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Old 04-19-2011, 01:18 AM
 
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Moved to Tucson in '69, left in '80 and moved back in 2004. Tucson is completely different, it just doesn't feel the same. I'm sure my memory isn't 100% accurate, but I'll take a shot at it.

The Copa Bowl, 29th and Craycroft, now a gas station
The Burger Boy (Barn), 29th near 22nd Street
Reflections Disco, 22nd and Craycroft, now The Candy Store strip club
Shakey's, Craycroft and Speedway
Skate Country, 22nd and Pantano. IT'S STILL THERE AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS, I think it opened in '72 or '73.
Tucson Dragway on Houghton. Watched the local greats of the '70's, Kevin Rotty, Danny Levitt, etc. If you watch drag racing today there is an announcer named Alan Reinhart, he announced at Tucson Dragway in the '70's.
Vickers Gas Stations all over town
The Cactus Bowl when it had 60 lanes. The 32 that are still there and 28 in the attached building, I think it's a school now.
The Spaghetti Company, near Cactus Bowl
Sandy's hamburgers, which became Hardee's, which is now Carl's Jr.
Straw Hat Pizza
Village Inn Pizza
Pima Volkswagen, Grant near Stone
Sears when it stood by itself, then they built Park Mall around it.
El Con when it was an outdoor mall, with Levy's department store.
TCC, when it stood for Tucson Community Center. I saw several bands play there in the '70's, Grand Funk, Bad Company, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Baby's, The Cars, etc.
I saw the smoke from the A-7 that crashed on Highland near the UofA, I drove by to see what it was and I arrived just as the emergency crews did. I think that was '79. I think the pilot ejected and landed in the stadium.

I cruised Speedway from '74 to '79, those were great times. Just not the same now, even the monsoon season seems different. The storms are not as frequent or intense. Oh. well, maybe I'll be saying the same thing about 2011 25 years from now.
The A-7 crashed near the school across the U of A stadium. I went to pick up some little pieces of the A-7 a few days after the investigation. The chain link fence melted in few parts of it. The A-7 pilot guided the plane so it would not hit the school and the jet landed on top of car with 2 girls in it killing them. It was a sad day. The two pilots ejected from the A-7 and were awarded for not hitting the grammer middle school. Anklewings.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:56 PM
 
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For me... I grew up in the 80's. Everything from the 80's is still there! lol! Still have the Mcdonnalds with the giant T-rex because of Jurassic park. Park Mall is still better then Tucson mall. The east side hasn't changed in any shape or form. N Sabino Canyon Rd hasn't changed in any form. The fry's is still there, though there is a cold stone there now, but that's about it...Eegees is still in Tucson.There is still a ton of shady small businesses.

Still a small town feel. The only thing that's changed for me is the north side. Oro Valley has grown into somewhere beautiful. I really see that becoming more urban and a Seattle feel than downtown Tucson. They have bike paths! Though I remember when there was NOTHING out there but the juve jail out there. Hell... even part of Tucson is in Pinal county now!

Lumberjack turned into payless cashways which then left a bunch of giant empty lumber yard type buildings around the country... including Tucson...
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:08 PM
 
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Default Concerts before Convention Center was built

The first concert I remember was the Yard Birds that was held in an empty Carpet Giant somewhere on Speedway. That must've been in 65 or 66. But then the Monterey Bowl started having some really great bands. I remember seeing The Animals, The Turtles, Music Machine and the Lovin Spoonful there. And the strangest of all was Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention ... and they played at the Sunset Rollerama, of all places.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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The first concert I remember was the Yard Birds that was held in an empty Carpet Giant somewhere on Speedway. That must've been in 65 or 66. But then the Monterey Bowl started having some really great bands. I remember seeing The Animals, The Turtles, Music Machine and the Lovin Spoonful there. And the strangest of all was Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention ... and they played at the Sunset Rollerama, of all places.
Hi Corbett field was also a popular location for rock concerts back then...The doors played there many moons ago along with a few others such as the grass roots and so on...

I wonder if the carpet giant you mentioned was the old Big City dept store they built on east speedway shortly after they built Monteray plaza on wilmot & speedway....The store went out of business after a short time & they did hold car shows and concerts there for a while.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Default The Doors at Hi Corbett

I was there, twice. The first time I think the tickets were about $3.00 each. The second time we snuck in by jumping the fence. Although the entance was only $3.00, I thought this was one of the worse concerts I ever saw. The Doors wrote some great music, but live in concert they weren't very good.

On a completely different note ... did any of you ever go downtown to the movies on Saturday morning. We used to take the bus downtown and go either to the Paramount, Fox or Lyric theaters. The Lyric was our favorite because it was always 10 cents cheaper than the Paramount or the Fox. Across the street from the Lyric was Cine Azteca but eventually both of these places were razed in the name of urban renewal. Here is a picture of the Lyric taken way before my time ... even before the Fox was built.

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Also, anyone remember Bunny's Playland?

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Old 07-02-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Default Sabor Latino?

Does anyone remember a local band named Sabor Latino that played in Tucson around 1975? Played at the casino, had some tv appearances?
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Does anybody remember the "Ranch" hamburger joint on Speedway, KIKX 58 radio station, and the group Butterscotch from the mid late 60's?? Any good memories??
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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I remember it the azteca theatre was called The Plaza theatre Myersons dept. store and the White house was across the street. Even The Flores Drug Store at the corner west of The Plaza mexican theatre. The trolley tracks that ran from the University of Arizona down Congress thru Stone Ave up to 17th street and Main Ave. my dad help put them in also he had the first automotive service in Tucson in 1915 being the first taxi company started. There is a book written by bret hart ( Portrait of a Desert Pueblo) at borders with a picture of him.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:54 PM
 
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Default Memories

Wow, as I read this thread I saw all kinds of things I had forgotten about. We got here in '61 and back then, all the big department stores were down town. There was no malls etc. I remember my Dad taken us to the Fox theater downtown after shopping.

I remember Marshall Kgun, anyone remember him? KTKT AM radio LOL wow, I remember that was the happening thing but then KWFM came along and FM was sooooooooooo cool!

I was in many a Rodeo Parade with the Music Land band and 4H and I miss it being downtown. It has lost all it's flavor to me now and I never go watch it. Maybe take the grand kids someday but...I don't know.

There was a day when Cortero Farms road was waaaaaaaaaay the hell out there but now, it's right around the corner from me.

My parents are charter Members of Saguaro Christian church. They and a group of others started that church at Sarnoff and Broadway in the cafeteria of Steele Elementary School.

When they demoed the El Conquistador Hotel to build Tucson's first mall, my Dad bought a door in the rummage sale for our dark room he built in the garage. Wonder if that room is still in that garage of our old home on the east side. I drive by that house every once in a blue moon, sure has changed. The big fruitless Mulberries are gone, it's all gravel instead of grass. Back then when folks came to Tucson they brought back east with them but now, everyone plants desert friendly.

Parents are in heaven now...I won't be far behind them the way time seems to fly...I miss the old days in Tucson badly.

Thanks for this thread and allowing me to post here.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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Made this a sticky, so it will stay on top. I know how much the Phoenix folks have enjoyed their similar thread. Have fun!
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