active around 1974 and 75. We hung around the Haugan
school yard on Hamlin and Wilson. Most of us started
as the Haugan Greasers. Some of the guys were greasers
called the Bella Boys, from Bella's Pizzeria on
Montrose Ave. In those days there were a lot of Simon
City Royals starting to build up to the east of us
around Kimball and Lawrence. To the west, by Schurz
High, there were a lot of Popes. We had an uneasy
alliance with both. But we never really seemed to
trust each other. Except that we all had common
enemies with the Latin Kings and Latin Eagles.
Many of us became Gaylords around 1974. We were
recruited by the PGL and wore our black and gray. I
think we were recruited to keep the Royals and Popes
from gaining a growing membership in that
neighborhood. I remember one day at Roosevelt high
school, we caught a Pope named Hippie with his sweater
walking down Kimball. We decided to take his sweater.
He didn't give it up easy. One of our guys cracked a
bottle over his head before Hippie gave it up. A few
days later I was leaving school when some of the guys
told me we can't go outside because there were a
couple of car loads of Popes with guns waiting for us.
One of the cars had Larkin and Lil Bob wanting to talk
to us. A couple of our guys went out and decided to
give the sweater back in order to maintain the peace.
We had a few guns in those days and had some exchanges
with some Latin Eagles on a couple of occasions.
Luckily nobody got hit. One night we had decided to
flash our guns at the SCR around Monticello Avenue.
Just to show them we had weapons. On the way we
decided to steal some beer and wine at the Open Pantry
food mart. We used to hide them in our Cashmere
jackets and walk out of the store. That night we got
caught by the bagger boy. So my buddy Tony pulls one
of our guns and points it at the poor kid. We ran like
hell to get away before the cops came. When we got to
were the Royals were, we shared some beers with them.
I remember it being a hot night and the Royals had
shared some real sugar cane with us. We were all
uneasy with each other, but trying to keep the peace
while still letting them know were packing. After
about 30 minutes we heard a couple of cars pull up
with plain clothed cops called Gang Intelligence
Officers. They called out at us to give up our guns.
Tony started to run, but the cops pulled out their
guns and convinced Tony to freeze. We all ended up at
the 17th Precinct for most of that night. Tuffy , a
high ranking Royal was with us that night, but he got
away. That was the last time we saw him. He was killed
by the Latin Kings shortly after that. Just like his
brother Bimbo. We went to his funeral. It was attended
by a lot of gang bangers. Royals, Popes, Gaylords,
C-Notes, ChiWest and Jousters. I remember Tuffy's mom
crying uncontrollably after losing her two sons to
gang violence. After I left, I had heard that some of
the Royals placed some belts on the casket from
sweaters that Tuffy had taken. That really upset the
Most of the time we hung out at the Haugan School
yard. We were pretty well know in that neighborhood
and didn't have too much trouble from the outside.
Other than some run ins with the Latin Eagles. We had
some high ranking Kings called the Nanz brothers in
the neighborhood as well. We never had much of a
problem with them though. I moved away in 1975 during
my Junior year at Roosevelt. Before I moved, some of
us started to put money on the street to make some
cash through Juice Loans. It wasn't much, but we made
enough for beers and dime bags. I guess things started
to get a little bit more serious after I moved. The
loans got to be bigger and the business was becoming
pretty large. Everyone knew that some of the guys were
starting to make a lot of cash. Before they knew it
though, the local Outfit guys insisted on them paying
a street tax. After the guys came up short a couple of
times, things got very dangerous. I think that was
when our set of GL started to break up. Between the
failed Juice loans, drugs, jail and moving to the
suburbs, we didn't last very long. But we had a wild
ride for a couple of years.
It would be great to have a mention on the History
section of this website. I know we didn't last long.
But we were proud and held our own under the
circumstances. I can't find the pictures that I had
for 25 years. It would be great to add to this record.
If I ever come across them I will gladly send copies
to the web site. I have some old Lawndale Gaylord
cards and some Jouster cards as well. I don't remember
where I got them but they have Rocker, Bandit, Polack,
Magnum and bunch of other LAGL. Actually a bit after
my time but I kept up with some of our crew for a few
years after I left. So I may have gotten them from
those guys. We used to collect cards from other sets
I read the "Lords of Lawndale" and really felt a
strong relationship to those experiences. Thanks, it's
great to have an opportunity and a place to record
some of our past. I thought you might be interested in
this little bit of Gaylord history. I only have
contact with one other member from our set and we
still share some great memories that we can't really
communicate with other people. Keep up the good work
on this site. Maybe some day I'll see some other guys
from our old crew show up on the Blog!
formerly Lil Dillinger
Haugan School Gaylords