"Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby bigboyguy » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:35 am

I remember driving by the original Bob's Big Boy on Blackstone a million times in the 60's. I guess I felt I wasn't cool enough to hang out there so I didn't go there much. I was brave enough a couple of times but always felt apart from the super cool crowd there. Anybody else felt that way?

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby LP » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:51 pm

Fresno was pretty cool to grow up in, I really enjoyed the freedom to run around the neighborhood, ride bikes to just about anywhere without worrying parental units ;) Here are my top ten in no particular order:

- the field across from Bellaire road at Cedar ave (my brother, my friends and I use to have some knarly dirt clod fights with other neighborhood kids). We'd dig holes, build forts, etc. Also, the church across from the field was great to hang around as a kid. Lots of bushes and cubbie holes to hide out during a hide n seek game. When I got older, some friends and I sneaked into the place in the middle of the night and rang the church bell (I know, bad kids!)
- Ashlan Park, esp. Triple J's and Me n Eds. When we'd walk or ride there, we'd pass by an irrigation canal which ran parallel to Hampton way. There was a cement bridge about a foot or so wide we'd walk across, and ride bikes across which was a bit scary to do.
- the old Fresno Falcons games, used to go there every week in the early-mid 70s (my dad ran the scoreboard during the games, we would get in free and get to bring 1 friend each)
- Icelandia: skated there all the time, played some hockey and started the first all girls hockey team. My bro played in the peewee league and was one of the top goalies in the state.
- Burger chef: my mom would take us kids there right after our orthodontist appts where they'd tighten up our braces. Our teeth hurt so bad we couldn't eat solid food but we would def enjoy the shakes!
- Harpain's dairy: lived on the other side of Cedar from this place, everytime it was about to rain the wind would change and we'd smell the cows like they were in our front yard or something. Loved going there for the choc milk, ice cream and checking out the critters. I think I got hit by Llama spit once too LOL. I remember John Harpain, he was my lil brother's age and was a very nice and hard-working young man.
- walking from Bellaire/Cedar to Sierra Jr. high for school: there was a wooded area we went through, with an open basement structure in the ground from a no longer existing house. We'd dare each other to jump into the hole in the ground all the time, there were questionable things in this hole which kept us at bay.
- Big-time wrestling on channel 47. Pat Patterson and Rocky Johnson! Also Channel 30 funtime, still remember the song.
- Country Squire theatre was awesome in my early teens, saw some great first run films there by myself without parents.
- Sunnyside drive-in was also a fave, remember playing on the playground right in front of the screen before it got dark and the movie started. Usually as a lil kid though, I'd fall asleep before getting through even the 1st movie. Yep, we were the typical bunch of kids in the back of the family station wagion with blankets and pillows, mom brings pre-made popcorn from home in tupperware containers, and a cooler full of tall pepsi bottles :)

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Postby oc4rubys » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:22 pm

1. Penny Candy
2. Fresno Guide news paper
3. Fine Arts Theatre
4. Bookmobile
5. Sunnyside Drive-In
6. Hanoians market
7. Ole Frijoles
8. Cruizen Belmont
9. Cruisen Blackstone
10. Walkin' Fulton Mall
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Postby ExExZonie » Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:12 am

Well FF in all its wisdom has deleted the original wonderful Lost Fresno thread. The new site has no soul, either - it's bland and looks like a hundred other sites. Thanks McClatchy! Good luck with the financially-troubled Fresno Bee!

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Postby Sharlsie » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:29 am

I saw that too and was sad to see it gone. I really enjoyed that thread as it brought back so many memories of growing up in Fresno. I like this site too of course, but the other one was the first I saw of its kind and would just make me go, "Oh yeah! I remember that! Oh and that too!" Fresno was a good place to grow up in the 60s and 70s....boy I wish I had copied and pasted some of that thread. Darn. :>(
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby Lost Fresno » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:09 pm

Well the folks over at Fresno Famous have done it again. They heard the "Over 50" crowd speak and graciously moved over all of Reggie Dunbar's old "My Top !0" list thread to their new web site look. As of just days ago those posts were unavailable, but now you can click the link below and scroll through all the old posts. Thank you Fresno Famous!

http://fresnofamous.com/02/02/06/lost-f ... op-10-list
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby jtbuzz » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:24 pm

In no particular order:

Rows of Star Wars toys @ Arthur's Toys - Blackstone
Posters @ Penny Candy - Blackstone
Popcorn @ Sears - Manchester Center
Hating trying on clothes @ Walter Smith's - Fulton Mall
Crackers & butter @ Happy Steak - Blackstone & Clinton
Someone's birthday party @ Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor - Fig Garden Village
Disney cartoons @ Tower Theater - Tower District
Play areas and crazy fountains made of old car pieces @ Fulton Mall
Fishing for prizes @ Gottschalks Dept. Store - Manchester Center
Baby (then later, Jr.) burgers @ A&W Drive In - Blackstone

oh... and 15 cent triple ice cream cones @ Thrifty's - Cedar & Clinton

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby jeremi08 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:11 am

Delivering the Fresno Bee on my bike after school. Route 36, east side of Wilson Ave and west side of Roosevelt, Olive to McKinley Avenues.
Cutting lawns in the summer with a pushmower for $.50 a yard. Edging thrown in free!
At 15 and 16, riding my 10 speed out to Mendota, Friant or Piedra to fish on the weekends.
Getting a bucket of KFC and going out to the drive in at Olive and Clovis Aves to catch a show on one of TWO screens, sometimes trying to watch both movies at the same time.
Going out to the parking lot by the airport by the Air National Guard station and watching the planes taking off and landing... and wishing I was on one of them.
Carriage House Restaurant across from Farrels in Fig Garden. Owned and operated by Richard Woo and family. I had a huge crush on his daughter Susie, but that's a story for another time.
Riding my bike across town on Sunday mornings to go to church with my Grandma Lettie McDowell. Harvey-Millbrook Church of God.
Fresno High vs. Roosevelt in the Little Big game, where the trophy was a stuffed pig. (and the semi vandalism that the two schools students played on each other....Teddy Roosevelt in a diaper anyone?)
Being able to ride our bikes anywhere in town at any hour... and not worrying our parents when we did so.
The Tower District. Anything you wanted to buy, you could get in about a 1/2 mile radius.
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby MikeyB » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:15 pm

The Ice Cream place near Triple JJJ's was Gorton's. My wife and I went there every Sunday for a milkshake! Penny Candy at Shaw and Cedar, plus Ole Frijole's smorgy.......same place.

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby David » Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:41 pm

Carnation Restaurants
Eagles Cafe
Winchells Donuts
Royals Cafe (across from Target at First and Shields)
Gemco (where the Target currently is)
KFIG 101.1
Kristen Kelley Soft Rock 98.9 (the sexiest DJ ever)
When Fresno State actually had a good basketball team with Boyd Grant and Tark (Thank God Steve Cleveland is gone)
A real Mayor in Jim Patterson
Bob's Big Boys three on Blackstone, one in Clovis
McLane Market
The Pop Shop on Blackstone
Youngs Supermarket
the old Cedar Lanes Restaurant
Coco's Restaurant
Bennigan's Restaurant
The Chicken Pie Shop in Manchester
Y94 FM
96 FM
The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown
Klein's Truck Stop Restaurant (Had the best Chili Burger ever)!
Longs Drug Stores (CVS blows and are all filthy)
Safeway in Manchester
Floyd's Barber Shop (Oh wait that was in Mayberry)
Weinstocks at Fashion Fair and the AWESOME restaurant inside

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Postby nancyn » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:02 pm

Moonglow Drive-In
Catching polliwogs
White Front,where I first saw shoes tied together with string!
Ben Franklin 5 and 10
Wonderland pool in the summer
Kmart Opening Day and the carnival in the parking lot
Webster Webfoot and Jimmy Weldon on tv
The Mickey Mouse Club
Spin and Marty
Producer's milk--Hoppy's Favorite
Wearing sunsuits every day in the summer
Roller Skating, with my skate key on a white shoe lace around my neck
Popsicle "sicle" circles and scrounging for them to send in for "prizes."
Morris E. Daley's Summer enrichment classes (and their pool!) and making macaroni necklaces for the first time.
Scrounging for discarded soda bottles at new house construction sites and returning them to the store for their cash redemption value; going to Disneyland with the profits.
Pinedale ice skating rink
The at-home landing strips and hangars for private planes along Herndon Ave.
Taking Blackstone, 41, up to Yosemite.
The days before freeways in Fresno.
Learning to drive in the winter fog.
Driver's training simulator trailer at high school.
Summer of '68, as a high school student doing volunteer work at Kearny Mansion, the beginning work on refurbishing it for public showing. Found an attic full of very vintage clothing in trunks, barrels full of old wine, turned to vinegar, and rooms full of glass photograph negatives. Amazing memories!
McDonald's prices--menu like In 'n' Out--simple!
Summer school at Baird Elementary, where summer school was pure enrichment, like acting and learning square roots.
P. J. Eads car commercials--"...Davy, where' you goin'? "
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Postby brookieJ » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:18 pm

