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  • Birthday 07/25/1944

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  1. Thanks for sharing aerial view. Yes, that's Costen's circled. We lived behind St. Anne's School just out of north photo range. The Bible Cyclorama was another fixture on the east side of Shepherd. We walked to the Alabama theater on the west side of the street to avoid passing too close to that strange wooden building that was supposedly run by "Baptists." I believe it was a little further south than this photo shows. There was a DiMaggio's spaghetti restaurant somewhere in there too and then a Chevy dealership. On the west side was Parmesan's drive up grocery store where I begged my Mom to buy a bottle of "Stopette" deodorant, not having the faintest idea what deodorant was, only that it was advertised on "What's My Line" and it came in a neat squeeze bottle. I sprayed it all over myself in the car and my arms were stuck like fly paper to my body! Funny innocent childhood memory.
  2. The era that I'm referring to is the late 1940's and early 1950's.
  3. I have been trying for years to find someone who remembers Costen's Drugstore. The location that I remember was at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer, across from St. Anne's School and Church. Students were forbidden to go there to buy cokes in the small bottles. I went with my parents and was scared to death of old Mr. Costen, a cranky old coot. He had a neat soda fountain, a creeky screen door at the entrance and the only product I remember on the shelves was Jergen's lotion which is a hint as to why we were not allowed in the store by ourselves. I do not remember what other stores were in that strip. I'd love to find an aerial photo of all 4 corners.
  4. I walked from Fairview street, one block North of Westheimer. Our family home was purchased by St. Anne's Church and torn down last year. The whole neighborhood including the church yard was our playground - home by the 6:00 church bells - pretty innocent times. Chris Coney Island was an institution but my Dad preferred to take us downtown to James Coney Island - a unique concoction of a steamed bun, grilled weiner, and lots of chopped onions and chili - we all easily downed at least 2 as little kids. I see the old Toddle House is closed again. I don't think the funny building will survive. I also remember Carol's Kitchen and DiMaggio's spaghetti house on the east side of Shepherd where Jimmie Green was. There was no "fine dining" as I recall until you got to Lionel's Flame Room at the present location of 59 Diner at Greenbriar and SW Fwy (which did not exist until the 1960's).
  5. Too bad the "R" is gone. Thanks for letting me know where my childhood family portrait was taken. Its a great black and white photo.
  6. patsy

    Deco Diner

    Great! I'll have to try this place. Any place that offers weekend breakfast in mid-town should do well. Most folks don't want to cook on weekend mornings as is witnessed by lines at Buffalo Grille managed by my brothers. If you have good food, good help, fast service and decent prices you've got it made. No one seems to care if they wait in line in 100 degree weather or babies screaming - just bring on the cofeee and grits!
  7. I thought the dings were the elevators dinging at each floor but it was a constant in all the downtown stores. I remember going to see grumpy old Santa at Sears and having our pics taken with him. All the kids were afraid of him. Across the street on the west side of Main was the Delman Juvenile Shop which sold children's clothes and had one of those neat humongous x-ray machines where all us kids got bombarded countless times so that we could see our bones wiggle. The Delman Theater was next door. The lobby survived up until a few years ago. I saw Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back" there in the 60's. I think there was a One's a Meal just south of the Delman.
  8. Is this gathering still on for 8/12 at Kelvin Arms?
  9. patsy

    Deco Diner

    Holy Cow! Nancy French is my neighbor and I haven't heard a thing about the diners. I'm going to knock on her door get the straight skinny and report back if there is any update. The more breakfast places the better. Nobody wants to fix breakfast on the weekend. One's a Meal was the best 24 hour breakfast joint Houston has produced - its now J.Jill on West Gray - how sad.
  10. Link-Lee Mansion was built by J. W. Link, founder of Montrose. It was the largest house in Houston at the time and was meant to be a proud entrance to the boulevarded Montrose addition. The Link family sold the home to T.P. (?) Lee, a Houston oilman and in 1947 it became the administration building for the University of St. Thomas. Visitors can still marvel at the stained glass and heavy beamed ceilings. Thank God the wrecking ball bypassed this jewel. They removed the palm tree lined boulevards that I remember from the 1950's.
  11. Yes, I remember Hedgecroft Hospital on Montrose. My grandmother was given shock treatments there. It was kinda spooky. You could keep an eye on the place while enjoying a burger at the Dobbs House across the street. I think there is a wine bar in the Dobbs House location now. Also lifetime Houstonian and just a bit older than you! Lots of good memories of this sleepy little town.
  12. I remember from the 1950's that two gas stations were at these locations, then a bank on the south side of West Gray and I can't remember what was on the north side until Starbuck's appeared. I remember Mading's Drugstore was in Black Eyed Pea location. This Weingarten's proposal is the most depressing bit of news I can imagine. I think the River Oaks Theater is the only original tenant left. The Center is fast becoming a cookie cutter collection of clothing franchises. Let's preserve the original character of at least one neighborhood for our children.
  13. Wow! What a trip down memory lane. I remember the Tidelands from the 1950's, orange being the dominant exterior color. I saw the comedian, Jonathan Winters, perform there and I salsad the night away in the 1980's at the Tides II. I've got to go through my post card collection and see what I can come up with. The shopping center just south of this now vacant lot had an Eckerd's, a bookstore, an all u can eat Chinese buffet and in the 1950's, a seafood restaurant where the children could pick an item out of the "treasure chest" in the lobby. Anybody remember the name of this place? Was it Ship Ahoy? This center sat vacant for years. I don't drive by enough to know what's there now.
  14. I would veto Niko Niko's since its always jammed and loud and only has booths. Other places sounded OK. I'll add Buffalo Grille at Buffalo Speedway and Bissonet.
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