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Remembering Detroit The Old Days - Part 2



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By : Terry Swejkoski    99 or more times read
Submitted 2010-03-04 23:26:10
I take no credit for writing this article. It was sent to me in an email, author unknown. I am simply submitting this in its entirety to be enjoyed by anyone from Detroit, Michigan. If you know the author, please forward their name to the editor in the resource box.

You know you're From Detroit If . . .

You remember Primo's Pizza, Carbone's Pizza, Red Barn, Powers, Henry's, Herc's Beef Buffet, Cupid's, Tom's Tavern, Ted's 5x5, Totem Pole, Red Devil, Marcus, or Richard's drive-in. (car-feteria).

You attended a wedding reception or a banquet at Roma Hall.

You attended 'Wendy Ward's Charm School ' at Montgomery Ward.

You remember when Ben's Hi-Chaperelle and Watt's Club Mozambique were the places to go to catch Motown acts.

Remember every year when the Blue Angels came to Willow Run Airport.

Or always wished you could be one of the Hudson's Teen Panel girls whose pictures hung on the wall in the Juniors Department

You had friends or relatives who could get you into Camp Dearborn for the canteen dances in the summer and to go swimming. Or the ponds at Belle Isle near the Conservatory where the sign warned you not to touch the water.

You had a reverb unit installed in your car at Mickey Shorr's or Crazy Jack's (a. k. a Michigan Mobile Radio or MMR) on Livernois.

You remember the riots of 1967.

Remember when the bleacher seats at Briggs Stadium were only $2.00 to watch the Detroit Lions play; And, when they won the National Football Championship (before there were Super Bowls) in 1957 against the Cleveland Browns, 59-14.

And when the Red Wings won all those Stanley Cups in the 1950s and balcony seats at Olympia Stadium were only $1.25!

You remember Detroit wrestlers Dick the Bruiser, Bobo Brazil, Leaping Larry Chene, Wild Bull Curry, Ernie 'The Cat' Ladd, Lord Athol Layton, Edward 'The Sheik' Farhat, Fritz Von Erich, George 'The Animal' Steele and Johnny Valentine.

You remember bowling for a quarter a game at Chandler Park Lanes, Falcon Lanes (next to The Ginos/Falcon Showbar), Parkside, Woods, and Ritter's or Ritz bowling alleys.

You worked at Detroit Bank & Trust, Manufacturers National Bank, Bank of t he Commonwealth, City National Bank, or National Bank of
Detroit.

You 'parked' at Belle Isle, either to watch the color-changing waterfall or the submarine races -- depending on how old you were and who you were with!
You were in awe of the Big Stove on East Jefferson at the entrance to Belle Isle (before it was moved to State Fairgrounds entrance).

You remember your Mom taking your burned-out light bulbs to Detroit Edison to exchange for new ones.

You remember the J. L. Hudson Co. (known to us as just 'Hudson's') building on Wood ward Ave that occupied an entire city block.

And you remember the white-gloved elevator attendants operating the expandable gate and lever- locked door, and just before letting you out, she would call out the names of the various departments on that floor.

You ate a Maurice Salad at a J. L. Hudson's cafeteria.

You went shopping during Downtown Detroit Days.

You remember Women's Hospital before it became Hutzel Hospital.

You remember that Hudson's hung a HUGE American flag on the front of the building every 4th of July.

You would ride the bus downtown at Christmas and stand in line at Hudson's amid a fabulous winding, animated Toyland just to see Santa.

Or you remember going to see Santa Claus at the Northland Mall igloos because it was televised and you hoped your friends would see you.

Thanksgiving was not complete unless first you went to the Hudson's Parade, then to watch the Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers (always the Packers back then) at Briggs (later Tiger) Stadium.

You know guys who put up big antennas so they could pull in the Lions home games on channel 6 out of Lansing.

You watched the 'old guys' play bocce ball at Buddy's Rendezvous Pizza or sang the Schnitzel bank song at the Dakota Inn.

You remember when Mayor Cavanaugh would give Santa and Christmas Carole (who always looked like she should be freezing in her short red velvet outfit trimmed with white fur) the keys to the city at the end of every parade.

You remember the Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych.

You remember watching the Detroit Pistons and the WHA Michigan Stags hockey games at Cobo Arena.

Remember Al Ackerman ringing Big Al's bell for the Sports Hero of the Day.

Remember watching Cadillac's being made on Clark Street.

Or the giant, three-dimensional 'Elsie' the Borden Cow (head) located on the side of the Ira Wilson Dairy off the I-94 service drive. (Now, it only says 'ILSON' -- much of the stack has been taken down).

Going to the Better Made potato chip factory and getting small bags of brown chips or shoe strings before going to the Jewel movie theater.

You remember hearing the air raid sirens on Saturday at 1 p.m.

You remember the RAF bomber flying from England in 1962 that exploded over the Detroit River near Grosse Pointe Park.

Your neighborhood had a man who came down the alley on his horse-drawn carriage honking his horn and collecting the stuff no one wanted, like bicycle parts, wheel rims, etc., and he was called the 'sheeny man.

Remember the guy who came through your neighborhood on a bike to sharpen your scissors, etc.

You remember the ice man delivering ice to be placed in your ice box (we didn't have refrigerators then) after you placed a card in your front window indicating whether you wanted 25-, 50-, 75-, or 100-pound blocks.

You remember the milkman delivering milk and cream in glass bottles from a horse-drawn vehicle.

You remember going to the drive-in and getting blasted by mosquito spray from the back of a pickup truck that drove up and down the lanes.

You ordered Cold Duck at the Ponchartrain Wine Cellars (the restaurant/bar where it was invented) and enjoyed a frog leg dinner.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

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