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tsofred Posted - 04/29/2009 : 02:57:53
Kwikee Snax,Manhattan Lunch,The Kettle,Chat & Chew,Pow Wow,Serenade,Kelly's,Prince Castle,Cam Lan,41 Outdoor,Moonlight Drive In ,(Cline & Michigan aves),Pauls Drive In,Arts Drive In(Caumet Ave) Arts (five points)Nick & Georges on State & State Line,(cancer clinic) Nick & georges moved to Hohman Ave across from Harrison Park...still have the dreatest steaks anywhere...Maid Rite,Red Rooster,Jim;s Drive In,The Mirth Drive In,Woodmar Shopping Center,(all that is left is Carsons),
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Little Stevie Posted - 03/17/2013 : 18:54:27
Another one bites the dust!
Here's the link to a now gone, long time region icon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gTWi5Eleag
LS
Tom J Posted - 02/10/2013 : 18:12:03
Thanks, LS.

I guess I should have known that because the Erie-Lackawana tracks at the edge of my old neighborhood are long gone.

Tom
Little Stevie Posted - 02/10/2013 : 16:54:39
quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

So, is there a RR crossing or are those tracks that the bridge crossed over abandoned?

Tom


The RR tracks are long gone Tom.
There is a tunnel, underneath the new road, for hikers & bicyclers who use the "Erie Lackawanna Trailway".
LS
Tom J Posted - 02/10/2013 : 12:38:43
So, is there a RR crossing or are those tracks that the bridge crossed over abandoned?

Tom
Highway66 Posted - 02/10/2013 : 11:39:47
Here is a picture from the 1960's of Shopper's World in Highland and the picture is looking north on Indianapolis Blvd. and you can see the now demolished bridge over the old Erie Lackawana RR right of way.


[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/shoppersworld.jpg/][/URL]
Tom J Posted - 01/29/2013 : 18:46:44
Yep, Lar, it's sad. One more landmark from our childhood days gone forever.

Tom
HassoBenSoba Posted - 01/29/2013 : 03:16:50
The historic, iconic NINE-SPAN BRIDGE was a big part of my Magoun Avenue
experience. Every Sunday when we drove to Whiting to visit my grandmother, we would look forward to the
roller-coaster ride over it. Same goes for the times we would drive to the E.C. South Shore station to pick
up my dad from work.

Mike and I would look out the car window, as those vertical beams and the little openings in the railing
would whizz by. As each of them zipped by us, we would say
"Thing"...so we continued to call out "thing...thing....thing.." etc, until we were headed down the ramp.
And so, in the goofy Rapchak family lexicon, the bridge became known as the "SING-SING BRIDGE",
a name that we still use to refer to it.

When I became aware of the famous East-coast prison of the same name, I figured they had stolen it from us.

Too bad the ol' bridge has to come down.

LR
Bill Bucko Posted - 01/09/2013 : 17:30:37
No, CJ, it was definitely an accident from the 1930s, that Shep himself talked about, at the intersection. I believe it's on the "Anyone from Hammond"? thread.

Ah, here it is:

http://www.sheptalk.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45&whichpage=15

Something about a "Great Banana Oil Spill." Which, knowing Shep was a storyteller and not an historian, may or may not ever really have happened.

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63
Little Stevie Posted - 01/09/2013 : 10:05:18
Here's the latest on the demolition of the
NINE SPAN BRIDGE.
At one time it was the longest bridge, in the U.S., over dry land.

It starts this coming Monday:
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/nine-span-bridge-demolition-begins-monday/article_41f35dc0-5bf0-5528-9e2f-c35833b31893.html

LS
seejay2 Posted - 01/09/2013 : 07:37:16
I could have been me. Back in '68 or '69, A guy I had known for years was attending St. Joe college. He and another fellow (unknown to me) were coming back with pizza and both were killed in an accident in the north end of the bridge...Cj
Bill Bucko Posted - 01/09/2013 : 00:12:08
quote:
Originally posted by tom w

My sistercalled yesterday and said that it was reported that the final ok has been given for the replacement of the 9-span on Indianapolis blvd. I have some memories of this bridge.
If anyone has any memories or stories, please jump right on in. Tom W



The VIADUCT???? They must be crazy!

