|Vanishing MichiganPage 1 of 3 (1, 2, 3)|
|Talking about the old WRIF "DREAD" cards on another thread brought back alot of memories. Started remembering alot of "forgotten" things and places. Like Bob-lo. Riding the Wild Mouse. I never made it to Edgewater Park but I do recall going to the Ford Rotunda that burned down when I was very young. Anyone remember going to Uncle Sam's at Schoolcraft and Telegraph? They had a drink called a "firecracker" and let you take home the glass. How about having a Pig's Trough at Farrell's ice cream parlor then they made you stand up and announced that you had made a pig out of yourself? Anyone else have memories of long gone places?|
Posted: 4/26/2008 3:58:05 AM
|Ferrell's! I forgot about that place, alot of memories of the pig trough and birthday parties with sirens. Bob-Lo has some of the best memories too. I also remember the Faygo stores, you could walk around forever picking out flavors. And don't forget the green stamps lol.|
Posted: 4/26/2008 4:15:09 AM
I just had this site sent to me a few weeks ago after a discussion I had with a co-worker about the old Gratiot Drive In.
Posted: 4/26/2008 5:05:48 AM
|Uncle Sams...yes, I remember, loved that place. How about Towne Club pop. My family would buy cases at a time, you could return the bottles and get more. Remember Soupy Sales, White Fang and Black Tooth ?|
Posted: 4/26/2008 6:13:20 AM
|Drive-Ins,,,yesssssss!!!! I remember as a young girl, we'd drive out to Warren to visit my Gramma & Grampa (I know incorrect spelling, but thats how i pronounced their names lol) and on the way home headed East on I-94, we could always see that old Gratiot Drive-In and us kids scrambling to the windows to watch it. lol|
We had 2 Drive-Ins in my local area, but eventually, *poof* they are gone. I do believe there is one still in existance somewhere along M-29 heading north outside of Port huron (going towards Lexington).
The country. Rural America. Those are vanishing as well but since the economy has took a nose dive its slowed down but heck in recent years, our country has been taken over by $300,000 houses with old barns and old farm houses being bought and tore down. Roads being paved. The wild natural habitat being forced to move in what had been 'their' homes for years!! We love our country and small town life,,,,we want it kept that way.
Posted: 4/26/2008 7:49:01 AM
|Ah, the "advances" of man.....|
In Bay City, on the shores of the Saginaw Bay once stood an amusement park called Wenona Beach. It held a wooden ferris wheel and wooden roller coaster and other rides and amusements. I believe that I was in the first grade, 1956, when my family last visited. A run down trailer park now occupies the land.
My family also enjoyed going to Edenville to a little beach resort called Bannans. Great memories of playing shuffle board with my grandma, Saint Beatrice, and running up to the store to buy her a grape soda and a Pay Day candy bar. It, too, is now a trailer park. I visited the site 15 years ago, walked through this trailer park and relived the moments and I hafta tell ya, the tears fell.
Does anyone remember when Tawas didn't have the Holiday Inn and the "condo" trailer Park? But, instead had the old Tawas Hotel and a great city park across from it?
"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."
Great memories, thanks.
Posted: 4/26/2008 8:07:27 AM
|5 cent candy bars, penny candy, oakdale show, the loop and a&j's, rolling stones at bo-lo in 63', edgewater park, the temptations, sock hops, 68' cutlass supreme for 2,500, new homes 12,000, fishing at yates, sunshine beach...dang i'm dated...lol|
Posted: 4/26/2008 8:49:58 AM
|I moved from Canada to Detroit when I was 12. Some of things that are etched in my mind from that time are; |
The Vernors plant with gnome sign
The Strohs brewery
The elevator in Hudsons down town
Hughes and Hatcher clothing stores
Posted: 4/26/2008 10:07:24 AM
|The ice cream man.....riding our bikes WITHOUT helmets....(how DID we survive?)|
soaping windows.....oh yeah.....TP'ing houses on Halloween.....HALLOWEEN! EVERY porch lite lit....Winkelmans! Mariannes! How I miss you!
