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Old 05-31-2019, 06:19 PM
Location: San Gabriel, Tucson, Arizona
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Originally Posted by anklewings View Post
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.
Here are some photos of El Con back then:
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:37 PM
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...for me being here-LOL!. I came looking for the names of old favs in Tucson. I am having a lunch tomorrow with another native and was going to challenge her to see if SHE knew the names...thankful this thread has already provided.

I have lived here my entire entire life and wish to add a few things and question others memories about their location/experiences. I have been reading for almost a week, and wanted to thank you all for your efforts-well done!

I started out living on the southside in Pueblo Gardens off of Campbell and 36th St. Subdivision was for returning GI's, built in the late 40's. I had two older brothers and a younger sis. We moved in the late 50's to what then the "Eastside" ( near Campbell & Glenn) as evidenced by our new phone number that was EA +5 numbers. If you lived near downtown, your phone was MA for Main, = 5 numbers... That was Ma Bell.

I cannot share any musical experiences w/y'all as my parents wouldn't let this girl out of the house. Didn't matter, I was too busy studying and working since I was 12. When I got my first job at the Buena Vista at the age of 16, my father would take me to my shift, and pick me up when it was over.

I can confirm it was Goodman's in Amphi shopping center, as my older brother worked the snackbar, cooking burgers making shakes, etc. One funny note is he had a sticker on the side of the milk machine?, that said "we proudly only serve horsemeat". It was out of view of the public... My other brother worked as a bagger when he got to be old enough. Back then, shoppers tipped their "grocery boys" and were they happy to have the extra dough!

One of the stores not mentioned in this strip mall was my favorite: Matty's Toy Store! They had every Barbie on the market and all the latest outfits. They also had signs all over the store, that if you broke it, you were going to pay for it!

Interestingly enough, now just east of the old Amphi Plaza is a new Walmart Neighborhood Market, which is a good thing, because this area is pretty much a food desert.

Lucky Wishbone was a family favorite. Funny about fast food back then. I remember the old Sandy's on Campbell with 15 cent everything: burgers, shakes, fries. ONCE A YEAR my elementary school did a picnic at Himmel Park and bought the whole school lunch from there! It was a special treat!

One fast food joint not yet mentioned was the A & W on Speedway, just east of Alvernon. It was owned by an aunt & uncle, and was delish! Nothing like that frosty ice cold mug of rootbeer!

Back in the early 70's I also recall about 3 bagel joint...The Bagelry? One was on Speedway near the U, another on Broadway & Kolb and I think one up NW. Anyone remember where?

Also no mention on this thread of The Hidden In ice cream shop, just east of Tucson Blvd, southside of the street, on Speedway I think. This was way better than Baskin Robbins...but it was in a funny place, thus the name.

I have long lamented the loss of Steinfelds Gourmet Shop in the basement. They had the BEST ham, only availble for the holidays, and only if you pre-ordered. They had the most amazing foodstuffs during the Christmas season!

I think Levy's tried to recreate some of it in their new store in El Con, but they fell really short, and relied on cold cuts instead.

After Pancho's demise, the Las Margaritas reign is also now over. They just raised their prices so high, the majority of their clients just couldn't afford to eat there.

Lee Marvin loved Tucson, mostly because people left him alone when they saw him. It was so "un-Hollywood". But most folks knew he just wanted his privacy. I was at his house twice, to make a delivery from a studio head on Christmas. I just left it with the person who answered the door, though I could see him in the background. I also used to see him regularly at the Volvo dealership, where again, people gave him his space.

As for the theatres, I was there when Fox was closed, and the 22nd St Drive In. Fond memories indeed.

Um Joe Bonano, yes. I used to have his accountant do my taxes. There were always shady types in and out of the office. The then little old accountant didn't want any $ to do them. But something else innocuous. Odd, but it worked.

I also got a job offer where I was told the mob was backing the business. Fortunately, on paper it was a bad business deal, and I declined.

If there is anything else I think of, will let you know. Thoughts?
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:09 PM
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Aaa-hhh ... signs of life! Good to see!