I walked over it quite a few times in the 1960s, on my way to the South Shore station just north on Indianapolis. Remember looking down at the busy Indiana Harbor Belt freight yard, and the Stauffer Chemical Company with its open-air piles of bright yellow sulfur.

Somewhere on this Forum there's mention of Shep talking about some kind of accident at the intersection just north of the Viaduct. I remember finding it odd, because Shep talks about driving there on the way home from school. It's definitely NOT on your way, driving from Hammond High back to Hessville.

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63
tom w Posted - 01/08/2013 : 18:22:53
My sistercalled yesterday and said that it was reported that the final ok has been given for the replacement of the 9-span on Indianapolis blvd. I have some memories of this bridge.
If anyone has any memories or stories, please jump right on in. Tom W
wvcogs Posted - 09/26/2012 : 11:28:36
This Times' article presents a columnist's thoughts about Coach Jack Georgas.

Jack Georgas

Ken
S C Jones Posted - 09/26/2012 : 11:10:55
Since we cited the passing of John Eastwood, it seems only fitting to cite the passing of his wife. Here's the Times obit.


SHIRLEY BERNICE EASTWOOD (NEE BAKER) HAMMOND,IN Shirley Bernice Eastwood, age 92, of Hammond, peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. She is survived by four children: Mark (Ilene) Eastwood of Hammond, Martha (James) Sutkowski of Griffith, Rebecca Boydston of San Diego, CA, and David Eastwood of Warsaw, IN; eight grandchildren: Kristine (Paul) McDonald, Alan Sutkowski, James M. Eastwood, Jonathan (Alisha) Eastwood, William D. (Cleta) Eastwood, James D. Eastwood, Elizabeth (Justin) Thomas, and Desiree Stubbee; eight great grandchildren: Lauren, Addison, Elijah, Emma and Ezekiel Eastwood, Macy and Riley Sutkowski, and Jackson McDonald; brother, Burton (Jean) Baker; and devoted caregiver, Stasha Garncarz. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Dr. John H. Eastwood, D.D. in 2007; parents: Lee and Emma Baker; brother, Robert Baker; and sister, Margaret Swanson. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. directly at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6709 Arizona Ave., Hammond (Hessville) with Pastor James A. Thomson, officiating. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond (Hessville) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will be a time of viewing at the church on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 10:00 a.m. Shirley was born and grew up on her family farm in Sergeant Bluff, IA. She studied Home Economics at Iowa State College in Ames, IA. After graduation, Shirley taught high school in Minden, NE where she met the new pastor, John Eastwood. Shirley and John married in 1943 and by this time John had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was headed for Italy as a chaplain. At the end of John's military service, they accepted a call to minister at the First United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth, IL. In 1953, the family moved to Hammond to minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church. For many years, Shirley taught as a full time and substitute teacher. In 1984 at 63 years old, she received her Library Science MS degree and worked as a Librarian. She was active with the Calumet Literacy Council teaching English to immigrants in her home and at the library. During their retirement years, Shirley and John helped organize and served at the Faith Presbyterian Church in La Porte. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her. The family extends special thanks to Hospice of the Calumet Area. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be made to the memorial fund at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6709 Arizona Avenue, Hammond, IN 46323. For further information, please call Bocken Funeral Home at 219-844-1600 or visit us at www.bockenfunerals.com.
seejay2 Posted - 09/24/2012 : 07:55:40
There was a time when I lived in the "Hollow" (before the 'Great Flood'). I can't even imagine all that traffic moving thru that area. Talk about 20 lbs. of it in a 5 lb. bag!!...Cj
Little Stevie Posted - 09/23/2012 : 18:30:10
Not sure how many of
our readers still live in the region, but another icon is all gone.
The bridge over the old Erie Lackawana RR right of way, in Highland, is a memory.
Somewhere on Youtube I saw a video of this bridge when it first opened. I'm going to try and find it. Here is a clip someone has done during the demolition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLG0DL0p4Ew

I've been observing this demolition over the past few months, wondering when it would be completed.
Well . . the last time Larry & I met at the HOP, I crossed the bridge going to Hammond. The workers were striping the new roadway to the west of the bridge.
As I crossed it, the thought occurred to me that this could be the last time I would.
Sure enough, on my way home that night, the traffic was diverted through "Frog Hollow" to Highland.
Sunday morning, all traffic was using the new road to the west of the bridge. By tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 24th, all segments of this bridge should be gone.

