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Diane Daniels   Akron, OH
Regina 1963
Comments: It sure brought back memories!

Charles DeFrancesco   Washington MI
Lincoln 1975
Comments: I love this site. Midnight rides on the Boblo boat.

John Deneau   Kitchener ONT Canada
Comments: I grew up in Windsor, Ontario, attended Assumption High School (1962) and University of Windsor (1968). I remember riding though the tunnel (bus) to shop at Hudson's and Crowley's, driving out to Northland shopping center, attendinf hockey games at the Olympia and baseball games at Brigg's Stadium (Tiger Stadium -- and actually walked over the bridge to attend the games), getting on the Bob-Lo Boat at the foot of Woodword Avenue and journeying down the Detriot River to Bob-Lo Island (1950s)

Kitty (Paczos) Diponio   Las Vegas NV
Farmington 1964
Comments: When we had good sports teams other than the Red Wings. Maybe the Tigers need to go back to Tiger Stadium. Poor guys. Great web site.

Rose Ann Donius   Romeo MI
Regina 1961
Comments: Passenger ships at the foot of Woodward (visible from sidewalk in front of Hudson's), the 'mezzanine' in Kern's, Silverstein's Army-Navy Surplus on McNichol's, Demery's Dept Store on Woodward in Highland Park, Krim movie theatre on Woodward near McNichol's, huge water tank at City Airport,the Lady of Charm cooking show on TV. It was on for what seemed like hours in the afternoon. BORING! Hamilton Avenue in Highland Park, Sinclair service stations that had white picket fences on each side!

Diane DuBois Dorie   Portland OR
Ladywood 1972
Comments: Having my grandfather bring a box of Better Made chips over to our house. They were still warm. And, of course, we had Vernor's.

Joann Daignault   Livonia MI
St. Cecilia 1960
Comments: Very neat, I loved the Old Detroit. Thanks for the memories.

Diane Daniels   Akron, OH
Regina 1963
Comments: It sure brought back memories!

Susan Davis   Branford, CT
Berkley 1963
Comments: Stuff from the Northwest side---after all, we cruised the Totem Pole (the "Pole")! I remember hearing Joni Mitchell at the Retort.

Eric Davison   Anna Maria FL
Birmingham (now Seaholm)
Comments: Fun, nostalgic.

Charles DeFrancesco   Washington MI
Lincoln 1975
Comments: I love this site. Midnight rides on the Boblo boat.

JoAnne DeRoo   Grosse Pointe Farms MI
St Ambrose 1952
Comments: Comments: good memories of Detroit!

Rida & Lew Deitch   Laguna Woods CA
Central High 1945
Comments: Looks great so far. Correction: It's Crowley-Milner (as far back as 56 yrs ago)

John Deneau   Kitchener ONT Canada
Comments: I grew up in Windsor, Ontario, attended Assumption High School (1962) and University of Windsor (1968). I remember riding though the tunnel (bus) to shop at Hudson's and Crowley's, driving out to Northland shopping center, attendinf hockey games at the Olympia and baseball games at Brigg's Stadium (Tiger Stadium -- and actually walked over the bridge to attend the games), getting on the Bob-Lo Boat at the foot of Woodword Avenue and journeying down the Detriot River to Bob-Lo Island (1950s)

Patrick DeVine   Keller, Texas
Denby  1966
Comments:  Taking the bus to Gratiot and 7 Mile, then taking the "street car" downtown to shop at Hudson's and Crowley's. I was a City of Detroit Police Cadet at Police HQ during the riot of 1967.

Cath Dietrick   Topeka KS
Chadsey 1979
Comments: Who could ever forget Sanders bumpy cakes? I remember being a kid hearing about cruising Gratiot. I never understood what the fun was until years later. I remember being afraid to eat at Woolworths because my sister worked for 2 days and told me they had roaches everywhere. That spoiled a good thing for me!  Eating in Sanders basement always made me feel like I was one of the rich folks. Loved your site.You can take the girl out of Detroit but never take Detroit out of the girl.

Kitty (Paczos) Diponio   Las Vegas NV
Farmington 1964
Comments: When we had good sports teams other than the Red Wings. Maybe the Tigers need to go back to Tiger Stadium. Poor guys. Great web site.

Herm Dishman   Chicago IL
Cass Tech
Comments: Ed McKensie, the DJ known as Jack the Bellboy, Freddie Wolf, a DJ who broadcast from the WACKY WIXZI WIGWAM (WXYZ) on Jefferson Ave. The Wigwam Resturant in Royal Oak, 10 Mile and Woodward.

