GILROY STADIUM - Where high school football games were held
Until it was discovered the stands were sinking into the landfill on which they sat!
Where the Roosevelt Panthers used to walk to the stadium in full uniform to intimidate the opposing team
MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM - The downtown venue for all high school basketball games and high school graduations
Frank Sinatra, Harlem Globetrotters, Professional Wrestling (Friday Night Fights) all appeared there
No longer standing, as destroyed by fire in the the 90's. (See pics at Cityscapes)
AL'S PIZZA (43rd & Broadway) - the place to go after a game
ADANK'S BAR (at 45th & Broadway) - where some guys who thought they were "so cool" went for lunch in high school
Interestingly, the owner of the bar was my former Little League coach. That fact did not stop him from serving us beer at lunch, even though we were more than underage!
RICCOCHET LOUNGE (at 45th & Broadway) - the pizza parlor (money laundry) run by the Morgano "family"
Tommy Morgano was eventually deported back to his Sicilian home, but somehow managed
a return to the good ol' U. S. of A.?
BUSY BEE (on 45th, near Harrison) - another high school lunch hangout (previously known as Billy's & Bud's)
RIDGE THEATER (on Ridge Rd., near Broadway) - the "make out spot" for those not old enough to drive
ROXY THEATER (on Broadway, near Ridge Rd.)
Y & W DRIVE-IN - the "make out spot" for those with access to wheels
C & L AUTO SUPPLY (41st & Broadway) - if you were into wheels, you knew this place
NUMMIES AUTO PARTS - one of the proverbial junkyards frequented by the shade tree mechanics, along with WILD BILL'S
THE CLOCK (51st & Broadway) - nothing more than a large parking lot where everyone went to see and be seen
VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER (35th & Grant) - a first for Gary, eliminating the need to go downtown
PALACE THEATER - the downtown movie palace
H. GORDON & SONS - the upscale department store of downtown Gary, along with LYTTON'S
ROBERT HALL CLOTHES - the lower end of the scale when it came to clothing retailers
COMAY JEWELERS - the record store of Gary. Everyone went there and spent hours in the listening booths
NICK'S TAILORS (Downtown) - where guys got their drapes and vestees back in the day
BART'S A & W - the drive-in restaurant/root beer stand of choice for Glen Park residents
BEAUTY SPOT RESTAURANT- hangout, near Ridge and Roxy theaters, for those not old enough to drive; great cherry cokes
GARY PUBLIC LIBRARY, GLEN PARK BRANCH - you may have loved it, or hated it, but you frequented it
RIDGE DEPARTMENT STORE & HARVEY'S 5¢ & 10¢ - places to shop in Glen Park
SHALLBERG'S & GLEN PARK BAKERIES- places to get one's sugar fix
WIER'S FROZEN CUSTARD (44th & Broadway) - a juke joint
SOAP BOX DERBY HILL (43rd & Broadway) - the track ran down Broadway to the Nickel Plate tracks just past 41st Av
BRAMM'S TOY & HOBBY (45th & Broadway) - where guys could purchase model cars, planes and dope
How many of you remember dope (the legal kind)?
U.S. 30 DRAGSTRIP - For those who graduated from model cars/planes and soap box derby cars
MILLER & LAKE ST. BEACHES - places to swim;
Miller if one was on the make and Lake St. if one had already connected and desired privacy
Actually the Chapel of the Dunes, in Miller. A weekend dance place for high schoolers
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