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  1. Man, you got way too much idle time on your hands....
  2. I asked this question awhile back, but do not think anyone knew the answer.....Back in the 60's-70's there was a large bowling alley in what is now the Galleria area. It probably was on Post Oak about where Transco Tower is and where old KPRC studio was. That general area. It had an indoor archery range, slot car tracks and of course bowling! It was not a small place. I believe it was called ???????? USA Bowling. Anyone remember it?
  3. Yes, The Purple Cow was on the NW corner of Hillcroft and Bissonnet between the used car lot and the Billiard and Muffler shops. It later became a Blimpies. The building is still there, I believe. The Wienerschnitzel was on the SE corner of Hillcroft and Bissonnet, actually at Pine street.
  4. A Bit Closer. Sorry for jpg's Hero Tree A Living Memorial To Capt. Gary L. Herod AO1907832 149th Fighter Group (AD) Texas Air National Guard, Kelly AFB Texas Who Died A Hero On March 15, 1961 Staying With And Guiding His Falling Jet Plane Away From The Populous Meyerland-Westbury Area Dedicated Memorial Day May 30, 1961
  5. Ok, going to try to add some pics...looking at the "Hero Tree" from across the street of the Compass Bank...Beechnut and Endicott! A little closer to the tree.
  6. LarryD...Concerning your question about that being the Utotem...No, that end of that buidling on Cedarhurst was the Drug Store. The Utotem was on the strip just opposite of that picture facing West Bellfort. It was right behind that Drugstore. If you look at your pic#1052, it was to the left at the very end. Once again, the drug store was on the opposite side of that building. The Jack-In-The-Box was right next to the Utotoem, with a little alley way between...All were very good pics!
  7. The last time I looked, it was there. I will be getting a haircut next week, so I will see. When I asked about the barber shop last year, someone told me that the original owners do not own the shoe shop anymore. I will inquire.
  8. I had forgotten about the Baskin Robbins. There was also a Baseball Card shop there later. I drove by there yesterday, and it looks like nothing is in that strip facing W. Bellfort. When you mentioned "Tobys," I remembered it. Another thing I recall about the Jack-In-The-Box, is that the house located across the street from it, had reflective mirrored tint on their windows to cut down on the headlites shining in from the drive thru. The barber shop was owned by a man named Gene Rentz (sp). I still get my hair cut at the barber shop next door to the shoe/boot shop, which used to be next door to Brittains (miss the coffee ice cream). Where Dugans was, later Eckerds and then CVS, it is now vacant. They must have moved within the last 3 weeks.
  9. I lived on Cedarhurst, which is the street that ran beside the Centerette. I went to that Utotem,Jack-In-The-Box and drug store all of the time. Many a Cherry or Vanilla Coke were consumed there and lots of Baseball cards were bought at the Utotem. I miss the Bonus Jacks. For some reason I am am always getting the names of THAT drug store and the one near the Beldens Food Giant (near A.J.Foyt Cheverolet) at W. Bellfort and Post Oak confused. One was Cunningham and the other???
  10. It simply amazes me the pics that folks post on here! Every now and then I will tell some friend of the Sharpstown Drive-In and how I recall them having a very small amusement park on the west end of the lot. I even remember the train going under the screen. There was a clown and also a parrot and other birds in a cage. No matter who I tell, they DON'T believe me! HA! And there it is! Another thing I recall about this Drive-In, is that it had a very HUGE lot! It was very deep and and the farther back you went, there was grass and no cars would park back there because it was to far away from the screen (if you were there to really see it), but there were speakers!
  11. The marble stone and plaque is still there near the S.E. corner of Beechnut and Endicott, just East of the Compass Bank. It is at the base of the "Hero Tree." The Bronze Plaque is missing some type of Military Insignia at the top. I can only assume it was vandalized. The Plaque reads as follows: Hero Tree A Living Memorial To Capt. Gary L. Herod AO1907832 149th Fighter Group (AD) Texas Air National Guard, Kelly AFB Texas Who Died A Hero On March 15, 1961 Staying With And Guiding His Falling Jet Plane Away From The Populous Meyerland-Westbury Area Dedicated Memorial Day May 30, 1961 I took some photos and will try and post but the plaque is weathered and a bit difficult to read.
  12. After all of these years, I thought the building was gone. I know I have driven past there "lots" of times and did not realize it was still standing. Thanx for the pic of Benno's. Next time I go down there I will check it out.
