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Speaking of Westbury businesses.........anyone have info on the history of the strip mall where Annie's Hamburgers is located? I think I read somewhere it used to be called Hank's in the early days. I went for the first time a few weeks ago and it was pretty good.

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Speaking of Westbury businesses.........anyone have info on the history of the strip mall where Annie's Hamburgers is located? I think I read somewhere it used to be called Hank's in the early days. I went for the first time a few weeks ago and it was pretty good.

It was called Luke's. Luke and Annie were married and then got divorced. He gave that restaurant to Annie and he took the one at 610 and Westheimer (the building that's now Zone Erotica).

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So great to see this post! Lots of great information about places of the past.

I have fond memories of Westbury Square, mostly as a child and teenager (late 60's-early 80's). Our family used to go there a lot. I remember the clock tower, Rumpleheimer's, Cargo Houston, a book store, The Candle Shop (my brother worked there in the 70's), the fountain, Cromwells? (clothing store), and other places. Later on (late 80's), the only place that seem to be open and significant was a great little Chinese restaurant.

I visited "the Square" around 2000 and and took some pictures of what was left. I'll try to post them.

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I lived in Westbury from 1960 (year I was born) until 1971 when we moved to Meyerland. Went to Anderson through part of 3rd grade, and then to Kolter...Anyhow, in the center where Weingarten's was, there was a barber shop where i got my haircut by Gene. Frankie was my Mom's favorite checker at Weingarten's. There was also a Madding's drugstore, which became an Eckerd's. A women's clothing store - Tyser's, and a shoe repair place. But the best was Britian's Broiler Burger, with the horse carousel that you could eat at. I went to the Little Red School House, and my favorite teacher was Mrs. Martin - we would take field trips to Rumpleheimer's and Britian's Broiler Burger....Great memories.

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Well boys and girls I just ran across this somehow in my quest on the Meyerland shopping center and GCC theatre circa mid 60s. If anyone of you remember the GCC intro here's a video clip that will bring back memories of Saturday afternoon at the Meyerland GC.

GCC Feature Presentation

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I must say I spent a while here and finished reading the 4 pages on westbury square. Whoa, the memory cells are blowing up from overload. For a little atmosphere let's key up Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild. Ah, that's better. After reading this and seeing the photos I too was almost reduced to tears from seeing in 1968 with my own eyes, ears and especially nose what once was and is now unfortunately no more.

For those that were not there it's hard to describe in words or photos what it was like to wander the square on a friday night in 1968. The cars, the hair, the smells, the atmosphere, the jammed packed main aisles, strange sitar music coming from the Electric Paisley. Opening the door and getting assaulted by the incense. Walking into their blacklight room and staring at all the blacklight posters for sale.

Key up Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride

I traveled back to Houston in 2003 for a little business and a little reminiscing. Did not recognize Meyerland Plaza. Where was the GCC theatre? OK, kept going. OK, food giant was still there or at least the building (not sure if they renamed it or not to something else). Past Kolter, past where I was part of the crossing guard patrol with long bamboo poles and orange flags. The front of Kolter still seemed the way I remembered it (graduated 6th grade 1971). Past Godwin Park, a left, a right and another right takes me to Wigton and the houses look pretty much the same except for a lot more trees. Johnston Junior High up ahead, is that what I think it is? Gang writing on my old junior high?? If coach had caught those miscreants he would have tanned their hides. Is that the cancer that is spreading? Parents that will not discipline their children. We'll save that for later. Onto westbury square!

Key up Eric Burdon & The Animals - Sky pilot

WTF?? Where is westbury square?? It's gone for the most part. Fences around it. Some horrendous corporate store closeby. I stop to look at the fountain and the whole scene reminds me of that final scene in planet of the apes when charleton heston discovers the statue of liberty. This is not the westbury square I remember.

Key up Jim Croce - Mr Bojangles

The westbury square I remember was a pizza parlor with a live band that was crowded shoulder to shoulder. Mr Bojangles was being sung while a piece of the best pepperoni pizza in houston was being devoured. The westbury square I remember had a gift shop where I purchased a blue plastic Gemini spacecraft with two folding doors and removable astronauts. The westbury square I remember had an old time soda fountain with a gigantic selection of candy. My favorites were the colored dots on paper 4 across. Their root beer floats were to die for. The westbury square I remember had a glass blowers shop where you stood fascinated for 30 minutes as a glass unicorn was made in front of your eyes. Blue flames, glass so hot it was orange, twisting the glass so finely to make all the details of the mane. That's the westbury square I remember.

Key up Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby Magee

Yah, the yumbo, I remember. I believe that was Corky's. Or perhaps the one before. I know they went through a couple name changes. Remember the Gulf station on post oak? It had the 60 second clock hand. If you were not waited on within 60 seconds your tank of gas was free. Nowadays they glare at you for giving them $80 through a bullet proof window. They also gave away a case of cokes with fillups, at 33 cents a gallon. And smiled at you! And asked about your family! Across the street was the 7-11. ICEE time after swimming at the park, yes!! Remember to mix cherry half and half with coke and pay the cashier 12 cents for your icee.

