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Old 07-10-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Let's see - in no certain order. I know some of these have been referenced previously but just to show support. These are off the top of my head. I'm sure there is plenty I left out
Wow, that is a totally awesome list, Somoso! Thank you!!

Ed Caparal! Bill Tush! Skinny Bobby! The Mug (the Big one and the Little one on Luckie)!

Just reading your list reminds me of so many things. How about:


Rich's --

Sales in the basement with customers battling for bargains
Po' Boy's one the bridge
The bake shop on Broad Street

The Limelight/Rupert's/Club 112/Disco Kroger in Buckhead
The Twelfth Gate in Midtown
Bestoink Dooley
Mr. Wrestling No. 2
Harrison's
The original Longhorn

...Okay, I to stop immediately!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Beltsville, MD
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The Armory, Backstreet, Weekends, Blu, The Metro, Kaya, Club Anytime, The Anvil, Hoedowns, Transfer, Deana's, Talulahs, The Sports Page, Revolution, Options, Red Chair, Velvet, Axis, Petrus, Gallus, Buddies, Lipstix, Lavita's, Better Bodies, Colony Square Athletic Club...

You forgot The Cove

What about Jennings' Rose Room aka Chuck's Rathskeller on Monroe and the Sweet Gum Head on Cheshire Bridge?

Speaking of Cheshire Bridge, does anyone who lived in dry DeKalb remember making the run to Happy Herman's? That place gave huge amounts of money to keep DeKalb County dry everytime the question came up for a vote.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:42 PM
 
Location: West Seattle, WA
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Speaking of Cheshire Bridge, does anyone who lived in dry DeKalb remember making the run to Happy Herman's? That place gave huge amounts of money to keep DeKalb County dry every time the question came up for a vote.
Indeed, I do...sadly, it's closed now. Pitch and Putt on Johnson Rd. at Briarcliff was another big destination for parched DeKalbites.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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I grew up in Garden Hills near Buckhead and went to North Fulton High School. I have fond memories of meeting girl friends at Lenox when it was not enclosed. Having lunch at Yohannan's and Rich's tea room. We would listen the new Beatle records and buy Beatle magazines in Kessler's at the other end of Lenox. I also remember a very special treat of lunch at the Frances Virginia Tea Room in downtown Atlanta with a favorite dessert of peppermint ice cream with hot fudge sauce! Wish I could go back in time!
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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Anyone remember the Comic Book Club at Peachtree Battle in the 60s?
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:41 PM
 
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I grew up in Garden Hills near Buckhead and went to North Fulton High School. I have fond memories of meeting girl friends at Lenox when it was not enclosed. Having lunch at Yohannan's and Rich's tea room. We would listen the new Beatle records and buy Beatle magazines in Kessler's at the other end of Lenox. I also remember a very special treat of lunch at the Frances Virginia Tea Room in downtown Atlanta with a favorite dessert of peppermint ice cream with hot fudge sauce! Wish I could go back in time!
I also grew up in Garden Hills and went to North Fulton High School. We lived a block off Lindbergh Dr. near Acorn Ave. My grandparents lived on Lindbergh. Before that they had lived in an apartment near the Piedmont Driving Club and overlooking Piedmont Park. Back in the late 40's/early 50's my grandpa used to take my sister and me to ladies semi-pro softball games. He was a big fan of a team called the Lorelei Ladies.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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Wow, sorry I missed the thread when it was young, but just to get down some venues I fondly remember . . .

After church (First Methodist, another downtown landmark, across from the fleabag Imperial Hotel with its, ahem, Domino Lounge, right next door to Sacred Heart Catholic church, al of which were forbidden territory), we'd have Sunday dinner at the Davis "Town House" Cafeteria down on Forsyth. (The Davises introduced a new kind of chicken called Kentucky Fried). While the grownups were yacking, we kids would drift over to a little place next door called The Browse Shop. It had a nice record section in back -- with listening booths! I'll never forget the owner, Sam Feldman, who was the sweetest, kindest guy. He'd let us run around and listen to records without buying anything. Of course, Sam knew the people with the money always came to collect us, and indeed they showed their appreciation by buying something. Sometimes we'd walk a little farther down Forsyth to...

Karo Whitfield's Gym

At the entrance were photos Karo's protegé's -- bodybuilders, wrestlers, weightlifters -- including the most famous weightlifter in the world, Paul Anderson. Needless to say, this 90-lb weakling (I really wasn't, but next to them I felt like it) was transfixed, wondering how much spinach they ate. Of course, Karo was a friend of Mr. Live Atlanta Wrestling Ed Capral. I got to know them later. Both were really nice guys. Karo used to call me Champ. Yeah, I know, but it meant a lot to me.

The Dinkler Plaza was a cool place -- closest to a Hilton we had back then. Atlanta café society hung out there. Got my first manicure there. Felt like a wise guy. Old-Man Dinkler jumped out of a window. Big scandal.

WGKA-FM. Not AM talk radio, but classical music. Used to go to sleep with this night music program called Nocturne. The sign-off was Stravinsky's Firebird, so if I'd fallen asleep, it would wake me so I could turn off the radio. It later went Easy Listening, with...Don "Officer Don" Kennedy!