The Boblo boats....thank goodness one has returned...
Ice skating at Belle Isle!
Alinosi's ice cream parlors!
Roy Roger's restraurants! Coulda beatin' Arby's ANY day.....
That HUGE bar left vacant at Ford and I-275, I am blanking on the name.......
Where they used to host the 'battle of the bands'!
Posted: 4/26/2008 11:02:48 AM
|Speaking of drive-ins, I remember when tornados ripped through Michigan in 1980 and leveled the Ecorse drive-in. All that was left standing was the marquee. Some joker arranged it where it said "Now Playing...Gone with the Wind".|
My dad took me to the old Vernors plant as a kid. They served us Vernors mixed with half and half afterwards. Yummy.
Lighthouse Lady, I am going to go nuts now trying to figure out the name of that bar on 275 and Ford road.
Remember coming home from the bar and stopping off for 3 tacos for a buck at Jack-in-the-box?
Posted: 4/26/2008 11:16:15 AM
|without seatbelts....LOL.....RDtoo, we can rest.....it was called Center Stage, I think?|
When the tallest building downtown was the Penobscot building.....
How about Joe Muer's? The BEST lobster in town!
And Detroit Memorial Hospital?
Dominican High! My alma mater, now closed....
And Sir Graves Ghastly and the Ghoul! Scratchin' glass and turning blue!
Yes I am the product of 12 years of Catholic education.....
Posted: 4/26/2008 12:11:04 PM
|Speaking of Detroit hospitals,,i was born at Detroit Metropolitan Hosp. I called information quite a few years back trying to hunt down my birth certificate and information gave me the number to a diff named hosp,,,cant remember the name now. I guess Detroit Metropolitan changed its name a longggggg time ago.|
So many things have changed over the years! Its so sad how simple and less stressful it was back then compared to nowadays when everyone is so leerry to say to hello to strangers lest you get your head blown off.
Posted: 4/26/2008 1:26:52 PM
|Well about the drive-ins I am happy to say I live near one......Miracle Twin.I enjoy going there in the summer with my kid, so I am glad that part of americana is still around here at least. |
Posted: 4/26/2008 7:07:13 PM
|There are still 2 drive-ins in Genesee County. One on Fenton Road in Flint township and one on Court Street in Burton. |
I take the boys there a few times each season...They love it just as I did....Missing though is the playground area up front, for when the really young ones need to expend energy....and working speakers....
Posted: 4/26/2008 8:46:18 PM
WKNR (Keener 13 ) and CKLW radio
Robin Seymore and "SwingingTime" (dance program)
Sir Graves Ghastly and Morgus (Sat horror movie TV)
Posted: 4/26/2008 9:16:23 PM
|Johnny Gingers Curtain Time.......every morning before school even when we still lived in Canada|
Felix the Cat...... (that darn Master Cylinder)
Beany and Cecil
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
awwwww the good old days
Posted: 4/26/2008 10:14:41 PM
|Anyone remember Kimba the White Lion?? Just about everyone i ask has no idea! Heck that was my favorite cartoon of allllllll time!!|
Posted: 4/26/2008 10:43:36 PM
|I even remember the song to Kimba the white lion! "Who lives down in deepest darkest Africa...". |
Nobodys mentioned Poopdeck Paul and Captain Jolly yet. They used to show Popeye cartoons on Channel 9. One Christmas Captain Jolly kept giving updates on Santa's progress through blizzard conditions in Canada. I was glued to the tv set biting my nails.
Anyone remember that old story about the time the kid swore on the Bozo show? It seemed like everyone claimed to have watched it that day except me.
LHL, I remembered it was Centerstage earlier tonight and was coming here to post it, but you beat me to it.