Key up Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

It's saturday, time for goonie golf. If you shoot the last hole and get a hole in one you get a pass for a free game. After the game you go next door to that restaurant that has phones on the table to order from. You order the melted cheese sandwiches with the tiny crumbs on the outside. Something like batter dipped melted cheese sandwiches with crumbs. (you had to have been there) Don't forget to order the large plate of onion rings. After lunch walk on over to westbury yamaha and salivate over the brand new green 1971 yamaha 100 enduro. Sit on it, twist the throttle, apply the brakes, close your eyes and imagine yourself in concrete buffalo bayou doing wheelies on your way to the offroad track with the gigantic hill where everyone practices.

Believe it or not the burger king sold cigarettes from a machine in the dining room for 30 cents or so. Each pack came with a book of 20 matches carefully attached to the pack of cigarettes. Yes boys and girls, at one time children ate whoppers at a table while a strange man 2 feet away smoked cigarettes after his meal along with his wife. It never bothered me, I could never get enough of the whoppers. Remember the adjustable gold whopper crowns?

There was a fresh egg store further south that sold 3 dozen for a dollar. I'll never forget the giant pig at Piggly Wiggly. The BBQ place I remember had sawdust all over their floor. I also remember the huge nursery with the duckpond. We would always bring a loaf of bread to feed them while our parents were shopping for plants. I remember Saturday July 20, 1969 when Neil walked on the moon we were feeding the ducks when the nursery announced it. Now if I remember correct there was a hardware store close to the nursery that sold ESTES ROCKETS!! Nothing better than launching some small animal in the invisible payload section from the 50 yard line at Johnston JH. I never cared for the electric engine ignitor. I liked the red dynamite cord that you would cut about 6 inches, light it and move back.

I remember some rep from ATT coming to the public library demonstrating a video phone in 1967. I distinctly remember him telling us by 1972 every home in the US with have a video phone!

Key up The Irish Rovers - The Unicorn

There was a skating rink built inside a huge quonset hut. It had 4 gigantic fans at the end for circulation. Where you exchanged your shoes and rented the skates they had a 2 foot fan blowing down the counter. I remember asking for size 8, amazing, I wear a 13 today. The small snack shop was always crammed on the weekends with birthday parties. Right outside the snackshop was a jukebox and a couple pinball machines.

Sharpstown mall had that revolving 6 flags over texas display. I remember one easter winning a rabbit from one of the hutches with my winning entry name of "hares haven". Somehow they got a cessna 150 into sharpstown, it was on display one weekend. Remember the 6 foot stereo egg chair at sharpstown?

Oh yea, my easy rider poster from the electric paisley inspired me to take a long piece of pipe and turn my stingray into a chopper. It worked for about a week until the pipe cracked from stress. Do kids still put playing cards in the spokes with a clothespin?

Thanks for the memories.

P.S. Driveby's and rapes at westbury hs?, say it aint so joe.

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Thank YOU for the memories SchwinnChopper. I had forgotten some of those places you mentioned. Yeah, WHS is not what it once was. It has become what Madison HS was in the 70's. I guess we should have seen it coming with all those apartments they built close by in the 70's and 80's. Sadly it has fallen into a demise that every predominantly minority school has. I know I would not let my kids go to school there.

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Man what a great site!! I grew up off West Belfort and S. Post Oak just behind Wyatte's Caffateria (now gone) and used to go hunting in Meyer's field which is now Meyer's Plaza. Remember Honda Hill? That is long gone.

I use to ride my bike every freaking day to Johnston. Mr. Anderson was the assit. princicaple at the time and everybody used to rag on him because he was also a modle for Sears and he had a picture in the catalog the kids used to hang on the walls at school. Rember coach Ahr, Johnson, Fisher and Coach Walker? Coach Walker was the best.

Then there was good old Westbury. Does anybody remeber we had a smoking area at school. Wow now you can't smoke any where.

We used to skip class and go to Super-Surf on S. Post oak and shoot pool at lunch or we would go swimming at the sand pits at the end of Fondren. I had a pretty bad wreck my Sr. year on Willowbend by Johnston splashing the junior high kids after a rain one day.

I can remember there was a hamburger place at Westbury Square that had a Mery-Go-Round in it. After the football games we would hang out at the Pizzia Parlor at Westbury Square.

Man has it changed today. My mom still lives in Willow Meadows so I drive by Westbury every so often. Good memories but sad to see what it has turned into.

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Now if I remember correct there was a hardware store close to the nursery that sold ESTES ROCKETS!! Nothing better than launching some small animal in the invisible payload section from the 50 yard line at Johnston JH. I never cared for the electric engine ignitor. I liked the red dynamite cord that you would cut about 6 inches, light it and move back.

That was the "Company Store" which was on Gasmer near where the cable co is or was..

The owner lived down the street from me. Keith Hill was his name if I remember right..

I remember I used to build up rockets with plastic "Gemini" nose cones

which you could unscrew and put stuff in.. I used to like to launch lizards into the ether..

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I use to ride my bike every freaking day to Johnston. Mr. Anderson was the assit. princicaple at the time and everybody used to rag on him because he was also a modle for Sears and he had a picture in the catalog the kids used to hang on the walls at school. Rember coach Ahr, Johnson, Fisher and Coach Walker? Coach Walker was the best.

Yea.. I remember all that Sears catalog deal with Anderson..

I remember all those coaches.. I had Walker in the 9th grade

when he was hired to replace Coach Macy after Macy got in a

fight with Coach Sanderson and was fired.

I had Johnson in the 7th grade.. Macy in the 8th..