Rita Ann (Ciot) Dixon    Mesa AZ
Northville 1967
Comments: Thank you so very much
for sharing so many good memories...
I do miss my childhood in Michigan. Been gone for 36 years now.

Christine Dobson   S. Burlington VT
Immaculata 1967
Comments: This web site is so much fun! I am making a Memory book for my parents 60th wedding anniversay and was surfing for information about JL Hudsons--and found you! Thanks for all the work you put into the site--
I bookmarked it immediately.

Rose Ann Donius   Romeo MI
Regina 1961
Comments: Passenger ships at the foot of Woodward (visible from sidewalk in front of Hudson's), the 'mezzanine' in Kern's, Silverstein's Army-Navy Surplus on McNichol's, Demery's Dept Store on Woodward in Highland Park, Krim movie theatre on Woodward near McNichol's, huge water tank at City Airport,the Lady of Charm cooking show on TV. It was on for what seemed like hours in the afternoon. BORING! Hamilton Avenue in Highland Park, Sinclair service stations that had white picket fences on each side!

Diane DuBois Dorie   Portland OR
Ladywood 1972
Comments: Having my grandfather bring a box of Better Made chips over to our house. They were still warm. And, of course, we had Vernor's.

Amy Douglas   Ann Arbor MI
Comments: I remember going to the basement Sanders with my grandma.
I remember climbing on the hippo at Eastland Mall and getting my picture taken in front of the impressive Christmas display. I didn't grow up in Detroit but my mom (Elaine Lennox Winstead) graduated from Regina.
I spent a lot of time at my grandmother's who lived in Detroit.

Marilyn Dzwir   Shelbyville MI
High School of Commence 1961
Comments: Very nice, thank you. Demery's should be added to the stores, it was on the boulevard.
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Betty Green   North Platte NE
Southeastern HS
Comments: This has been the best site I've visited in a very long time. Thanks so much.

Mary-Margaret (Roche) Goggin
San Francisco CA
Pershing 1958
Comments: I went to Shultz (sp?) through grade school. We lived on Mendota, near Wyoming. My first two years I attended Mumford, but then transferred after we moved to Grixdale (near Woodward and 7 Mile). Hope some more people from my era find this web site. What a good idea.

Bob Goodale   New York NY
Cranbrook 1970s.
Comments: Love it!

Glenn G. Graves   Tonganoxie KS
Lincoln 1966
Comments: Cruising and drag racing on Woodward, Big Ted's and Little Ted's, going to the GM tech center to ice skate, driving by Hitsville USA to go work in 1968.

Karen Ganz   Denver CO
St. Andrew 1971
Comments: Great website! And does anyone remember those round things that we used to put icecream in then push into a pop bottle and have an instant ice cream float?? No one here in Denver has ever heard of such a thing. But I think it would be great to see something like that again.
Visitors: Anyone recall?

Barry Garelick   McLean VA
Mumford 1967
Comments: I had the two coolest jobs in the world. I was an usher at Tiger Stadium in 1964, and in 1966 I worked at Fun Golf at 6 Mile and Meyers (across from Jax Kar Wash). I remember New Era potato chips with the silhouette of the naked lady on the bag and on the tin can of chips. The motto on the packages was "On the alkaline side" which my brother told me meant "On the Al Kaline side." Being 7 at the time, I believed him and always wondered why they put Al Kaline's name on a bag of potato chips. But then again, why not? And to one of the other postings, I know of no other city with clothes chutes or milk chutes. Detroit is unique in many ways.

Arlene Genske   Fairfield Glade TN
Dearborn 1957
Comments: Love it. Brings back lots of fond memories. But, what about the Auntie Dee Show. It was for talented kids to show their stuff! Does anyone else remember it?

Lillian Goodman   Weeki Wachee FL
Central 1950
Comments: Love it!

Lois Gordon   New York City NY
Central 1950
Comments: It's great to see something like this.

Joseph E Gracey   Hanford CA
Pershing
Comments:  I like it. Reminds me of
the 50s.

Bernadette Gregely   Ocala, Florida
Fordson 1963
Comments: Your website is really great. Really brought back a lot of wonderful memories.

Mary Hillebrand Grove   Knoxville TN
St. Rose 1960
Comments: Golly, did this ever bring back memories. Took me way back to being a teenager again. Haven't been back in years which I am sure is good since nothing would be the same or as good as I remember them to be.

Arneta Gullen    
Redford HS
Comments: Riding my bike to Rouge pools, going shopping at Federal's Department Store at Grand River & Greenfield when Wonderland Mall was an open-air mall, the Yellow Pages sign off of I-75 & Davison; I could go on for hours!