Posted: 4/27/2008 4:23:36 AM
|I loved Kimba the white lion too and I too remember most words to the song |
.. gas at 55 cents a gallon (surely some of you remember it even cheaper)
.. all of the many Flint area A&W's (serving steamed Koegel Vienna hotdogs)
.. Shiloh horseback riding stables off of Dixie Hwy near Holly
..Paradise beach off of Dixie Hwy near Holly
.. Bill Kennedy at the movies (manoman.. now HE was a chainsmoker..lol)
.. "call Tyler eight seven one oh oh for a home improvement date??" Belvedere
I was on the Bozo show as a kid with my girlscout troup (yes - I was a girlscout ..lol). I was bummed that I didn't get selected for the hula hoop contest
Posted: 4/27/2008 5:08:23 AM
|the big stove by the belle isle bridge.....|
twin pines (and milky the clown)
romper room and the do bee and don't bee
hudson's downtown at Christmas time and the kid's Christmas shoppe....
Posted: 4/27/2008 7:13:11 AM
|Kresge's and their famous "pop a baloon" to find out your price and get one of their fantastic hot fudge sundaes sitting up at the counter.|
Roller skating with metal skates and wearing my beloved key to tighten my skates on string around my neck
Playing outside til the streetlight came on with all the neighborhood kids, hide and seek and bloody mary and freeze games
buying glass bottles of pop out of a cooler full of freezing cold water for a nickle
Do you remember driving to the Dairy to change in your empty milk bottles for full ones?
I remember when I could buy a burger, fries and small pop at McDonalds for under a buck and when gas was 35 cents a gallon! I also remember when cigerettes were 35 cents a pack!
I am soooo envious of those of you who still have a drive in that you can take your kids to, I'd love my boys to experience the fun of that.
Why can't we go back to the easy days?
Posted: 4/27/2008 7:25:43 AM
|Hey Mable another Black Label ...from frankenmuth|
Posted: 4/27/2008 8:33:41 AM
|Woohooooooo RD and Karesse remembering Kimba!! ^5's!|
Ben Franklins 5 & 10 dime store
Creature Feature on Saturdays. 2 scary movies back to back!
Kung-Fu Theatre at 11pm on channel 20
Circle of Fear (twilight zone type show)
Those white plastic baskets with the big colorful flowers that us girls had on our bikes ~ uesed to take my Chrissy Doll (remember her? lol) for rides. lol
Banana bike seats
Those 'cool' blue suade tennis shoes with the white stripes (and orange too i think) that all the kids had to have (from Kmart too,,imagine that!)
Going out Christmas caroling door to door with my friends and ppl giving us either quarters or cookies lol
Standing on your friends' porch yelling out their name to come out and play
*sighs* Good ol' days
Posted: 4/27/2008 8:44:47 AM
|Speaking of the good ol' days...|
Remember when we knew every neighbor on our street on a first name basis. Walking your whole neighborhood and staying out until the streetlights came on didn't incite a frantic search and rescue by your parents. When strangers didn't mean danger.
And.. omg, I thought I was the only one who remembered Kimba! I even bought one of those cheesy 20 minute $1 cartoons from Wal Mart because it was of Kimba lol.
Posted: 4/27/2008 9:33:42 AM
|I used to love the Little Rascals on channel 50. Back in the 90s I bought a 21 volume video set of the episodes. They were as funny as they were when I was a kid.|
Also on Channnel 50 I remember Sgt. Sackto on the Captain Detroit show. Count Scary on channel 4, who was ripped off from Count Floyd on SCTV. Big Time Wrestling. "This saturday night at beautiful air conditioned Cobo arena...". Then there was that blonde girl in cut-offs on the Gratiot Auto Supply commercials that all of us guys drooled over. "Come to Gratiot Auto Supply and SAVE".
Hey, if anyone is interested, there is a place in Clawson called "Thomas Video" that sells a DVD and a book called "Detroit TV memories" or something like that, that has alot of old Detroit TV footage. A friend of mine bought it and it really brought back the memories.