Xavier: Although I know about the military plane crash, I had already moved from Tucson (around 1970) I was not there so don't know many details - just that it was very scary and a real tragedy for I think some people on the ground - not on the plane?

And DeDa: YES! I do remember Matty's Toys - my brothers and sister LOVED going in there but, being the oldest, I had to accompany them - probably to ensure they didn't break anything!! And yes, we loved A & W - later, there was one in the Flowing Wells area that was closer to home (between Roger Rd. and Limberlost) off Oracle Rd. I'm trying to remember Sandy's - where was it?

Funny you should mention Lee Marvin: I think I had already moved from Tucson when he was living there, but my brother and his wife both worked at Gemco, and he and his wife would grocery shop there. My sister-in-law saw him frequently and claimed he was quiet but cordial, as was his wife, and that other shoppers would ooh and aahh over him which he despised. I can only recall that in the early 70's, his case with Michelle something who was suing him for palimony (new term back in the day) and that's what we reading about in the press, and of course, on magazine covers. I think he stayed in Tucson for most of the rest of his life - which wasn't that long - as I recall he died young? Maybe lived a tough life, was a smoker, or ??? Maybe you know more about that. I do think he was an excellent actor ... Paint your Wagon? I think? Something like that ... geez, we're talking almost 50 yrs ago and I am dating myself ...
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:30 PM
Location: Sitting Pretty, USA
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Lee Marvin died from complications of Valley Fever.

Does anyone remember a Moroccan restaurant on the then-outskirts of Tucson circa 1975? It was a beautiful, dazzling white building with a large dome.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:29 PM
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Sandy's was on Campbell, one block north of Grant on the eastside of the street. It eventually became a McD's.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:31 PM
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TCM says this about Lee Marvin's demise:

Health issues began to crop up when Marvin complained of abdominal pains in December 1986, leading to intestinal surgery. A mere nine months later, in August 1987, he was hospitalized for two weeks with flu-like symptoms. Marvin suffered a fatal heart attack on Aug. 29, 1987 in Tucson, AZ and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery as a war veteran. He was 63 years old.

Biography for Lee Marvin
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:39 PM
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I do and it evolved into many creations over time. It was built like a mosque. Off of Prince, a couple of blocks east of Campbell and a block north of Prince. Initially it was Moroccan food and belly dancers. Over time and many morphs, last time I was in, it was a western joint with great service and great beef! It was also a hangout for bikers, who did their Toys for Tots drive there. I don't believe it is in business anymore, but will check next time I am in the area. Now if only I could remember the name.....
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:55 PM
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Last Incarnation was SHOOTERS:

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Old 06-06-2019, 09:15 AM
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DeDa: Trying to picture the Sandy's - what else was nearby? I can only recall the Burger Chef that wasn't far east of Amphi High - we were thrill to have that place open up in the early to mid-60s-esp on Fridays when they would have 10 burgers for a $1! How incredible is that, right? oh, the good ol' days ... pretty much the only time we could get our mom to spring for Burger Chef for dinner ...

Axiomatic: Ah, yes, I think I remember reading that about Lee Marvin - good ol' Valley Fever. Common malady for those living in AZ, caused by a fungus inherent to the area. I remember having such chest pain from it when was about 11 or 12 that my mom made me lie on the couch so she could hear me - she was so worried. It still shows up on a chest x-ray and is currently referred to "old damage, result of coccidioimycosis." (I was able to remember it and which lung it was in a few years ago when it was questioned by my Dr.) Some people don't have many symptoms but mine was debilitating for several days - didn't get to skip school cause it hit me in the summer - damn

Don't recall the Moroccan restaurant but if it was after 1970, I wouldn't remember it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:07 PM
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Just had a chest x-ray a few months back. The reason was due to having to abate for radon gas in our basement here in northern Illinois. Results were good but they said there was a small spot not looking like anything serious; and now that I see this, it dawns on me it could be a valley fever scar from my decades in Tucson. We also lived in the Inland Empire (San Bernardino County CA) where it is suspected endemic.

Map: https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/images/co...ap-300px_1.jpg
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