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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/19/2011 :  20:50:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Were those the days or what!
Yes, the house next to the barber shop was my mother's Aunt Irene & Uncle Frank Troyan.
Here they are on their 25th wedding Anniversary:



This picture was originally in color. It is with others dated 1958.
Unfortunately, one of my earliest memories was getting a haircut when an ambulance pulled up to their house.
My dad got up, ask Floyd to keep an eye on me while he went next door to see what happened.
Their daughter, Virginia, collapsed in the basement while doing the laundry.
She had a massive stroke that killed her. Very young. Maybe in her 20's. Happened in '58 or '59
LS

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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 12/19/2011 :  22:37:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Steve--

A sad memory. Was this picture taken inside of their house on 169th..
the same house seen on the left edge of the previous pic?
Celeste and I just hit our 25th last month; I was just telling her
tonight that I think I'm due for a new suit, and seeing your uncle
looking very handsome in his, I think I'll go out and buy one after
Christmas.

Larry
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Little Stevie

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2011 :  23:32:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HassoBenSoba

Steve--

A sad memory. Was this picture taken inside of their house on 169th..
the same house seen on the left edge of the previous pic?
Celeste and I just hit our 25th last month; I was just telling her
tonight that I think I'm due for a new suit, and seeing your uncle
looking very handsome in his, I think I'll go out and buy one after
Christmas.

Larry



Yep! In their living room. Whoever took the picture, (my dad, I'm guessing) was standing near the front window (which can be seen in your photo) with his back to it.
What amazed me back then was their house had three doors!
A front door, which we never used.
A back door, which again, we never used.
And a side door, on the west, which was thee only door we used!
They loved to fish! Would go to Bass Lake all the time and bring my mother crappie to eat.
LS

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/20/2011 :  12:05:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hate to be the Bearer of bad news but Joe Hlad, father of Sharon, Randy, Rod and Sandra, passed away.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nwitimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=155119254
LS
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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 12/20/2011 :  21:38:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, the Hlad family was a part of our Magoun experience; they live right across the street from the Kush's, and next door
to my grandmother when she moved in in summer of '59. Randy was a year younger than me; his younger brother ROD is seen
prominently in the Christmas '60 home movie posted (on p. 7 of this thread)---he's the little guy in the pin-striped sport coat.
I believe he was a Jefferson school Kindergarten pal of my sister Nancy (and Stevie, right? More about that coming on the
Jefferson School thread). My brother Mike and I would periodically pal around with the Hlad boys; we made sure we
taught both of them all we knew about becoming a bona-fide "Magoun Avenue Menace" like we were.

LR

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/22/2011 :  21:00:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since I'm not sure if I'll be posting again before Christmas, I thought I'd post these photos from Christmases past:

First, 1954:





1955





Guess I couldn't wait for Christmas Dinner!

You can see my Aunt Pat painting our picture window, as I've posted earlier about in this thread.

Ya know, after looking at these pictures and more I haven't posted yet, I'm wondering how much I was being fed?
Seems every picture, I've got my hand in my mouth!
Oh well, I've certainly made up for a lack of food since then!
LS

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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  01:07:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HEY, STEVE......

What are you guys doin' in our front room???..with our doors, our dining area,
our room divider-thing...our light fixtures, our TV, our.....

...oh yeah, that's right---our houses were CARBON COPIES of one another!

How cool to see these authentic, one-of-a-kind photos.

A Merry Christmas to you and your sisters...and your families, too!

Larry ~

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wvcogs

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  10:01:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you Magoun Avenue guys and to everyone else here in the group. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful memories.
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Tom J

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  13:53:42  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Merry Christmas! to you, too, Ken, and to all my other Sheptalk buddies.
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S C Jones

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  18:18:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MERRYChristmas GUYS and thanks to all of you for "our nostalgic site".
Tom, you really took some time there to get the colors alternating!!!

S C

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BobK

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  19:24:07  Show Profile  Send BobK a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
MERRY CHRISTMAS

Thanks for all the great memories.

Bob
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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  21:19:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HassoBenSoba

HEY, STEVE......

What are you guys doin' in our front room???..with our doors, our dining area,
our room divider-thing...our light fixtures, our TV, our.....