1. Farrells Ice Cream Parlor
2. Annie Laurie's in Manchester Center
3. Running up and down the spiral staircase at Rodder's Desert Doll
4. Sambo's
5. The Big Yellow House on Shaw
6. The Hokey Pokey at Roller Town
7. Going to Airways in my Op swimsuit and Dove shorts (even though I had a pool at home)
8. The Pop Shop on Blackstone
9. The Refectory
10. The Olde Spaghetti Factory when it was downtown
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List - Add Your Memory

Postby Senior57 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:56 am

1. Pinedale in the mid and late 1940s was in ways more like a pioneer settlement. Some of the housing was spartan, at best. My stepfather built with his own hands a garage, and partitioned it into two rooms, one for sleeping and one for living. We had an outdoor toilet and even an outdoor shower stall. Other home in the area were more elaborate, I guess, but I don't remember much about them. There was also an outdoor theater, completely open air, with a fence around the perimeter so you couldn't see the movie without paying. As I recall, the audience sat on long wooden benches.
There was also a swimming pool, so heavily chlorinated that my sister's blonde hair started turning green during the summer months. Inner tubes from surplus war equipment provided floats for the pool. The city of Fresno was straight down Blackstone Avenue, I think, and seemed a long way off to us kids.

2. Yosemite Junior High School, 1951-54. A current photo of the school on Google Maps shows the building layout is just about the same as I remember almost sixty years ago. The pictures that come to mind are of the way the students dressed back in those days. Most of the kids wore neat, clean clothes. The girls were in long skirts and nice tops, while the boys were also neatly attired. One of them even adopted a dapper cane for a few days. To show how things never really change, some of the boys wore their pants really low. Mr. Rush, the woodshop teacher, had one of them smartmouth him in class one day. He simply walked over to him and said something like "Wearing those pants kind of low aren't you?" and jerked them down to the kid's ankles. He was humiliated, and I don't think he was a problem (at least in woodshop) from then on. Today, that probably would have brought on a storm of protest against the teacher. Another fad that went on for awhile was the wearing of mismatched bright colored socks. You wore, for example, on green and one red sock. I think that when couple were going steady, the girl would sometimes wear her boyfriend's jacket to show the world that they were an item. We had talent shows now and then, and I remember a particularly beautiful girl named Cecelia who danced, always being very careful to hold her skirt close to her legs as she whirled about onstage. We were all very excited about moving up to Roosevelt High, and probably didn't appreciate enough what we had all achieved at Yosemite, and the fine staff that helped us do it. I'll have to continue this later....
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Postby Lost Fresno » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:09 am

Dear senior57. What a wonderful memory you posted. We all appreciate your effort in sharing. You made me smile sir.

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Postby Senior57 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:32 pm

Teddy - Thanks for your reply. I left Fresno shortly after graduating from RHS, and have had occasions now and then to regret it. I didn't realize then how lucky I was to grow up in such a town and in such times. Memories of those days are fading fast, so I'm really happy to have found your site. Reading the posts of others helps me to recall my own life and times in and around Fresno, and that brings a smile to this old guy.

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Flippo Jr

Postby parsoje » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:39 pm

In 1960 or 1961 a groop of kids from Coalinga CA, appeared on the Flippo Jr show doing gymnastics. I was among those children and have been searching all over for some pictures of the show or the archived video. Thanks Jim Parsons
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Postby Senior57 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:01 am

Continuing from an earlier post. ....

