Monday, September 15, 2014

Putt-Putt & Rheinland Haus

I know I'm stuck in the '60s lately, but I just can't get enough of the decade! 

Hope you forgive me and enjoy these ads from ... 1967.

I had no idea how long that Putt-Putt had been around!

A comedian AND a stripper!

Loved this place. (updated)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hey, Hey, the Monkees come to Charlotte!

Charlotte went ape in 1967!

Were you there? Did you wear your grooviest outfit? 


'It Wasn't a Riot, It Was Ticket Time For Monkees'

By William L. Chaze, News Staff Writer
June 9, 1967

   'It was a wild scene.
   There were these teeny-boppers all squirmy and happy pushing up against the ticket windows at the Coliseum, waiting to buy their tickets to the Monkees concert scheduled for Tuesday, July 11.
   The tickets - $4, $5 and $6 - went on sale today, but at 3 a.m. teenagers already were on the scene, dragging blankets like little long-haired characters out of Peanuts. The blankets, though, weren't for security; they were to sit on while the pre-dawn traffic moved dozily past on E. Independence Blvd.
   By 8:30 a.m., several hundred youngsters were filling the ticket area of the Coliseum, shoving a little and checking out each other's clothes.'

   Hip-hugger skirts ... mini-skirts ... sandals and yards of long, shiny hair.
   Fifteen-year-old Amelia Hinson, who stood up near the front of the twitching and pulsating line, stared intently at an open book of astrology. She was cool, aloof and she had something none of the other girls has.
   'Just a minute and I'll show you,' she said, putting the book on the floor and her foot on top of the book. She reached into her purse and pulled out a postcard from Peter Tork, her favorite Monkee. It was postmarked Hollywood and read 'Thanks' five times in a childish scrawl.
   'I sent him a box of suckers and some creepy crawlers,' she said, daring me to smile. 'That's what I think of him.' She wore electric blue eye-shadow on her eyelids and she closed her eyes and smiled. She was reading the astrology book to see if her stars agree with those of the Monkees.'

*The concert was actually on July 11.

'Neck-deep in magazines, books and pictures about the Monkees are three ardent Monkee fans (left to right) Laura Harmon, Amelia Hinson and Gloria Hicklin. The big day for the girls is when the Monkees come to Charlotte.'
Elmer Horton/Staff

'Off To See Their Idols.  And if you were a teenager going to a Monkee concert, what would you wear? Here's how some Charlotte teens decked out Tuesday night. At far left is the long and the short of it - flowered, wide-legged party pajamas and a striped mini-skirt work with poorboy and textured stockings. Center are two versions of mini-shifts. Left is striped slacks with wide ruffles on the bottom. Most essential to all though - the camera.'
Don Hunter/Staff


'The Monkee Scene - What It Was Was Wild'

Excerpts from concert story by Kay Reimler, News Staff Writer
July 12, 1967

    'There were 13 thousand of them.
    Teeny boppers, pre-teeny boppers, their little sisters and brothers and a smattering of mothers and fathers with kids too young to be turned loose.
   It was the Monkee scene last night at the Coliseum with the TV star-singing group headlining a show that began like a confused kindergarten recess and ended in what felt like 120-degree psychedelic mayhem.
   The two Red Cross stations set up in the Coliseum treated about 14 cases of hysteria and exhaustion.
   When the Monkees came on stage it all broke loose and didn't stop till an hour later when the show was over. 
    It was wild with kids jumping up and down, waving hands and handkerchiefs, beating on their chairs and each other, running up and down the aisles trying to take pictures and yelling names - PeterPeterPeterPeter, oh, Peter-r-r-r-r - or just yelling.
    If the Monkees don't play and sing well you'd never have known it. 
    They changed clothes twice during the concert. At first they came out looking like young, young executives in black double-breasted silk suits. The second time they each wore zany Mod clothes (a white brocade Edwardian jacket) and lastly they wore the Monkee shirts they often wear on their show.
    The ending of the show was straight out of a poppy field. Lights flashed on and off giving the singer the effect of being a character out of an old film where the frames don't match. Weird colors flowed in and out of one another on the screen above the stage and the sound was electric.
   Thirteen thousand exhausted kids would sleep well tonight.'

