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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2007 9:07:38 PM


You Know You're From Detroit If . . .
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You used a pillowcase to go "begging" on Halloween, and you yelled, "Help
the Poor!" at every door. ("Help the poor, my pants are tore, I need some money
to buy some more.").
******
You remember what Devil's Night used to be.
******
You remember the huge elm trees forming lush green tunnels over many Detroit
streets in the summertime. Or when they'd come around to spray and tell you
to stay in the house. And, the autumn smell of burning leaves, after you'd
rake huge piles to the curb for burning.
******
You remember honking your horn as you went through the tunnel to Belle Isle
at the end of East Grand Blvd. Where it went under Jefferson Avenue, even
though the sign at the entrance read "Don't Sound Horn." And you remember the
submarine that was tied up at the Brodhead Naval Armory alongside the Belle
Isle Bridge.
******
You took a class trip or a moonlight cruise to Bob-Lo with Captain Bob-Lo.
******
You remember running home from school so you could have lunch with Soupy
Sales.
*******
You rode a bus to Edgewater Amusement Park to ride the wooden roller coaster
(again and again) or the Salt & Pepper Shaker.
*******
You remember "A fantabulous day for the family, at fantabulous Edgewater
Park." P. O. P. Meant pay one price.
*******
Your Mom packed the car with kids, swimsuits, towels, and peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches to spend the day at Metropolitan Beach.
*******
You played in the "Big Ditch" as I-94 was being built.
*******
You played tennis on Belle Isle's courts, or golfed at their par 3 course,
both lit after dark. Or went ice-skating, or for a horseback or canoe ride,
rode in a pony-drawn carriage, hand-fed the animals at the zoo, visited the
aquarium (remember the teepee), or attended an event at the Casino.
*******
You rode the big white roller coaster or found your way out of the Fun House
at Jefferson Beach Amusement Park.
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Took a day trip and drove way out to Walled Lake Amusement Park where they
had lots of rides, a roller coaster, and to the Walled Lake Casino for
dancing.
*******
When ice-skating was outdoors and Palmer Park or Belle Isle was the place to
do it. You also remember its tennis courts, wading pool, golf, ice-skating,
and horse and buggy rides.
*******
Or how about the Detroit Firefighters working the crowds at the fireworks,
selling tickets to their Field Day, and giving out firecrackers to the kids.
*******
You rode a streetcar that ran on tracks down the center of Gratiot,
Woodward, Jefferson or Michigan Avenue. Or the electric buses on Warren and Grand
River.
*******
You remember how all of the lights from the auto dealerships lit up Gratiot
and Livernois -- and that they only sold American-made cars.
*******
You remember when Eastland, Wonderland and Northland Malls were open, not
enclosed. And when Wonderland had animals in circular cages.
********
You know how to pronounce Gratiot and Schoenherr and Cadieux.
*******
If someone told you it's on Outer Drive, you knew to consult a map first.
********
You thought driving to Southfield was going "out to the country."
********
You checked out books for two weeks from the Bookmobile that came to your
elementary school once a week.
*******
You vividly recall the mineral bath smell (rotten eggs) when you drove
through Mt. Clemens.
*********
You bought candy and nuts from window-lined, walk-around counters and wooden
floors at S. S. Kresge or Woolworth's ("dime" stores).
*********
You went to Sock Hops at Notre Dame high school on a Friday night where you
heard Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and the Last Herd, or the Rationals.
*********
You drank Faygo, Towne Club, Grilli's, Oso, or Atlas pop (we never heard it
called "soda").
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Your Mom saved Top Value, Holden Red, S&H Green or Gold Bell stamps.
********
Cunningham Drug Stores soda fountain and their raspberry phosphate.
********
Your school took a bus trip to the cider mill (with donuts and cider after
the tour), or to Kellogg's in Battle Creek.
********
Silverstein's was the candy store of Army and Navy surplus stuff.
********
You had a subscription to the three Detroit newspapers, including The
Detroit Times.
*********
You remember news anchor Jac LeGoff who eventually worked at every TV
station around Detroit.
**********
You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to take home a mini-loaf of
bread (but you weren't cool unless you ate Silvercup bread).
**********
You had a Shaffer's or Awrey's breadman and a Brickley's milkman. Or a Twin
Pines milkman, a Jewel Coffee man, and a Fuller Brush man (and they were
always men).
***********
You remember Pure, Penzoil, Speedway 79, Monkey, Dance, Purple Martin,
Sinclair, Danny's Dino, Kayo and Gulf gas stations, and when "gas wars" meant 17
cents a gallon.
*********
You remember Primo's Pizza, Carbone's Pizza, Red Barn, Powers, Henry's,
Herc's Beef Buffet, Cupid's, Tom's Tavern, Ted's 5x5, Totem Pole, Red Devil,
Marcus, or Richard's drive-in. (car-feteria).
*********
You attended a wedding reception or a banquet at Roma Hall.
*********
You attended "Wendy Ward's Charm School " at Montgomery Ward.
*********
You remember when Ben's Hi-Chaperelle and Watt's Club Mozambique were the
places to go to catch Motown acts.
*********
Every year when the Blue Angels came to Willow Run Airport.
**********
Or always wished you could be one of the Hudson's Teen Panel girls whose
pictures hung on the wall in the Juniors Department.
**********
You had friends or relatives who could get you into Camp Dearborn for the
canteen dances in the summer and to go swimming. Or the pond at Belle Isle near
the Conservatory where the sign warned you not to touch the water.
***********
You had a reverb unit installed in your car at Mickey Shorr's or Crazy
Jack's (a. k. a Michigan Mobile Radio or MMR) on Livernois.
*********
You remember the riots of 1967.
**********
When the bleacher seats at Briggs Stadium were only $2.00 to watch the
Detroit Lions play. And when they won the National Football Championship (before
there were Super Bowls) in 1957 against the Cleveland Browns, 59-14.
**********
And when the Red Wings won all those Stanley Cups in the 1950s, and balcony
seats at Olympia Stadium were only $1.25!
**********
You remember Detroit wrestlers Dick the Bruiser, Bobo Brazil, Leaping Larry
Chene, Wild Bull Curry, Ernie "The Cat" Ladd, Lord Athol Layton, Edward "The
Sheik" Farhat, Fritz Von Erich, George "The Animal" Steele and Johnny
Valentine.
**********
You remember bowling for a quarter a game at Chandler Park Lanes, Falcon
Lanes (next to The Ginos/Falcon Showbar), Parkside, Woods, Ritter's or Ritz
bowling alleys.
**********
You worked at Detroit Bank & Trust, Manufacturers National Bank, Bank of the
Commonwealth, City National Bank, or National Bank of Detroit.
**********
You "parked" at Belle Isle, either to watch the color-changing waterfall or
the submarine races -- depending on how old you were and who you were with!
You were in awe of the Big Stove on East Jefferson at the entrance to Belle
Isle (before it was moved to State Fairgrounds entrance).
**********
You remember your Mom taking your burned-out lightbulbs to Detroit Edison to
exchange for new ones.
**********
You remember the J. L. Hudson Co. (known to us as just "Hudson's") building
on Woodward Ave that occupied an entire city block.
**********
And you remember the white-gloved elevator attendants operating the
expandable gate and lever- locked door, and just before letting you out, she would
call out the names of the various departments on that floor.
***********
You ate a Maurice Salad at a J. L. Hudson's cafeteria.
***********
You went shopping during Downtown Detroit Days.
***********
You remember Women's Hospital before it became Hutzel Hospital.
**********
You remember that Hudson's hung a HUGE American flag on the front of the
building every 4th of July.
*********
You would ride the bus downtown at Christmas and stand in line at Hudson's
amid a fabulous winding, animated Toyland just to see Santa.
**********
Or you remember going to see Santa Claus at the Northland Mall igloos
because it was televised and you hoped your friends would see you.
**********
Thanksgiving was not complete unless first you went to the Hudson's Parade,
then to watch the Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers (always the
Packers back then) at Briggs (later Tiger) Stadium.
***********
You know guys who put up big antennas so they could pull in the Lions home
games on channel 6 out of Lansing.
***********
You watched the 'old guys' play bocce ball at Buddy's Rendezvous Pizza or
sang the Schnitzelbank song at the Dakota Inn.
************
You remember when Mayor Cavanaugh would give Santa and Christmas Carole (who
always looked like she should be freezing in her short red velvet outfit
trimmed with white fur) the keys to the city at the end of every parade.
***********
You remember the Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
***********
You remember watching the Detroit Pistons and the WHA Michigan Stags hockey
games at Cobo Arena.
***********
How about Al Ackerman ringing Big Al's bell for the Sports Hero of the Day.
***********
And watching Cadillacs being made on Clark Street.
***********
Or the giant, three-dimensional "Elsie" the Borden Cow (head) located on the
side of the Ira Wilson Dairy off the I-94 service drive. (Now, it only says
"ILSON" -- much of the stack has been taken down).
*********
Going to the Better Made potato chip factory and getting small bags of brown
chips or shoe strings before going to the Jewel movie theater.
*********
You remember hearing the air raid sirens on Saturday at 1 p. m.
**********
You remember the RAF bomber flying from England in 1962 that exploded over
the Detroit River near Grosse Pointe Park.
***********
Your neighborhood had a man who came down the alley on his horse-drawn
carriage honking his horn and collecting the stuff no one wanted, like bicycle
parts, wheel rims, etc., and he was called the "sheeny man."
********
Or the guy who came through your neighborhood on a bike to sharpen your
scissors, etc.
*****
You remember the ice man delivering ice to be placed in your ice box (we
didn't have refrigerators then) after you placed a card in your front window
indicating whether you wanted 25-, 50-, 75-, or 100-pound blocks.
******
You remember the milkman delivering milk and cream in glass bottles from a
horse-drawn vehicle.
******
You remember going to the drive-in and getting blasted by mosquito spray
from the back of a pickup truck that drove up and down the lanes.
******
You ordered Cold Duck at the Ponchartrain Wine Cellars (the restaurant/bar
where it was invented) and enjoyed a frog leg dinner.
******
THOSE WERE THE DAYS