Did I think of documenting any of the demolition? My last ride over it? No! Not until now, now that it's too late.

That bridge was/has been a part of my life's travels.
From riding to Griffith to visit Uncle Fritz in my "Little Stevie" days, going with Mom & Grandma Surowiec to Shopper's World & Topps,
coming to visit Mom on Sundays with the family for dinner until her passing in 1992,
to visiting old friends & neighbors at the HOP this past year.

There was one incident with Uncle George going to Griffith to pick up cousin Bob that I will never forget. (more on that later)
LS
seejay2 Posted - 09/23/2012 : 16:05:10
He was always talking about his Army stint. We used to call him "General Jack"...Cj
S C Jones Posted - 09/23/2012 : 12:53:14
quote:
Originally posted by Roger D

I have just read the obit of beloved coach and teacher, Mr. Jack Georgas. He was the baseball coach at Morton. He also worked with the football team and taught U.S. History. He coached winning baseball at morton, having 26 consecutive winning seasons. He will always be remembered as a great coach, teacher and human being.



Roger, I remember Mr. Georgas. I had him for history class. For some reason I remember his talking about Muddy Waters. He also talked about his Army
stint. It seems like I remember him talking about his balding condition as stemming from his having to wear the helmet. He was an amiable, kind man.
I enjoyed his teaching style.


Roger D Posted - 09/23/2012 : 10:02:21
I have just read the obit of beloved coach and teacher, Mr. Jack Georgas. He was the baseball coach at Morton. He also worked with the football team and taught U.S. History. He coached winning baseball at morton, having 26 consecutive winning seasons. He will always be remembered as a great coach, teacher and human being.
gfelix1909 Posted - 04/27/2012 : 04:45:39
Thanks! I just bought a copy on ebay myself. They ran from 1959 to 1960 and had 39 episodes. I really hope they are not lost!

Joe Miller('s Joke Book)
Bill Bucko Posted - 04/26/2012 : 21:18:11
quote:
Originally posted by gfelix1909

Great list of TV shows!

I am looking for a copy of all 39 episodes of "Tales of the Vikings"...or as many as I can find. Can anyone help me out please?

Thanks!


Joe Miller('s Joke Book)




Their theme music was great:

They conquered the seas in their dragon ships,
Fought bravely on many a land;
For Valkyrie maids strike down for the man
Who dies with a sword in his hand!

The Vikings, the Vikings, the Vikings ...

I bought a single episode on VHS on Ebay, but have never seen any others for sale.

Bill



Warren G. Harding Class of '63
gfelix1909 Posted - 04/26/2012 : 18:53:10
Great list of TV shows!

I am looking for a copy of all 39 episodes of "Tales of the Vikings"...or as many as I can find. Can anyone help me out please?

Thanks!


Joe Miller('s Joke Book)
seejay2 Posted - 10/14/2011 : 07:57:01
It was very quick and it impressed me. Normally I don't 'join' groups or organizations, but (like everybody else) after reading thru the threads and getting a feel for the respect the members seemed to have for one another, I was compelled to enlist.
Also, I probably wouldn't have gotten into the 'search' had I not remembered Lynn from high school.
I would have been delighted to have you onboard, Ken. I'm sure you would have been a valuable resource as well. I made many a phone call and conducted a lot of interviews that I would not have thought, prior to this, within my realm. After they warmed up to me, most of the people were willing to share what they knew with me.
The wrinkle in it all is though, the one person alive (gotta be close to 90) who knows the whole story, will not talk. Even more frustrating is the fact that I feel she would like to talk, but is being gagged by the everpresent relative whom she resides with...Cj
wvcogs Posted - 10/13/2011 : 22:35:58
quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

Aw c'mon Ken!!
You came up with names and such that I never would have conjured up. Kralik comes to mind right away. And I'm not for one second sorry that I got involved in that. That was a once in a lifetime chance to do something like that. What a major test of resourcefulness and resolve it turned out to be. It got around at the university as to what I was diong and the lion's share of individuals that asked me about it, asked with envy indicating that they would relish the chance to get involved in such a thing.
To think back though, it all got started with the question from one of my family members:
"What was the name of that burger joint on Kennedy & 169th?"
Nobody, for the $64,000, could recollect the name of that place.
I then blundered into Sheptalk several days later to obtain the answer...Cj

