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Materene last won the day on December 23 2010

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  1. So sorry to be almost 3 years late saying thank you, that happens often once you're over 70. ;0) I look back on the old photos and remember a time long long ago. Sadly most of the people in my world back then are gone now. I knew a lot of people in 1970 who all met there at the drive inn nightly. They also would hang out at the old McDonald's Drive Inn, not to be confused with the soon to be world known McDonald's but the original private independent owned Houston business. Interestingly the new up and coming McDonald's sued that owner and lost I suppose they had no calendar. I think it is now a Burger King on the same location but smaller due to street widening.
  2. The only thing that's missing is a Train stop right smack in the middle of the Lobby. Looking at the photos of current progress I think all the initial planning was tossed out a few years ago. I wish I could be around 50 years from now to read about the 3rd or 4th revival.
  3. Anyone happen to have or know of any old photos of the old Bill Williams Drive Inn , the MD Anderson Cancer Center now sits on the old location. It appears the street was filled in and removed for the new center to be built. I am not sure what year this happened since I have been gone from Houston since 82. It was a typical drive in but had indoor eating also. In 1970 it was a street racing scene hang out. I did find some old menus and historical images a few years ago but no actual location photos. Thanks
  4. Simply because starting in the early 70s all store fronts that were plate glassed became favorite targets for the thieves and they were literally stealing merchants like Sears into bankruptcy. They became eyesores once the massive bricking took place, you would have to be born in my era to appreciate the vast difference in the mindset of America in just a few short years, I hope that explains it.
  5. Ellington will outlive me I think, both locations mentioned in this post have very old relevance to me, for one when I was still pretty young around 5 or 6 I had medical care there at the Field as many other dependents of servicemen did. At the time my Father was stationed on the USS Los Angeles Heavy Cruiser ported in Long Beach so that is one thing I will forever remember. The other memory is the old Sears store and after I returned to civilian life after the Army I went to work for Al Parker Buick and I purchased my very first tools at that Sears location because Al Parker service department had a charge account and this was a time your employers looked after veterans and servicemen going out of their way to help you get a foot hold back into your life. Strange how a few things reconnect when so many others have all but faded and disappeared forever. I think it is nice both of these places will be around for a very long time and someone else will remember them 65 or more years later and they might tie a different memory to the both of them. I don't live in Houston any longer and only get bits and pieces of information now , reading this forum has been very useful and insightful to me.
  6. Remember the market from many decades ago, in the fifties the market was always on my families shopping list. We still had a mule drawn produce wagon in the Heights circa 1956 that would cover the entire area. An old Black man must have been in his 80s and I suppose the man did this until he finally died. Really was pretty quiet and peaceful back in the day. Of course most homes already had fruit trees in their backyards, it was just something that survived the old depression era where people had to grow their own things. Our old place had an apple tree, fig trees, and plums not to forget the large Pecan trees which by the way are still there on the property. Its nice to look at the old place and it still survives and especially the tall Pecan in the front yard. I can remember my Grandmother using a very long cane fishing pole and burning out the worm nest up high in that Pecan tree. My last time to visit that market mentioned in the post was way back in 67 and I was home one weekend on leave from the Army while stationed in the Dallas Fort Worth Air Defense, I tried to drive home every weekend I could and one trip I went to the market to get a few things, can't remember the details it was a long time ago and of course looked a lot different than it does today with so many changes over the decades.
  7. I really can't remember if there was a smaller building on that eastern grass plot, to enter the Training center you would park in front and enter thru front doors to walk down a long hall that had a the class rooms separated. To the right nearer the entrance was a very large cafeteria area that was every bit as large as a regular middle school. In 70 there was not a lot going on at the center as I recall, I'm sure they may have scheduled division classes as they had instructors available for each. I actually ran into another engineer 30 years later here in La who had personally known the instructor I had in 70. Things changed drastically in the 80s with divisions starting to share components so they naturally down sized training to only two or three divisions or less. It would be nice to see a photo of the original building as it appeared, also the old Al Parker Buick downtown on Milam, no photos of it to be seen anywhere. I know for a fact that the day after Mrs Parker had died her son sold the dealership which was then located on I-10 and the Mercury dealership owner purchased it and all the property it was located on. In 2005 just a couple of the old people I had worked with were still working there at the new dealer. It was a super good place to work for in the early years when Mr Parker was alive and I suspect it remained the same after his son took over upon his death. Thanks for your information
  8. I am pretty certain this is the property of what was once the GM training center for Houston. That long driveway coming off Richmond ave is a dead give a way simply because that was how it was laid out and each division class room had a roll up door so the drive way serviced the entire complex. The main building was actually on that grassy area that is all grown over. I remember just coming out the drive and turning right to hit the freeway to head North and this photo is looking due north. Everything I knew of my home town is gone now, even the Buick Dealership I was working at while going here to the center is gone with another building occupying the space. All my schools have been razed and new ones built on the same properties. There was no divider there on Richmond as I remember but it has been almost 47 years so I might be wrong and there would have been no trees at that time for sure. My Instructor was a Buick engineer retired and I specifically remember going out to the ship channel where all the Opel imports were stored and having to jack up 250 cars and replace one stinking motor mount on the driver side before they could be sold ;0( and it was cold out there too !
