Musings About NW Baltimore Growing Up in the 60’s

It’s 2 AM, Poker After Dark is showing a repeat, I am looking out the window into the face of a blizzard and I am Remembering:
Jumping Jiminy -tampoline on Park Heights
Benny’s Pool Hall on Belvedere
Louise’s Sub —Best Steak Sub Ever
Gwynn Oak—Wild Mouse Ride still the scariest
Painters Mill Theatre in the Round—Harry Chapin
Harley’s—never duplicated Sub shop
Forest Theatre in Forest park
Crest Theatre next to Mandel’s
Bowling Alley Around the corner from the Crest—with pinboys
Uptown Theatre
The Diner of Course–hot roast beef
Read’s in Pimlico
Bunny Wilson and Paul Baker at University of Baltimore
English Class with Joe Brune at City
Watching Gus Johnson and the Pearl at the Civic Center
Free Skate after the Clipper Games
ahhhhhhhhhhhh The Baltimore Colts—not enough space
Ameche’s Powerhouse hamburger
Gino’s and the Gino Giant
S&H Parking Lot
NW-Pikesville Basketball Game when Sternberg scored 25
The areas 2 best athletes—Steve Krulevitz from Park and then UCLA and Gary Handleman from City and then Johns Hopkins
Teammates—Donnie Willingham, Quinton Smith, Dave Solow, Phil Smith, Barry Waters, Desmond Timberlake, Jeff Wagner, Sheldon Ackman,
Alan Sternberg and Coach Sam Leisure from the Northwestern Wildcats

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  1. freddy from boca

    Trampolines next to nw bowling alley and near zentz pharmacy
    The Avalon movie
    The forest
    Mandel BallowS
    Nat’s off of park heights AND SPAULDING NEAR QUEENSBERRY PLAYGROUND
    TOWANDA
    PETER PAN WITH THE PEACOCKS
    NATES AND LEONS
    RT 40 PUTT PUTT
    CARLINS DRIVE IN
    JIM GENTILES RESTAURANT IN REISTERSTOWN
    BUD’S WITH THE PIZZA BREAD
    FROCKS FARM
    THE MARDI GRAS ON HARFORD RD.
    THE BOWLING ALLEY AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE CREST
    PENSE PINKIES 25 CENTS AND A PENNY TAX
    BOB A LOOPS
    COINS THAT CAME IN A PACK OF BASEBALL CARDS
    ALL STAR BASEBALL WITH THE DISKS THAT WENT ON SPINNERS
    ELECTRIC FOOTBALL WHERE ONE MAN ALWAYS JUST WENT AROUND IN CIRCLES
    BORMANS RESTAURANT WHERE YOU WENT DOWN SOME STEPS TO GET IN- GOOD ITALIAN
    DANTE’S ON LIBERTY RD.
    PRICES DAIRY THE BEST MILK SHAKES
    GWYNN OAK PARK REPORT CARD DAY
    WASE’S DELLY
    CHARLIE RUDO’S
    THE TALL TEXAN AT THE HECHT COMPANY
    GIRARDS
    TRUCKY HALPERN AND THE TALENT SHOW AT THE PIMLICO
    AMECHE’S AND THE TRAYS THAT WENT ON YOUR CAR DOOR
    REAMERS MENS SHOP
    THE V I P POOL CLUB
    MILFORD MILL POOL CLUB
    KNOCKO’S POOL CLUB
    THE SPIT PIT AT GARRISON
    HUMMERS TENNIS SHOES
    COXMORE SWEATERS
    ADLER SOCKS
    WEEJUNS
    White coffee pot

    Reply ·   February 10, 2010

  2. Mike Switzenbaum

    These are wonderful memories.
    I can only add eating at Mee Jon Low on Park and Mulberry Street

    Reply ·   February 10, 2010

    • Shelley Berman

      Just talking about walking upstairs for best Chinese food.

