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You Grew Up in Rhode Island During the 1960s * If...

* ...or maybe earlier. cried when Salty Brine's collie Jeff died. remember when Art Lake and Salty Brine had dark hair. remember Sara Wye, Franz Laubert, Mort Blender, Bunny North, and Jay Kroll. remember Jack Comley and Dick Pace doing talk radio on WJAR. remember the Outlet Company at Christmastime: Toyland in the basement and the Christmas windows. smile wistfully when you think of the names Shepards, Woolworths, Grants, Peerless, Gladdings, and City Hall Hardware. remember Newberry's downtown. remember when they turned Westminster Street into a mall. remember when Kmart was still Kresge's. bought your books at Read-All or the Paperback Bookstore on Weybosset Street.
...before you went home from a trip downtown you bought some fruit or groceries from the Market Basket. once ate at the Ming Garden or the Waldorf Cafeteria. remember when it was the Sheraton Biltmore. were assured by classmates that the Industrial National Bank building was the same one as in the opening of the Superman TV series. remember when they used to show all the Disney films at the Majestic Theater. remember the RKO Albee, the Loew's State, and the Strand.
...your mom wouldn't let you go near the Strand 'cause they showed "dirty movies." remember that neat paperback bookstore cattycorner from the Outlet having so many books and rock posters that the cashier had to sit up in a little booth.
...being bussed to the Rhode Island Philharmonic once a year for a special concert for schoolchildren. remember when that big pyramid that became Apex went up in Pawtucket.
Salty's Shack ad remember when WPRI was WPRO. remember neighborhood bakeries and all the great pastries they carried: lemon squares, New Yorkers, cornets, zeppoles, and sfogliatelles. know what a hermit is (and it's not a strange old guy who lives alone in the woods). remember when Garden City was just about the only shopping center out in that direction. remember when Garden City was just about the only thing out there besides farms and houses and how at Christmastime when they put up their light display you could drive to the top of Laurel Hill Avenue and see it shining like a beacon in the distance.
...heck, you remember the coal tipple that used to be on the north side of Sakonasset Road at what's now the "back end" of Garden City. remember Child World.
...your parents would threaten to "send you to Sakonasset" when you were particularly bad.
...your mother would say, when you made her crazy, "You're going to drive me to Howard!" remember Reservoir Avenue when it was only two lanes. remember driving north to Massachusetts before there was an interstate, on Routes 1 and 128, or maybe out Route 6 to the Cape, or up 146. have fond memories of Rocky Point, Crescent Park, and Jolly Cholly's. remember when Rhode Island Mall was Midland Mall.
...heck, you remember when Midland Mall opened. remember the junkyard that used to be across from Fiore Pontiac (and you wondered if the old trade-ins went there). used to love the Cranston Drive-In. wondered if they gave out free samples at the Eclipse syrup plant. remember free parking at the beach.
...your mom grocery shopped at Almacs, Stop and Shop, Finast, or the A&P.
...heck, when your mom shopped at a neighborhood supermarket like Food Town. remember Warwick Shopper's World, Niantic Mills, and the Ben Franklin Store.
...your parents still referred to Warwick Shopper's World and Ann & Hope as "mill outlets" and going to one of these stores was "going to the mill."
...your parents still referred to the airport as "Hillsgrove." remember when the section of Cranston at the intersection of Park Avenue and Gansett Avenue was called "the Speedway." know what a "superette" and a "spa" were (and that the latter had nothing to do with health clubs). remember when Bald Hill Road was almost all farms. remember the big old buildings in downtown Newport waterfront before they remodeled it. remember when there wasn't a McDonald's in Rhode Island. remember Burger Chef and Jeff. bought a small Del's Lemonade for only a dime, Hershey bars for 10 cents, popsicles a nickel, and penny candy--for a penny! remember going to Stamp's Farm for eggs and Highland Orchards for apples. passed the Narragansett Brewery on your way downtown--and people were working there. of the big landmarks on Post Road was the Scholes roller rink.
...every time a hurricane was forecast your mom and dad or grandparents would immediately talk about the Hurricane of 38.
...heck, they'd take you downtown to show you the high-water plaque on the Providence Journal-Bulletin building. remember Trifari and Coro being two of the biggest employers in town.
...instead of getting your chickens from the supermarket, your mom or dad went to the chicken man in Silver Lake.
...your parents took you to the Slater Zoo. remember Bosco and Maypo. remember the old Calart's Christmas display. remember the big rivalry between Old Stone Bank and Citizens Bank--especially between the kids who had savings accounts with either bank in school.
...the moment you drove out of Rhode Island no one had coffee milk or coffee ice cream any longer. still have nightmares about "Choo-Choo" on the Railroad Salvage commercials.


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