Really, I would have enjoyed being there and helping with the search. It all began in December 2006. Lynn contacted me through my email address in the Shep profile because of the information about businesses on Kennedy Avenue that I posted on the forum. It's unfortunate she didn't get the answer to her big question.
Checking back, I found that Tom J responded to your question about the burger joint in just over an hour.
Ken
seejay2 Posted - 10/13/2011 : 19:37:13
OK. Just for the heck of it, here is a pic of Violet Lipke again standing in fron of a house on California Ave (I think). The house was built in 1927 but the pic is around'48-'49 or so.


Same house 2007.
...Cj
seejay2 Posted - 10/13/2011 : 17:43:02
Aw c'mon Ken!!
You came up with names and such that I never would have conjured up. Kralik comes to mind right away. And I'm not for one second sorry that I got involved in that. That was a once in a lifetime chance to do something like that. What a major test of resourcefulness and resolve it turned out to be. It got around at the university as to what I was diong and the lion's share of individuals that asked me about it, asked with envy indicating that they would relish the chance to get involved in such a thing.
To think back though, it all got started with the question from one of my family members:
"What was the name of that burger joint on Kennedy & 169th?"
Nobody, for the $64,000, could recollect the name of that place.
I then blundered into Sheptalk several days later to obtain the answer...Cj
wvcogs Posted - 10/13/2011 : 16:58:52
quote:
Ken O'Neal (wvcogs) has been a tremendous help to us as well in all of this.
Thanks for the credit. I'm really not sure just how much I was able to do from over 400 miles away except to get you involved after you appeared on Sheptalk in January 2007.
Ken
seejay2 Posted - 10/13/2011 : 15:22:40
Ed Lipke is my friend's cousin. Her name was Lynn Allen (Lipke). Not Lynnette Allen. That is somebody else.
It's a long, long story, but I've been helping Lynn with this thing since Feb of 2007. She lives in Arizona and I was still living in da region then, so I really got into this case big time. I had a few pix that Lynn had sent me and started from there. The only reason I found "Soda Shop" was because traffic had stopped on Kennedy and I was right in front of the building and it all clicked into place. Up to that point, I had been driving all up and down Kennedy Ave trying to find the building with no luck and it was right there the whole time---for over 50 years!!
She has sent me pix of Lake George that is part of this case. I had no idea it was Lake George (up to this point I had never even been there) until I followed the RR tracks on Google maps and it all fell into place. What a rush it is to find something like "Soda" and "George" armed with only B&W pix from over 50 years ago!! I have before and after pix of George, too.
Ken O'Neal (wvcogs) has been a tremendous help to us as well in all of this.

The pix that you saw on the other thread also popped up on Planet Hammond. They were actually grabbed off of Shep. Nobody else had posted these until I did...Cj
HassoBenSoba Posted - 10/13/2011 : 14:42:05
CJ--

These photos are terrific. I remember the '49 shots from another thread, but this is the first time you've posted the new pics, right?

As you can see from some of my posts, I love these "Then and Now" pics that really pull you back into time, then provide a reality check with the way things look today. Fascinating way to view the Region. You can see the same low, diagonal brick wall behind the hooligans in the first photo that you see in the present day photo; yep--no doubt it's the same place. My brother Mike was pals with a guy named Ed Lipke in Hessville during the 60's; Ed's dad may have been related to the Violet Lipke in the old pics. Also, Ed's dad worked for RC Cola...so I hope "Little Stevie" Kush doesn't read this post, cuz' he's strictly a Pepsi guy.

Thanks for posting this!

Larry
BobK Posted - 10/12/2011 : 10:17:18
It's probably the Jersey Maid sign that confused.

Bob
seejay2 Posted - 10/12/2011 : 08:09:24
In short, several years ago I was helping a woman try to locate the whereabouts of her blood father and the path crossed here at Soda Pump.
This is what the place looked like back in '49 when it was "Soda Pump". It was solely by this pic that I blundered into the place.