I ran cross country and was the 2nd fastest in the school when

I was there. Only Jeff Curren <sp? could dog my butt with any

regularity. We won city and state both when I was in 8th and 9th

grade. But I quit running when I went to Westbury. Spent

more time with the band.. Didn't have PE at all.. Band was

my PE at Westbury. At Johnston I had band and PE both..

I didn't mind not ever having to suit up for gym like most did..

BTW, Macy also taught me how to drive at his Houston Driving School

which he co-owned with Coach Hale I think. I fergot.. Hale may have taught

at Bellaire... I don't remember him being at Johnston for some reason.

Macy was quite a character... Step on the gas and go! you mickey mouse!

in that Polish accent he had... And if you didn't , he reach over and stomp on

that puppy for you if he thought you were too pokey about entering the

freeway..

>Then there was good old Westbury. Does anybody remeber we had a smoking area at school. Wow now you can't smoke any where.

I was there when they started the smoking area. "1973" I used it too... :/

Along with the restrooms, the football fields, the handball court,

and any where else I might have wondered..

>We used to skip class and go to Super-Surf on S. Post oak and shoot pool at lunch or we would go swimming at the sand pits at the end of Fondren. I >had a pretty bad wreck my Sr. year on Willowbend by Johnston splashing the junior high kids after a rain one day.

>I can remember there was a hamburger place at Westbury Square that had a Mery-Go-Round in it. After the football games we would hang out at the >Pizzia Parlor at Westbury Square.

Brittains Broiler burger had the merry go round.. I was at the pizza parlor so often

in the 70's, I probably should have just moved in..

I never worked there though, although many I knew did.

I did work at Al Betos, and Bull and Anchor though..

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Well boys and girls I just ran across this somehow in my quest on the Meyerland shopping center and GCC theatre circa mid 60s. If anyone of you remember the GCC intro here's a video clip that will bring back memories of Saturday afternoon at the Meyerland GC.

GCC Feature Presentation

Haven't looked at it yet, but I always liked the snazzy snare drum

in that thang..

I was a drummer back then, so I noticed such things..

I think they used brushes actually to play it..

I remember seeing 2001 ASO there soon after it came out..

They also had a thing about video phones in that flick... lol..

Hard to believe 2001 is now in the past... It seemed like

light years into the future back in the late 60's, early 70's.

And even now most don't have video phones, unless they

are rigged up through the web, etc..

Never seemed to really catch on.

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Yea.. I remember all that Sears catalog deal with Anderson..

I remember all those coaches.. I had Walker in the 9th grade

when he was hired to replace Coach Macy after Macy got in a

fight with Coach Sanderson and was fired.

I had Johnson in the 7th grade.. Macy in the 8th..

I ran cross country and was the 2nd fastest in the school when

I was there. Only Jeff Curren <sp? could dog my butt with any

regularity. We won city and state both when I was in 8th and 9th

grade. But I quit running when I went to Westbury. Spent

more time with the band.. Didn't have PE at all.. Band was

my PE at Westbury. At Johnston I had band and PE both..

I didn't mind not ever having to suit up for gym like most did..

BTW, Macy also taught me how to drive at his Houston Driving School

which he co-owned with Coach Hale I think. I fergot.. Hale may have taught

at Bellaire... I don't remember him being at Johnston for some reason.

Macy was quite a character... Step on the gas and go! you mickey mouse!

in that Polish accent he had... And if you didn't , he reach over and stomp on

that puppy for you if he thought you were too pokey about entering the

freeway..

>Then there was good old Westbury. Does anybody remeber we had a smoking area at school. Wow now you can't smoke any where.

I was there when they started the smoking area. "1973" I used it too... :/

Along with the restrooms, the football fields, the handball court,

and any where else I might have wondered..

>We used to skip class and go to Super-Surf on S. Post oak and shoot pool at lunch or we would go swimming at the sand pits at the end of Fondren. I >had a pretty bad wreck my Sr. year on Willowbend by Johnston splashing the junior high kids after a rain one day.

>I can remember there was a hamburger place at Westbury Square that had a Mery-Go-Round in it. After the football games we would hang out at the >Pizzia Parlor at Westbury Square.

Brittains Broiler burger had the merry go round.. I was at the pizza parlor so often

in the 70's, I probably should have just moved in..

I never worked there though, although many I knew did.

I did work at Al Betos, and Bull and Anchor though..

I ran track at Johnston, was the fasted in the 100 and was on the 440 Relay as well which won district every year I was on it. I quite track in the 9th grade after we won district and quailified for reginials because of Macy. He was such an ass. I remember Jeff CURREN AS WELL.

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I ran track at Johnston, was the fasted in the 100 and was on the 440 Relay as well which won district every year I was on it. I quite track in the 9th grade after we won district and quailified for reginials because of Macy. He was such an ass. I remember Jeff CURREN AS WELL.

Heck, I probably know you... :/

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Heck, I probably know you... :/

I would not be surprised if we crossed paths. I played on the varsity football team in 8th and 9th grade and we won district my 9th grade year. I also played football at Westbury my soph. year and then joined the rodeo team. I use to ride over at Circle 8 arena and at Simington. We spent Friday nights at Fairchilds and the Poney Express Club drinking, dancing and playing pool.

You said you were in the band, did you know Dave Eichburger when you were at Johnston?

