But it begs the question, What did Brian do immediately after graduating from Hawthorne High School? We know he went on to form the Beach Boys, but they didn't release their first single, "Surfin'," until almost 1962. What did he do in the meantime?
Interestingly, so did Chris Montez -- was he stalking him? -- and another Hawthorne High alum, Al Jardine. (As well as Bo Derek, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Frank Zappa.)
In fact, it was at El Camino that the two former members of the Hawthorne Cougars backfield reunited after that disastrous lateral that resulted in Jardine's broken leg.
I can just imagine Brian walking to class in the fall of 1960 and spotting Al, limping, on the other side of the quad:
"Hey Al! Al Jardine! It's me -- Brian, Brian Wilson!"
"You know, from Hawthorne High. We were on the football team together! Well, you were a star halfback and I was only a third-string quarterback..."
"Oh, I remember this guy," Al mutters under his breath. "What does he want?"
"I was just wondering if you'd like to see some of the songs I've written."
"Uh, I'm kind of late for my part-time job. Ever since I lost my football scholarship..."
"Come on, it'll only take a minute. I was hoping to form a rock 'n' roll band!"
Al must have relented, because the two began practicing some of Brian's songs in a room on campus and the rest, as they say, is history.
(By the way, if you see a guy tooling around town in a khaki EL CAMINO COLLEGE baseball cap, that's probably me; who else in Chicago would have a hat like that?)
But that was enough sightseeing for one day -- or two, I can't remember. It was time to hit the beach!
The Fifth Dimension) and none other than Robert Kardashian, Kim's father, who helped defend O.J. Simpson in that famous 1995 murder trial.
Next: A little-known fact about Brian Wilson. And then let's head back to Hawthorne and drive around the town some.