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  • 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

    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

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