athletic and loved surfing, water polo and any chance to swim. Glenn had a very nice girl friend and was close to marriage at the time of his tragic death.
Glenn worked part time after school at Pete Peters' famous "BBQ Junction" restaurant on LaBrea Ave. at 64th Place in North Inglewood in order to have pocket money for his hobbies and saving for his first car. (Pete Peters' father, Lew Peters, built the restaurant while teaching mechanical drawing at IHS for decades).
Glenn and I drifted apart after senior year at IHS because we initially went to different colleges. Glenn had switched majors to psychology at UCLA which seemed unusual to me at the time. But when he took up a subject of interest, he took it to heart and mastered it.
Glenn loved his '57 Ford Sunliner and you would frequently see his surfboard sticking out the back of the convertible top rear window, ready for a quick early morning run to Manhattan or El Porto. Beach sand was perpetually on the floor mats! He was a very outdoors type of guy and loved his recreation.
His family lived for some time in Cocoa Beach, Florida while his dad was a mechanical engineer for Parsons Engineering when they were based in downtown Los Angeles. The Saffells were living in Florida when Parsons built the Cape Canaveral Rocket launching facilities for US Gov't. They moved back to California after that project and all the kids (Glenn, Bruce and Linda) went to school locally in Inglewood. Glenn's dad designed and built their new home in the new tract just north of 64th St. and east of LaTijera. This was actually in L.A. County, but still in the Inglewood School district. Our families were close friends for many years while all of us went through the Inglewood schools. Glenn's mom (Emily) and mine (Gwen) were close friends for life well into their late 80s.
Glenn had many, many friends and will be remembered in our hearts forever.
Sadly, I didn't know you, Bruce, but I was close friends with your sister, Linda, for many years & she always spoke very highly of you! I know she loved you dearly!
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