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mel48
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 3:33:43 PM

So interesting although we didn't live in Detroit it was always a fun trip to go to Hudson's yearly to get a new winter coat and see Santa and the toys. The Thanksgiving parade was also a yearly highlight.

Up here where we live the kids still use pillowcases to collect the candy, and Devil's night is still active and keep the fire departments busy.
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janitor48
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2009 11:14:59 PM

When I lived in Brooklyn as a kid I loved watching Soupey Sales & the deal with the twin pines,remember when he got in trouble for telling kids to send him 10's & 20's from your parents!! Also loved the Felix the cat show from Lansing besides Capt. Kangeroo!
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wamps
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2009 12:35:59 PM

Thanks BusJockey, I took the time to look at the Twin Pines truck video link you provided, it was great.
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wamps
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2009 9:47:43 PM

Did anyone mention Mickey Shore and his odd way of telling you what time it was as he played the latest hits in the 50's.

As I remember it a sawbuck was 10, I think. Wamps
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Bus Jockey
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2009 8:54:08 AM

Check Out This One....
Twin Pines Milk Truck
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Yankee1979
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2009 7:09:29 PM

My favorite Detroit memories are going to Tiger Stadium to see the Tigers play the Yankees, yes I'm a Yankees fan lol and walking into the ballpark and running up the ramps as fast as I could and going to my seat to see the greenest grass (I also have the same memories of the old Yankee Stadium in New York). I remember one time when I was about 9 years old my dad took me, my friend and my friend's dad to a game at Tiger Stadium and back than Alf was big on TV and my friend had this Alf doll and he took it with him to the game. They had the pitcher's numbers on the out of town scoreboard and we had my friend and his dad beliving that was the score in the game, they wern't big baseball fans.

Another memory of Detroit I have is kind of limited because I was only 4 years old when the downtown Hudson's store closed. I remember going up to the 12th floor which was called toyland to see Santa.

I have alot of Detroit memories but those are two that stick out the most. I remember when I could and probably still can name every building downtown. You know the Penobscot has the big red ball at the top that blinks and you can see for miles as your coming down Gratiot Avenue. I had always tried to figure out where the farthest spot you could view the Detroit skyline was located. I think the entrance of Stony Creek Metropark on 26 Mile Road is where I had the best view of it.
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2009 2:30:49 AM

My favorite memories of Detroit was when I was a little kid at the old Detroit Tiger Stadium watching a Tigers game, Kirk Gibson scored the only two points for the Tigers. The first was a home run out of the park, the second was he hit the ball rounded all the bases and ran over the umpire at home plate, knocking the umpire out and sending him to the hospital. The Tigers may have lost the game, but I've been a big fan of Kirk Gibson ever since.
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mel48
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Message Posted: May 31, 2009 4:00:40 PM

Detroit has it's problems but so do many other cities and it's not the highest in the nation for crime. Not all the teacher's are bad! Not everyone is corrupt and one has to look at Flint and Saginaw which does have a higher crime rate.