Here are a couple more photos inside. The second woman is the woman's (whom I'm helping) mother, Violet Lipke:



BTW, that image in the back is a wooden phonebooth, not a door. A door has recently been added.
This is the place, on the right, a few years ago when I checked it out. The owners very graciously let me take some pix inside after I explained why I was there.
.

Here is one of the pix I took inside. As you can see, the place is basically the same and the door in back has been added.
.
I'm still trying to find out the name of the blond. I've heard that she was divorced from a very prominent car dealer in E. Chicago and then owned "Soda Pump".
A case like this gets very cold after 50+ years.
One more thing: you aren't the first one to confuse this place with "Jersey Maid" on Gostlin...Cj
tom w Posted - 10/12/2011 : 01:50:25
Thanks for clearing that up. I'm very familiar with both places too. Tom
HassoBenSoba Posted - 10/11/2011 : 21:58:01
Cj--

No kidding. I will check out this building the next time I drive
through Hessville and see what condition it's in. A classic photo.

LR
BobK Posted - 10/11/2011 : 21:00:45
WOW! Guffy Whittler, I haven't heard that name since we were classmates at Irving in the mid-50's.

Bob
seejay2 Posted - 10/11/2011 : 16:10:42
This picture is NOT from Jersey Maid. At the time this pic was taken (around '1949) the name of the place was "Soda Pump". I have several pictures of this woman (and another) from various different angles in this room. I was in this very building at 6431 Kennedy Ave, in Hessville, about two years ago and the layout is still the same. It even still has a counter (albeit made of wood) that this woman is standing behind...Cj
tsofred Posted - 10/11/2011 : 11:31:02
quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

tsofred
What do you remember about Clara's Lunch?
Do you remember Clara herself?
Could this woman below be Clara?......Cj


No that is not Clara,the picture is from the Jersy Maid restaurent on Hohman and Gostlin sts.
tsofred Posted - 10/11/2011 : 11:25:31
quote:
Originally posted by tom w

Hey Fred: I was born on Hoffman and don't remember them. LOL Tom W
Hammond Tech 55-58 Unless one of them was down where Guffy Whitler lived.


Hi Tom.. Lees grill was on the north side of Hoffman the 3rd bldg east of pine st,at onetime it was a butcher shop,I think it was Franks Butcher Shop.Claras Lunch was owned by Guffy Whittlers Mom,it next dooor to Guffs house.
digger Posted - 09/11/2011 : 22:10:56
quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

Margaret:

I'm so glad you found Sheptalk! Please be a frequent poster. I read your post about how much you loved Downtown in the other forum. I loved Downtown, too. My dad worked at Minas's for many years.

Tom

I talked to my dad today about this site etc. He tells me Jean and Randy Shepherd's father worked for Borden Dairy (previously Hammond Dairy) in Hammond.
Tom J Posted - 09/11/2011 : 19:46:51
Margaret:

I'm so glad you found Sheptalk! Please be a frequent poster. I read your post about how much you loved Downtown in the other forum. I loved Downtown, too. My dad worked at Minas's for many years.

Tom
digger Posted - 09/11/2011 : 16:27:43
quote:
Originally posted by RicKoe

quote:
Originally posted by S C Jones


from 1898 to 1929

The Hammond Dairy

Formerly located at
Fayette Street and Oakley Avenue -
Clinton Street and the Erie Railroad

If the Hammond Dairy were still around today it would be celebrating its centennial. Founded just before the turn of this century, by two brothers Louis and Paul Klitzke. The two enterprising young businessmen started out with just one horse and one wagon. But their small milk business would not remain small for very long. The dairy started off as a one story red brick building with a second story being add to the building to house the dairy's 75 horses. In fact their modest sized Hammond milk depot would at one time be the second largest dairy in the entire state of Indiana in it's heyday, second only to a dairy in Indianapolis. The Hammond Dairy had a peak production capacity of 100,000 pounds of milk per day.

The Hammond Dairy was well known in the industry for it's state of the art equipment. The plant on Oakley Avenue was enlarged several times so that new equipment could be installed. The Hammond Dairy Company's refrigeration, pasteurization and sterilization equipment was the best of it's kind in the nation. The Hammond Dairy Company produced milk and milk products including butter, cheese, whipped cream and it's famous "Velvet Brand Ice Cream". The ice cream was made on the second floor then sent down to the freezer on the first floor, where it was put into containers. Machines to manufacture Eskimo Bars were on the first floor in the former office space of the original dairy and were wrapped in foil by hand in the old days.

