Rancho Bozo ~ Montecito, California

The Original Rancho Bozo ~ Montecito, California
1974 to 1981

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Martha Elkin petting Tyrone the Wonder Dog

Way back in 1952 when Coast Village Road was a strip of Highway 1 my mom had her heart set on owning a home. It was important that it be on a bus line for transportation in case my father was away on a secret mission for the newly formed United States Air Force. This tiny cottage all of 750 square feet was purchased for eight thousand four hundred dollars (about what two new delux Oldsmobile convertables of the day cost). The one thousand five hundred dollar down payment they were able to save was all the money in the world for my parents. My family in harder times (when my father couldn't be with us) made this their home. In fact at times I was or felt as if I was the poorest living boy in Montecito. We didn't even have a car. This humble abode was in time destined to become Rancho Bozo. Martha Elkin, my mother petting Tyrone the wonder dog 1974.

from the original Rancho Bozo photo album

The name Rancho Bozo has unknown origins
. . . however, it became the name of
this little house through the biting musings of
Peter Dominguez. He was making fun of me one day
"that place of yours is a regular rancho bozo, menso" he jibed.
I replied "yeah Pete that's it, it's Rancho Bozo".

This is 1974 the first year of Rancho Bozo. The Rancho Bozo-mobile is parked in front of the driveway. Under the parking enclosure is a '71 Datsun pick up with camper the 'OH-DAT-SUN truck'. The young Dogboy and I took off to New Orleans in that truck in '75. Note the bus stop left of the crosswalk. Behind the chain-linked fence lurched Turk Hesslund's Nursery annex where plants for rich and famous took root. Rancho Bozo's long narrow lot ran up hill parallel to Coast Village Road. THIRTY THREE YEARS LATER

This view is from the highest and northern most point of Rancho Bozo looking south toward Summerland, Ventura and LA. Back in 1974 the Montecito Inn (the large red tiled building on the other side of the street) was a not so glorified flop house. The liquor store accross the street at that time was the "Bottle Shop". We will always remember Matt who always tried to forget us.

What ranch of mythic proportions could survive without the loyal protection and sage advice of a wonder dog? Tyrone was not always a wonder dog he sort of grew into the job. This is a rare photo of Tyrone the wonder pup looking pretty cute in the Rancho Bozo front yard.

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Steve and Dr. Kemm are Suburbian Gothic in the front of Rancho Bozo . . . both are great guys both saxophone players . . .

dos vatos in la kitchen

Peter Dominguez and Lieutenant Wayne-O keep the Cheech and Chong energy in the Rancho Bozo kitchen fully charged and ready deal with all you Pendeckos. Dave left an hour ago.

That bird's still roosting in the kitchen for a short time. I accepted a gift from a stranger in the form of a little black bantam rooster with a powerful wake up call. I named the diminuitive domestic fowl Rufus. I don't know what happened to Rufus except one day Rufus just flew coup. He must have been looking for chicks.

Rusfus at Rancho Bozo

Peter Dominguez enjoyed the serenity of the Budda Garden he assembled and tended at Rancho Bozo

The Budda Garden was an environmental art piece by Peter Dominguez a place to wind down and breathe deeply to get another idea visit Rancho Bozo dot calm. I think a little meditation can round out your day.

Look carefully. You can see the left front fender of the '61 bug parked under the parking stucture. That's no ordinary vw. That's the legendary Bozomobile. You are standing on the north side of the FIRE pit looking south at the Tee Pee. Are you still looking carefully? Who's resting in the shade? Who's in the Tee Pee? Better get a virtual DNA reading on the follicle of that there hair. Name four things in this picture that start with the letter ' T ' then enter the COLORING CONTEST to win great prizes!

The Tee Pee was reminder that environmental art didn't have to be pretty in fact some times with the help of a coconut head it can be down't right ugly . . . the tee pee was made from a recycled tarp that served as the canopy of my mom and dad's 1961 Shasta camping trailer.

find coconut head

If your beers are real make sure your guns are fake or is it if your guns are real make sure your beers are fake I forget . . . here's a fully bearded young Lieutenant Wayne-O and who may be Bob Dylan's third cousin a young Steve Zimmerman checking out what's on top the hill of Rancho Bozo. Suburbian Cowboys were sighted on the grounds.

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There is a man who left Santa Barbara to live in the rugged independence of Fort Bragg California . . . as a deligate for the Democratic party . . . musician singer/songwriter . . . de lux . . . dad husband mechanic . . . Sean still in his teens in this pic behind Sean is the fence that kept Turk Hesslund's anex at bay . . .Sean like the old Captain married stayed married, has kids in college, bought ranch up north, except Sean's ranch has acerage . . .

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Playing on a '38 Dobro in the jam and livin' room of Rancho Bozo. Who is this strumming cowboy? Come on guess? . . . Why it's a young Dr. Dog Boy, of course.

the aftermath of the Welcome Home McNamara Bash

These are two of the the three Thompson girls Wendy Thompson and Laurel Thompson with the head bozo of the ranch. We had a big job cleaning up but we still could party. It seems as though we were locally responsible for turning party into a verb (as to party). . . and not fade away . . .