I'm for sticking up for MICHIGAN!
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jrjacobs
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2009 7:00:23 PM

Bill Kennedy, at the Movies.
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emptypockets2008
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2009 4:50:11 PM

How about "De-Ho-Co" :)
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2009 7:02:38 PM

Oh, this one is FUN! The OLD Tiger Stadium - nothing will ever beat it; CKLW- the best of AM radio!!! 'Uncle' Joshua Door- everybody's 'Uncle' and my favorite, &hearts Milky the Clown ♥!! I like this thread.. :) Might even be back :)
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jrjacobs
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2009 6:46:12 PM

Tiger Stadium and The Lindell AC.
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Bus Jockey
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2009 6:06:12 PM

Check Out This Video....
BOB-LO ISLAND
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Sawcut
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2008 7:00:02 PM

Posting about CKLW in Windsor do not forget Bill Kennedy at the movies.
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Sawcut
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2008 6:58:02 PM

You remember the TV jingle for the auto dealer Roy O'Brien (I think):

"Stay on the right track to 9 mile and Mack, Roy O'Brien trucks and cars, and get your money back."

Or something like that.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2008 2:00:30 PM

Rita Bell with the noon movies, and CKLW from across the river
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2008 1:46:19 PM

chelaramie - You've made a few not-so-nice remarks about our beloved city. Don't throw rocks, please. We could all have something to say about Dallas.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2008 10:31:05 AM

Detroit....the psoter child for everything wrong in America....Bad schools, corrupt officials, wasting of tax payer monies, bad teachers, bad unions that prevent improvements....can we de-annex Detroit?
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2008 11:27:41 PM

Check out this website for Detroit memories:

Detroit Radio Flashbacks
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Sawcut
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Message Posted: May 12, 2008 8:04:37 PM

Have not read every post but was Milky the Clown mentioned?
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"Don't knock the Rock! The controversy lives on.
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Message Posted: May 10, 2008 9:43:08 PM

Twin Pines dairy tours
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Message Posted: May 10, 2008 9:06:58 PM

Need to add one more:

Listening to Harry Heilmann with his memorable baritone voice, broadcasting Tiger games, often with the ticker audible in the background. Who could forget "Its a long one to left field...he's going back, back, back...its a home run for Hoot Evers!"

I guess that I should also add the Day the Earth Stood still...the Tigers traded Harvey Kuenn, the league's reigning batting champion to Cleveland for Rocky Colavito, the league's home run champion.
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Message Posted: May 10, 2008 8:57:58 PM

Watched Norm Cash hit one over the right field roof at wonderful old Tiger Stadium...Briggs Stadium if you've really been around for a while.

Paid a visit to the old Vernor's Bottling Plant down near the waterfront, and exchanging five-cent tickets for tall, cold glasses of the greatest ginger ale on the planet.

Tuned in to the latest top forty hits along with Robin Seymor's lively DJ chatter.

Seen Ted, Sid and Gordie while seated in a $5.00 seat at Olympia.

Visiting Lippman's Tool Shop to purchase hockey gear with the prestegious "Lippman's" brand prominently affixed.

Actually witnessing a Detroit Lion's championship banner being raised.

Driving down Grand River Avenue while passing through a continuing mosiac of stable and well established ethnic neighborhoods.

Riding a trolley car and watching the sparks from the overhead wires when other cars passed in the opposite direction.

Watching Roy Cullenbine snare a screaming line drive to begin a triple play as the Tigers beat the Yankees in my first time ever in Briggs Stadium.

Reading the Free Press and wondering if Detroit car dealers could actually sell a new Ford for $1,500...or was it just some Gratiot Avenue gimmick?

Eating my fill of "Top Hat" hamburgers which were priced at nine cents each. (Those were much like today's White Castles or Krystals)

The Pistons arrived from Ft. Wayne and brought George Yardley in the bargain.

Art "Pinky" Deras was a young Detroit area baseball phenom who was considered a "can't miss" major league prospect, but one who became lost in the shuffle along the way.

Brewster the Goebel Rooster helped sell "Goebel Private Stock 22" beer, and other beer consumers were provided a "Tip from Johnny Pfieffer".

Detroit boasted Stroh's, Goebel, Pfieffer and Drewey's breweries. Strohs also produced a very good ice cream offering.

Yep, those were the days!
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Message Posted: May 8, 2008 7:13:04 PM

I forgot, J.L. Hudson's at Christmas time and the "kiddie shopping area"

The Lion's mudbowls at Tiger's Stadium after the J.L. Hudson Thanksgiving parade.

The giant slide at 10 mile and Woodward

Anything at Olympia
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Message Posted: May 8, 2008 7:09:27 PM

Listening to the '68 World Series over the p.a system at school.
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Message Posted: May 8, 2008 11:15:27 AM

Is'nt Detriot the poster child for every thing wrong in America......high crime rates, high unemployment rates, high foreclosure rates, teacher unions that prvent changes to better educate kids, mass exedous of manufacturing, decrease in population from 2 million to less than 1 million people in less than 10 years.

Can we give Detroit to Canada?

[Edited by: chelaramie at 5/8/2008 11:15:57 AM EST]
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Message Posted: May 7, 2008 9:44:03 AM

Briggs Stadium and the smell of fresh grass, cigar smoke and cold beer.
Ernie Harwell and George Kell
Sock it to'em Tigers
Fifty-cent bleacher seats
Joe Falls
Hoot Robinsons
Lindell AC

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Bus Jockey
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Message Posted: May 7, 2008 8:21:32 AM

Check out Detroit History page some may be repeats.
...................................................
You're sure to remember some of these.


You Know You're From Detroit If...

You know what a Boston Cooler is and that the name has
nothing to do with the city back east.

You heard of Paint-By-Numbers inventor, Detroiter Dan Robbins.

You remember Mort Neff , the host of Michigan Outdoors.

You remember buying hamburgers 8 for $1.00 at Top Hat or
White Castle (at 8 Mile Rd. and Gratiot, they were kitty-corner
from one another) or at White Tower .

