“Here’s a picture taken in the early sixties on Lawrence Ave. Maybe someone can identify the exact location from the signs. The guys on the bike are Pete Walver, later the president of the Chicago Outlaws and on the back Angelo Lombardi, later found murdered gangland style for what were rumored to be transgressions with some guy’s wife…
We all hung out together just west of Kimball on Lawrence, north side of the street. There were enough bikes and we made enough trouble that the police started to harass us, coming by nightly and writing noise tickets and tickets for parking the bikes in a group in one or two spaces all pointed out into the street.
After a few weeks of this we got a lawyer and one night parked each motor in its own parking spot, using up the entire block to park a few motorcycles. When the cops came and started to hassle us the lawyer stepped in and reminded the cops we were citizens too. I don’t remember the exact outcome but we had peace again for a while, Chicago style.” — Andy Romanoff
Like me, Andy Romanoff grew up in Hollywood Park, attended Peterson Elementary School, and bought penny candy at the Hollywood Bowl. His was an earlier time, but not so different. The greasers of his day were the freaks of mine, and the police were never far from sight.
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