3. Stan's Private Line was on the air relatively late each evening (Maybe someone else can recall the hours and the days of the broadcasts). This was back in the late 1940s. I was still in grammar school, but even at that young age, loved to listen to the show. My parents worked nights, so my sister and I could stay up as late as we wanted, and almost always tuned in the show. I think that the way it worked was this: You could go to Stan's Drive In and along with your cokes, fries, and hamburgers, request that a song be dedicated to your Someone Special on the radio program, Stan's Private Line, naturally sponsored by Stan's Drive In. Even after all these years, the sign-on song lyrics float into mind. They went pretty much like this:

Let's eat, I'm hungry. Now please don't think I'm rude.
You're sweet and lovely, but I'm in the mood for food.
Your kiss is thrilling, but please don't think it's crude,
But it's not filling, when I'm in the mood for food.

You've made me know what bliss is, so don't think I'm a dummy,
But I can't go for kisses - on an empty tummy!

Let's eat, I'm starvin'! Our love can be renewed.
Right now, my Darlin', I'm in the mood for food!

I'm sure someone out there can correct me on the wording, but I think the above is fairly close. I believe the program always signed off with the Pied Pipers' version of "Dream," without a doubt the best possible tune with which to end each evening's show.

At any rate, the program was great, and some of the dedications were really heartfelt while others were meant to be jokes, etc. It would be hard to imagine anything like it today, which is kind of sad. I think Stan's, without realizing it at the time, did a lot to provide a super hangout for kids and the program did much to encourage a the close-knit town that Fresno seemed to be in those happy times following the war.

More later...
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Postby Senior57 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:58 am

Just happened to recall that you could also phone in your song dedications on, what else, "Stan's Private (Phone) Line."
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Postby Markinthe808 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:03 am

Seeing Elvis at the Selland Arena on April 26, 1973, then getting to miss school to see him off at the Fresno Air Terminal the very next day!!

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Postby cleozmom » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:59 am

[*]Potter's Drugstore (Mayfair)
[*]Carousel Roller Rink
[*]Belmont Dairy (going to the drive up and getting chocolate milk)
[*]Thrifty's Diner at their Blackstone & Ashlan location)
[*]Outpost Steakhouse
[*]Fresno Hobby Shop (my brothers used to race cars on their inside track)
[*]Me-n-Ed's (it's still there, but I'm not)
[*]Perry Boys (Manchester)
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Postby Patti » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:15 am

1. Bob's Big Boy drive-in, using their special seasoning salt in the ketchup on my fries. And cherry cokes and vanilla cream cokes!
2. Hearing the track meets, concerts (Rolling Stones!), and ball games drifting over the air to my house at Thesta and Peralta.
3. "Cruising the main" down Belmont over and over and over (back when gas was so cheap!)
4. Weekend Mag Dances at the Rainbow Ballroom, the Roadrunners playing. Also when the Stone Ponies and even Santana played there.
5. Parking and necking at Friant Dam. Wasn't supposed to drive up there but always did.
6. Driving around in my '67 Mustang thinking I was so cool.
7. High school football games, especially Fresno High v. Roosevelt. (Go Bulldogs!)
8. Driving around in fog so thick I put someone on the hood of my car to yell directions.
9. Cal Worthington and his Dog Spot.
10. Going to the movies at the Tower Theater.

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Postby Todd Osterberg » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:51 pm

David wrote:Carnation Restaurants
When Fresno State actually had a good basketball team with Boyd Grant and Tark (Thank God Steve Cleveland is gone)

I played baseball with Boyd's son in the Fig Garden Spartan League. His name was Kevin. Great memories of the three years our team was together.

It was _GREAT_ having Boyd at a game. He was well known in the community and once the Ump's knew he was around... pretty sure more calls went our way.

Todd Osterberg

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Postby Adrian » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:54 pm

Anyone on this thread remember Ray Snow and his Hornet Machine Shop on Ventura Boulevard? He was involved with the midget racers at Kearney Bowl and also made the Hornet model gas engines that were used in model race cars.

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby Class O' 1980 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:51 pm

Things I miss since moving away:
1. Bulldog Donuts
2. DeCicco 's Pizza
3. Arthur's Toys
4. Kinney's Shoes
5. Ivy Jr. High Teachers-Go Jets!
6. Mello Ice Cream
7. Happy Steak
8. Lester Burger
9. Day-trips Yosemite, Sequoia,Kings Canyon, and Shaver Lake
10. Star Market in West Fresno

I wish my teachers Mr. Atchley, Miss Ganoe, Mrs. Collins, Ms. Brown, Miss Lundgren, and Miss Stafford all a long and prosperous life. I wish I could have gone back to say hello and catch up on old times, but circumstances prevented me from coming back to Fresno for a visit. Thank you for all you did for me as a student and fellow human being. God bless you all.
Class O' 1980

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby Bonner Boy » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:41 pm

Can anyone help me out. My Grandparents ran a place called "The Park" Drive-In Restaurant.
I am from the east so I do not know my way around California. It was somewhere between
Tulare and Visalia. I see on the Map it is near Fresno, but I can't tell how close.