      Reply ·   June 22, 2016

  3. Baltimore Bill

    Woodmoor Shopping Center- C&M 5&10, Sid Mandells Deli, Reads Drug Store, Silbers Bakery, Sugars Shoes, Harmans Men & Boys, Ben Mar Gifts, China Clipper Chinese Carry-out, Sam & Petes Barber Shop, Penn Fruit (then A&P)

    Reply ·   April 4, 2010

    • keith A Spivey

      My mother still lives on Dayta Drive. We moved there on July 3,1956. I remember all of these wonderful places. the 4×4 at Sid Mandell’s and the counter at Read,s drug store. We always shopped at the Food Fair. Saturday was a treat to go to Mondawmin. Woodmoor still looks good on some blocks but, others are not nice. The shopping ctr is a real mess and can be very rough.
      I remember the China Clipper had the best egg rolls ever. When I moved as an adult , to MT Vernon, I would go to the China Clipper’s sit down resturant. It was on Charles Street.
      We would also go to the Ambassador Movies on Liberty Hgts. This was a first class area and great place to grow up. I really miss those better days and great times.
      Best Wishes and I hope to hear from you, Keith A Spivey

      Reply ·   May 5, 2016

  4. Jerry

    don’t forget Lucille Playground, Howard Johnson’s at Colespring and Reisterstown Rd. as well as the one at Reisterstown Rd. and the Beltway (now Target Store).
    Toddle House on Park Heights near Rogers.
    Oliver T. Hughes Collegians.
    Betty and Jakes on St. Ambrose and Reisterstown Rd. (Best Shrimp Cakes ever).

    Reply ·   April 27, 2010

  5. ROSE

    druid hill park, lexington market, mt royal terraces, north ave, “””darn those tiny lil hamburger “”??? what ooooh “white castle hamburger”Western high school on howar street, Reeds drugs, “i love the 60″s

    Reply ·   May 2, 2010

  6. Charles "Al" Willis

    Lake Roland, Willie & the poor boys of Pimlico, Dolly Krebs.

    Reply ·   August 27, 2010

  7. L. W. Lucas

    Westview Mall
    Champs Drive-In
    Toots Barger’s Bowling Alley on Liberty Heights
    Howard Park Church and those paper drives
    The Ambassador Theater
    Schriebers Grocery Store
    Edmonson Drive In Theater
    Acme Stores
    The ice cream shop at Old Court & Liberty Rd.
    The still famous Double T Diners.
    The “beep” line.
    The list goes on and on.
    My Mom still lives on Englewood.
    I miss all of that but I still get up to visit quite a bit. So its never far from my mind.

    Reply ·   January 19, 2013

  8. Cave

    Bean to Freddy, see you one day
    Zef
    The fra
    6 to5

    Reply ·   January 7, 2014

  9. James Scofield

    I share some of these memories with you, especially English class with Joe Brune at City. What Class? I’m Class of ’67 and went back there briefly as principal.

    Reply ·   July 4, 2014

  10. Miles chester

    Gary handlesman wasnt even close to being the best athlete then

    Reply ·   July 6, 2014

  11. Ron ruth

    You forgot (or maybe you’re too young to remember):

    Knocko’s pool room on Liberty heights ave.
    Wilson’s carry out shops
    P.S. # 49
    Ambassador theater
    Crashing parties on Saturday nite
    Coddies
    Crab feasts in back yards
    Paul’s restaurant
    Picnics in Leakin Park
    A cherry coke at Reads

    Reply ·   May 11, 2015

  12. maint

    Midnight bowling at Unitas Colt lanes
    Arundels Ice Cream
    Carlins Drive In
    Knockos pool room on Liberty Heights
    Duck pin bowling on Garrison Blvd

    Reply ·   October 1, 2015

  13. Craig Berg

    And who could forget Miss Nancy? I was on her Romper Room show for one month in 1953. Here’s a two minute video from the show: http://cb108.blogspot.com/2008/09/romper-room-1953.html

    Reply ·   November 4, 2015

  14. Rob B

    I use to love to go to Lotus Inn Chinese restaurant on Road and Mr K’s for crabs. How about The Crest Theater?

    Reply ·   June 8, 2016

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