In 1921 the dairy was enlarged with a new structure built on Clinton Street, just east of the Erie RR. This helped make use of a rail spur in which the raw milk shipped from Arkon IN was pumped into a receiving tank to await processing. The Company was always quick to keep pace with the city's rapid growth and to keep up with it's growing demand and customer base.[red] Borden's Dairy purchased the company in 1929. The Borden's company made a major expansion in the late 1950's which included a new milk receiving room, testing laboratory, paper carton storage room, enlarged cooler area, enlarged bottling room, in floor conveyors and a new loading dock. Due to shifting markets the plant was phased out and later closed. One of the last remaining plant structures was razed during 1972. Ending a part of the city's industrial history.


I just dug up a Glass milk bottle marked Hammond Dairy Co. It was about two feet under thetop soil of my front yard on the 7300 block of Monroe Avenue. Our house was built in 1930. My shover the bottle and left a minor fracture in the glass. Otherwise it is in great shape.

Jim Plummer Posted - 07/30/2010 : 06:50:58
Great photo! I can still hear his voice ringing in my head.
HassoBenSoba Posted - 07/30/2010 : 01:38:28
I knew I would eventually come across a photo (from my late dad's collection) of MARTY FAYE--he of mid 50's Chicago radio/television fame. Please check out the story which I have quoted below and, as you read it, picture Marty, sitting at the microphone doing a live broadcast just like this in this photo, trying his best to ignore my dad's hi-jinks; it might have even been THIS photo that my dad used!

quote:
Originally posted by HassoBenSoba

My dad, Chicago radio guy Mike Rapchak, knew Marty Faye very well and worked with him at WAAF during the mid-50's (somewhere we have photos of them together in the studio). My dad thought Marty was a big pain-in-the-_____, but basically an OK guy.

He told me of a time when Marty was on the air LIVE reading a commercial...something to do with picture frames or picture lockets of some sort. Anyway, my dad gets a big 8x10" photo of Marty and sticks it into a toilet seat that he had just bought for our home; Marty is reading the commercial LIVE ON THE AIR, and my dad is on the other side of the sound booth window, gets Marty's attention, then OPENS the toilet seat lid to reveal the portrait of Marty with a big s___-eating grin on his face.

Mr. Faye..
how shall we say....
failed to make it through the commerical
that day.

LR

Jim Plummer Posted - 04/15/2010 : 09:04:24
I think the best effect in the Stewardesses was the pool game when somebody pushed the back end of a pool cue into the audience.
I never had a fake license since I've always been tall and people always assume. I could buy beer in a liquor store when I was seventeen without getting carded. We used to watch movies at that drive -in all the time before the adult films started playing.
I knew the manager of the Oriental theater quite well. His name was Mickey Gold. He loved Disney cartoons and would always book one with each feature. Also he kept a room behind the second balcony available for the Chicago Police to relax and play cards in. His thinking was that in case of trouble he had police on the scene.
The projectionist at the Cinestage during the porn years was the guy who got me in the union out here in L A. He used to watch classic movies in the booth on 16mm while the audience watched porn.
quote:
Originally posted by duane

Originally posted by Jim Plummer
How did you sneak -in and which theaters were these in downtown Chicago? My favorite was a film by Russ Meyer- Vixen which was pretty suggestive but mild by what you can see today. It played at the Loop theater for over a year. That was the little theater next door to the Chicago theater


I can't recall which theaters - it was so many years ago. Summer of 42 might have been at the Oriental. Don't really remember about Carnal Knowledge. We had fake Driver's license IDs (didn't you?)

There was a drive in movie theater out in St. John that was called the Twin Oaks (or something like that). It showed X rated movies. I remember seeing the Stewardesses in 3D. Pretty funny sitting there with a bunch of guys in red/green 3D glasses at a drive in. Good thing we had those glasses on...we could have lost an eye from the 3D effect, if you know what I mean!!!