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I would not be surprised if we crossed paths. I played on the varsity football team in 8th and 9th grade and we won district my 9th grade year. I also played football at Westbury my soph. year and then joined the rodeo team. I use to ride over at Circle 8 arena and at Simington. We spent Friday nights at Fairchilds and the Poney Express Club drinking, dancing and playing pool.

You said you were in the band, did you know Dave Eichburger when you were at Johnston?

Pretty sure I did, but I can't hardly remember him.. I also used to

work with another Eichburger in the late 70's, and he might have been

related to Dave.. Maybe a brother..

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Man has it changed today. My mom still lives in Willow Meadows so I drive by Westbury every so often. Good memories but sad to see what it has turned into.

and it is still changing... I just drove past the Home Depot and there is a huge sign announcing the new 149' cel tower they want to put on the space between Home Depot and what is left of Westbury Square.. We all struggle with ideas to improve the area and this happens... Couldn't anyone think of anything uglier to put in the neighboorhood?

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I remember the Jack-in-the-Box at Bellfort and Chimney Rock. Remember Jack Cola? It was their cheap verson of Coke. For spite and to send a message we would drive up and order Coke and they would reply, "We serve Jack Cola." So we would say never mind and speed off.

That jack in the box I remember (perhaps incorrectly) as the first fast food chain, followed by the burger king on post oak. In the landscape history of commercial architecture, Jack in the box was perhaps the first drive through chain where you talk to a speaker (jack) and this was one of the first ones.

Contrast with the early burger king on post oak- it was walkin only. Thus westbury was percieved as a hot market by two up and coming chains in the early 1960s.

I remember doing the same kind of thing- go to jack and the box and start an arguement with jack.....

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I lived in Westbury from 1960 (year I was born) until 1971 when we moved to Meyerland. Went to Anderson through part of 3rd grade, and then to Kolter...Anyhow, in the center where Weingarten's was, there was a barber shop where i got my haircut by Gene. Frankie was my Mom's favorite checker at Weingarten's. There was also a Madding's drugstore, which became an Eckerd's. A women's clothing store - Tyser's, and a shoe repair place. But the best was Britian's Broiler Burger, with the horse carousel that you could eat at. I went to the Little Red School House, and my favorite teacher was Mrs. Martin - we would take field trips to Rumpleheimer's and Britian's Broiler Burger....Great memories.

I have been trying to remember the name of the clothing store next to Weingartens. Thanks for including it in your memories. The only one I could think of was Peggy Cabot that was located on the square.

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Yea.. I remember all that Sears catalog deal with Anderson..

I remember all those coaches.. I had Walker in the 9th grade

when he was hired to replace Coach Macy after Macy got in a

fight with Coach Sanderson and was fired.

I had Johnson in the 7th grade.. Macy in the 8th..

I ran cross country and was the 2nd fastest in the school when

I was there. Only Jeff Curren <sp? could dog my butt with any

regularity. We won city and state both when I was in 8th and 9th

grade. But I quit running when I went to Westbury. Spent

more time with the band.. Didn't have PE at all.. Band was

my PE at Westbury. At Johnston I had band and PE both..

I didn't mind not ever having to suit up for gym like most did..

BTW, Macy also taught me how to drive at his Houston Driving School

which he co-owned with Coach Hale I think. I fergot.. Hale may have taught

at Bellaire... I don't remember him being at Johnston for some reason.

Macy was quite a character... Step on the gas and go! you mickey mouse!

in that Polish accent he had... And if you didn't , he reach over and stomp on

that puppy for you if he thought you were too pokey about entering the

freeway..

>Then there was good old Westbury. Does anybody remeber we had a smoking area at school. Wow now you can't smoke any where.

I was there when they started the smoking area. "1973" I used it too... :/

Along with the restrooms, the football fields, the handball court,

and any where else I might have wondered..

>We used to skip class and go to Super-Surf on S. Post oak and shoot pool at lunch or we would go swimming at the sand pits at the end of Fondren. I >had a pretty bad wreck my Sr. year on Willowbend by Johnston splashing the junior high kids after a rain one day.

>I can remember there was a hamburger place at Westbury Square that had a Mery-Go-Round in it. After the football games we would hang out at the >Pizzia Parlor at Westbury Square.

Brittains Broiler burger had the merry go round.. I was at the pizza parlor so often

in the 70's, I probably should have just moved in..

I never worked there though, although many I knew did.

I did work at Al Betos, and Bull and Anchor though..

I had Coach Hale in the fall of 1966 for Algebra at Westbury. I had flunked the second semester at Johnston and had to retake it. Coach Hale was an excellent math teacher. I understood everything and made all A's.

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Wow, I just got back onto this post of Westbury Square and found it is still going since when I started the thread in the year of 2005. Funny when I wrote the post, I mentioned a coffee shop that existed at the moment when I went back to see what became of the square. It was sad to see the coffee shop really never made it, though at the time I printed the photo of the fountain in the center of Westbury Square from this thread and pasted on the coffee shop's board of memories.

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My first gig was at Bull 'N Anchor oyster bar.

My mom was a regular at the candle shop but said Cromwell's felt like a funeral parlor.

A fake bell tower was added to the Rumpleheimer's building and my friends and I liked to climb up in there.

No one has mentioned Kevin Perry's Guitar Shop, his second location was tucked away next to Village Inn Pizza Parlor and behind the Bull 'N Anchor. He is still one of the area's best luthiers and is now out on the north part of Hwy 6 with an original employee...

