Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Al Chop: The Move to California

Because of Al Chop's serious back injury, I knew he was hurting and retreated from asking more questions about the movie and his role in it. But by September of 1976 he was not only "up and around," but in June had moved from Richland, WA to Palm Desert, CA, the final and apparently favored location where he and his wife Dolores would happily spend their remaining years.
The relocation, however, proved to be of nightmarish proportions when destructive flooding repeatedly wiped out the Chops' hard work, replacing attractive landscaping efforts with tons of mud. The letter (see) written by Al in longhand late in September tells the story.