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Oct 30th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Did you forget Diccico's? I grew up with Paul, the younger brother. I have a brother who designed one of their restaurants and made the stained glass windows at their downtown restaurant. My dad had a large part in building the zoo and Woodward park.

The population is becoming more and more ------shall I say non-USA.>>

Third generation Fresnan here. I went to HS and college there. Best HS friends were an Italian/Irish friend and a French/Armenian. I would say a very diverse USA bunch we were, not to mention irreverent. Hmmm…

Like anyone who moves away, the best part of “home town” are memories. I still like to drive by our old house and view the ornamental wrought iron I built in HS that is still there.

First kiss at Roeding Park, cruising Belmont Circle. Mar’s drive-in on Belmont, Fulton Mall during the 60’s, Warner’s Cinemax, Starlight Drive-in, scene of many a raucous night, water skiing at Lake Millerton, dancing at the Rainbow ballroom, late night swimming parties in our backyard pool, driving my brother down Fresno street to Greyhound in the middle of the night to visit his girlfriend in Merced when I was just fifteen, CLOVIS rodeo one of the largest in the country (okay skip that one, I could go on and on.

I have many friends and relatives there, and people are what make a town just like people make this forum. God help us if we could see what surroundings some here might live in.

Peace… >-
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Oct 30th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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Dear Bear:

What ever happened to the Armenian restaurant: Stanley's? I think that was the name. We always went there as kids since my parents were into adventurous dining.

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Oct 30th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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while going to cos (college of sequoias) i went to most fsu football homegames. still a fresno state fan, when they're not playing uh.

what i loved was going to class in the morning and looking at the snowcapped mountains. best view in the winter, imo.
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oops, meant calstate fresno.
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Saw a t-shirt the other day that said "FU".
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I recall Stanley’s downtown location but never ate there.

How about Lauck’s Bakery in the Tower District or The Golden Chinese on Broadway? I heard they tore down The Silver Dollar Hofbrau’s downtown location. Coney Island Hotdogs downtown?

Fresno was small-town as a kid, air was clean and homicides were rare. Shaw Avenue was the north edge of town. Heat and fog were entertainment.

We were deprived, what can I say?

Speaking of Gottschalk's do you remember tv celeb Nancy Ellen who sidelined family photography there? Al Radka?

Wearing huarches and beads on outdoor Fulton Mall in 60's?

One of my best memories of Fresno was visiting my cousins in SF.
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Al Radka!!! What about Flippo Jr!! In the early 60's my parents went to the Hacienda to see Nat King Cole. I still remember them raving about him. Old time Fresno!!
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Do you remember The 49er? Webster Webfoot? KYNO BOSS AM? KMAK?

Channel 47 (ABC) signing off in the evening?

Maple Plunge? Lesterburgers?

Fun site for X-Fresnan's only:

bear - too old to rock & roll? naw...
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Lesterburgers, yes I remember the ads and Al Radka talking about "Racey Lacey Blvd." in Visalia or Hanford?

I happen to have a Webster Webfoot doll somewhere at my mom's house. I'm not from Fresno, but am a "Valley Girl".

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Oct 30th, 2007, 08:48 PM
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bear900: this ones for you!

First kiss: Huntington Lake on a rock near the water at the Rancheria Campground. Do you remember in the summer they'd have family movie nights on Friday nights and a dance for the older kids on Saturdays?

Me N Ed's Pizza (another Al Radka nod!)

Blackbeards waterslides and miniature golf.

Dancing at Jim's Place in Clovis which had chicken coop wire around the front of the stage just like in the movie Roadhouse!

Wild Blue Yonder: nuff said

The Bluestein Family ( and yes, when they played at the Wild BLue Yonder!

Seeing Audra MacDonald as the lead in My Fair Lady her senior year at Roosevelt High School!

Leaving work at 5:00 PM to get several waterski runs in at Millerton and skiing until dark every night in the summer!