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No one has mentioned Kevin Perry's Guitar Shop, his second location was tucked away next to Village Inn Pizza Parlor and behind the Bull 'N Anchor. He is still one of the area's best luthiers and is now out on the north part of Hwy 6 with an original employee...

Hummm... I guess he improved since I used him.. I had him do some work on a 59 Gibson

about 20-25 years ago when he was in the square.

Was not totally pleased. I had it in to have two frets replaced. Well, he did that ok I suppose,

but he didn't dress the frets, or if he did, he didn't do too good a job..

Also, he mounted the bridge wrong when he put it back together. It was all goofy...

Didn't play right at all.

I took it to Rockin Robin to see what they thought, and they chortled like lost

school children when they saw the lack of fret dressing, etc.. They also clued me

in to how the bridge was on wrong.. I had them redo it, and it was fantastic after that.

So I can't say he did anything to really hurt it, but I had to pay another shop to have

it redone right.

But like I say, that was a long time ago, and maybe he was just starting out back then.

Robin did very good work back then. Course, they also build their own brand of geetars too,

or did back then.. I guess they are still around, but haven't checked lately..

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MK, i enjoyed your post; some replies to some of your comments are below:

Dude, if you have that 1960 air photo of Westbury digitized, I would LOVE a copy. I'm an aficionado of the old neighborhood, big time..I have very few pics..

Yep, since you were born in 56, I am three years older than you. You were going into Johnston Jr. High as I was going into Westbury High. Too, I spent 9th grade at fondren, so I started meeting more Braeburn Valley people at that point, and didn't hang at Westbury quite so much. I started playing gigs in 9th grade, and pretty much roamed Houston at large after that. The band director at Fondren was a lady named Ms. White, and Randy May was the well known drummer there, so much so that they once had a drum contest in his honor, while he was still a student. He went on to invent an internal miking system and some other innovative marching band equipment that has sold very well for Pearl. A student of Joe Raynor, he played his butt off. (probably still does.) Lives in Huntington Beach.

So MK: you were a drummer at Johnston? Was a guy named Perkins was still the band director? From what I have heard, he is still alive, and still playing.. I was in band at Johnston with at least 10 drummers, but I can't remember many of them. Mark Keener was one of the better ones..I remember Marty Knoll now too, now that you mentioned him, and there was a guy behind me, on Belrose maybe, named Doug Landry, whose dad also played professionally..they had a blue sparkle Slingerland kit that I still remember watching them take apart and clean one day.

You are right. There were a lot of musicians in the Southwest part of town back then. Quite a few kept playing. Houston was a great place to grow up a musician in the 60's and early 70's. Gigs and bands everywhere in those days.

I'm still friends with my Sharpstown friend, Tony Taboada, who still gigs down there, and you can usually catch him at Sullivan's on Westheimer on Wednesdays. More about him , including a sound file, at his rhythmweb page, at http://rhythmweb.com/taboada . First saw him play at a Godwin Park teen dance in about 1967. There's an old picture of Love Street up on that page too. His band website is at http://commercialartband.com .

I studied with Jack Dudney back then, a big band drummer who played with the Ed Gerlach orchestra, and then after 3 or 4 years, with Hap Fulghum, who lived in Bellaire and played with the Houston Symphony. (his son, Joel Fulghum, apparently is a top drummer down there nowadays. Haven't met him.) At one point Jack and Hap had a drum teaching studio together, right across West Bellfort from Westbury Square.

Two more points. As for Dan Mitchell, the owner of Mr. Fantasy, I heard from Pierce he married a girl named DeeDee George from Braeburn Valley, and that he is living happily ever after somewhere in the Houston area. And as for Trudy Hilton, i never saw her after 6th grade, so I don't know whether she was the girl that lived at Westbury Square, but in 6th grade, she was indeed pretty, with wavy blonde hair..I don't remember her too well, other than that. TRUDY? YOU OUT THERE? Write us..[God, I love the Web]Was it you?

And old Westbury Square homies: sign in please..more images of the square would be great.

Kind Regards

eric stuer

http://rhythmweb.com

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Very interesting thread. I've lived a few blocks away from Westbury Square for over ten years, so obviously I have no real idea of what it looked like in its heyday. It would be interesting to find some good, vintage photos of the areas that are still there now, to get an idea of exactly what we're looking at in those current close-ups. It's difficult from the post card photos. I've driven past it a million times and assumed it was condemned. I had no idea people were actually living in it. I only really ever see the side facing the entrance to Home Depot.

I thought I remembered The Westbury Centerette having a sign on the Bellfort side that said something about a future cell phone tower. Maybe the location has recently changed.

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Heck, I probably know you... :/

I was on Johnston's football when we won district in '69, played left guard and special teams center. That was also the same year the first junior high in Houston had a yearbook, Mitchell Simon and I were the photographers. I went on to play at Westbury till I got tired of politics with booster club and players who played because of whom their parents were. I stayed on Citadel from '69 thru '73. I still live in an apartment in the square.

Trudy Hilton is alive and well.

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I ran track at Johnston, was the fasted in the 100 and was on the 440 Relay as well which won district every year I was on it. I quite track in the 9th grade after we won district and quailified for reginials because of Macy. He was such an ass. I remember Jeff CURREN AS WELL.

I also remember Fred Smith and Steve Viada also ran cross country, Coach Macy the "Polish Meatball"

taught me to drive and the only student to drive a '64 Corvair convertible I would park in front of metal shop.