  9. Would any members know what happened to the old GM Training Center on Richmond Ave, there was a Fred Astaire Dance Studio across the street in a large shopping center. I have no idea when it finally closed but it was open until the 80s although at that time it had been reduced to one class rather than all of the divisions having a separate class room. As I remember it was very near the intersection of the freeway.
  10. I wonder if there is still a lingering smell from the stink bomb that was thrown in the theater in 58, it made the perfect setting for watching a couple monster movies back then. There was once a seedy pool hall just a couple doors down towards the west, and back the opposite direction there was a large 5 and dime store same side of the street. I could find a heck of a lot of junk to buy for a quarter in those days '0)
  11. I don't know how old you are Firebird65, do you by chance remember the old dirt track that was named North Houston Speedway, it was a little 1/4 mile dirt track surrounded by pastures and had wooden bleachers .. Every Saturday evening we were there when I was around 6. There were stand vendors selling bottled beer and would walk up and down the bleachers hollering "Cold Beer", they would open the bottle and pour it into a wax cup of the day and stick the empty back into a second pail they were carrying. I had a good friend who passed away in 08 and he had worked for the new airport authority and he said that the old track was still there on airport property and you could still make out the track, sure nuff a couple years ago I looked at google earth and there was definitely a race track outline on the recent update of google, things change so much now I have no idea if it is still visible. I'm sure one day they will expand and it will be bull dozed into non existence. I spent my entire young life there on the north side and later the heights. When I was born the family lived I think on Doverside just off Berry Rd . Many years later I lived on the corner of Gears Rd and Stubner Airline and of course Gears was renamed several times since 72. There is a strip mall located on that corner now and that is where I was living then.
  12. Wasn't Crown once named Crow Flite in the 50s, their colors were Green and White with the Black Crow. I can't remember what street it was that the office was located but I do remember it had a chilled water cooling tower on the property and we would park under that tower waiting on my Grandfather, he drove a Gas Hauler for them back then. It was nice and cool there near the tower with cool drops of water falling from the tower. Many early businesses used chilled water rather than commercial air conditioning. Just a large water tower that circulated water in and out of a 4 inch line and usually a small compressor room with a few compressors to actually cool the water as it circulated but it was always going back to outside air to dump the heat it brought out of a building. Same type of air conditioning used on most of our sky scrappers of that era, just on a much smaller scale.
  13. My last dealership job was in 89 and there at Landmark, I had worked there 3 times since the early 70s until that time. I left the first workday after Thanksgiving 1989 and it was the last dealership I worked in, came back to where I live now and never will forget it, one of those fall cold rain fronts got hooked up with me and I drove in a driving rain all the way to Louisiana.
  14. Would you be thinking it might have been Plaza Lincoln Mercury. I worked there in 72 and Joe Woods was the service manager at that time.
  15. Diversity ha, I really enjoy reading the entries for anything concerning the Heights especially since I am probably one of the very few who actually lived in the old Heights before it magically became fashionable. Spending a fortune on something that was old in the 50s is just bad math no matter how bad you really wish it weren't. One day the winds will shift and you will find yourselves wondering what happened. I once sit in a classroom there at Eugene Fields and would fall asleep from the nice fresh smell of Magnolia, drag papers to the paper drive on Tuesdays and hide that nickel from the big guys so I would be able to buy that snow cone on wednesday afternoon. Not much of a neighborhood when you can't send your kids to the schools.
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