The Mall was formerly a Ford Motor Company San Jose Assembly Plant that was founded in the 1950s. Ford Mustangs were produced at this plant and Mustangs bearing the name San Jose as the assembly location were in fact built in Milpitas. Fairlanes , Torinos , Pintos , F-Series pickup trucks and Escorts ; Edsel Rangers and Pacers ; and Mercury Cougars , Montegos , Comets , Bobcats , Lynxes , & Capris (US version) were also assembled here. The plant closed down in 1983 in part due to increasing competition with Japanese auto manufacturers. In the early 1990s, developers resized the former plant and converted it into a mall. Today, an oak tree with a plaque commemorating Great Mall's history stands in the southwest section of its parking lot .
Well, sure, A Prayer for Owen Meany isn't always the most realistic novel you've ever read, but that doesn't mean that there aren't aspects of it that all of us can relate to. When you look past the crazy characters, bizarre events, and unbelievable coincidences, you end up with a really poignant and thoughtful look at the incredibly strong friendship between two boys in the process of growing up. Deep down, Owen and Johnny are like most of us: they may not be the coolest kids in school, but they have each other. They may face adversity, but they find strength in their friendship. They learn together, and they learn from each other. The constantly reflect on the things they've done and the things they can't control. They worry about the future. They worry about themselves. They worry about each other. Doesn't that sound kind of like your relationship with your best friend?