...oh yeah, that's right---our houses were CARBON COPIES of one another!

How cool to see these authentic, one-of-a-kind photos.

A Merry Christmas to you and your sisters...and your families, too!

Larry ~



And to you Larry! To Celeste, your Mom, Phillip, Laura and Nancy! And Da whole Rapchak extended family!
And to all on this here Sheptalk forum!
LS
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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  22:45:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, YOUS' SHEPTALK GUYS....

Something else from the old Rapchak family archives ~

Here's the front and back cover from the 1956 "CHRISTMAS CLUB" booklet that my mother used to
keep track of all the gifts she bought as well as the Christmas cards she sent:




AND HERE's the first inside pages; man, that's real 1950's-vintage Christmas artwork!



The right-hand page would seem to indicate that our parents provided Santa with at least a little assistance in the gift department...

AND HERE's CHRISTMAS DAY, 1956...where the gifts entered in the booklet above magically materialized under da' tree!



My main present was Ideal's "ROBERT the ROBOT" (center), and the SEARCHLIGHT TRUCK, partially visible to the
left of Robert (as opposed to "Robbie"). I distinctly remember sitting on Santa's lap at Woodmar Shopping Center and
asking him for the Searchlight Truck. Mike is about to obliterate Robert with some sort of firearm.

MY MOTHER SAVED FOUR of these Christmas Club booklets: '56 through '59, and they were handed over
to me about 15 years ago; I really treasure them.

AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL YOUS' SHEPTALK GUYS 'N GALS; YOU ARE TERRIFIC!

STEVE---thanks fer getting involved and sharing all of this stuff
with us; I'm really enjoying creating this on-line chronicle of those amazing times; otherwise,
the stuff would just be
sitting around in old boxes---and what the hell good is THAT?

Hey---tell Carol and Bev to start checking out this site every now and then!

LARRY

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/23/2011 :  23:44:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Been Tryin' Lar! I'm pretty sure my Aunt Alice (the one you met at the Christmas concerts)
checks out the site now and then.
As for the girls? "Too mature", maybe?
Just like skipping out on Nancy's BD party!

Here's a few more I found
1956

Here's our picture window. Look closely, you can see the wreath painted on it.
Bev, Little Stevie, Carol & Dad is to the right, faintly.----------------------------------------------------------------- The Kush home decorated for Christmas

-

One More
No explanation needed here!
Check out the manger scene. . . .under the tree, on the left. . . . in the background


LS

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/24/2011 :  00:15:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay Y'all!
I know you've seen this before.
It has it's own thread here!
It was the catalyst for this thread!

ENJOY!!! AGAIN!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9XHEUTvVAc

Thanx for all the memories of the past and of
this past year, LARRY!
LS
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tom w

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Posted - 12/24/2011 :  00:26:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you six guys and your families. Also the cast of thousands that pass thru silently each day.
STEVE The last picture of you and your new bike is great. I remember seeing a picture of me and my late brother opening presents at that age. I was wearing my new Sgt Preston mountie uniform. I didnt end up with any photos. Just one of my mom and dad and one of my brother. So I love snooping thru your albums.(especially the cars) Thanks to both of you for the oppertunity. Tom W
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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 12/24/2011 :  01:24:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
STEVE--

Your recent pics would have been from Christmas of '56 (since they
were developed 1/57); so that's the same Christmas as I've been posting!

Check out the size of that SNOWFLAKE that's falling by your
front door above; like Godzilla and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, I'd say it was
a mid-'50's atomic mutation. Or maybe it's a big piece of something on the picture,
or maybe it's part of the Christmas tree decoration on the door.....

BUT HERE'S ANOTHER PAGE from my mom's 1956 Christmas Club booklet; it's a partial list of folks who sent us cards.





The very first name on the left is Werner Krauskopf (or "Curly-Head"), a German POW that my dad befriended in a camp here in the U.S.;
Werner has sent our family a card for EVERY CHRISTMAS since 1946---my sister Nancy just received this year's about 2 weeks ago.

-Third name is Peter Beda and son (?)
-Also George Harper (my dad's brother who changed his last name and
moved to California; S'matter--ain't Slovak good enuff fer ya?)

