Local myths of Fontana that are quite real....

We often hear rumors about who or what might have lived, or died or has family in an area.. Below are some figures, some most noticeable and others not so notorious that once had something to do with the city of Fontana.

Gangster Al Capone once had a home in Fontana, which was notable for the initial "C" displayed on one of the home's chimneys. It was rumored that Capone had secret passageways or tunnels built under the house that led out into the back yard making for a quick escape in case his place was ever surrounded by the fuzz. No tunnels were ever found though after the home was torn down. And we all know what happened to Al after he left Fontana.

The Crlenica Brothers, a local Slavic "Tamburitza" musical group, lived in Fontana, had a music store on Arrow Blvd., and played music locally for Fontana's large Slavic population. Unbeknownst to most Fontana residents, they also did some movie work in Hollywood, performing on the soundtrack of "Dr. Zhivago", and also in the movie "Patton," near the end of the movie in the Russian dance scene.

Shelton Brooks, legendary songwriter and bandleader of the early 20th century, spent several decades in his later years living in Fontana. The writer of such hits as "Darktown Strutters’ Ball" and "Some of These Days," he would buy a new Cadillac every year with his songwriter royalties.. As a leader of his own successful big band, he hobnobbed with the Hollywood elite and became especially close to torch singer Sophie Tucker, known as The Last of the Red Hot Mammas.
Whitman Mayo, the actor who played Shady Grady in the TV series "Sanford and Son," moved with his family from New York City to Fontana in 1967, when he was 37. While living in Fontana he attended Chaffey College in nearby Cucamonga.. He once served as the Grand Marshall in the Fontana Days parade.

Legendary motorcycle builder Denver Mullins was from Fontana.. He started a bike shop, Denver’s Choppers, in San Bernardino in 1967, where he was the first to toy in the building of custom bikes and replacement bike parts. The shop later moved to Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, where it still operates to this day. Denver died in a racing boat accident in 1992.

Henry Kaiser’s steel mill in Fontana was the only steel mill west of the Mississippi River.. During WWII Kaiser shipbuilding contributed hundreds of naval and merchant vessels.. The steel mill scene in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie "Terminator 2" was filmed in the abandoned Kaiser Steel Mill. Robo Cop was also filmed at the old steel mill as well as many sci-fi and police movies.

What ever happened to Ro-Val’s automobile museum, located on Foothill Blvd on the western outskirts between Fontana and Cucamonga? It was for a while the home for many classic automobiles of the 20’s and 30’s, including a huge vehicle once owned by screen actor Fatty Arbuckle. When the Ro-Val museum closed, the vehicles were sold to Bill Harrah, a Nevada casino owner and automobile collector, who placed them on display in the museum located at his casino.

In the 1950’s and 60’s Fontana was home to a famous drag racing strip that was a significant venue in the NHRA circuit. Known officially as Mickey Thompson’s Fontana International Dragway, it was also referred to as Fontana Drag City or just plain old Fontana Drag Strip. The original Fontana strip closed after several serous accidents and deaths to the drivers ad the NHRA deemed the track to short and narrow for safe racing.

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Yes, you are right, immigrants cross the border illegally because of those laws. My point was that the laws are racists because they have a quota per nationality and they block certain people from specific countries such as China, India and Mexico for permanent status. Why do these standards still exist? Well, simply because of people like you who don't know any better. Federal Services exist for the poor, not for a specific race or minority group in general. Yes, they are sponsored by Democrats but its all part of the game to keep both parties engaged. You haven't heard of a republican that threatens to take them away, do you? On the contrary, Republicans get very defensive about their Social Security. Nobody wants to lose that taken away ;)

Get a clue!

Thank you yes!

If they are in the country illegally then they are ILLEGALS! Deal with it. It is not racist; be the illegaly White, Black or Asian, illegal IS illegal.

Then why so much animosity AGAINST the LEGALIZATION of the immigrants who are already here? Because of language barriers? Really? How primitive..

How is the use of the word illegal racist? Wetback with Roosevelt used is racist. Nigger which America used and some still used is racist chink, honky, whiteyand many other words are racist. But illegal is NOT a racist word. Look it up. You may educate yourself on proper word usage. Illegal alien is just that undocumented worker its amazing we play word games with this.

It is used in a racist manner. I'm pretty educated, at a top research university as a matter of fact; thank you very much! A more appropriate word would be "undocumented" when referring to a person. Material things are "illegal" or "contraband". I hope you learn the difference.

You play your word game I'll play mine they are illegal aliens. If that is racist guess it is what it is, maybe your research university could research on who gives a shit how the illegal alien is called. What research does your research university research? Ketchup flow, monkeys betting while drunk, cancer research, researching either of these issues is a waste of money. Just like the waste of taxpayer money going for illegal aliens.

It's not a word game or even about education. It's simply about good manners and being nice to people.

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