San Pedro fisherman officially hangs it up at 99 years old

When Robert “Bobby” Austin was growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, Torrance was an expanse of open acreage. He also started driving at 10 — walked right into the Torrance police office at the age of 14 asking for a driver’s license. “How did you get here?” the desk officer asked. “I drove,” Bobby replied, pointing to the Model T Ford outside. Good enough. Traffic was nonexistent and gas was a nickel a gallon. Only a couple years later, in 1937, he beat the captain of a fishing boat at arm wrestling to win a spot on his crew for the next trip out. For 81 years, Austin’s fishing boats have called San Pedro Bay home. >click to read<08:26

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