You bought candy, pop, beer, potato chips and cigarettes, etc.
at your local 'party store .'

You remember when Detroit had a Playboy Club.

You rode the wooden escalators at Crowley's downtown store.

You remember Frantic Ernie Durham saying,
"I'll be right back, Jack, with another stack of shellac for you
and doll-face too!"

You remember the window signs : "This family will not be bussed."

You recall January 30, 1962 when the front man for The Flying Wallendas faltered on the wire during the 7-Person Pyramid while performing at the State Fair Coliseum . Three men fell to the ground, two of them didn't survive.

You ordered a Swamp Water (a mixture of Coke and Squirt) at the Raven Gallery.

You remember getting grossed out by all of the fish flies that would swarm the street lights every June, especially if you live near the water, and how crunchy they sounded when you rode your bike over them...never mind the smell!

You spent summers swimming at the Chandler Park pool.

You remember the Gratiot 'castle' of Mother Waddles Perpetual Mission.

You remember all of the ballrooms of the '50s: Graystone, Walled Lake Casino, Edgewater Park, Jefferson Beach, Grande, Bob-Lo, Eastwood Gardens and Vanity.

You put off doing your chores on Saturday mornings to watch Sealtest Circus .
You always loved seeing the Detroit Mounted Police patrol downtown and the State Fair.

You went to the Minor Key to see the Ramsey Lewis Trio.

You bought your posters, black lights and incense at The Village Green.

You drove all the way out to Jack's Scott's Dance Ranch at 16 Mile and Rochester Rd.

You still know the words to the Detroit Institute of Arts TV campaign "You Gotta Have Art."
(You gotta have art, miles and miles and miles of art, when life gets you down, you ought come on down and get a start, you gotta have art...)

"Saturday night at Detroit Dragway" (audio ) (Sibley at Dix) you watched the legends of racing like 'Big Daddy' Don Garlitz or 'Dyno' Don Nicholson or saw Packer Pontiac 's big 421 Catalinas tearing up the strip...all for a buck.

You remember when the million dollar Batmobile raced at 'beautiful' Motor City Dragway audio , three miles east of the Edsel Ford expressway on 26 Mile Rd .

You drove your souped-up street car with glass pack mufflers through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in low gear to hear 'em 'back down.'

You watched The Friendly Giant and Mr. Dress Up , or Austin Grant's New Home Show on channel 9.

You remember the two tragic fires at Hazel Park Raceway in the late '60s.

You sang along with 70 local teens who were part of WJR's 'Make Way For Youth' chorus directed by Don Large . And you knew that Maureen Bailey , J.L. Hudson's first Christmas Carol, was a regular on the program.

You listened to the Detroit Concert Band conducted by Leonard B. Smith play at Belle Isle , while the freighters drowned out the music with their horns, people paddled their canoes in the canals near the bandstand and mounted police controlled the crowds.

You remember Lottie the Body who stripped at the Brass Rail on Grand Circus Park .

You recall Detroiters and future Hall of Famer bowlers, Dick Weber, Don Carter, Ray Bluth ,Tom Hennessy and Pat Paterson set a five-man team record score of 3858.

You remember when the Detroit Polo Club was at Nine Mile and Southfield.

You remember in 1964 that the Grand Marshall of the Hudson's Thanksgiving Day Parade was Lassie.

You remember Grinnell's "world's largest mass piano concert" with up to 1,200 participants at the State Fair Colosseum, Olympia Stadium and Cobo Hall . (The 30th concert in 1973 at Cobo Hall , was the last.)

You were around when WSU graduate student John Sinclair led a group of hippies called TransLove Energies (which later evolved into the White Panther party) in their first major Love-In on Belle Isle in 1967. It ended in a drunken brawl with 10 arrests.

You remember the miracles of Father Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar who spent 23 years at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.

You recall two lighted signs on either side of the Woodward as you crossed the bridge over 8 Mile Rd. that flashed giant C batteries and, later, Chesterfield cigarettes.

You still get chills when you think of Shock Theater every Friday night on WXYZ with its scary movies (The Mummy , The Wolfman , The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, etc.) and its host, Mr. X (Tom Dougall , a drama professor at the Detroit Institute of Technology), who opened the show with "Lock your doors...dim your lights...and get ready for SHOCK!"

You heard there were salt mines underneath Detroit and wondered if the stories were true.

You know where to find the Spirit of Detroit and who Marshall Fredericks is.

You spent many a Friday night at the Hideout.

You used a pillowcase to go begging on Halloween, and you yelled "Help the Poor!" at every door. ("Help the poor, my pants are tore, I need some money to buy some more.")

You remember what Devil's Night used to be.

You remember the huge elm trees forming lush green tunnels over many Detroit streets in the summertime. Or when they'd come around to spray and tell you to stay in the house.

And the autumn smell of burning leaves when you'd rake huge piles to the curb for burning.

You remember honking your horn as you went through the 'tunnel' to Belle Isle (actually a Jefferson Ave. underpass) at the end of East Grand Blvd -- even though the sign at the entrance read "Don't Sound Horn."

And you remember the USS Tambor submarine at the Brodhead Naval Armory nearthe Belle Isle Bridge.

You took a class trip or a moonlight cruise to Bob-Lo with Captain Bob-Lo.

You remember running home from school so you could have Lunch with Soupy .

You rode a bus to Edgewater Amusement Park to ride the wooden roller coaster (again and again) or the Salt & Pepper Shaker.

You remember "A fantabulous day for the family, at fan-tabulous Edgewater Park. P.O.P. means 'pay one price'..."

Your mom packed the station wagon with kids, swim suits, towels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to spend the day at Metropolitan Beach.

You played in the "Big Ditch " as I-94 was being built.

You played tennis on Belle Isle's courts, or golfed at their par 3 course, both lit after dark. Or went ice skating, or for a horseback or canoe ride, rode in a pony-drawn carriage, hand-fed the animals at the zoo, visited the aquarium, remember the teepee, or attended an event at the Casino.

You can still sing the Roy O'Brien jingle, " Stay on the right track to 9 Mile and Mack... "

Or rode the big white roller coaster or found your way out of the Fun House at
Jefferson Beach Amusement Park.

Took a day trip and drove way out to Walled Lake Amusement Park where they had lots of rides, a roller coaster, and to Walled Lake Casino for dancing.