Motorcycle rides through the tower district just looking at the beautiful , stately homes and yards... same goes for the Fresno High area.

Concerts at Selland Arena!

Seeing Journey (Steve Perry: local boy) at City College... whatever that stadium used to be called.

Blackbottomed swimming pools!

Watching Fresno State baseball when Bob Bennett was still the coach and playing baseball bingo!

Getting a Kevin Sweeney yardstick the night he broke a passing record!

Champagne Cake from Lauck's Bakery (for my college graduation) and stuffed steak from Nicola's. (Wedding rehearsal dinner)

Madelines Bridal Shop on Olive.

So many wonderful memories!

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Al Radka, oh my word - I'm in the middle of reading that "Lost Fresno" website and I still have the Oberti Olives theme song going through my head.

We used to drive down to Fresno every two weeks to do our grocery shopping. Sometimes we'd see a movie at the Crest (remember that purple velvet ceiling?) or the Country Squire.

We'd almost always have lunch at Bob's Big Boy or Me-n-Ed's Pizza. I hated pizza when I was little, so my parents would stop at Lesterburger and get me a grilled cheese sandwich. Eventually they persuaded me to try cheese pizza, then Italian sausage, and the rest is history.

If it was a really hot day, we'd stop at Foster Freeze out on Blackstone in Pinedale on our way home. My mom loved their pineapple shakes.

Lee Ann
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michelle - lacey blvd. in hanford. so like omg, the like val from san fernando valley? like totally b*tchin!

i thought the only thing to do was sit in the middle next to your boyfriend in his new lowered-speedbump-scraping custom chevy truck and cruise blackstone on sat nite, then park in some orchard, so i’ve heard. ahem.

i learned to waterski at millerton lake. “keep you tips up?” is all i remember hearing. “my what up?” was a pointless question, lol. seadooing there first thing in the morning was so much better – like glass. no dog fighting for me only figure 8’s, i’m a wuss.
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O B E R T I !!!

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I think one of my favorite TV mini series was FRESNO with Carol Burnett. It was a great spoof of Dynasty and Falcon Crest. They were a high society raisin growing family. Carol Burnett had an over the top wardrobe by Bob Mackie. I thought the whole thing was a hoot.
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Oct 31st, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Oh Patrick... I can't believe anyone remembers that!

The mayor now is Alan Autry! Now I can't remember the name of the shows he's been in but I bet you know who he is!

DId you see my mention above of Audra MacDonald? Shes been singing professionally for years now and has tiny roles in shows like LA and Order but even in high school she was stunning. See what "introduction to theatre" can do in a hick town in the middle of CA?
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Audra MacDonald drips with talent. She's now racked up four best supporting actress Tonys. She was amazing in 110 in the Shade on Broadway last year, and she'll be repeating her Tony award winning role in A Raisin in the Sun on the PBS broadcast in December.

But regarding your bet about the mayor. You lose. I don't have a clue. Guess I'll go look it up.
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Neo and moneygirl--When was this show on? I've never heard of it, but it sounds funny.
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I had to look that up. It was 1986. Here's the cast list and some other information. Terry Garr was wonderful and Dabney Coleman was soooo evil.
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LOL Billy and Bobby Joe Bobb.

I can't believe I missed that show..
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The Hacienda Motel! My family spent a "mini" vacation there in 1959, meeting up with cousins from the northern part of the state (Fresno was halfway between). All I remember is the pool---it had an underwater window, so swimmers could be viewed by patrons at the bar. We thought that was pretty cool.

Googling, I learned that the pool became famous during the "phone booth cramming" craze of 1959. From the article:

"The students of Fresno College may not have crammed the most students into a booth but they secured a place in cramming history with their unique spin on the fad. Seven male students did a telephone booth cram underwater!

Female students met the challenge by cramming eight co-eds into a booth dropped into the Fresno Hacienda Motel Pool."

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