Oh! Lord, stuck in preschool again: John Fogerty, age 2, gets his picture in the paper

Here’s young John Fogerty in what we have to assume was his first media exposure. This 1947 picture on the local page of the Berkeley Gazette has him shilling for the annual Country Fair on the playground at El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative. Lucile Fogerty, the mother of the future rock and roll legend was a strong supporter of ECPC, founded in 1940 and still in operation today. (The address of the Fogerty family home in the original caption is slightly wrong, since El Cerrito High is on the even side of the street.)
Support for co-ops was not uncommon in the Fogerty family. Robert Fogerty, father of Credence Clearwater Revival founders John and Tom, was made general manager of the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley in November 1944. According to the Berkeley Gazette item below, the senior Fogerty, who had formerly worked for the Gazette, helped found and managed the El Cerrito location of the famed Berkeley Co-op. While the item states that the store he had managed was at Colusa Circle, the 1943 telephone directory lists its address as 406 Colusa Ave., which would put it just north of Fairmount Avenue.


Chris Treadway