Next Stop, Anaheim!
Before Walt Disney made Anaheim a family destination, the
city received attention in an unexpected way by comedian Jack Benny. In a
January 7, 1945, KFI radio sketch, as Benny and his entourage await passage to
New York, a L.A. Union Station conductor (played by Mel Blanc) announces, “Train
leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cuc–amonga!” Intended as a
throwaway line, this bit became so popular with listeners that Benny continued
to use it, and Anaheim became a household name.
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