What I’m trying to do with a page like this is remind us all of a place where many of us once went and had enjoyable meals with friends, families and coworkers. These memories and experiences tend to evoke the commonality and closeness we all feel, even if the many years have faded it. These are attempts to cite the good, the fun and the enjoyable experiences we’ve shared, with my opinion being that they out weigh the bad and unpleasant. When a page like this one succeeds, several classmates will be moved to leave a comment. Probably many of us will remember Philippe's with pleasure, but almost none will be willing to comment, for their own reasons. It’s much, much more enjoyable for us all when Lancers do comment, however.
For that matter, it’s astonishing that only two Lancers remember Cotillion, but it has been 60 years or more.
This particular restaurant is likely to affect those of us who lived in Los Angeles, or nearby, and were taken there by parents, aunts and uncles, even grandparents. My dad took me there as one of my earliest memories, about 1952. They didn’t always serve beer, did they?
Those of you who attended USC, Occidental, Pepperdine at their old location at West 82nd & Vermont, Parson’s, UCLA, Mt. St Mary’s or other local professional schools -- maybe USC Law, or Loyola Law, or USC Medical School, or the various nursing schools, are most likely to remember Philippe’s, as well as those who worked in Downtown LA and went there for breakfast or lunch. A last category of Lancers who might know Philippe’s are our singers, songwriters and musicians.
I put a lot of thought into finding photos and places that appeal to us. Hardly any Lancers in Orange, Riverside, San Diego or outlying counties go into LA any more, including me. I miss a lot that’s there.