- There's our next-door neighbors the Feeney's

- My aunt Ruth's name is in ink, but my mother added "Mrs Rapchak"
(that would be my dad's mother) in pencil

- in the middle of the right-hand page are Jane King and Kay and
John Kasper---all of whom are still around (my mom's old "bunco
squad" cohorts); I just saw the Kaspars at one of the Whiting Park
concerts this past summer.

- and check out the Third name on the right-hand page......

LR ~

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Little Stevie

USA
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Posted - 12/24/2011 :  15:29:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OOOPS! yep 1956 instead of '57!
I'll change it in a minute!
You're right about the giant snowflake by the door but the atomically mutated one is about to land in the gutter. . . glowing, see it? A little to the left!
After Mom died, we were clearing out the house before we sold it to my cousin.
In the closet by the front door, we found boxes of the Christmas cards Mom saved that had been sent to us over the years. All in order, dating back to I don't know when. Bev might know. If she would ever post here.
I'll ask tomorrow.
Merry Christmas Everybody!
LS
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Bill Bucko

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359 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2011 :  22:28:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by HassoBenSoba



... My main present was Ideal's "ROBERT the ROBOT" (center), and the SEARCHLIGHT TRUCK, partially visible to the left of Robert (as opposed to "Robbie")...



I got MY Robert the Robot for Christmas 1954. When you wound the small record player in his back, he recited:

I am Robert Robot,
Mechanical Man.
Drive me and steer me
Wherever you can.
I am Robert Robot,
Mechanical Man.

Several years ago I searched EBay, and there were a number of old Roberts for sale, in various states of dismemberment and disrepair. Ideal Toy Company came out with a limited edition reissue, for $ 75. I was tempted; but decided to make do merely with photos.

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63

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HassoBenSoba

USA
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Posted - 12/25/2011 :  21:24:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BILL--

Even back in '56, we cracked up at the way the freaky Robert Robot recording pronounced the word "mechanical" as MEE-chanical.

I am NOT a toy, comic book, etc. collector...but I do try to acquire the things that we had in the golden days of our youth on
Magoun Avenue. Here's most of my collection of stuff we had as kids, covered by several inches of dust on my piano.
(very few of these items are our originals)



L to R: a couple of frame-tray puzzles, one of which--a puzzle that illustrates the FOUR SEASONS, was an iconic item in early '58
(it belonged to Nancy; we've since found 3 excellent copies of it).

---A great model kit ("G.I. BATTLE ACTION"), the rectangular box with the painting on the cover, by Revell; Mike got it for Christmas of '57
from our Uncle George (sent it from California). We liked it so much that my dad bought a second set for me. He would sit and paint
the soldiers by hand while telling us about his own war experience and explaining the various weapons, etc and how they worked. Unfortunately,
the set in the photo above, which I bought for $20, is almost totally trashed; only the box is in good shape. I saw a complete, untouched set
of these soldiers on E-bay a few years ago--the bidding was furious, and quickly soared out of my range.
Turns out the guy who was selling the set was located in Munster.

--in the back, a number of unassembled Aurora figure models from the late '50's: the Red Knight & Black Knight
(in their original-release boxes), and the very rare 1958 Aurora Viking.

--There's Robert the Robot in the middle (I bought him from a friend about 20 years ago, in the original box, for $25;
the recorded-voice thing actually worked...barely).

--A trio of "Satellite Men" on and around Robert; bought 'em at Stern's Hardware on Indy Blvd in summer of '58.

---My ONE AND ONLY ORIGINAL Miller Alien...yes, it's the bizarre (please don't say it...) URANUS, under glass!
Only the right forearm is missing from this rare, fragile 1958 original (bought it for $75 about 15 years ago).

---A miniature model, the "TALLY-HO COACH" by Revell (meticulously designed).

--The little square cases you can barely see contain the set of
trading cards by comic artist Jack Davis known as "You'll
Die Laughing" (or "Funny Monsters"), released in 1959.

---Remco's BIG MAX industrial-robot machine, which I got for '57 Christmas (this one, which I bought in the original box for
under $20 in Chicago, is incomplete).

--Sitting on Big Max is the KRONOSAURUS from my '57 Christmas MARX DINOSAUR PLAYSET...the only survivor
from this great set (it's our original).

