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"The Malibu Feed Bin is located at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. The new 1964 Chevy [Chevelle Malibu] El Camino was just delivered when this photo was taken. This was the first Chevelle Malibu sold in the Los Angeles area. I took over the store in 1961 when I was eighteen years old. The rent was paid by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, who owned the property. The monthly rent was $135. I owned the store from 1961 to 1966, when I sold to Marty Morehart, who still owns the store today. Many movie stars were my customers including: Lana Turner, Mary Astor, Bob Denver (Gilligan), Frankie Lane (sang 'Ghost Rider in the Sky') Elmer Bernstein (composer), Duncan Renaldo (Cisco Kid), Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), and James Arness ('Gunsmoke'). Note the house next door in the right of the photo with bamboo on the side. Charles Manson stayed at that house before his friends went up into Topanga and did their murder in the late 1960s. After selling the Feed Bin, my twin brother and I began an irrigation supply business called Smith Pipe and Supply. My older brother Don owns the ten stores today. Westlake Village and Santa Monica are the closest to Malibu. " complete;