When ice skating was outdoors and Palmer Park was the place to do it. You also remember its tennis courts, wading pool, golf, iceskating, and horse and buggy rides.

And Rouge Park 's Brennan Pools.

Or how about the Detroit Firefighters working the crowds at the fireworks, selling tickets to their Field Day , and giving out firecrackers to the kids.

You rode a street car that ran on tracks down the center of Gratiot, Woodward, Jefferson, Grand River or Michigan Avenue. Or the electric buses on Warren and Grand River.

You remember how all of the lights from the auto dealerships lit up Gratiot and Livernois -- and that they only sold American-made cars.

You remember when Eastland, Wonderland and Northland Malls were open, not enclosed. And when Wonderland had animals in circular cages

You know how to pronounce Gratiot, Goethe, Livernois , Lahser, Schoenherr and Cadieux .

If someone tells you it's on Outer Drive, you know to consult a map first.

You thought driving to Southfield was going "out to the country."

You checked out books for two weeks from the Bookmobile that came to your school once a weeknight.
You vividly recall the mineral bath smell (rotten eggs) when you drove through Mt. Clemens.

You remember Zoo Keys and talking storybooks and when admittance was free at theDetroit Zoo . Train rides cost 10 cents, they had more than two of each species on display, and when the nature trails bat house was destroyed by severe weather in the '60s.

You bought candy and nuts from window-lined, walk-around counter and wooden floors at S.S. Kresge or Woolworth's ("dime" stores).

You went to Sock Hops at Notre Dame high school on a Friday night where you heard Stevie Wonder , Bob Seger and the Last Heard , or the Rationals.

You drank Faygo, Towne Club , Grilli's , Sweet 16, Oso or Atlas pop (NOT 'soda').

Your mom saved Top Value, Holden Red, S&H Green or Gold Bell stamps.

Cunningham Drug Stores soda fountain and their raspberry phosphate.

Your school took a bus trip to the cider mill (with donuts and cider after the tour), or to Kellogg's in Battle Creek.

Silverstine's was the candy store of Army and Navy surplus stuff.

You had a subscription to the three Detroit newspapers, including The Detroit Times.

You remember Jac LeGoff who eventually worked at every TV station around Detroit.

You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to take home a mini-loaf of bread
(but you weren't cool unless you ate Silvercup bread).

You had a Shaffer's or Awrey's breadman and a Brickley's milkman.

Or a Twin Pines milkman, a Jewel Coffee man, and a Fuller Brush man
(and they were always men).

You remember Pure, Benzoil, Speedway 79, Monkey, Dance, Purple Martin,
Sinclair, Danny's Dino, Clark, Kayo and Gulf gas stations, and when "gas wars" meant 17 cents a gallon.

You remember Primo's Pizza , Carbone's Pizza , Red Barn, Powers, Henry's ,
Herc's Beef Buffet , Cupid's, Tom's Tavern , Ted's 5x5, Totem Pole, Red Devil or Richard's drive-in.

You attended a wedding reception or a banquet at Roma Hall.

You attended "Wendy Ward's Charm School" at Montgomery Wards.

You remember when Ben's Hi-Chaperelle and Watt's Club Mozambique were the places to go to catch Motown acts.

Every year when the Blue Angels came to Willow Run Airport .

Or always wished you could be one of the Hudson's Teen Panel girls whose pictures hung on the wall in the Juniors department.

You had friends or relatives who could get you into Camp Dearborn for the canteen dances in the summer.

Or the pond at Belle Isle near the Conservatory where the sign warned you not to touch the water.

You had a reverb unit installed in your car at Mickey Shorr's or Crazy Jack's
(a.k.a. Michigan Mobile Radio (MMR) ) on Livernois.

You remember where you were when the riots of 1967 broke out.

When the bleacher seats at Briggs Stadium were only $2.00 to watch the Detroit Lions play. And when they won the National Football Championship (before there were Superbowls) in 1957 against the Cleveland Browns, 59-14.

Thanksgiving wasn't complete unless first you went to the Hudson's Parade, then to watch the Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers (always the Packers back then) at Brigg's (later Tiger) Stadium.

You know guys who put up big antennas so they could pull in the Lions home games on channel 6 out of Lansing.

And when the Red Wings won all those Stanley Cups in the 1950s, and balcony seats at Olympia Stadium were only $1.25!

You remember Detroit wrestlers Dick the Bruiser, Bobo Brazil, Killer Kowalski, Leaping Larry Chene, Wild Bull Curry, Ernie "The Cat" Ladd, Lord Athol Layton, Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, Fritz Von Erich, George "The Animal" Steele and Johnny Valentine.

You remember bowling for a quarter a game at Chandler Park Lanes, Falcon Lanes (next to The Ginos/Falcon Showbar), Parkside, Woods, Ritter's or Ritz bowling alleys.

You banked at Detroit Bank & Trust, Manufacturers National Bank, Bank of the Commonwealth, City National Bank , or National Bank of Detroit .

You "parked" at Belle Isle either to watch the color-changing waterfall or the submarine races -- depending on how old you were and who you were with :-) .

You were in awe of the Big Stove on East Jefferson at the entrance to Belle Isle
(before it was moved to State Fairgrounds' entrance).

You remember your mom taking your burned-out lightbulbs to Detro it Edison to exchange for new ones.

You remember the J. L. Hudson Co. (known to us as just "Hudson's ") building on Woodward Ave. occupied an entire city block.

And you remember the white-gloved elevator attendants operating the expandable gate and lever-locked door, and just before letting you out, she would call out the names of the various departments on that floor.

You ate a Maurice Salad at a J.L . Hudson's cafeteria.

You went shopping during Downtown Dollar Days .

You remember when Women's Hospital before it became Hutzel Hospital.

You remember that Hudson's hung a HUGE American flag on the front of the building every 4th of July.

You would ride the bus downtown at Christmas and stand in line at Hudson's amid a fabulous winding, animated Toyland just to see Santa.

Or you remember going to see Santa Claus at the Northland Mall igloos because it wastelevised and you hoped your friends would see you.

You watched the 'old guys' play bocce ball at Buddy's Rendezvous Pizza or sang the Schnitzelbank song at the Dakota Inn.

You remember when Mayor Cavanagh would give Santa and Christmas Carole (who always looked like she should be freezing in her short red velvet outfit trimmed with white fur)the keys to the city at the end of every parade.