---The ITC (the plastic model division of Ideal Toys) WIRE-HAIRED FOX TERRIER model from their 1960 series of
dog models (Mike bought this one at Pint Size in 1972...still sitting there on the shelf).

You'll also notice a few cut-out figures of mailman, policeman, etc
interspersed with the toys; these were all from the late '50's...the
kind of thing that grade-school teachers would pin on the classroom
bulletin board. Bought them at Whiting News Store about 20 years ago.

I have a few other items, but this is basically it.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN!!

Larry R

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Bill Bucko

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Posted - 12/25/2011 :  22:18:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice, Larry!!

Too bad I don't have a working camera, or I'd share a lot of photos with you guys. My collection includes:

books:
Rusty's Space Ship, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, The Angry Red Planet, Monsters of Old Los Angeles (about the La Brea Tar Pits), all the Tom Corbett series, Danny Orlis and the Angle Inlet Mystery, etc.

models:
Aurora Frankenstein and Dracula
cutaway Vanguard rocket, from Palmer
flying saucer, space station, moon rocket, Vanguard satellite, 3 stage rocket
ITC Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

complete 1957 Captain Midnight Secret Squadron membership kit (manual, decoder badge, etc.)

my 3 favorite issues of Mad magazine, from 1957

battery of 3 spring-launched Nike rockets from Cheerios

two Great Locomotive Chase cardboard locomotives, from Cheerios

Gilbert microscope and lab set -- the same model I had as a kid

Tinkertoys

American Bricks (the wooden ones)

plus many other treasures, mostly from EBay. If I had my life to live over again, I'd save all those things, instead of discarding when I "outgrew" them. Guess I haven't really outgrown them at all!

Bill




Warren G. Harding Class of '63
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HassoBenSoba

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2011 :  00:11:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill---

Those cardboard Locomotives---were they the old 1870's style trains
that you cut out from the back of the Cheerios box? Haven't seen
those in 50 years! Are they your originals?

Larry

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HassoBenSoba

USA
642 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2011 :  00:22:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I posted this elsewhere, but it deserves to be seen again.
Part of an ad from LIFE Magazine, December, 1960---that really captures the feel of Christmas
back then, especially since it looks like the Rexall sign on Indy Blvd just south of 169th.



.....and to all a good night....

LR

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tom w

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2011 :  02:32:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, whats the story on the lamp? Tom W
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HassoBenSoba

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2011 :  15:57:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
TOM--

The lamp is one of the few recent, "non-vintage" items in the pic; I ordered it from a catalogue a few years ago. When it's
turned on, the shade reveals this very cool Western/desert/Indian scene in silhouette, which looks a lot like the old stuff
that was so popular in the late 40's- 50's with us kids.

Right now, I'm going to remove the lamp shade, take it outside, and dust it off.

ALSO--- just to the left of the ROBOT (behind the green "Satellite Man") you can see a black and white wooden Totem Pole;
it's an original that my grandmother brought back from a Wisconsin souvenir shop in the summer of 1960.
Also hidden from view in the pic above are my
blue plastic Jiminy Crickett drinking glass and the Remco "Electronic Space Gun" in it's original box.

The little white square item on the lower-right (in front of Big Max is a napkin from a chicken restaurant
in Northern Iceland, where my wife and I went to be married in '86; we just wanted to do something fun and special
for our wedding...so we planned it all out in advance (without telling any of our relatives, though), hopped on a plane and did it!

Larry

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/29/2011 :  14:09:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After meeting with Larry and his sister, Nancy, @ HOP Tuesday
Larry suggested I post a few more photos from our times back on Magoun.
My wife, Dawn, and sister Carolyn, joined us.

We determined that it had been almost 50 years since Nancy & I had seen each other since they moved from Magoun in March of '62.

As I stated earlier here, after talking to Nancy on Larry's cell phone back in July or August, it seemed as though I had just talked to her a couple of days earlier.

Well. . . when I saw her for the first time in almost fifty years . . . and looked into her eyes. . . . I knew I had been reunited with a long, lost friend, taken from my youth.
I wondered again why we, the Kushes & Rapchaks, didn't keep in touch all those years.
And how different life would have been on Magoun, had the Rapchak's not moved.


(Pause here for a moment of Reflection)














Ok, time to move on . . .