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Coach Macy the "Polish Meatball" taught me to drive and the only student to drive a '64 Corvair convertible I would park in front of metal shop.

Macy also taught me to drive at his and another coach's driving school. He made me nervous as hell, just as a coach, as a driving instructor, he terrified me.

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Westbury Square took a big hit during Ike. Interior sections that looked as though they had been boarded-up for several years are now exposed. It's tear-down for sure now (not that it wasn't already).

The clock portion of the Westbury Centerette sign was blown off during Ike also.

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Anyone remember Mrs. Deats at The Little Red School House? We're talking over 40 years ago....Class of '66.

I do.. she was my first grade teacher at St. Thomas Elemetary school near Meyerland Plaza in about 1958-59. Then soon after that she started "The Little Red School House" which I understood to be a day care???(I was 7 at the time). Wasnt it on Fondren road? And wasnt it also called "Mrs. Deats Country Day School"

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once magical place. My love for Architecture began as a young boy, hanging out at Westbury Square.

(Tom Williams)

Very well put. I had the same experience, and also it stimulated my interest in architecture. Now I teach an upper division college course on the American Cultural Landscape, with an emphasis on vernacular architecture, and it started with the contrast between tacky ranches (not the tasteful mods) and the european influence square. We have many new urbanist projects that attempt a similar thing here in south Florida, but none of them have the feel, the smell, the magic of that amazing collection of independent craftsmen and shops. I cant imagine how such a collection could have come together.

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I do.. she was my first grade teacher at St. Thomas Elemetary school near Meyerland Plaza in about 1958-59. Then soon after that she started "The Little Red School House" which I understood to be a day care???(I was 7 at the time). Wasnt it on Fondren road? And wasnt it also called "Mrs. Deats Country Day School"

She may have held several teaching positions. There was also a teacher named, I think, Mrs. Leverenz. (Spelling just a guess). The Little Red School House taught kindergarten and first grade. It was on the west side of the square. Mrs. Deats was my teacher there for first grade. I was there in the '64 to '66 time frame. After that, we moved to the Maplewood subdivision and I went to St. Thomas More. It's amazing how a really good teacher affects your life!

The '60s were a great time to grow up in that area. My Dad and I used to ride bikes to Westbury Square several nights a week. I'd give anything for the chance to go back for a hamburger at Brittain's and a haircut next door with Mr. Behunko.

I now live about 60 miles north of Fort Worth, but I'm planning to take a trip down there on the motorcycle when the weather is nice. I'd like to visit the area and reminisce. I'll probably be found crying in the Westbury Square parking lot, or maybe in jail after relieving myself on Home Depot! ;)

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I remember the glass shop, where you could usually watch a glass blower making all manner of fragile things, and Gramophonics, the record store where I bought the Moving Sidewalks' first album, "Flash." A great little record store, run by a guy named Rob Miller, I think. They would sell Fillmore and Avalon concert posters. I still have the tattered remains of one. By the early 1970s, Gramaphonics had moved to the Village in West U. Also, I thought a Pier 1 store was out there. Or am I thinking about Cargo Houston?

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I remember the glass shop, where you could usually watch a glass blower making all manner of fragile things, and Gramophonics, the record store where I bought the Moving Sidewalks' first album, "Flash." A great little record store, run by a guy named Rob Miller, I think. They would sell Fillmore and Avalon concert posters. I still have the tattered remains of one. By the early 1970s, Gramaphonics had moved to the Village in West U. Also, I thought a Pier 1 store was out there. Or am I thinking about Cargo Houston?

Cargo Houston, which also sold fillmore and Avalon posters. I had forgotten about Gramaphonics

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Where on Telephone approximately? i'm drawing a blank. I just remember the A-frame Whataburgers of which a few still exist.

This is a realy old thread, wow, I'm still reading, there was a Whataburger on Telephone, turn left on Bellfort (heading west), was on the right (heading south). Don't know if still there, was by the racquetball place, I think. Some of those had an upstairs eating area, outside, with those metal, all-in-one table/chairs.

My grandmother loved Westbury Square. Nice design, I see those types of centers in Uptown, now, around the Galleria. Is the sign still there? We need a pic. Nevermind, found it, page 3.

I never realized Westbury Square had been there so long. Since the sixties. Recent pics were interesting to see, eerie & sad.

Apartments always seem to bring downfall to so many properties, areas around Houston. What would keep this from happening?

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This is a realy old thread, wow, I'm still reading, there was a Whataburger on Telephone, turn left on Bellfort (heading west), was on the right (heading south). Don't know if still there, was by the racquetball place, I think. Some of those had an upstairs eating area, outside, with those metal, all-in-one table/chairs.

My grandmother loved Westbury Square. Nice design, I see those types of centers in Uptown, now, around the Galleria. Is the sign still there? We need a pic. Nevermind, found it, page 3.

I never realized Westbury Square had been there so long. Since the sixties. Recent pics were interesting to see, eerie & sad.

Apartments always seem to bring downfall to so many properties, areas around Houston. What would keep this from happening?

Urban planning would control the mix. There would still be low income apartments in every neighborhood but not in the densities that undermine communities.

