but they're identified only as "Detroit Playground 1958."
Do you know the name and location of the park where these pics were taken?
Love the Newsletter!
Tell Phil Dersam (May 2011 issue) that I also lived in the Connor/Harper area.
I delivered The Detroit News and our station was on the corner of Connors and Corbit. We all hung out at the Connor Rec bowling alley. It was one of the last to convert to automatic pinsetters and a few of my friends actually used to set pins there. I also played in the Macomb school yard as I went to St. Ignatius just down the street.
Cave Creek AZ
De La Salle HS, '65
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Eileen's Note: For additional photos of Michigan bowling alleys, check out:
You are a treasure for creating theDetroit MemoriesFacebook page and bringing so many Detroiters together in the same place to share fond memories of happier times! You have uplifted the hearts and spirit of many Detroiters from days gone by.
Take care, and best wishes for a cool summer!
Las Vegas NV
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Eileen's Note: Thanks, Susie. I created the Facebook page over a year ago. Since then, it had been slowly gaining members. Suddenly, this past Mother's Day weekend, more than 250 people joined. No idea why. Consequently, things are hoppin' there now! Lots of great discussions about metro Detroit in the '50s, '60s and '70s!
There was Motor City Speedway, a quarter mile oval dirt track on 8 Mile Road that held weekly, televised races and were sponsored by Fred Wolf. There was a Motor City Dragway off of 26 Mile Road near Marine City that ran in the same time period as Detroit Dragway at Sibley and Dix. I believe the oval track was already gone and torn down before the drag strip opened.
Also, Eileen, you asked if anyone could identify one of your dragstrip pictures and you got a response from a Chuck Chidsey. I believe he was a member of the same GTO club as me, and we both (all of us) raced at Motor City Dragway at the same time. If I'm correct send my reguards to Chuck.
St. Clair MI
Lowrey HS, '60
Thank you for the great Detroit Memories website!
We are looking for photos and a menu from Cardinelli's Restaurant (Italian food) on the east side, Mitchell just north of Gratiot. The wine was served in heavy coffee mugs. Any information would be appreciated.
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Eileen's Note: Got something on Cardinelli's? Send it to me at:
AFL-CIO FLOAT, 1951
Where could I find information about Detroit's 250 Year celebration
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Eileen's Note:In 2001, Vivian M. Baulch of The Detroit News wrote
"Party town: Detroit celebrates its past."Click here to read the entire article.
QUOTE:"The 250th Detroit birthday in 1951 was marked with a long list of celebrations during the year, including the beginnings of the downtown
Civic Center. Planning began for a new convention center which was later
named after Mayor Albert Cobo. The new City-County Building, the new Detroit Historical Museum, the International Institute, and the
Kresge Science Library at Wayne State University were dedicated or
West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society
"TOTALLY SOCIAL SUMMER EVENT"
'60's POLISH WEDDING PARTY
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011
6 to 11 P.M.
American Legion ~ Carl E. Stitt Post 232
23850 Military Rd. (Telegraph & Warren Ave.)
Dearborn Hts MI
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Featuring Big Daddyand His La-De-Da's live polka and dance band throughout the evening. A full traditional Polish dinner as would be served;
full open bar (beer, wine, and liquor); wedding cake and lots of audience participation. Sixties attire is optional but encouraged. All are invited to bring a framed photo of their '60s wedding to be used as a table centerpiece.