These photos must have been taken in November of '58, since they were
with the Thanksgiving photos I posted earlier.

If you look closely,
You'll see the "Serenade" sign, sideways, behind the house, directly across the street, were Larry's grandparents once lived. A little to the left of the chimney.

_______

Little Stevie ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Bev & Little Stevie

This one is of my dad after shoveling the snow, clearing the way for
Little Stevie's 4th Birthday! February of '59

___________________

LS

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HassoBenSoba

USA
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STEVE--

So THAT'S what was going on during dinner on Tuesday!? All I knew was that I was enjoying the company, the conversation,
and the BEST DAMN' PIZZA in the county! House o' Pizza hasn't changed its recipe since it opened in '54 and they continue to do
great business; I'm sure the two are related.

Christmas of '61 would be the last one we Rapchaks spent in our house on Magoun. That's exactly 50 years
(yep, one half-century) ago.

And, as you point out, there's the top of the Serenade Drive-In that's visible over the roof of the house across the street
in your pics. Sooner or later, though, we're going to have to come up with something better than just
an occasional peek at the place.

Also, love the pic of you on your birthday; did Burger King ever contact you about royalties for modeling their cardboard
crown many years before it ever appeared on the market?

Larry

PS - Four candles on the cake means February of '59, right?

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Little Stevie

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quote:
Originally posted by HassoBenSoba

STEVE--

So THAT'S what was going on during dinner on Tuesday!? All I knew was that I was enjoying the company, the conversation,
and the BEST DAMN' PIZZA in the county! House o' Pizza hasn't changed its recipe since it opened in '54 and they continue to do
great business; I'm sure the two are related.

Christmas of '61 would be the last one we Rapchaks spent in our house on Magoun. That's exactly 50 years
(yep, one half-century) ago.

And, as you point out, there's the top of the Serenade Drive-In that's visible over the roof of the house across the street
in your pics.
Sooner or later, though, we're going to have to come up with something better than just an occasional peek at the place.

Also, love the pic of you on your birthday; did Burger King ever contact you about royalties for modeling their cardboard
crown many years before it ever appeared on the market?

Larry

PS - Four candles on the cake means February of '59, right?



Yep!That's what was going on . . . in my mind anyway.
Didn't mean to shake your concentration while reading my post. . .but. . uhh. .
I stated "Feb. '59" right above the picture Lar.
Hope Nancy enjoyed the evening as much as I/we did!
LS
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BobK

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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  06:46:43  Show Profile  Send BobK a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Larry, any relationship to Ray Rapchak? http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/hammond-club-brings-celebrities-convenience/article_ab4b2c38-480b-5be7-9c69-85c84a040943.html

Bob
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HassoBenSoba

USA
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Bob--

For the longest time I have thought that Ray comes from a completely different strain of Rapchaks.

However just last week, during a conversation with an old family friend, I found out that Ray is apparently related
by marriage. He is the SON of the SECOND WIFE of my COUSIN Randy who is the son of my late UNCLE BOB (the youngest
of my dad's siblings--he's in the group pic on page SEVEN of this thread--
the Hammond cop who died in 1971 at age 41). So Ray is my cousin Randy's son
by marriage to his second wife...and her father is apparently a major hotel owner with big connections in Vegas, etc.

I see that Ray is really goin' to town with the current administration in Hammond, which is a good thing...as long as they
are helping to lift the quality of life and business in the Hammond area, and aren't stomping all over other people in order to do it.
I read a while back that Ray's new place is supposed to feature a shark tank, and that that freaky creep
Perez Hilton is supposed to stop in...there's a good joke in there somewhere about sharks, but I'm too tired to attempt it.

My Uncle Bob was ONE OF THE GREATEST GUYS WHO EVER WALKED THE EARTH..and I hope that the new Rapchak enterprises
do justice to his memory, especially since there is a connection between the two by marriage (I could give a crap about my
own reputation). Maybe I'll stop into the new place sometime, introduce myself, and see how long it takes for me to get bounced out.

INCIDENTALLY----

Ray R. is obviously an enterprising guy, since a recent establishment
in downtown Hammond proudly proclaims the (adopted) family name:



Pretty weird driving through the town and seeing your name in big honkin' letters on a wall; the place apparently houses
the (somewhat controversial) Hammond Legal Aid Clinic.