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We have many new urbanist projects that attempt a similar thing here in south Florida, but none of them have the feel, the smell, the magic of that amazing collection of independent craftsmen and shops. I cant imagine how such a collection could have come together.

that's the problem w/the current fad of "mixed use" developments - a place like Westbury Square developed organically, at least compared to the current models, which all seem to attract national or regional chains only. I can see living over that Chinese import store or the candle shop a helluva lot easier than living over a Panda Express or Banalbucks. WS had more in common with NYC-style chaotic mixed use development from the 19th-20th c than seems possible with today's cookie-cutter approach.

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I remember the glass shop, where you could usually watch a glass blower making all manner of fragile things, and Gramophonics, the record store where I bought the Moving Sidewalks' first album, "Flash." A great little record store, run by a guy named Rob Miller, I think. They would sell Fillmore and Avalon concert posters. I still have the tattered remains of one. By the early 1970s, Gramaphonics had moved to the Village in West U. Also, I thought a Pier 1 store was out there. Or am I thinking about Cargo Houston?

Howdy folks,

I believe the store you are confusing with Pier 1 was called Pasha Imports and was located across the plaza from Cargo Houston, they sold the same type of bent bamboo items as Pier 1.

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5300 block West Bellfort Blvd.

Westbury Square

(1960) William W. Wortham, Jr.

developer: Ira Berne (also developed Westbury Subdivision)

Stephen Fox (AIA Architectural Gd.) mentions "shoddy design standards" and "confusing layout" as possible causes of slow revitalization.

Here is a block book layout of the design. I love that fountain, sad what happened to it, surprised it is still even there.

http://books.tax.hctx.net/v086/AE1997_86-87_0009.jpg

Thanks everyone for those pics.

Never heard a strip called a "centerette" before, looks very similar to the 1950's strips in my old neighborhood. Those colored tiles are always nice. Reminds me of the Utotems.

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I read through all seven pages and had great fun remembering......just thought I'd add a few things about Westbury Square and Westbury HS. We moved out off of South Main and Hiram Clarke in '57. No schools out there then and very few houses. Our neighborhood had only 3 streets. I had to finish elementary school in Missouri City. Then, junior high was Cullen, back when MLK was known as South Park Blvd. When Johnston Junior was completed, went there and when Westbury was finished, I started there the first year it opened.

We had a school vote to name the mascot, the Rebel and the newspaper, the Rebel Yell and even the yearbook. There was a contest for that and someone came up with The Citadel, which was the famous water tower. I guess we thought it would stay there forever. The girl's drill team was the Rebelettes. Westbury was a great school back then and there were NO apartments anywhere near it. We also picked the school colors, blue and gray if I remember correctly. I graduated in '64.

My dad was an electrician and he did some work on Westbury Square for Mr. Berne. I can't speak to the shoddy workmanship as has been suggested here because according to dad, Mr. Berne wanted only the best. True, he had gone to Europe and wanted the Square to be a great pedestrian shopping area. What I remember is that the biggest draw was the A la Carte Restaurant which was French and not Italian as was stated in the newspaper article someone here mentioned. It had flocked wallpaper which was not that common in Houston at the time. Too expensive. And, seems like he had gold plated fixtures in the restrooms at the A la Carte. There was another more mainstream eating place too but can't remember the name. And of course, the Rumpleheimers ice cream shop. When Mr. Berne was deciding on ice cream flavors to serve there, he'd order it in those huge, what 4 or 5 gallon buckets? The size they have at Baskin Robbins. When all the workmen and other folks who were putting the Square together got all the ice cream they wanted and Mr. Berne had decided yay or nay on that flavor, my dad would ask if he could bring the rest home to his brood. There were five of us kids. We just thought that was the greatest treat ever.

The book store was another one of the first businesses to open also. I believe it was a B. Dalton but am not positive. Also, the candle shop. And Cromwell's which was a very high end men's store. After I graduated, I seem to have forgotten about the Square for awhile but I do remember going back at some point in my early twenties because I have memories of Cargo and also of the glassblower. And of buying some of those drip candles to put in the Chianti bottles. The Gay Dot was also an early shop although I don't think it was one of the first.

I was in that area earlier this week and decided to drive by but I completely missed it! Had to get out the key map and even then, I wasn't sure I was in the right place. I seem to remember that the parking lot was sunken and one had to walk up a flight of stairs to even get to the shops. So very sad to see what's happened to the place. When the Square was initially built, it had only those shops that faced the sunken parking lot and there weren't that many.

For the person who posted here that wanted to know of businesses that were in the area back then, I would suggest going to Westbury High and asking to see some of their early yearbooks. I was on the staff one year and we had to go out into the community to sell ad space.

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For the person who posted here that wanted to know of businesses that were in the area back then, I would suggest going to Westbury High and asking to see some of their early yearbooks. I was on the staff one year and we had to go out into the community to sell ad space.

I have the 65 and 66 editions of the Citadel and they don't have any ads, but the student telephone directories from those years are full of them. When I get a chance, I'll scan a list of the ads and post some of them.

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I read through all seven pages and had great fun remembering......just thought I'd add a few things about Westbury Square and Westbury HS. We moved out off of South Main and Hiram Clarke in '57. No schools out there then and very few houses. Our neighborhood had only 3 streets. I had to finish elementary school in Missouri City. Then, junior high was Cullen, back when MLK was known as South Park Blvd. When Johnston Junior was completed, went there and when Westbury was finished, I started there the first year it opened.

