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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Good manners and being nice to people does not prevent a country from being invaded or over-run, leading to it's own collapse..
Obviously your do-good education has not taught you much about the real world.

"Invaded"?? "Over-run"?? This nation was built by immigrants, with the grace of God. Immigration to this land to achieve freedom and prosperity was the whole purpose and foundation of our America. Unfortunately, our history proves that the American-born generations lack tolerance towards newcomers. Our government thrives in capitalist democracy that is nowhere near to being overthrown and invasions occur by foreign armies entering our lands or by roaches. None of that is happening.

Ahhh, Fontana Girl supports Illegal immigrants taking over the country,how sweet.

Your statement "the exact millions that immigrants genrate in taxes, ss, and medicaid is unknown , but its enough for government to want to keep them around". What on earth are you talking about. For one, the government tracks all of this down to fractions of a penny" how is it unknown? Are you refering yo illegal immigrants? Because they don't contrbuite to the services you mentioned, they drain it and don't pay taxes. And they are the only reason these services are still funded? I don't know what your talking about or what your refering to,..I'm going on 2 years with the Internal Revenue Service, based on my work and data comming straight from uncle sam onto my desk, I'm totally uable to agree with a single claim you've made. Its almost as if you just wrote whatever you felt like and were based on no actual government date or facts. Could you please cite at least one of your references or include somthing in your statement thats based on factual statistics and data? Your statements, to me, seem to be a work of fiction, illegal immagrants are not even close to being a reason these programs are still funded. In realty they do little more than drain money and contribute to the deficit. They pay nothing in..these programs are still "funded" because american citizens continue to fund them and pay their taxes. Perhaps you should think before you write..just a thought.

I'm sorry, from the top of my head, Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser, I think he has good facts and sources all in one book. It's a little dated on the current numbers but still proves the point. It is impossible for the government and the IRS to track all of the money circulating (pg 5) and billions belong to the underground economy that Schlosser mentions. The exact billions that the United States Treasury earned in interest in 2000 is in pg. 7. Money goes in and out of the books, and as you'll see if you read, the government is profiting. On another note, yes, federal services are funded by ALL tax payers, which include immigrants: that was my point. You work for the IRS, so you know that an I-TIN number is to declare income but not reap the benefits that you pay for, such as Medicaid and Social Security. So if you pay them but are forbidden from ever getting your money back, where does it go to? These people, without complaining, pay full price for things that most citizens get a discount on such as housing, Healthcare and education. They BUY their homes, pay full price out-of-state tuitions, and SAVE for their own retirement. They are here to work, work, work and be useful to society.

Its automatically "criminalized" because they are crossing that boarder illegaly, and breaking the law by doing so! Thus, comes the word illegal! And yes sorry to break it to you, no open boarders, you can't just show up. People that do that are criminals. And your use of the word propagation, I'm not totally sure that's correct. How exactly is useing the word illegal immigrant racist? I'm willing to be you yourself are of hispanic decent legal or not, or you know an illegal. That or youre so far to the left(politicaly speaking) that think i can see why you would make such egregious statements

I agree that people can't just show up. There is a process that a person goes through to enter the states, and I think this procedure should be open to everyone despite their country of origin (visa quotas). It doesn't mean that just anyone should be allowed in either..

Hey well I actually live in that house if your speaking about Anastasia Ave in fontana california yeah

put your house on u-tube people will find it interesting

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3/21/14

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