I don't know exactly how we got started on this, but I suspect it started with an email from Ron Abrahams, tripping down memory lane. Feel free to use the form at the bottom of the page to add to the memories!
Time for some Phoenix nostalgia. We got this in our email the other day and thought it was interesting. It's a list of things about the city that you would remember if you lived in Phoenix during the 60s, 70s and 80s. We don't know who the author of this list is so we can't point you to the source. Enjoy:
You Lived in Phoenix in the 60s, 70s and 80s if.....
You remember when Bell Road (especially through Glendale) was considered the edge of civilization. There was nothing there but tumbleweeds and prairie dogs. Now, it's where you go to run all your errands. Or if you were traveling eastbound on Bell Road, the sign that said, "Scottsdale-21 miles".
Your parents took you to Legend City. The only theme park Phoenix had.
Mornings were spent watching "The Wallace and Ladmo Show". When it was over, it was time to leave for school. "Ladmo Bags"
You remember when Beardsley Road was seldom traveled, two land blacktop. Now, it's the eastbound frontage road for the 101 freeway.
Do you remember…
Before there was Target, there was Gemco. Now, most of the old Gemco stores are Targets.
You watched Star Wars at the Cine Capri.
You remember stores like Yellow Front, Woolco, Newberry's, McCrory's, TG&Y, FedMart, Sprouse Reitz, Wards and Yates.
You remember Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor. No Farrell's trip was complete without getting to see two waiters run through the restaurant with a sundae resting on a stretcher, while lights and sirens whirred in the background. Don't forget the trip to the candy store.
You saw a concert at Compton Terrace. When it was attached to Legend City.
Your dad subscribed to the Phoenix Gazette (afternoon paper) and the Arizona Republic on Sunday.
You remember when you got your building supplies from O'Malley's, Entz-White, or Payless Cashways.
You remember the Phoenix Suns were the only professional sports team in the state, and they played their games at Memorial Coliseum.
Your groceries came from Alpha Beta, AJ Bayless, Lucky's, Neb's Market or Smitty's. Smitty's even had a little coffee shop attached to it.
A night out consisted of family dinner at the Lunt Ave. Marble Club.
You at breakfast at Sambo's or Bob's Big Boy.
You remember when houses were built with carports instead of garages. Roofs were covered with wood shakes or asphalt shingles instead of concrete tiles.
Your aspirin and cough syrup came from Skagg's, Revco, Thrifty's or Drug Emporium.
Your shoes were from Buster Brown.
You remember when CBS was on channel 10...ABC was on channel 3...and channels 5 and 15 were independent. Now, CBS is on channel 5...FOX is on channel 10...ABC is on channel 15...and channel 3 no longer has a network affiliation. NBC and PBS are the only ones that stayed on their original stations.
You remember when channel 15 broadcast pay TV at night (It was called ON-TV).
You woke up to Bruce Kelly in the morning on KZZP. Before that, Jonathon Brandmeier and his "loons"!
You remember the only real rock and roll stations were KRIZ and KRUX in the 60's.
You rode the "Tico" to Park Central.
You remember quality local programming like Open House with Rita Davenport or Sun Spots with Jan D'Atri.
You accompanied your dad to LaBelle's catalog showroom to buy your Mom's Christmas present.
Before he was governor, you remember Evan Mecham as the owner of a Pontiac dealership in Glendale.
You remember when Castles 'n' Coasters was known was Golf 'n' Stuff.
You remember when the entire state of Arizona only had one area code. Now, there are 3 in the Phoenix area alone.
You remember when your phone number that started with '959' and it was changed to '840' and you never knew why.
You remember when Scottsdale Fashion Square was an outdoor mall with Goldwater's, Bullock's and Leonard's luggage being the only stores.
You remember when Goldwater's was bought out by Robinson May who was bought out by Macy's.
You remember when Diamond's was bought out by Dillard's.
You remember when Diamond's ticket box was the only place to buy concert tickets.
You remember when Big Surf was the place to go to beat the heat. Then hitting the drive inn to see a movie across the street.
You remember when the best ice cream was found at Thrifty's Drug Store, where .85 cents would get you 3 scoops.
You remember when you wrote all your information down on a piece of paper and then your driver's license was mailed to you. It was very easy to change the 1968 to 1965 (because it was still in you hand writing) so that you could go to Devil House drinking because the drinking age was 19 years old.
You remember when you could go to Devil House for dancing "after hours" which was from 1am to 3am.
You remember when 44th St and Thomas was Thomas Mall.
You remember when 40th St. and Thomas was Tower Plaza....and there were a few people that climbed to the top and threatened to jump.
You remember when there was a canal on 48th St.
You remember when driving up Pima Rd. and you could see for miles and miles because there was nothing east or north of Shea Blvd.
You remember when the only way to get to Shea Blvd. was thru "Dreamy Draw Park" and there weren't and street lights. Squaw Peak was only a name of a mountain and not a highway.
You remember when you saw a concert at Graham Central Station, because the band was not popular enough to fill Mesa Amphitheatre.
I remember the miniature golf course at 24th St. and Thomas called "John's Green Gables."
I remember "making the cruise" on Main Street in Mesa, or on Central between Thomas and Indian School
I remember the "Midnights" at the old air strip on the reservation, south of Williams Field Road on Alma School. (and getting chased off!)
I remember the Mustang Drive-In in Chandler and the Silver Dollar in South Phoenix.
I remember gas $.29 per gallon, and someone filled the tank, checked the oil, and your air pressure! Sometimes, you even got a free glass!
I remember "gas wars!"
I remember Burger Chef restaurants.
I remember the Baseline Flower Gardens, and how the smell filled the Valley every Spring.
I remember "parking" on South Mountain.
Here’s a few more:
That motel that consisted of teepees on Apache. (I know a lady who used to be my customer. Her family owned it).
Tempe Bowl – Rodney Falenga ‘73 (not band) worked there as the pin resetter and told me the meters didn’t work. We always took lots of practice throws and created our own special “play four games for the price of three.” Rod told us to be careful playing extra frames or we’d get tossed out.
Sun Devil Disco Lounge – Scott Huff (73 drums) bussed there and snuck me and a few others in when we showed up.
Pikers Peak – Free ASU football games before they built the upper deck when you sat on ‘A’ Butte. Of course we worked the football games to earn money for our band trips. And I knew of three ways to sneak in without getting caught. After the games a few of us would always look for unopened mini bottles of booze. We didn’t find many, but just enough to keep us looking.
Wee Tee – mini golf course on University just east of Rural. I took a few dates there.
Tempe Butte – the weekend of Tempe/McClintock football games you might find the T changed to an M.
Gammage – I don’t think any of us thought much about performing there at the time, but to think about it now, that was a really cool place to perform, and cool that we as high school students got to perform there!
Remember the drive in on Apache East of McClintock on the North side of Apache? And the one Pat Coleman's family ran at the Polar Bear Trailer Court?
Good one! That was called The Pioneer, $1.00 a carload. When they went to $1.50 a carload my dad said that was too expensive and he never took our family there again.
Tubing down the river. Take your pick, the Salt or the "Dirty Verde..."
Band Day at ASU and UofA.
Swimming in The Lakes (we had to be careful not to get caught).
Ditching pep rallies and assemblies and swim parties including jumping off the roof into the pool.
The overpass on McClintock: over the train tracks.
The Charger Chatter
Governor "One Eyed" Jack Williams "It's a beautiful day in Arizona, leave us all enjoy it."
I Remember The $1 movie theater on Broadway and Terrace, then across the street to Jack in the Box afterwards.