Growing Up in O.C.: John Moorlach’s Trusty Family Comet

John, right, and younger brother Edward, next to dad Kent Moorlach's '62 Mercury Comet

Photo courtesy of John Moorlach

John Moorlach
b. 1955, raised in Cypress and Buena Park
Orange County supervisor

My dad did a little real estate. Then he got into insurance—property and life and casualty. His market was the Dutch community [the family emigrated from the Netherlands] in Norwalk, Cypress, Bellflower, which had some of the biggest dairy industries in the country. I can remember my mom saying, “We’ve got to pray for dad today because he’s got to drive to Chino.”

Our Comet was a trusty car for most of my growing-up years. It was the car 
I learned to drive in.

It had a three-speed stick on the column. Six cylinders, real simple Ford Mercury construction. I think even my younger brother had it for high school. It hit a tree and died a sad, tragic death. I won’t go further.

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