Pat Guthrie   Detroit MI
St. Catherine 1942
Comments: Delightful. When you're my age you love to reminisce.

Phyllis Gwodz-Brugger 
Thousand Oaks CA
Mackenzie 1965
Comments: What a fabulous site. I sent it to everyone I know from there. You brought back some great memories. Mine are: cruising Big Boy's and Daly's parking lots, shopping at Grand River and Greenfield. Working at JL Hudson's downtown. Thanks for the memories!!!
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Elaine     Troy MI
St. Francis de Sales 1965
Comments: Great. Keep 'em coming. My additions: Stoepel Park, Touring Twin Pines dairy & Vernors, The Rollerdrome on 8 Mile Road, Brent Hospital on the Uof D campus, Providence Hospital when it was on W. Grand Blvd., John & Marilyn co-anchoring the news, Sock Hops at Catholic Central. There were no McDonalds, Top Hat & White Castle were "it". Zingermans Deli at 7 Mile & Livernois (great cheese cake), Eliza Howell Park, Mercury Theater, ice skating in Palmer Park, Metro Airport observation deck, watching the Lions practice at Cranbrook, hockey games at Olympia Stadium, Roma Hall (both locations), and when channel 56 first started on the U of D campus. How about: cruisin' Woodward, Big Chef Burgers, Big Boy on Woodward, Baker's Shoes, shopping at Greenfield & Grand River, Grinnels Music, when Hughes Hatcher & Suffrin was Harry Suffrin, ice skating at the State Fair Grounds, Butzel field for ballgames and swimming, the Totem Pole on Woodward.

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Jean Flores   Novi MI
Redford Union 1964
Comments: One of things I remember is crusing down Woodward Ave from Ted's to the Totem Pole and then to Geigers on Grand River. Those were the good ol' days. Your web site is great; loved remembering all those things.

Carl Flynn   Toppenish WA
Lincoln 1966
Comments: Drag racing on Van Dyke, from 8 Mile to 8 1/2, then pulling into Big Boy's where the loser had to buy the cokes. BTW, what ever happened to Morgus the Magnificent? Oh yeah, anyone remember the arch enemy of the Faygo Kid ? It was Black Bart. "Black Bart, you are through." "Curses, foiled again." So many memories, it's hard to know where to start to remember. Thanks for bringing back my childhood.

Cecile Fredericks   Warren MI
St. Hedwig 1975
Comments: I remember going to Sanders on Woodward for a hot fudge cream puff especially after shopping
at Hudson's. It will always be Hudson's to me.

Frank Fagan   Commerce Twp MI
St. Gregory 1953
Comments: Elmwood Casino in Windsor (Prom night), midnight cruises on the Columbia (one of the three Bob-lo boats). Cruisiing on Northwestern Highway (not Woodward), Borden's Ice Cream plant on Dexter, Hires Root Beer plant on Wildemere, and Cook Paint and Varnish factory catching on fire about every three months.

Leo J. Fennelly     Canton MI
Comments: Enjoyed reading and reminiscing. I can add a few things of my own. Keep it going, we need stuff like this.

Joe Fishbein     West St. Paul MN
Southfield-Lathrup 1971
Comments: Great site! Stumbled across it while searching for info on Sonny Elliot, the crazy Channel 4 weatherman. Here are a few other memories: Ollie Fretter of Fretter Appliance doing his own commercials. He'd be at his desk, one eye looking towards the camera and the other pointed at the ceiling, and he'd say "Remember -- I'll give you five pounds of coffee if I can't beat your best deal. The competition knows me -- you should too!" "Save a week's pay at Gene Mirollis Chevrolet!" (for more great WKNR memories, go to www.keener13.com. Another Detroit area White Castle clone was "White Tower." There was one at 6 Mile and Livernois, just up from the old Varsity Theater (where I saw "A Hard Day's Night" four times).

David Fishbein     Rehovot, Israel
Southfield-Lathrup 1977
Comments: Very nice nostalgic trip.
How about adding some sports-related memories?

Eileen: You send 'em, I'll post 'em.

Lora Floyd   Shelby Twp. MI
Lutheran East 1967
Comments: Jim's Garage Restaurant with the steering wheel door handle and car-themed interior. The Lindell A.C. had the best steak sandwich and fries in town, melt in your mouth. The Civic movie theater on Kelly Rd. right around the corner from Grinnel's Music. I'm sure there are a lot more memories stored away, but old age has settled in and I simply can't remember right now.

Nanette Fulayter  Allen Park MI
Comments: It brings back memories.
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