Which reminds me of Peachtree, between Tenth and Fourteenth. It described an entire era, when Atlanta, for a brief, shining moment, was the avant-garde capital of the universe. There was the Arts Festival, in Piedmont Park, presided over by David "Mother Dave" Braden, who preached free love and free weed, and you walked -- or stumbled -- right up from the Park to Peachtree, where the party continued. The Peachtree Art movie theatre was there, and WGKA was across the street. On the Art side were the head shops and porn shops and kids selling The Great Speckled Bird and the sweet smell of weed. Joe South had this spacey single called "Gabriel (come down to Atlanta and blow your horn)". Thank you, Sam Massell. After Sam, the party ended, poor Mother Dave was put away for something bogus like "contributing," and Atlanta became just another city of suits.

The Metropolitan Opera came to Atlanta. For those lucky enough to see it, every spring, it was unforgettable. All the great names, and the orchestra and the music...and the Fox in all its glory. Can you imagine Aida in that place? The bean counters made them move to that big barn at the Civic Center. Never the same.

Speaking of the Fox -- little display windows...and boutiques and kiosks ringing the building. Franklin Simon next door. New York-in-Atlanta.

At Robinson's Tropical Garden's, right across the river from Lovett, I could get in on my fake ID. The thing is, I no more looked 21 than Justin Bieber. I think what they did was serve us what we ordered -- always cocktails, because we couldn't tolerate straight booze -- yet -- but with no booze, or 3.2 beer, regardless what we thought we were getting. That way they obeyed the spirit of the law and ate up our allowances and made us think we were cool. We were regulars. Ha!

And then, Paschal's La Carrousel. Cool, friendly, classy place. Jazz. Ramsey Lewis. Ah!

About Coach & Six -- Hank Soloff, the guy who started it. At the height of its success, he died. His wife Beverly took over and maintained the high standard. Great bar, with Hank's portrait.

John Escoe's "Patio Restaurant". On Peachtree, down from Peacock Alley and the Hotel Bel Air (Colonial Terrace). Some of the best food in Atlanta. Great steaks -- New York strips went for a whopping $4.95! But the best was the Mexican dinner. Still the benchmark for me. Escoe's secret: serve the enchiladas on a bed of shredded white onions and lettuce. Tamales in a bed of dirty rice. Garbanzo soup. Yes!

The Chalet, I think, was built on Escoe's site or not far from it. Beautiful restaurant with a spectacular two-story dining room, with huge picture window against the woods, that you walked down the stairs to. My first Cafe Diable. Spectacular table-side desert coffee -- spiral-cut orange peal soaked in brandy and flamed. Continental cuisine, remember? A very kind Maitre d', Serge.

Atlanta Athletic Club. Behind Davison's next to the Carnegie Library. Took it for granted as a kid, now astonished at how great it was. Olympic-size indoor pool. Huge gym with basketball court and track around the mezzanine. Squash court and big white, mysterious room like a cathedral, with rings and ropes suspended from the ceiling, side-horse and springboard, and best of all, an enormous trampoline. Never crowded. Took the trolley from Brookhaven on Saturday. Old movies for us boys in the gym. Flash Gordon and Ace Drummond. Other floors were off-limits. Adults only. Billiards, cards, cigars. Then, the bedroom floors. Then...the Roof! In the summer. At night. Under the stars. Overlooking downtown. (Yes, back then, 11 stories could overlook downtown.) Dining and Dancing. Remember dining and dancing? Heard of it? First memories -- me a Roy Rogers, sister a Shirley Temple. Then, first date. Lots of dates there. Balmy nights, city lights, cocktails, dinner, dancing....

The Wender & Roberts Cowboys. Yep, drugstore cowboys before the movie.

At the Southeastern Fair. My dad had been a carny in his day. He still knew some of the people. There was this beautiful blonde, Helen. I think she and Dad had been an item. Anyway, she had the horse race, where you hit a lever and the ball either went through the Fast or Slow hole. I loved it, because I'd win a lot. But I also wondered why I'd win, even when I could never hit the Fast slot. Helen was so sweet.

By the way, the Domino Lounge had its day. Wayne Newton, anybody?

Again speaking of Coach & Six, favorite venue of Tom Brokow, Channel 2 was the training ground for many who would become NBC stars: Brokow, Fred Briggs, John Palmer (The Today Show) and George Page (who created Nature).

And Altanta had great mayors. William Hartsfield (despite his strange obsession about water fluoridation being a Communist plot) and Ivan Allen and Sam. Then, the parade of crooks and incompetents.

Now, alas, hip-hop and bling abound in Buckhead.

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Old 08-14-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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Indeed, I do...sadly, it's closed now. Pitch and Putt on Johnson Rd. at Briarcliff was another big destination for parched DeKalbites.
And the Pitch N Putt at Glenwood and Second Avenue, for the thirsty golfer.

There are really some fantastic memories in this thread. Thanks so much to all who have contributed.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Default New Member - Native Atlantan with Old Memories

Anyone interested in a more or less ongoing post of my personal memories of Peachtree Rd., "old" downtown, Buckhead, Brookhaven in the 40's and 50's? Don't want to be a bore.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^No, please tell more. It's fascinating.
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