On January 17,1928 a future great machinist car lover was born. His name John Biondo. A tinkerer from the start, he admired his older brother Joe and his cars. the 1st being a 1932 Chevrolet Roadster that John tinkered with and joy rode on the Streets of Brooklyn New York,nailed a fender when a driver pulled away from a curb without looking, He paid for that repair by learning Machine Shop Work from his older brother. A few years later, a 41 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe, That Adriene and John later replaced. In true "Mid Century Modern Style" John decided a change of scenery was needed and loaded up his lovely bride Helen and made the trek out to Sunny So-Cal to apply his trade at the Burbank Lockeed Aviation plant. On the way here he perhaps made his "Lil Adriene" and a year later, they added another Johnny to the family. They settled in the Foothills and enjoyed Sunday Family Drives. He'd like to say that his beloved "Bums o Brooklyn" saw that the weather was better here so they followed him on out. John's a great machinist and could make anything that one could dream up. I was told that I couldn't get a part for my mill, brought an example of the part, I went and tore down a flat cad front cover off and with in 15 mins of me showing it to him, the part was made. We worked on a few engines together, drink alot of joe and ate Tommy's Burgers whenever we could. I took his 41 there just for memories. John was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a little while back. He supported our efforts in saving the Broiler. During that save I lost my dad Art to cancer as well. Adriene loved her dad, he will always be her best friend, guide in life and inspiration for living. He was above all a fantastic friend and car guy. Adriene and John once told me a story of how the family wanted to take a vacation in the family 52 Ford Wagon.It needed an engine overhaul. Well Helen cleaned the block, John bored the block with his Van Norman bore bar,Johnny lapped the valves and Adriene fitted the piston rings. Mind you this was all assembled on the kitchen table . The engine was placed back in the car and they saw the US of A in Ford vs a Chevrolet=Sorry Dinah! They did throughout time have had some very cool cars and that appreciation was past down to Adriene. She has 3 cool ones. While I was at a Car Club Picnic today, I recieved the dreaded call. John passed away today and Adriene will need our prayers and thoughts. Please think of her and her Daddyman and know that we lost another part of history today June 9th 2012. I will miss my friend and machinist mentor CK.