You remember the Detroit Tiger's pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.

You remember watching the Detroit Pistons and the WHA Michigan Stags hockey games at Cobo Arena .

How about Al Ackerman ringing Big Al's bell for the Sports Hero of the Day.

And watching Cadillacs being made on Clark Street.

Going to the Better Made potato chip factory and getting small bags of brown chips or shoe strings before going to the Jewel movie theater.

Or the giant, three-dimensional "Elsie" the Borden Cow (head) located on the side of the Ira Wilson Dairy off the I-94 service drive. (Now, it only says "ILSON;" much of the stack has been taken down.)

You remember hearing the air raid sirens on Saturday at 1 pm.

You remember the waterfall on the back of the movie screen at the Gratiot Drive-In.

You remember the RAF bomber flying from England in October 1958 that crashed on Ashland Ave near the Detroit River . Wreckage scattered to nearby Grosse Pointe Park.

Your neighborhood had a man who came down the alley on his horse-drawn carriage, honking his horn or yelling out, collecting the stuff no one wanted, like bicycle parts, wheel rims, etc.

Or the guy who came through your neighborhood on a bike to sharpen your scissors, etc.

You remember going to the drive-in and getting blasted by mosquito spray from the back of a pick-up truck that drove up and down the lanes.

You ordered Cold Duck at the Ponchartrain Wine Cellars
(the restaurant/bar where it was invented) and enjoyed a frog leg dinner.

Trips to Western Market.

Arriving home from college at the Michigan Central Depot .

Playing at one o f the big piano recitals at Olympia with 200-300 other kids.

You got a piece of buttercream or bumpy cake at the Sanders cafeteria downtown, right across from Hudson's. Cream puffs and hot fudge toppings...yum!

You remember when Eastland's real gold mouse on the lion statue was fi led off and stolen. And what about climbing all over that big stone hippo...then they'd move it...

You remember the Christmas festivities at the Ford Rotunda before it burned down.

The Reddi Whip Can on Telegraph Rd., under the Michigan Ave. overpass.

Or the "Gas Is Best" sign on the big gas tank near Detroit City Airport.

Or the big electronic sign at I-94 and I-75 that tracked new vehicle production.

You went to the lavish Michigan Theater downtown to see a movie, or to the
Ford Auditorium for a show.

You remember mayors like Albert E. Cobo, Louis Miriani, Jerome P. Cavanagh and Roman S. Gribbs.

You saw a wide-screen movie at the United Artist Theater , like Around the World in 80 Days , or Seven Wonders of the World at Cinerama.

Or when the WXYZ television station was located on Woodward in the Macabbees Building across from the Detroit Institute of Arts and a few blocks north of the old Vernors plant. (WXYZ later moved to Southfield.)

You "cruised" Big Boy's drive-in at 8 Mile & Dequindre (better known as Dixie's), or the one at 9 Mile & Jefferson, or Grand River off Woodward.

Or through McDonald's in Madison Heights after a football game.

You played putt-putt golf or jumped on the tramps at Burkemo's near Olsen's Beach.

You were served a root beer float and a foot-long hot dog or a mama burger in your car at A&W's (pronounced A-IN-DUBS).

You've ended up at a Time or Clock restaurant after the bars closed.

Ordered fries and a shake at Dunkenburger ("Dunks") at 8 Mile and Kelly.

Or the barbecued beef sandwiches or chicken pies (rated tops by Duncan Hines) at Hedge's Wigwam on Woodward in Royal Oak.

You remember the Raven Gallery on Woodward, or the Chess Mate on Livernois.Or the Ellwood, Purple Pickle, Moby Dick, Chalet Lounge, or Colonial Lounge.

You went to Verne's Bierstube for burgers and beer, and The Snug near Wayne State for ice cream (they didn't allow kids).

You know what it means if someone tells you to "hit 8 Mile ."

You remember the "Club Polka" TV show with Stan "Stosh" Wisniach on the accordion.

Or "Madman Muntz" for Muntz TV .

You got your car repainted at Earl Scheib 's "I'll paint any car, any color, $29.95!"

You remember Dick Purtan, now on WOMC-FM 104.3, on WKNR-AM (1965-67),
WXYZ-AM (1968-78) and CKLW-AM (1978-83).

You remember walking around Detroit Metro Airport when there were no guards or gates and you could walk outside on the observation deck to watch planes arriving and departing.

Or how about Lee Alan, "On The Horn" whose opening song was Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart. "Now I can't sing...but hear me swing! Whoooeee! We'll have something old to play, something new in review and a couple of things to say. Between now and midnight you're going to hear some of the most fantastical round ones in this big old town. We'll call it 'the cream of the crop until 12 o'clock!'"

You listened to the Kelly & Co. variety/talk show in the morning.

Motown studios -- when they were actually headquartered and recording in Detroit!

And to the Battle of the Bands with Ted Nugent.

You remember yard long beer and ballads at the Poison Apple .

You can point to the 1975 photo of Cobo Hall on the back of the Kiss Alive album and show people where you sat during the concert.

You went to Saturday concerts in Kennedy Square .

Or a "grasser" (concert) where you sat on a blanket on the lawn.

You shopped at the Broadway Market. an indoor produce, meat and deli market with lots of sawdust on the floor and the best of every edible item you could think of.

You called WKNR (Keener) when they'd announce the last two digits of your phone number, even when you didn't know the name of the song, just to get the Keener pin.

Or how about Joel Sebastian's Movin' Memories Sunday night show, his sock hops or March of Dimes dances with the Motown stars of the future, Marvelettes, Eddie Holland or Marvin Gaye , for $1.50 a show.

You thought driving to Troy was going "out to the country."

You remember the "Big Snow," the one that kept you out of school.

You heard the Good Humor man ringing his bells two streets away, usually
around dinnertime.

You remember Twin Pines or Sealtest delivered milk and juice to the chute on the side of your house.

Or the (Free Press or News or Times) paperboy delivered your paper by bicycle using a huge bag, then collected on the weekends with a change-maker hanging from his belt.

Your tour of the Stroh's Brewery ("From one beer lover to another, Stroh's beer") included a sandwich, a beer and a souvenir glass.

Or maybe you preferred Pfeiffer, Drewries, Altes, Schmidt, Goebel, Prost, or
E & B beer.

Or the fancy drinks at the Chin Tiki, or...

