Greebe & Moommy Topanga Beach Surf Club sweatshirt

2021-06-01 facebook Jim Fitzpatrick (1).jpg


Greebe & Moommy Topanga Beach Surf Club sweatshirt


Before the Topanga Bombers, there was the Greebe and Moommy Surf Club, created by David H. Stern in 1962.

Members included Wes Armand, Bill Cleary, Alden Doseburg, Bob Feigel, Jim Fitzpatrick Sr., Jim Fitzpatrick Jr., Mike Gaughan, Larry Kraus, and George Van Noy.

The club's name alluded to a sign pinned to the door by the guys to let friends know they were with a girl. It read, "Greebe loves Moommy," or, "Moommy loves you," and meant "Do not disturb."

The Greebe was a large brass grebe's head which climbing friend Ralph Kahl had discovered buried outside David’s former Topanga Canyon home. Moommy was Bob's Labrador cross puppy, a name Bill Cleary invented and spelled "MooMMy." Together, Greebe and Moommy were co-mascots of the beach.

The half-pidgin motto of the club was "Mo Betta Somewhere Else."




Digital only


Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of Topanga Historical Society gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


Jim Fitzpatrick
←Next Item
Previous Item→



“Greebe & Moommy Topanga Beach Surf Club sweatshirt,” Topanga Historical Society Digital Archive, accessed July 21, 2024,