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  1. My mother lived in West University Place while growing up (she's 94) but is trying to remember the name of an old dance hall where she went with her parents back in about 1925-30. She remembers that it was in the East End & thinks it was close to Park Place. This hall had the name of a woman. That place holds fond memories for her & I'm hoping I can find an old picture of it, if I can first find the name of the hall. Thanks a bunch for any help.
  2. I LIVED IN BROOKHAVEN SUBD ON HOLMES ROAD & THEN IN THE AREA JUST NEXT TO PALM CENTER SO WAS IN THERE FREQUENTLY. THERE WAS A BAKER'S SHOE STORE, A RECORD SHOP, HOUSTON SHOE HOSPITAL, WALTER PYE'S, J.C. PENNEY'S, LEWIS & COKER GROCERY STORE, A SMALL GIFT SHOP, THREE SISTERS DRESS SHOP (I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE NAME), ZALE'S JEWELERS & A DRY CLEANERS. I'M SURE THERE WERE MORE BUT THAT'S ALL I CAN RECALL. ACROSS THE STREET WAS A USED CAR LOT, A "DOLLAR WAVE" BEAUTY SALON & MONTGOMERY WARD'S.
  3. Back in the mid 50s, I took piano lessons, with Ms. Olive Rouse, at the "Christiansen School of Music" that was located on the top floor (just under the "hat") of this lovely old building. We held our music recitals in the dance area downstairs. I was asked to audition for accompanist for Ms. Pritchard's students but since I had to ride the bus all the way into town from Brookhaven Subdivision (out off of Holmes Rd), that would have been too much for a 16 yr old. It was a nice honor to have been considered though! This was just a lovely old home, but at that time, the upstairs area part
  4. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Molina's "Mexico City" on Main St. I've never had mexican food like that since they closed and the "new" location just doesn't seem the same. The Woolworth's downtown location also had good hot dogs & for a quarter, you could have a dog & a malt too. Also, "Ye Olde Cottage Inn", close to Rice Institute (then), with their little "flags" stuck in the baked potatos claiming that, "You may eat my jacket. We have been rubbed, tubbed & scrubbed." I really miss Valian's pizza too & the salads were the best.
  5. Thanks for posting this picture of the old OST. I was in the audience there at least once a week for either the Friday night feature or the Saturday morning "Fun Club." Mr. Foster, the manager, ran a "tight ship" & would patrol the aisles with his flashlight making sure that we behaved ourselves. On Sat mornings they would often have local "stars" show up to give autographs to the kids. I remember one morning when wrestling star, Ray Gunkel & country star, Jerry Jericho, were there but none of the kids, except me, seemed to know who Jerry was. We didn't have a TV yet, at that
  6. In the 1950s, I used to listen to KNUZ Radio. They had daily programs featuring Biff Colley, his wife, Marge Colley, Laura Lee McBride, Paul Berlin & another disc jockey whose name I can't remember. Seems like it was Larry "something." On the c/w progams, (the first 3), they advertised a dance hall that was way out South Main. I'm trying to remember the last name of that Larry ? & also the name of the dance hall. Bob Wills & Hank Thompson played there often but I was too young, at that time, to go! Darn!
  7. Was that rink, out by the U of H, a roller rink or ice rink?
  8. Sounds like a wonderful idea but probably wouldn't be that lucrative. It would take a bundle to keep that place cool enough for an ice-skating rink, I would think.
  9. There was a large roller skating rink, in the 50s, close to Crystal Pool on South Main. That was the place to be seen on a Saturday night!
  10. Remember Molina's "Mexico City" restaurant? I think the original location was on Fannin or Main - delicious food & perfect atmosphere. I would love to find one of the old menus because for many years, it was a "family tradition" in our family to go there on Christmas Eve. Great pics! I have many good memories of Valian's too.
  11. How about "Gorgeous George" who came into the ring throwing gold hair pins from his flowing blond hair. Then there was Ray Gunkel & Cyclone Anaya. Now that was REAL show biz!
  12. I do! Red light, warmer weather, White light, cooler weather, Green light, no change in view, Blinking light, rain is due. I can remember standing in my front yard which was miles from downtown, out off of Holmes Rd. & checking the weather prediction on the "weather globe."
  13. I remember going to the grand opening of the "Trail Drive Inn Theater" & Gene Autry was there. Since he was a 3rd cousin to my Dad, I was anxious to meet "my hero" which was quite impressive for a 10 yr old. We talked briefly with Gene as he was leaving the theater & it was obvious that he wasn't interested in meeting us & didn't remember my Dad. So much for "hero worship." I remember though that someone asked him why he didn't bring his horse, "Champion" & his reply was that Champ was currently dating one of Bing Crosby's mares & wasn't interested in going along on t
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