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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:11 pm

Lodians who grew up during the 1960s and ’70s may remember Jack Chappell driving his red Jeepster full of Lodi Swim Club members wearing swimsuits and beach towels in the big Grape Festival parade.

They may also remember seeing the car parked outside when they joined their friends at Chappell’s pool on the corner of Lodi and Orange avenues during the summer, before there were any signs of a town to speak of in the area, which was not yet populated.

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  • Ted Lauchland posted at 8:39 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Isn't his name Kirt ?

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 8:36 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261


    As I reread I feel the need to clarify.

    No, I am not gay. No, it was not meant that way in the play with words. Yes, it was only a play with the word "Theodore". No, it was only a rib from the kids about a girls name. This day and age it would send everybody into a panic and No, nothing else sinister or otherwise is here within.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 12:19 pm on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    I rode in the back of that thing in sixth grade on the way to the swim party. Little creepy now that I know more of the story.

    Mr. Chappell always started his morning class with a joke. - Looked forward to it. I was one of his jokes one morning. His intensions were good but the kids wouldn't let it go. He referred to me as "Dorothy" (Theodore backwards). It was all in a joking manner so no big deal - right? My birth certificate says "Ted" for those whose want to resurrect that day. Now, to this day, I still do not know how far to take it with my own sons to "toughen" as a father and or a grandfather but they have also survived .

    Mr. Chappell also taught us about toothpaste. " You just don't need that much".

    My grandmother lived on the corner across the street from the pool. I mowed her lawn a lot. My wife didn't care to swim in his pool when she was young because it was simply tooooooo cooooooold !

    Looks like Kirk did a good job restoring the jeep. We found it in another publication this past week. - Cool.



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