I would love to find out anything I can. The names of my Grandparents were John and Mary Student and they
ran the place in the mid 40's.

Please respond to jstudent@bonnerhigh.com
Bonner Boy

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby sjvalleydave » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:55 pm

Before I list my Top 10..LOL I do remember Colonial green and Carousel Skating rink as we lived at Maple & Shields, but I also remember another minature golf course right next to the Belmont Circle and another off of Belmont or Olive near Broadway ish.....Also the only market that I remember with a canal in back was the Country Boy at Fresno and McKinley, where it was on the small narrow corner in front of where the McKinley canal turned to the south...

1. The Fresno Airport when you could sit at McKinley and Clovis and watch the planes take off and land, but more important the 1/4 midget track where the ANG has buildings today. when the annexed the land the 1/4 midget racing club was told they would be given property across the airport off Dakota near where the old batting cages were...Never happened...typical Fresno politics..LOL
2. Clovis Speedway on the Rodeo grounds in downtown Clovis. I remember parking along Clovis Ave and walking across the railroad tracks (they were still there LOL) to get to the ticket booth. The back straight wooden wall is still there, right next to Clark Intermediate school's fence...People could walk from the track and go to the old Clovis bars..Frontier, Jim's Place, etc.
3. The Raisin City/Fresno Dragstrip on Manning ave near Raisin City. Blackie Gejian (sp) used to have some big time race's out there. The old drag strip is still there. it is being used as a crop dusting landing strip.
4. Hank Swank's driving range on the corner of Maple and Shield's. He had a small par 3 course that stretched down to Sierra Vista. He later moved to Chestnut and Shields then to Olive and Fowler. Apartment houses are at the Maple and Shield's location.
5. A Storyland in Roeding Park where there were cool things to do, like climb up the Beanstalk and ride the whirly wheels without the threat of a lawsuit if someone got hurt.
6. growing up in a Fresno where we could ride our mini bikes in empty fields without raising a red alert with the Fresno PD. I remember we would push them down maple to the property that are the ponds and push them to the airport and ride up and down the old ammo bunkers that were along Clinton, about where the SSA building is now.
7. Taking our cars in the early 70's and street racing at American Safety off Peach and McKinley or on Willow, north of Herndon, waaay out in the country then..LOL Also fruit and Church and Jensen Ave near the Sewage plant..seemed so innocent then. No drugs, no guns, etc.
8. Rudy's Variety store in Mayfair Center where my grandma worked. Right next door to the dry cleaners and a couple of business's away from Mayfair Market. Also on the property was Mayfair Drive In with $.10 burgers.
9.The old Clawson Honda on Blackstone, just south of Shaw. It was known as Clawson's Boat Works, then they added Honda motorcycles. It dealt more in boats than bikes, then they moved and got the Honda cars. Back then we had Clawson Honda, Maruko's Cyclery (Honda), and the Honda shop in Clovis.
10. The old trolley car sheds near Tulare and First Street and the old tracks that were still in the roads in some places by there...Had some old fruit packing sheds there also.

Honorable mention...How when we got any kind of heavy rain Clinton Ave would be closed, under water near Millbrook and they had the pumps there pumping water into the ditch...LOL
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Postby Fogeezer » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:45 pm

The donut shop on Olive across from Tower Theater was the original location of Flautz Donuts, which subsequently moved to the corner of Clinton & Blackstone (near Sparky Electronics). Only donut shop I ever saw that would close up for two weeks a year (vacation), and the first day following would find a mob of people waiting in line for them to reopen.

Unfortunately, no one in their family wanted to continue in the business, and rather than sell it (which they could have gotten a very good price for if they had wanted), possibly to see a new owner let their name and reputation decline, decided to just sell off all the equipment and fixtures, and then close the doors forever - A Sad Day in Fresno's History!
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Postby Guest » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:52 pm

The Buffalo Butcher--B Z B Market

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby pAAtty » Sat May 26, 2012 8:44 pm

so many memories sitting on our cement porch on summer days cause it was too hot inside!

