I moved to Phoenix in 1984 and have seen many changes

I moved to Phoenix in 1984 and have seen many changes

Does anyone remember the name of the record store chain that sold new and used record album’s one was downtown Phoenix another was in Tempe

Vincent de Paul on 27th Ave, just north of Bethany where the room was absolutely full of cigarette smoke

But my husband has been here since 1955 and he shares stories with me. He learned to drive a car near 32nd Street between Lincoln and Camelback. He also talks about when the canal broke and flooded his street and house.

How about jolly roger restaurant on camelback road. Around 19 st. Where children paid according to weight. And all the waiter an staff dressed as pirates? Now its a chilies

Funny you mention Angel’s. I was changing an electrical outlet at home, and the one I was replacing still had an Angel’s price tag on it!

I remember all the things mentioned, but the thing I remember most was the vast wide oped spaces, quiet sundays, Legend city the family place, Christown the largest outdoor mall in the country and we were just a hick town back then, the Metro the largest indoor mall in the country at the time and built on orange groves, that right orange groves, it was hot as hell but we didnt care riding out past bell when it was patrolled by the county, monsoons were just plain dust storms, and not a 4 month event on the news, I LOVE PHOENIX

Rollerskating at Rollercade at Northern and 35th Avenue; buying my magic supplies at Bert Easley’s on McDowell, concerts at the band shell at Encanto, pizza after a game at Alhambra HS at Peter Piper on 43rd and Glendale, watching soft porn from across the street at Indian School Drive In. During the summer, you could walk through my neighborhood (35th and Bethany) and pick fruit off all of the trees; back then, I didn’t know what a pomegranate was for, or how to peel it.

Cruising Metrocenter on weekends and going to that Taj Majal game arcade on the outer loop

I remember when they built the Adams Hotel with the rotating restaurant at the top. You could walk home from work late at 2am, at the age of 16, and there was no curfew and the cops wouldn’t hassle you. I remember when the girls worked down on Van Buren instead of at 27th and Glendale. I remember West Plaza, it had an LLSmith’s hardware store and a Paddock Pools. Mr. Steak at 43rd and Bethany, and steak sandwiches at Jack in the box. The ice skating rink at 27th and Indian School. Bingo on Friday nights at St. The State Fair every year at the Coliseum. Walking to school my first day of first grade, and every day thereafter, BY MYSELF, and not being catered to by helicopter parents watching my every second. The bus was a dime and you could take it all the way to Sky Harbor at 5am, and no one thought anything of it. I thought Avondale was third world country, and Lake Pleasant was half way to Canada, but then I was 6.

I believe that the Rocky Horror Picture Show was playing exclusively at the Sombrero Playhouse, on 7th ave & Highland, up to the late 70’s.Also, you could see a different movie every two day.

I remember the livestock watering hole west of 32nd Street just north of Bell Rd where it turned into a dirt road. In the 1960s we’d see mountain lion tracks around it and in the 1970s it was a popular high school “boondocker” spot. I learn to drive on that dirt road.

Author: Genesis Ray