  13. Your description sounds like the "Big Boy" or "Bobs Big Boy" resturants to me. Which at one time, there was one in Bellaire, but later was a Champs.
  14. Yes, I remember the vans vividly. They seemed to always be there near Foleys and seemed to never move. The were very large and very long panel vans. They always had some type of generator going. While I know that they were there to serve a very important purpose...I was very young back then, and honestly......the vans looked scarey to me.
  15. For all of you former Bellaire residents....do you remember seeing the old "space capsule" that was in someones front yard? I believe in later years, it was painted a bright orange! It was just west of 610, I belive between Bellaire and Beechnut...
  16. I can tell you of two Burger Chefs that I visited. One was in Galveston on the seawall towards the East End. At the time there was a small amusement park near it that had a "Wild Mouse' ride. A lot closer to home, there was a Burger Chef located in Bellaire on Chimney Rock (6700 block) just north of Bellaire Blvd. It was located near where the "M & M Hobby Center" is located. They had great Cheeseburgers and at this particular one..............Baklava!
  17. When I was a kid, and I visited my Grandmother in the Heights area, there was a department store called Bargain Gusher on 19th I believe. It was down the street from the old Heights Theatre (anyone remember what movie closed this place down...curious, is the key word) and what I can visualize to this day is the elderly gentleman playing dominoes in the park next to the Bargain Gusher! Spent many days in that store, but can not recall what I bought though. Anyone else ever go there?
  18. I know it is a bit off topic, but you forgot to mention either a nice cold bottle of Dr. Pepper. 7 UP or Delaware Punch to go with that dog that just came off that steam roller when you first walked in and gazed upon them. Sitting on the wooden desks and looking up at the big menu on the wall...It did not get much better than that. Of course I had to catch the bus back to Westbury NOT Bellaire....
  19. In regards to Weldons, which was a long, long,long time ago...it had a feature that I will never foget. I will always remember the conveyor belt along the sides of the place that carried all of the used trays and utensils. I have never forgotten that unique aspect of that resturant!
  20. That Shakey's used to be in the Enerprise car rental building on Bellaire near Chimney Rock. That building was just recently torn down... See you at the Heights Theatre...
  21. The BBQ place east of the tracks was called Mels, I believe. Burger King has come up quite a bit in this thread. now here is a question. Sometime before or after Burger King was built, the Walgreens building at Willowbend and Post Oak had a very similar resturant next door to it. It was not there that long but did have a sandwich I believe was called a Yumbo with ham in it. I know what the name of this place was. Does anyone else know. I know LunaticFringe knows, so don't answer See you at Rumplheimers...
  22. I origianlly grew up in the SE side of Houston and went to Gulfgate quite often. I do not recall the bowling alley unless it was on the East side of the complex, which i think was a little lower than the rest of it.
  23. Back in the 60's-70's there used to be a very large (I mean BIG) bowling alley near old KPRC studios located at what is now the Galleria. It may have been on Post Oak. What I remember about the place was that it had a slotcar track and also an archery range inside, not to mention other entertainment also. I think it was called ----- USA or something with USA in it. Any takers on this one? This bowling alley was similar in size to the "Bronco Bowl" in Dallas (if it is still there) See you at the Delman...
  24. Purple Cow was indeed near the NW corner of Hillcroft and Bissonnet. It was next door to a used car sales lot. After the Purple Cow, it later became a Blimpies. After that??? See you at the Bargain Gusher...
  25. I think that perhaps it was indeed Howards that I went to. The names Morty's and Frankel's seems familiar, but I do not think I visited them. All I know is that what led me to take the trips downtown to the magic shop was courtesy of reading all of those ads for "Magic Stores' in the backs of comic books I read back in the 60's. Of course I never did get my X-Ray Specs. I had forgotten about World News. I do not think I had gone there as often as Guys. It seems from reading the replies that me and every other "kid" in Houston rode the bus downtown every now and then to see/buy something that we could not get near where we lived! I want to thank everyone for the "welcome." Being a native Houstonian and never left, I am always thinking of places and things from the past here with fond memories. Before I post something I will try and make sure it was not brought up on a past thread. Don't want to get kicked off of the Island....I know I will like it here. As they say, I wish I had taken a photo way back when..... See you at the Monorail. Later
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