Chicken pie shop downtown...and actually going shopping downtown with my parents all dressed up,
way before it became Fulton Mall.

Roosevelt High school - awww - that graduation and students coming out the ivy covered "windows"
Royal Drive in = complete with bell hops...i wish we had those kind of drive-ins now
the drug store across from Roosevelt High School and what was that dress shop across the street
going to Blakelys to swim (or at the very least) look for cute boys
going water skiing after church at Pine Flat Dam or Millerton..we could be there in 45 minutes?
good good memories of growing up in fresno...but when i return, NOTHING is the same...oh well
Yosemite Jr. High sock hops

Fresno City College - hanging with friends (instead of going to class)
Foster Freeze real banana shakes (i still have to have one when i go there)
Me-in-Eds pizza near McKinley and Olive...we would take a couple of bucks and coupons and pizza for Nan,Carolyn & me
last but not least, DiCiccos, still my favorite italian sauce and food...a must when i hit Fresno...

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby MichaelMichael » Sat May 26, 2012 11:39 pm

Patty... All of this brings back sooo many memories...and a little bit of heartbreak (lol). Was the "Dress Shop" across from RHS "Ollenbergers"? And even though I moved away from Fresno in 1979, you know that we must always hit the original DiCicco's on Divisadero and Abby? when we return!!

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 12 List

Postby Ancient Roughrider » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:29 pm

Harry Coffee's men's store on Fulton.
Nurmi's bakery on Belmont.
Morains ice house. Milk, ice cream, ice and fur cold storage on Belmont.
Austin's IGA market on Belmont.
Beacon gas station, 9th and Belmont.
Leonardo's market on Belmont.
Hendrick's swimming pool aka North Maple Plunge.
Chester Rowell gramar school.
Army/Navy surplus on Millbrook.
Sherman-Clay music store.
Stan's Drive-In on Fulton.
Roosevelt High in the fifties.

More later.
Ancient Roughrider

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby Rich from Redinger Lake » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:48 pm

The Leilani and Luau Restaurants
The Broken Bit Restaurant
Tasty Delight on Blackstone
Yosemite Nursery
Rhodes Department Store on the Fulton Mall
Hairpain's Dairy
Laucks Bakery in the Tower District
Rich from Redinger Lake

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby C2H5OH » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:00 pm

I'm pretty sure all of the below were at Cedar & Shaw during the late 1960s:

1. Penny Candy (NW corner)
2. Perry Boys Smorgasbord (NW corner)
3. Colonial Greens Minature Golf & Golf Driving range (SW corner)
4. Mini Motors raceway (SW corner)
5. Orange Julius (SW corner)
6. Lesterburger (SE corner)
7. Cutler TV (SE corner)
8. Shell Gas Station (NW corner)
9. Chevron gas station? (SE corner?)
10. Gas station? (SW corner)

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby flwbdw » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:07 am

Elwin Cross playing country music on KYNO until 6:00 am.
Having a KYNOROO card.
Fred Horns wood chips at Olive anda Maple, Olive anda Maple.
Tuesday is Red's Tamale day.
Flowers Dairy, cash & carry. (Grew up a block from them).
KMAKe dance party at channel 47's studio.
KMAKers dozen.
Seeing Marty Robins at The Big Fresno Barn.
Drag Races at Raisin City.
The old witch at the end of Van Ness extension.
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby flwbdw » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:49 pm

Juvenile Hall on the corner of Huntington and Cedar.
Driving north on Chestnut St. till it ended at the irrigation ditch.
Turkey shoots on McKinley Ave. near the Fresno Junior Museum.
Jerry Turner's auto wreckers at Chestnut and 99.
Romo and 3 Boys auto wrecking.
The Outpost Restaurant owned by Dan, Betty?, Dana, John and Steve.
Lighting Records on the west side, later on Ventura.
The irrigation display at the Fresno Fair
Telco which had a slot car drag strip.
And the best drive in theater in Fresno, the Moonglow. It was flat so you didn't have worry about tearing the pan out of your lowered car.
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby sjvalleydave » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:51 pm

Colonial Greens Minature golf was at Maple/Shields. They did have a driving range on the SW corner of Shaw and Cedar. After that was gone I worked at a Christmas Tree lot there one season, right where Marie Callenders is...LOL
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby VintageBry » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:44 am

I was born in 1979 therefore my "lost Fresno" memories are a bit more recent than others. But here it goes.