We had a school vote to name the mascot, the Rebel and the newspaper, the Rebel Yell and even the yearbook. There was a contest for that and someone came up with The Citadel, which was the famous water tower. I guess we thought it would stay there forever. The girl's drill team was the Rebelettes. Westbury was a great school back then and there were NO apartments anywhere near it. We also picked the school colors, blue and gray if I remember correctly. I graduated in '64.

My dad was an electrician and he did some work on Westbury Square for Mr. Berne. I can't speak to the shoddy workmanship as has been suggested here because according to dad, Mr. Berne wanted only the best. True, he had gone to Europe and wanted the Square to be a great pedestrian shopping area. What I remember is that the biggest draw was the A la Carte Restaurant which was French and not Italian as was stated in the newspaper article someone here mentioned. It had flocked wallpaper which was not that common in Houston at the time. Too expensive. And, seems like he had gold plated fixtures in the restrooms at the A la Carte. There was another more mainstream eating place too but can't remember the name. And of course, the Rumpleheimers ice cream shop. When Mr. Berne was deciding on ice cream flavors to serve there, he'd order it in those huge, what 4 or 5 gallon buckets? The size they have at Baskin Robbins. When all the workmen and other folks who were putting the Square together got all the ice cream they wanted and Mr. Berne had decided yay or nay on that flavor, my dad would ask if he could bring the rest home to his brood. There were five of us kids. We just thought that was the greatest treat ever.

The book store was another one of the first businesses to open also. I believe it was a B. Dalton but am not positive. Also, the candle shop. And Cromwell's which was a very high end men's store. After I graduated, I seem to have forgotten about the Square for awhile but I do remember going back at some point in my early twenties because I have memories of Cargo and also of the glassblower. And of buying some of those drip candles to put in the Chianti bottles. The Gay Dot was also an early shop although I don't think it was one of the first.

I was in that area earlier this week and decided to drive by but I completely missed it! Had to get out the key map and even then, I wasn't sure I was in the right place. I seem to remember that the parking lot was sunken and one had to walk up a flight of stairs to even get to the shops. So very sad to see what's happened to the place. When the Square was initially built, it had only those shops that faced the sunken parking lot and there weren't that many.

For the person who posted here that wanted to know of businesses that were in the area back then, I would suggest going to Westbury High and asking to see some of their early yearbooks. I was on the staff one year and we had to go out into the community to sell ad space.

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Perhaps I'm confusing the Rebel Yell with the yearbook. I was also on that staff and I do remember having to ask shop owners if they'd like to buy a space when most of them did not even know where the school was located. I had completely forgotten about the phone directory. Do high schools now even have newspapers and directories?

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Couldn't stand it, was in the area Tuesday, had to visit Westbury Square...that mushroom "bell spout" fountain is absolutely HUGE...so sad, the deterioration...have pics to add, soon. Talked to a little older lady walking her dog who has lived in a condo there ("around the corner") for many years. She mentioned how sad it was that it had been allowed to deteriorate. Her dog was grazing all through the fences.

Can someone tell me, please how to save & link the historicaeriel site shots, so I can share the aeriels of this place...do you save a link, or what? It always saves the first page...help!

What I've learned from the aeriel maps is this...you are right, the fountain looks like it was moved, its original location matches up with the back wall of the HomeDepot, would have sat slightly northwest of where it sits now. The concrete base I saw around the fountain looks like it could have been an outside edge of the fountain, the fountain pool was huge in radius (from the fountain base) and low in depth. There is a picture of the fountain at night, in post#114, above. The block book map shows the fountain closer to the round building than it is to the other bldgs. The theater bldg looks like it could have been shortened in length recently. This place is just so sad.

From my visual inspection, by Home Depot, I find the red brick walkways interesting, in the "otherwise" concrete streets, and curbs that are missing, next to them. Wish I could see how it was originally layed out, horizontal shots with the slopes & hills, and how those sunken stairs looked.

The houses/ yards across the street look well maintained...what a contrast to the main streets. There are some nice mod single story offices located on those main roads, West Bellfort & Chimney Rock.

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Couldn't stand it, was in the area Tuesday, had to visit Westbury Square...that mushroom "bell spout" fountain is absolutely HUGE...so sad, the deterioration...have pics to add, soon. Talked to a little older lady walking her dog who has lived in a condo there ("around the corner") for many years. She mentioned how sad it was that it had been allowed to deteriorate. Her dog was grazing all through the fences.

Can someone tell me, please how to save & link the historicaeriel site shots, so I can share the aeriels of this place...do you save a link, or what? It always saves the first page...help!

What I've learned from the aeriel maps is this...you are right, the fountain looks like it was moved, its original location matches up with the back wall of the HomeDepot, would have sat slightly northwest of where it sits now. The concrete base I saw around the fountain looks like it could have been an outside edge of the fountain, the fountain pool was huge in radius (from the fountain base) and low in depth. There is a picture of the fountain at night, in post#114, above. The block book map shows the fountain closer to the round building than it is to the other bldgs. The theater bldg looks like it could have been shortened in length recently. This place is just so sad.

From my visual inspection, by Home Depot, I find the red brick walkways interesting, in the "otherwise" concrete streets, and curbs that are missing, next to them. Wish I could see how it was originally layed out, horizontal shots with the slopes & hills, and how those sunken stairs looked.

The houses/ yards across the street look well maintained...what a contrast to the main streets. There are some nice mod single story offices located on those main roads, West Bellfort & Chimney Rock.

see photos in next post

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