I remember the Loop Theater. In later years, it turned into an electronics/boombox store, which I thought was pretty sad. I also remember the Cinestage. This was at one time a wonderful theater with the wide, curved screen. I believe that our family saw Battle of the Bulge there (my dad was in the battle of Ardenne Forest, so he loaded up the family as soon as this movie came out and didn't wait for it to finally come to Hammond). I also saw 2001 and Ice Station Zebra at the Cinestage. I believe in later years, this too turned into a porno theater...and I think I saw the Girls of the 4077 (MASH) playing there!

BobK Posted - 04/15/2010 : 06:27:51
Duane, I think it was Great Oaks and it was in Cedar Lake.
duane Posted - 04/14/2010 : 22:37:21
Originally posted by Jim Plummer
How did you sneak -in and which theaters were these in downtown Chicago? My favorite was a film by Russ Meyer- Vixen which was pretty suggestive but mild by what you can see today. It played at the Loop theater for over a year. That was the little theater next door to the Chicago theater


I can't recall which theaters - it was so many years ago. Summer of 42 might have been at the Oriental. Don't really remember about Carnal Knowledge. We had fake Driver's license IDs (didn't you?)

There was a drive in movie theater out in St. John that was called the Twin Oaks (or something like that). It showed X rated movies. I remember seeing the Stewardesses in 3D. Pretty funny sitting there with a bunch of guys in red/green 3D glasses at a drive in. Good thing we had those glasses on...we could have lost an eye from the 3D effect, if you know what I mean!!!

I remember the Loop Theater. In later years, it turned into an electronics/boombox store, which I thought was pretty sad. I also remember the Cinestage. This was at one time a wonderful theater with the wide, curved screen. I believe that our family saw Battle of the Bulge there (my dad was in the battle of Ardenne Forest, so he loaded up the family as soon as this movie came out and didn't wait for it to finally come to Hammond). I also saw 2001 and Ice Station Zebra at the Cinestage. I believe in later years, this too turned into a porno theater...and I think I saw the Girls of the 4077 (MASH) playing there!
Jim Z Posted - 04/14/2010 : 16:16:55

When I was a kid we got OSV, and when the movie guide was included (was it there in every issue?) I would immediately go to the condemned section. Not that I would/could go to them...

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Originally posted by BobK

I remember seeing Vixen and I believe it was at the Ridge Road Drive-in.

Bob




Jim Zacny
BobK Posted - 04/14/2010 : 11:58:21
I remember seeing Vixen and I believe it was at the Ridge Road Drive-in.

Bob
Jim Plummer Posted - 04/14/2010 : 08:29:38
How did you sneak -in and which theaters were these in downtown Chicago? My favorite was a film by Russ Meyer- Vixen which was pretty suggestive but mild by what you can see today. It played at the Loop theater for over a year. That was the little theater next door to the Chicago theater.
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Originally posted by duane

Ah, yes...the Our Sunday Visitor. Catholic families couldn't help but get it in the mail every week, because it was automatically assessed to your "pew rent". Remember that one?

We used to read the OSV movie ratings for entertainment. After I snuck in to see Summer of '42 in downtown Chicago and then Carnal Knowledge...I figured I should pretty much ignore those movie ratings.

duane Posted - 04/13/2010 : 21:21:32
Ah, yes...the Our Sunday Visitor. Catholic families couldn't help but get it in the mail every week, because it was automatically assessed to your "pew rent". Remember that one?

We used to read the OSV movie ratings for entertainment. After I snuck in to see Summer of '42 in downtown Chicago and then Carnal Knowledge...I figured I should pretty much ignore those movie ratings.
LegulusQ Posted - 04/13/2010 : 01:38:34
The small newspaper you are referring to was Our Sunday Visitor, with movie ratings supplied by the Legion of Decency. At first, movies were rated either A:Morally Unobjectionable, B:Morally objectionable in part, or C:Condemned. If you so much as watched one of the C movies you were doomed straight to Hell! Such morally bankrupt movies included: Grease, All That Jazz, Some Like It Hot, Psycho, From Russia With Love, A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales (apparently Clint Eastwood was in the LOD doghouse!), and The Last Picture Show. I guess I've sealed my fate several times over! Later, the system got more complicated and the A movies were further subdivided into A-I, A-II, and A-III.

LegulusQ

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