1. Arthur's Toys !
2. Cafe Intermezzo
3. The Daily Grind, a coffeehouse that was near Fresno State
4. The Daily Planet, plush decor....And I bought my first legal drink there when I turned 21
5. Halloween in the Tower...When they used to close Olive Avenue
6. The candy counter at Sears in Manchester Mall
7. Christiansen's Market
8. Tribes, a decor and home accessory store that was in the Tower
9. The Sunnyside Drive in
10. Gottschalk's

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby MCKENZIEBOY » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:02 pm

southeast Fresno memories...
how about....the crazyass janitor at St.Helens catholic church/school who had the tracheotomy vocal 'buzzer' voice ...chased me and the gang off the grounds many times....had a nose for 'non-catholics'...
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby LisaMarquise » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:12 pm

Berkely's Department Store on Fulton Mall....the most beautiful store in Fresno. My gramma was the accessories buyer. Later she was at Rodder's in Fashion Fair. When I was a teenager we moved to the mountains just below Shaver Lake (China Peak skiing!), and made trips into 'town' for school clothes at Fashion Fair (Lerner's, Miller's Outpost, Foxmoor's if I was really lucky, Gottschalks, Weinstock's), ski clothes at Hubner's Sports, groceries at Hanoian's Market, and stocked up on wine and soda at Dominick's on Blackstone (!). My favorite thing was to go to Penny Candy for fun and visit my mom's friend owner Carol Gostanian. My brothers and I would get blacklight posters, candy, and fun junk like fake barf and rubber chickens. I got a psychedelic fringed paper lamp for my room there. We would stop and eat at the Hofbrau on Shaw, the Tea Garden, Carnations, or for a real treat Leilani's for Polynesian Chinese food. I loved Leilani's. My parents went to the Refectory for fancy dinners. When I was a baby my mom got a picture of me on a calendar from Producer's Dairy. They did it as a promotion in the late 50's (anyone else have one?) "PRO-DUC-ERS spells Producer's. When you want quality, you'll say yes to Producer's!" I watched Al Radka's Fun Time ('It's fun time, it's fun time, it's Channel 30 fun time!"), Webster Webfoot and the local Mickey Mouse Club show. My brother and I got to be on the show for his birthday one year. I remember summers so hot that my crayons melted into a big soup after I left them out just for a few hours. We played outdoors with the neighbor kids after dinner until it got dark because it was 105 to 110 degrees during the day. As a little girl from 1958 through the 60's I loved the Christmas Lights drive along Van Ness, and Roeding Park and the rides. I had my 6th birthday at Storybook Land (Jack & the Beanstalk slide, the little Church, Three Little Pigs Houses) and went on the helicopters and carousel that had the clown faces on top. We'd go on the paddle boats, ride the train around the little lake and get pink popcorn, then go look at the real old locomotive. Sometimes we went to the Chaffee Zoo. I thought it was the most beautiful greenest park ever (and still do) with it's winding roads and huge oak and eucalyptus shade trees. I wanted to get married under the column lined vine walkway there, or at Kearney Mansion. We lived on Flordora Street, and I went to Ewing Grade School (later at Pine Ridge school). Mom shopped at Country Boy Market and Long's. If we went downtown we'd drive by the 'new' courthouse, the old Water Tower and every time we'd see the tall Guarantee Savings building my mom would tell us that she worked there as a legal secretary when she went to Fresno State. When I was in HS (Sierra High in Auberry) I cruised Belmont with friends, saw 'Tommy' at the Tower Theater and Supertramp at Selland Arena. We had our Christmas Formal at the Rainbow Ballroom. Mom took us to Duncan Ceramics and the Fresno Art Center and Museum often. Once I had a jewelry booth there for an art fair. In the summer she let me take the Greyhound bus from downtown near the old Basque restaurant (yum) to go see my best friend in Ventura (Gasp! The days of not worrying about your kids being out and about so much. We'd go to the beach and Disneyland. I thought she had it made, but she always told me she missed the mountains and Fresno. I've lived in southern California since college and know what she means. Memories....
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby LisaMarquise » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:49 pm

I mean Carol Gustonian.
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