Sunday, November 23, 2008

SAHS was #1! (in automation)

Lest we forget. Santa Ana High School was the first high school in the nation with it's own automat. This photo is from the May 5, 1964 Los Angeles Times. The caption read:

LOADING UP-Bob Glassman, vice president of Santa Ana High School student body, loads up with food from one of the 22 automatic food vending machines installed in school cafeteria Monday. System is first to be installed in a high school in the United States and offers both hot and cold items daily.

I always went for the french dip sandwich. Whatever happened to automats? I remember one played a prominent part in the plot of "That Touch of Mink" (1962) with Doris Day, Cary Grant, Gig Young and Audrey Meadows. The plot involved "A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage."

Pretty shocking for the time, almost as shocking as Mr. Glassman's way-too-tight pants.

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