You remember the Gold Cup and Silver Cup Races , and seeing the people line up along the Detroit River near Belle Isle to watch the annual hydroplane races with "Miss Budweiser ," "Miss Pepsi," " Miss Supertest," "Gar Wood ," "Slo-Mo-Shunand," "Suchcrust ," (sponsored by Shaefer's Bread) and "Miss Madison ."

You remember that the Red Wings AND the Beatles played at Olympia Stadium(The Old Red Barn ).

Cruising Telegraph from Grand River to Michigan past Telway, Big Boys, Burger King, Daly's and Blazo's .

Crusing north Gratiot drive-ins: Scotts, Jupiter, A&W, T&C, Starlite, Midgions, Wells

Dances at 182 Hall, Franklin LYI and The Pumkin .

You ordered an amazing steak and baked potato at the Flaming Embers at Woodward and Grand Circus Park.

You saw Marvin Gaye or the Supremes sing at the Olympia Stadium, the Roostertail or 20 Grand Lounge .

And all of the top bands at the Eastown Theater.

Or the Graystone or Vanity Ballroom, and that all the great ballrooms became
psychedelic rock barns in the 60s.

You danced to the live music of The Temptations at your high school sock hop and Motown music was all over the radio.

You went on Detroit Bandstand hosted by Dale Young. You ordered the tickets by mail and your mom would drive you and a friend to the studio on Second Blvd.

You danced under the mirror ball or saw The Who or Janis Joplin at the
Grande Ballroom. And you know who Russ Gibb is.

You remember a hip newspaper called The Fifth Estate .

You remember the Detroit Wheels football team.

You went to to the Motown Revue at the Fox Theater and saw the Four Tops, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell, and Willie Tyler & Lester...all for $3.00!

You remember when Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels were big.

And that the "sun never set" on CKLW's Tommy Shannon empire.

And Martha Jean the Queen, a Motown DJ.

Or dancing to Rusty Day & the Midnighters at the Chatter Box,
a teen nightclub at 13 Mile and Mound Rds.

Or every Sunday afternoon, Johnny Walenda would host Teen Age Nightclub,
a party / talent show / dance at the Gay Haven in Dearborn.

Or having your prom at the Masonic Temple downtown.

You sometimes wonder what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.

You remember when there was no Lodge Freeway, no I-696, and I-75 only went
as far as Troy.

You knew someone who went to John Williams' Beauty School after high school to become a beautician. Or to Virginia Farrell's at Milwaukee and Woodward.

You remember your first strawberry, chocolate or vanilla Creamale in a frosted glass from Vernor's at the foot of Woodward near Bob-Lo. A bearded troll on every bottle and always a sneeze on the first sip.

You remember Crystal Pool at 8 Mile and Greenfield. After it closed, you went to its sister salt water pool, w-a-y out in Troy on Rochester Rd.

Or how about Kiddieland Amusement Park on 8 Mile between Schaefer and Greenfield.

You remember Plum Street when it was trying to imitate Haight Ashbury.

When there were signs on the lawns of homes in Highland Park during the block-busting years that said "This home NOT for sale."

When the freighter Montrose sunk under the Ambassador Bridge in 1961 (a big attraction while riding the Bob-Lo boat).

You remember Paw Paw Charlie (Charlie Maxwell), a Detroit Tiger who was known for hitting home runs on Sundays.

You remember the Detroit Shopping News .

Derby Hill when there were soap box derby car races sponsored by Chevrolet .

The giant clown slide at Lasky Playfield they cemented up after someone got hurt.

When Eastern Market was the only place to get your flowers for spring planting.

And when Joe Muer's had a restaurant near there.

When Sams department store was behind Hudson's downtown (and it had nothing to do with Sam Walton).

Going to the Top Hat Supper Club to see Sonny & Cher. Or you remember your parents going to the Metropole or Elmwood Supper Clubs, all in Windsor.

You remember when Sunday meant getting dressed up to go to church, family dinners, quiet streets, and closed stores.

You pronounce Kmart as Kmarts , and Ford as Ford s.

You had an Uncle (Joshua Doore ) in the furniture business.

You remember this telephone number: TYler 8-7100 (Belvedere Construction) , and their motto "We Do Good Work" and "Have No Fear With Belvedere."

You thought the Big Tire on I-94 might roll away one day. Or you tried to image how big the
car was that it came from. Or where it picked up that nail (now removed)!

You had breakfast with santa at Crowley's downtown and got to take your hot chocolate Santa mug home with you.

You crawled all over the Golden Goose at Westland Mall and thought the golden egg seemed so BIG!

You remember the moving E & B Beer sign on Third and Grand Boulevard.
Or the animated, flute-playing cartoon character " Johnny Pfeiffer" on the beer sign at the corner of Tireman and West Grand Blvd.

Or going to the GM Building to see model cars made by kids as future designs.

When you could go to the top of the Fisher Building.

Or, watching the billboard that blew smoke rings at Grand Boulevard and Gratiot whilewaiting at the bus stop.

You played at the Ridgemont Golf Course in East Detroit (before it became Eastpointe).

The TV2 Swimmobile held thousands of gallons of water in a portable swimming pool hauled by a semi truck that would come to your neighborhood in the summertime.

You remember Black Bart, and the Faygo pop song being sung on the Bob-Lo boat: "Which way did he go, which way did he go? He went for Faygo Old Fashioned Root Beer" and their slogan "I'm too pooped to participate." Or...

Uptown, the pop with the little guy (Herkimer) who grew tired blowing up bottles, and told his boss "I'm too pooped to participate." His boss advises, "Then live it up up with Uptown!"

You remember going to lunch downtown at Greenfield's (for the cloverleaf rolls)
or to Quickee's.

You told your mom, husband, boyfriend, sister, friend, whoever...to meet you under the Kern's Clock.

You went to the Big Cow at Mack and Dickerson for ice cream.

You had the pleasure of being "served" at Victor Lim's in Grand Circus Park .

You knew someone who was born at Memorial, Receiving or Crittendon Hospital.

You had a car with a "Sock it to 'em Tigers" bumper sticker on it. And you remember Terry Cashman's "Tiger Baseball" song.

And when Harry Heilmann broadcast the Tigers games. When they were out of town, he'd read the play-byplays from a teletype.

You took pride...and then embarassment...in Tigers pitcher Denny McLain .