Larry

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tom w

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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  04:50:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Lar. I asked you the Hammond cop question a coupla years ago. Just because of the unusual last name. Way back somewhere, he and I were friends. Sorry to hear of his passing.
On the subject of fighting city hall, If anyone knew of the reporter who faithfully fought city hall for years and mysteriously died in a fire in Horth Hammond recently, that was my cousin, Marsha Hahney.
On lighter note, everyone please have a safe and healthy New Year. Tom W
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Little Stevie

USA
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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  15:25:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HassoBenSoba


My Uncle Bob was ONE OF THE GREATEST GUYS WHO EVER WALKED THE EARTH..and I hope that the new Rapchak enterprises
do justice to his memory, especially since there is a connection between the two by marriage (I could give a crap about my
own reputation). Maybe I'll stop into the new place sometime, introduce myself, and see how long it takes for me to get bounced out.

Larry



Wadda ya mean you could give a crap 'bout your reputation?
YOU'RE darn tootin you better give a crap!!!
I'm proud to tell folks that Lawrence Rapchak,a man of many talents, including:
accomplished musician, Music Director, Conductor, filmmaker, Preserver of the Past, (how's that for a phrase!) former Magoun Ave. Hooligan
and general all-round "Nice Guy" is a friend of plain, (can't really use the word "little" here) old me!

Anytime youse wanna go to da joint, lemme no, Eyes be glad to go wit cha!
We check id oud, if we doan like it, maybe we bust up da joint!
Next week! Afta da fire!
LS
P.S. Say "Hello" to your sisters for me. (and mom)
and



HAPPY 2012
TO ALL HERE ON
SHEPTALK!

Edited by - Little Stevie on 12/31/2011 15:28:48
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S C Jones

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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  18:10:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Happy New Year to youse guys, too!
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wvcogs

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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  19:32:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Out here in my current home state of West Virginia that would be:

Happy New Year to all y'all
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Little Stevie

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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  21:06:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VERY IRONIC story here tied to Larry's above post:
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/cops-drunk-clubgoer-from-munster-killed-lansing-grandfather-in-wreck/article_1714cd78-44c5-503e-a137-ac9a946b0e34.html
LS
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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/01/2012 :  02:10:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WELL, the new Rapchak/Downtown Hammond Club is off to a flying start....

Nice way to ring in the New Year.

If the drunk dude in the photo is a patron of the club, I'd be interested to see the bouncer.

And on and on.....

Very sorry for the family of the victim.

In any case, wishing a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of youse' Sheptalk folks.

There's more fun posts on the way!

Larry r

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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/04/2012 :  19:37:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Back on Page 5 of this thread, "Lil'" Stevie posted a link to a site which lists historic, pre-Depression homes
in the Woodmar area. I made the following comment on one of the Magoun Avenue houses:

Pics #4 and 6 in the article
were on the next block south of us. I always liked #4 ("International style of design"), with its balconies
and brick-glass windows.


And here's a recent shot of the home, on the 7200 block of Magoun. I always thought it would be fun to live there.



LR
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S C Jones

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Posted - 01/04/2012 :  20:44:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting house--my first thought was that it looks like a dentist's office.

SC
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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/05/2012 :  19:15:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RE: they old-toys-on-the-piano pic posted above.....

Here's a better look at the "Seasons" puzzle that my sister got
sometime shortly after Christmas, in early 1958---which was probably
the absolute greatest period from my Magoun years. I was in first grade at OLPH,
and everything just seemed to "come together" for me
at this point. It seemed like there was always something new,
fascinating and fun coming into the house during this time, and this
puzzle was one of the coolest:



It was made by the Built-Rite company sometime in the mid-50's, though some of the artwork (like the kid
playing marbles in the SPRING panel) looks older in style. But we were absolutely fascinated by this thing.
You can see that it was divided into four sections, and each one had a special "icon" puzzle piece:

Winter - Snowman
Spring - Butterfly
Summer - Ice Cream Cone
Fall - Apple w/ Worm

Each season also had a piece in the shape of a thermometer, a very clever idea; we especially liked the
Fall one wearing a fedora and roasting a weenie.

