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Waimea
99; famed surfing location on Oahu's North Shore

Wabash Cannonball
227; is an American folk song about a fictional train, thought to have originated sometime in the late nineteenth century [1]. The song is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll [2].

Wallach's Music City
176; record store with "audition booths"; Wallach's was located on the northwest corner of Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles and had listening booths where you could go in a listen to records. It was opened by Glenn Wallichs (1910-1971) in 1940 and closed in 1978. In its time, it was the biggest record store in Los Angeles.

Walnut Creek
188; "isn't a chakra"; Walnut Creek is a small San Francisco Bay Area city in Contra Costa County east of Oakland.

Warbling, Riggs
61; Sloane's "spiritual coach"; in desert, 143; 144; at Arrepentimiento, 250

Warriors Against the Man Black Armed Militia (WAMBAM)
292; Tariq Khalil's people on the outside (of prison)

Waste-a-Perp Target Range
269; a civilian range "down off South La Brea" where Bigfoot practices in the UGH (Urban, Gang-related and Hippie) section

Watusi-ing
The Watusi is a solo dance that enjoyed brief popularity during the early 1960s, almost as popular as the Twist. Its name came from the Batutsi tribe of Rwanda. It was popularized by the Orlons' hit single "The Wah Watusi" (1962); Penny Kimball, 6

Watts clambake
195; a large-scale race riot which lasted 6 days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in August 1965, where 34 people were killed; 201;

Wavos
12; 98; restaurant in Gordita Beach, Los Angeles. As mentioned in the page 12 annotations, the name is an anglicization of the Spanish huevos. Maybe also a surf culture nickname for waves? Anyone concur? Don't know if it's actually slang, but it's a pretty good joke from Pynchon: huevos-wavos-surfer restaurant.

Wayne, John (1907-1979)
American film actor, director and producer. He epitomized rugged masculinity and has become an enduring American icon. He is famous for his distinctive voice, walk and height. He was also known for his conservative political views and his support in the 1950s for anti-communist positions; 334

"We Should Be Together"
From the 1938 film Little Miss Broadway, performed as a song and dance by Shirley Temple and George Murphy; 360; Sample lyric:

You're a cup of coffee
You're a peachy pie
We should be together, you and I

Wee Kirk O' the Heather
246; where Puck and Trillium get married, in Las Vegas; a real Wedding Chapel, it is touted as "the original Las Vegas Wedding Chapel" and has been in operation since 1940

Welk, Lawrence (1903-1992)
257; a musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, hosting The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1982, his "champagne music" is considered wholesome, bland and mediocre; 260

"White Rabbit"
156; 1967 acid-inspired hit for the Jefferson Airplane, on their Surrealistic Pillow LP

Wild Man Fischer (b.1944)
155; Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was institutionalized at age 16 for attacking his mother with a knife, as was diagnosed with severe paranoid schizophrenia. After his release from a mental hospital, he wandered Los Angeles singing a unique brand of songs all his own. He was discovered by Frank Zappa who directed the recording of his first album, "An Evening with Wild Man Fischer" (1968).

"Wipe Out"
101; Famous surf music song by the Surfaris. The original Dot label version of "Wipe Out" has the laughter on it that Zigzag and Flaco are arguing about, not the later, and less well-known, Decca re-recording. The song has a surprisingly tangled history worth reading about: Wikipedia

Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
MGM-producted American musical-fantasy film mainly directed by Victor Fleming and based on the 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan. All of the sequences were filmed in three-strip Technicolor. The opening and closing credits, as well as the Kansas sequences, were both filmed in black and white and colored in a sepia tone. Sometimes color and sepia would be juxtaposed in the film within seconds of each other. The most dramatic switch occurs when Dorothy Gale lands in Oz; 286

Wolfmann, Michael Zachary ("Mickey")
4; LA developer Shasta is seeing; sightings, 76; decides to give money away, 150; calls Tito Stavrou to pick him up at Chryskylodon, 184; Mob connections? 221; "the Mickey book" at the Kismet, 237; "putting up a whole city from scratch someday, out in the desert" 240; with Puck and Einar at the Kismet, 243; his change of heart, 252; M.Z.W. initials appear the same right-side-up & upside-down.
See Mount Shasta and the Lemurian Connection

Wolfmann, Sloane
55; Mickey's wife

Wolfsburg
193; Volkswagen Corporate Headquarters are located in Wolfsburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany

Womack, Droolin' Floyd
51; fictional blues singer whose song "The Repossess Man" Doc hears on KQAS (kickass?) radio while driving

Wood, Evelyn
211; creator of speedreading courses

Worthington, Cal
9.

Wright, Rick (1943-2008)
129; keyboard player in Pink Floyd

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