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El Cerrito Noteable Les Blank (1935-2013) -
documentary filmmaker

The El Cerrito Historical Society believes that a remarkable number of noteworthy people have come from El Cerrito or have lived here at some time in their lives. A few were world famous, others were well-known in the area or were particularly noteworthy in their own field. This list is an attempt to compile those names now known to the Society. In the future the Society hopes to compile a list of those who were significant in the development and growth of El Cerrito. This is a work in progress, and your suggestions for additions, editing, or deletions are welcome.
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Featured Historical Narrative


Story by Mervin Belfils

Notes taken from the El Cerrito Journal of September 11, 1930, indicated a Mrs. B. M. Sexton had made her home at the Castro Adobe for the past few years. The Castro Adobe, it was said, would be made into the most beautiful spot at the southern end of the county. It was to be converted to a museum of California history, art gallery, dance hall and refreshment stand. The proposed outdoor place, a midget golf course with 36 holes, and including 6 putting greens, would be the largest in the U.S., according to publicity... (story continues)

Laurie Berkner the popular childrens recording artist was asked why she choose El Cerrito to be featured in her top selling single, Victor Vito.

" My father’s brother, my Uncle Klaus, was living in El Cerrito when I wrote that song. We used to go there for our family Christmas celebration (now we go to his home in Martinez) and I had a really warm feeling about the town. I wanted to choose a place for the song that rhymed with Burrito but was slightly more exotic sounding than Toledo. Because of Klaus, El Cerrito came to mind!
"CLICK HERE to hear song.

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