I've received many compliments from Post-Journal readers regarding this column, which I enjoy writing each week. I thank you for reading and for your gracious words.
A favorite subject of readers has been the "looking back and remembering" columns, which have allowed many to read about some memories of my past while reliving some memories of theirs. We don't always think things that happen in our life are that special until thirty years down the road. We remember them to be simpler than life today, but oh, such very special memories that we've deposited in our mental banks. So, I offer some, but not all, of the following footsteps, in no particular order, of many of our pasts.
Sit back and enjoy another stroll down "Memory Lane."
Noah's Ark, Lynn's Department Store, Cresbury's, Robert Hall, Lerners', Zuckerman's, Nugents', lunch counters at Woolworth's, Murphy's, Davis Drug Store, and (my Uncle Joe's) Frewsburg Pharmacy, the Cake Shop, the Big N, Dexterville, Shea's, Palace, and Wintergarden Theatres, the Jamestown Tigers (free admission with five Gioia macaroni coupons), Municipal Stadium, A&P Grocery Store, Lobocks, Caprino's Furniture, WJOC and WJTN (still airing) Radio, George Pfleeger, Doc Webster, Melva Webber, Max Robinson, Jim Roselle, Pete Hubbell, Skip Pierce, Hal Martin, the Ritz, Mom and Pop grocery stores, Ralph and Sam's and Pete and Louie's Fruit Stands, Barber Shops (twirling red-striped poles), Allen Park pony rides, the Allen Park Swimming Pool, Jamestown Municipal Golf Course, Sliding and Skiing at Stadium Hill, Grants', the beautiful red-bricked Washington and Jefferson Schools, Brooklyn Square, Maddox Table, Edborgs' Appliances, the Masonic Temple, downtown shoe stores, Bigelows, Officer Gunny Kindberg at Third and Main, the Jimmy Velvet Room (Hotel Jamestown), outdoor ice skating at Allen and Roseland Parks, the Warren/Jamestown rivalry weekend (parade, bonfire, football game), Charlie Goodell, the Worsted Mills, car hops at Colonial Whip (Broasted Potatoes?), Dogs and Suds (Route 394), Loblaws (Bells), Pic-17, Lakewood, and Falconer Drive-Ins, Satellite Bowl, Fountain Bowl, Flamingo Alleys, Ten Pin Lanes, Leisure Lanes, State Lanes, the Pine Street Lanes, downtown jewelry stores, Jim and Sam Spano's Pizza Place in the basement of their corner grocery store on Bowen Street, Art Metal, AVM, Cresent Tool, Twin Kiss, Tastee Freeze, Four O'clock Club, The Ranch (Steer Head), fast food places [the original McDonalds-Fairmount Avenue (huge Golden Arches), Red Barn, Carroll's, Henry's, Jim Dandy's], Junie Schenk, General Hospital, Chadakoin Diner (pancakes hanging over the plate), Dorothy Brooks, Mike and Sam's, the Grapevine, the annual Christmas Decorating Contest, Shoe Repair Shops (Tony Franchina and son and are the last of an institution), Jamestown Consistory, Super Duper, Rockman's, Tuxedo Rentals at Shea's Cleaners, the Red Coach, Celeron Park, city buses (tokens), Ruslink Plaza Drugs, North Main Pharmacy, Clark's Rexall Drug Store, Landy Drugs, Carlson Viking Foods, Columbia Markets (Brooklyn Square), Temple Hesed Abraham's annual Sports Dinners, Meat Markets, Fulton's Fish Market, Green Stamp Redemption Store, Century Catalog Store, Coca Cola Bottling Plant, Cycle Shop (East Second St.), Collins Sport Shop, Gaslight Motel, Tribal Room, Fenton Mansion, Lillian Dickson, East Jamestown, Charles Street, Fairmount, Euclid, old Rogers, St. James, and Our Lady of Loretto Schools, Junior High Schools, High School Football at Municipal Stadium, school personnel Harold Rubins, C.C. Ring, M.J. Fletcher, C.V. Bush, S.G. Love, R. R. Rogers, George Persell, and "Shirt" Hardenberg, JCC's George Battitas, old Evans' Skateland in Celeron, sports officials Ross Crucilla, "Cappy" Caprino, "Booter" Calannio, Joe Nalbone, "Chief" Catania, Lyle "Lefty" Parkhurst, Louis Collins, and Roger MacTavish, Terry Ransbury (undefeated in '64), the Jamestown Post-Journal (still publishing), the Jamestown Sun, the Grit, Charlie Eckstrom and Frank Hyde at the PJ, Reubens and Cubans at Triangle Restaurant, Chief Halftown's annual visit to Satellite Bowl, the Girls' Club, the Girls' Club Camp, Tony Lavoie (Boys' Club), Spiro Bello (YMCA), Johnny's Lunch (Brooklyn Square), Jehnny's Lunch, the giant Native American perched above the Washington Street Bridge, life before Chautauqua Mall, full service gas stations throughout Jamestown, Robert Kennedy's Jamestown visit, and way back, Lucy and Desi's fire truck ride through Jamestown for the premiere of their movie, Forever Darling.
What today's youth might consider plain, unexciting, or matter of fact, these were many of the footsteps we walked during our youth and young adulthood. We too, back then, may have thought them to be mundane or "vanilla," but looking back on them today proves that George Bailey wasn't the only one to have "A Wonderful Life."