Our original was trashed decades ago, but I found one in a pile of old puzzles out in a St. Charles, Il
toy convention/sale about 20 years ago; since then, Nancy and I have snagged two more off of E-Bay.
I also have a similar puzzle by Built-Rite and the same artist that's designed as a CALENDAR
with all 12 months, each one with its own icon piece.

Simple pleasures from a much simpler time.

LR

Edited by - HassoBenSoba on 01/05/2012 19:19:18
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Tom J

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Posted - 01/05/2012 :  21:01:32  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I like that puzzle a LOT, Lar. It is cool! I can see why you liked it so much.

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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/09/2012 :  02:41:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
However just last week, during a conversation with an old family friend, I found out that Ray is apparently related
by marriage. He is the SON of the SECOND WIFE of my COUSIN Randy who is the son of my late UNCLE BOB....


RE: my recent comments on the new Rapchak-operated night club in Hammond---

Here's a cool pic of my Uncle Bob (not a cop as of yet when this was taken at the 4th of July parade
in Whiting, 1960. He's holding his daughter Patti, and his son Randy is seated on the right.



That would be Randy whose second wife's son is the RAY Rapchak of current Hammond lore (the cops are now
investigating his nightclub regarding the drunk-driving death reported above). When the new club was originally
announced, I got the impression it was to be a smoking/lounge/bar joint---fireplace, cigars, fine wine, big leather
chairs, etc...which made some sense. Apparently not---it's a "hip", cutting-edge, glitzy Vegas/L.A.-style hangout....
in downtown Hammond, fer' Pete's sake?! With a drunk-driving death already connected to it on its first night in operation?

My Uncle Bob is STILL fondly, warmly remembered by everyone in town who knew him--40 years after his death.
Is CLUB AQUAVOR going to be his family's legacy in the Region, I wonder?

LR

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 01/09/2012 :  16:20:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Let's hope not Lar,
Is it me or do I see a remarkable resemblance between you and your cousin Randy?
LS

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quote:
Originally posted by Little Stevie

Let's hope not Lar,
Is it me or do I see a remarkable resemblance between you and your cousin Randy?
LS


I agree with your observation, Stevie. Same shape head, same hair cut---and those
cooooool shades. I thought for sure the description would say that was our own
symphonic conductor, Mr. Rapchak.
SC

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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/09/2012 :  17:50:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And what resemblance do youse' guys see in THIS pic?



Larry
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S C Jones

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Posted - 01/09/2012 :  18:10:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A most serious young man and handsome, too. Oh, and he resembles the Rapchaks.

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 01/10/2012 :  10:56:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
By the looks of it and age of the photo, I'm guessing that it is either Mike Rapchak Sr. or his bro' Bob!
LS
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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/11/2012 :  01:17:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
STEVE--

YEP---It's Big Mike Sr. himself in 1929 (age 9).

Here he is some years later (Feb, 1955)



Larry

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Little Stevie

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Posted - 01/11/2012 :  09:40:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MAN! Larry! Youse are a spittin' image of your dad!
Hey! Looking at the above publicity photo, I realized something!
Depending on when it was taken in Febuary, (I'm guessing on the 3rd, before his broadcast),
his SMiLE is enchanced by the news, his neighbor, Mrs. Kush, had just given birth to a son, Little Stevie, at 11:11 A.M. that morning!
LS

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S C Jones

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Posted - 01/11/2012 :  10:34:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"There is no mistaking a Rapchak man"


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HassoBenSoba

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Posted - 01/11/2012 :  16:18:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
STEVE--

THAT'S _____ING AMAZING!!

At first, I was just going to give an approximate year for this pic.
But I googled "Feb 1955 Calendar" to see if, in fact, Feb 3rd of '55 was a Thursday...
which it was....and which confirms the year this pic was taken.

I'd guess that the photo WAS taken the first of the two days mentioned on the poster.

More astounding historical "cross-currents" discovered here on Sheptalk.

Larry

PS--- RE: my resemblance to my father----here's an image from a
certain You-Tube Christmas video...channeling the spirit of Mike, Sr.
as the typical mid-'50's dad---ALONGSIDE my famous dad.


Edited by - HassoBenSoba on 02/21/2012 01:55:00
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