The Los Angeles area was still very rural in the 1940's. If one lived near the mountains the sounds of coyotes howling would fill the night air. Many homes had farm animals such as chickens, roosters and pigs. There was plenty of undeveloped land and if you were to leave the developed areas you would see miles of dairies, ranches or orange trees. The red car, the famous Los Angeles streetcar system, was one of the best mass transportation systems in the United States and you could ride the red car from one end of Los Angeles County to the other for only a nickle. One could usually look out and see the mountains which surround the Los Angeles area, or if looking out to sea, view Catalina Island, just twenty six miles off the mainland shore. The California coast was beautiful and it was still possible to see a California Sea Lion basking in the Pacific Ocean.
One day as I walked down an alley near my home, I stopped to admire some baby piglets and tried to pet them. I looked up to see the huge mama sow charging toward me. Thankfully, there was a wire fence separating us and mama sow only ran into the fence. But it scared me enough to know not to mess with babies unless you know mama is friendly.