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The Rocky & Bullwinkle Triangle

1. In 1947, World War II veteran Jay Ward arrived in Berkeley to take over a real estate business he'd inherited from his dad and opened an office at Ashby and Domingo below the Claremont Hotel. On his first day at work he stepped out his door to talk with his mail carrier. Little did either know that they'd have a fateful encounter with a runaway lumber truck that was just then roaring down Tunnel Road. The driver, seeing a red light at Claremont Avenue, swerved to the right, crashing into Ward's front porch and nearly killing both men. 2. As Ward recuperated in Alta Bates Hospital, a visiting fraternity buddy, Alex Anderson, suggested ditching real estate and making cartoons for this new medium, TV. 3. Later, when they needed a name for a big dumb moose, Ward remembered the sign on a car dealership a few blocks down Claremont Avenue: "Bullwinkel Ford."

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