Or listening to "Rollie Pollie Mickey Lolitch, Tigers Won the Series" playing on Keener.

You remember trying to decide which downtown side-by-side restaurant to eat at, Lafayette or American Coney Island.

You remember when going to The Top of The Flame in the gas building downtown was THE place to go after the prom.

Velvet Peanut Butter with the three little imps named Fresh, Pure and Delicious .

Farrell's , where you loved to go for your birthday ( video) . The sound of a siren and a banging drum meant you'd ordered the The Zoo, a HUGE bowl of assorted ice creams and toppings that arrived on a stretcher (and you got to sign the Pig's Trough with much embarrassment). If you ate it all, it was free! ( video)

You know that WJR as "The Greatest Radio Station in the World" and
broadcasted from the "Golden Tower of the Fisher Building."

You watched Rita Bell's " Prize Movie."

"Dialing for Dollars" with Larry Adderley , or

Bob Allison of "Ask Your Neighbor," " House Detective" and " Bowling for Dollars," or Fred Wolf hosting "Championship Bowling" on Sunday mornings, or Don Kremer and Chuck Walby as co-hosts of "Beat the Champ," or Crafts with Carol Duvall (now on HGTV).

You remember weatherman Sonny Eliot (who's still doing the weather for WWJ radio) using a chalkboard map to fill in temperatures and forecasts for rain or snow, along with a removable Keweenaw peninsula. And his weekly TV program " At The Zoo."

And opinionated newscasting by Bill Bonds and Lou Gordon .

The Lady of Charm, Edythe Fern Melrose.

Or George Pierrot's "World Adventure Series, " one of the first local color programs offered in Detroit. (Who can forget George occasionally dozing off on the set.)

You remember Van Patrick and Mel Ott broadcasting the Detroit Tigers games from Tiger Stadium on radio station WKMH ("At 1310 on your dial").

You remember Ernie Harwell and George Kell.

And Byron MacGregor on CKLW 20-20 News .

And Mary Morgan and the Million Dollar Movies she hosted with her dog Liebshein on CKLW channel 9 on Sunday afternoons, after Bill Kennedy "At the Movies ."

And Dave Diles, and J.P. McCarthy.

And Detroit's first husband and wife news team, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.

You listened at night to WJBK's E d McKenzie as Jack the Bellboy, then Tom Clay whose theme song was "How Come You Love Me Like You Do Do Do?"

And "The Bird," Robin Seymour, DJ and host of "Swingin' Time" on CKLW . Or even further back, "Bobbin with Robin" on WKMH.

Or you were a fan of Bud Davies ' Top Ten Dance Party.

You listened to Pie Plant Pete, Bashful Joe , and Bud Guest (son of Edgar Guest) on WJR in the mornings, and their advertiser was Detroit-based Pet-Ritz pies, "Like momma used to make!"

Or maybe your favorite DJ was Johnny Slagle and Pat Tobin ("Pat 'n' Johnny Show") whose theme song was Cherokee by Charlie Barnett, and sign-off message was "So long, kids. Love y'all!"

And Jay Roberts , host of "Night Flight 760" on WJR where we went around the world.

Or Morgus the Magnificent, the mad scientist who did the weather on Ch 2 at 5:55 pm weekdays, then host a scary movie (usually a Japanese sci-fi) Saturday nights at 11:30.

You called Channel 7's Jerry Stanecki "The Newshawk" for help when you got ripped off.

You remember Sir Graves Ghastly, the host who dressed as a vampire and showed horror movies on Saturday afternoon.

And The Ghoul and "Ready, Mr. Dale, roll 'em."

Or how about Tom Ryan who hosted WKBD Channel 50's The Captain Detroit Show, where he played Sgt. Sacto from 1967-1970. (In 1984, he was the wacky vampire Count Scary on WDIV Channel 4 which is still seen every Halloween around Detroit).

Or Sagebrush Shorty (Ted Lloyd) and his puppet pals Skinny Duggan and
Broncho Billy Buttons .

How about The Green Hornet?

Or when the only TV channels were 2, 4, 7 & 9 . On a good day, you could tune in
11 and 13 out of Toledo. In later years, UHF 50 & 56.

YOU REMEMBER:

~ Let's See Willy Dooit starring Willy Dooit, Gee-Whizzer, Applesauce the Dragon, Professor Smart. and Molly Cuddles

~ Milky the Clown (Clare Cummings), "Milky's Movie Party"

~ Soupy Sales (Milton Supman, also known as Milton Hines) and his Birthbath Club, along with (Clyde Adler as) White Fang ("the meanest dog in all of Dee-troit" -- you only saw his giant paw), Black Tooth ("the sweetest dog in all of Dee-troit"), Hippy the Hippo, and Pookie the Lion . Who can forget Willie the Worm, Marilyn Monwolf , and The Man at the Door?

~ Jingles (Jerry Booth) in "Boofland," and Herkimer Dragon, Cecil B. Rabbit, the King of Boofland and Mr. Binki the Postman, all voiced by Larry Sands.

~ Jerry Booth's Fun House with a purple moose head mounted on the wall named Clyde, who always said "Uh-huh."

~ Johnny Ginger (Gaylen Grindle)

~ Bozo the Clown (played by both Art Cervi and Bob McNea)

~ Captain Jolly (Toby David) and Poopdeck Paul (Allan Schultz) brought us Popeye cartoons on Channel 9 (CKLW) and an appreciation of spinach.

~ Ricky the Clown (Irv Romig) whose sponsor was Tip Top bread.

~ Wixie the Pixie (Marv Welch), host of Wixie's Wonderland, and whose sponsor was Bosco chocolate syrup.

~ WWJ's kiddie show Playschool with Mary Melody, hosted by Marv's ex-wife Eleanor .

~ Harry Jarkey , the host of Our Friend Harry , a morning variety show on WXYZ. ; Then on Saturday mornings in 1959, Fun House, a game show for kids.

~ Romper Room with Miss Ardis (Kenealy) and Miss Flora (Asseltine)

~ The Lone Ranger and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon played by Brace Beemer.

~ Oopsy the Clown (Bob McNea)

~ Auntie Dee (Parker) and Uncle Jimmy (Stevenson)


N O W . . .

What's the magic word? Twin Pines !

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Some could be nationwide. Most are Detroit/Michigan specific. Better Made - mmmm. (said like Homer says "beer")
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You pretty much describe the entiire country, not just Detroit.
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