Suburbian Cowboy and Canadian Princess with Tyrone the wonder dog at the FIRE pit . . . rancho bozo was a campfire toasting the mellows and somemores, telling stories, and sharing new songs oh yes the occasional fire dance at the little pit would sure a mighty fire dwell. This pics going back to photoshop. view of the fire pit from atop 'Cecil's Stairs'

Al C. and Wayne-O check the emergency safety equiptment at the firepit bench. Safety was always a major consideration for campfires and fire dances.

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Slightly north east of the fire pit Piano Steve digs a pit later known as "Wounded Knee" . . .

while most activities on the art ranch were fun not all were explicable

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not gay believe it or not ok

Rancho Bozo was intended to be enviornmental art from the get go . . . often with a function the South Pacific "Welcome Back Commodore" bash was no exception . . . Cecil and Lt. Wayne-O pose for the polaroid the hula dolls are on display from the Christina by the Sea Collection . . . Cristina is vounteering at the bar - serving drinks at the Commodore Bash . . .

A smiling sentry that bears a slight resemblence to the clown that Larry copyrighted . . . you found it you've freed yourself from the restrictions linear time and space you've arrived at Rancho Bozo . . . you may continue exploring Rancho Bozo Anex!

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These are some scans of original photographs circa '74 / '75 taken by the Grantster in April of '04.

we were young and impulsive now we're old and impulsive with aches and pains

There was an easy going acceptance that any moment may bring
another amazing moment . . . and that's how we lived at Rancho Bozo . . .

Forinstance one day at the original Rancho Bozo . . . Cecil gave Lucy a
free hair style on front porch. All the while Steve strums on the Dobro . . .
and all the photographs on this page except the photo of the Canadian Princess
and the photo of Rancho Bozo with her VW were taken with a polaroid square shooter . . . that's Cecil's dog Waldo.

Here's another Rancho Bozo mystery guest just click
1974 a masked Bozo and the smallest web page on RanchoBozo.com as far as I can tell.

hold still Lucy or you might loose an ear

Lt. Wayne-O reading the SB Independent ready to meet a nice hippy chick
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Steve tickles ivory and Diamond Jim, CoCo head and the Lute toast the tee peeImage hosted by Photobucket.com
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Color Tyrone the Wonderdog, the Canadian Princess and the Suburbian Cowboy the chief residents of the Original Rancho Bozo, Montecito California, USA, Planet EarthImage hosting by Photobucket David, Walt, Cecil, Paul
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Title: hanging around the FIRE pit
Author: Tyrone the Wonder Dog
Date: Jun 13, 2004 12:49 am

I like the FIRE pit - lots of great smells people to hang out with. I'd get them to throw stuff and find place to chill in the shade. That was the dog's life for a while back at the ranch in those days. Tyrone

hanging around the FIRE pit - Tyrone the Wonder Dog 06/13/04 - 12:49 am

You're wrong Turk dead wrong you were wrong thirty years ago and you're still wrong! The Rancho Bozo property line runs right up the hill to that galvanized pole (just like I said). We sold the property you sold the property? So what? You miss the vodka in the morning? I do. I guess vodka burns blue down there huh Turk?

Title: Whats yours is mine
Author: Turk Hesslund
Date: Aug 17, 2004 6:00 am

You're in Maui. Guess where I am. (Hint: its a lot warmer here)

By the way, your fire pit is on my property!

So shut that damn dog up or I'll call the cops.

You know where to find me if you have a problem with that. (Hint: bring lots of ice water)

Title: I once lived there before
Author: Carmen Finck
Date: Jun 6, 2004 8:33 pm

I lived at Rancho Bozo, I was five and the original Suburbian cowboy is my big brother. He would take me to the corner drug store and place me on a bar stool, tuck a napkin under my chin and order me the best hot fudge sudae ever made. The bus stopped right in front of our house to go to Montecito Union school. We moved by the time I started first grade. Wayne moved in and started the ranch in the early seventies. I was only fourteen or so and would ride my bike to the ranch and pretend that I was hip and cool.

Title: rancho bozo
Author: Laurel
Date: May 12, 2004 1:13 am

Hey all you rancho-ettes out there!!! I still have an original rancho-bozo shirt, never will let go of it! So glad to see such a cool site, these were some of the best days ever, living at rancho bozo, I was very lucky to be a part of such a cool time in Montecito, back in the days when the Montecito Inn was truly an "Inn". (remember Tim Grant living there). Glad to see this up and running.

Title: fire pit diving Author: Laurel Date: May 12, 2004 1:17 am Also, all out there in rancho-cyberspace, It is also home to the first and only "pet cemetary" in Montecito, there are a few prized pets under that driveway!! (rooster,cats,etc.............) hey first born, I also lived there, fell in love with David Hartmen of Good Morning America there, my first job in Ca. was while living there, and on and on........love you T.T. fire pit diving - Laurel 05/12/04 - 01:17 am

pics of the era . . . my first room mate at Rancho Bozo: Mr. Paul Rubinstein

Goa with Mel and Phil and a skinny Lt. Wayne-O and Keighly and Puline and mystry guests
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some times a picture is only worth 999 words

1961 VW
Senorita Lucy and her dog spot
Paul R with a great poker player early '74

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