This photo of Cinnamon Cinder, 7578 El Cajon Blvd,  pops up on Facebook on a regular basis. Did you ever go there?  Me neither.  Did you know it was a chain, owned by LA disc jockey Bob Eubanks?  Me neither.  Click HERE to read all about it.  Below is a current Google Street View of Helix Environmental Planning, which today occupies the site at the northeast corner of El Cajon and Comanche.  I strongly suspect the old building was dozed to make way for this new building.

Back in the early days of Horace Mann -- 1958 --  myself and best buddy, Frank Bucheit served as  President & Vice Prez of the Bowling club.  We bowled what was then the bowling alley on 7578 El Cajon Blvd. After a few years it quietly turned into the Cinnamon Cinder.  Thanks for the memory -- Gary Deines ’61

In the mid-1960s the Comanche Bowling Alley was repurposed as the Cinnamon Cinder.  Note the marquee, in the photo at the top, showing the Coasters playing Fri/Sat.  On Sunday it's the Contrasts, a band featuring several Crawford '68 members.  The attached photo shows us performing at the Scottish Rite Temple in Mission Valley in a benefit for Cerebral Palsy.  It's Bill Keller on sax, James “Skinny” Bolan on guitar and lead singer, Donny Arnold on drums, Jan Tonnesen on lead guitar, and Kenny Jiampa on bass.  We did a recording session at the famous Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.  Though it didn't get much airplay, you can still hear one song on YouTube -- She Didn't Care -- Bill Keller ’68

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