Friday, September 12, 2014

Girl Scout gear, 1967

Belk's was the place to go for a girl's camping needs

    As a Brownie in the '60s I remember wanting every single item in these ads! I never got a canteen -- but I still have my mess kit.

    Do you remember shopping for Girl or Boy Scout equipment at the department stores? The fun little things were in glass cases in the girl's (or boy's) department.

   Did your parents have a Belk 'Charga-plate' (see fourth ad)? My mother called her credit cards 'charga-plates' for a long time!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gas crisis: 1979

   The 1979 energy crisis led to gas shortages and rationing across the U.S.   

Where were you in '79?

I remember scraping 95 cents together to put gas in my 8-cylinder, gas-guzzling, 'Sundance Orange' Pontiac LeMans so I could get to work at SouthPark Cinemas. 

What did you drive then? Was it economical, or a gas hog that you loved anyway? LOL!

'Nikki Hoffman filled up at a USA gas station on South Boulevard Saturday night in preparation for a dry Sunday.' Jeep Hunter/Staff

'When a station's gasoline prices are a few cents below its competitors' rates, motorists find out and line up for the bargain. Cotswold Exxon Car Care Center on Randolph Road has had waiting lines for its three hours of sales Monday through Saturday.' Mark Fortenberry/Staff

 'Fritz, a Doberman Pinscher, Protects Gas Station .... 
Larry Vestal hasn't been robbed with him around.' Staff

No info on where this station was. Anyone know?

'No, it's not Californians lining up to get hard-to-find gasoline. It's Charlotteans who lined up this morning to buy gas for 25 cents a gallon at the Texaco station at Fairview and Sharon Roads. It was part of a promotion by radio station WAYS. The station arranged for 1,000 gallons of gas at the station. Station spokesman said the response was 'fantastic.'' Tom Franklin/Staff

'With most Charlotte service stations closed Saturday night, motorists were hard pressed to find gasoline. And when they did they had to wait. At U-Save-Automatic Self-Serve gasoline station on South Boulevard, one of the few stations open around town, lines six or seven cars long crowded each of the station's four pump areas throughout most of the day.' Staff.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bush Stationer's, 1978

Christmas gift suggestions from Bush Stationers in 1978. 

Harry Bush opened the first Bush Stationers in 1961 at Park Road Shopping Center. Did you shop at Bush Stationers before they closed in 1993?

I loved the Cotswold location and the Snoopy stuff they carried!

You can barely make out the Cotswold location below -- it's to the right of Wachovia if you don't recall...

1972. Staff photo.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mrs. Keelan, Part 4: Five years later

(Part 4 of 4)

'County's 300,000th Citizen Now Calls Charlotte Home'

Did the Keelan family stay in Charlotte? 

The Charlotte News checked in with them five years later.

(Public records indicate that some of the family still lives in Charlotte today!)

By Larry Keith, News Staff Writer  
June 19, 1968

   Five years and two children later, the Keelans of Manhasset Rd. are no longer having to adjust to Charlotte.

 They like it fine, they plan to stay.

  'A lot has happened since then. We have two boys now, Doug, three, and Brian, two in nine days and Laura is five. I've just recently begun teaching a kindergarten class at First Presbyterian Church.'

     Doug, still traveling for Borden Chemical Co., plans to settle here for good. 

   'I always said that if I stayed in a place for at least four years I'd begin looking for a house to buy instead of rent,' he said. 'The way the family has grown we're going to have to move into a bigger place.'
   With plans as they are, the Keelans want to become more firmly a part of the community that showered them with hospitality five years ago.

   'I want to get back into social case work,' Mrs. Keelan said. 'That's what I prepared for a the University of Michigan. I've been able to do some work at Presbyterian Hospital and Alexander Children's Home but not like I really want to.'

   Doug hopes to get involved with Little League and to further his education.

   Five years ago the Keelans were adopted by Charlotte and today the feeling is mutual.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mrs. Keelan, Part 3: 539 miles

(Part 3 of 4)

A story about the woman who guessed within one mile the air mileage between the 300,000th citizen's former residence and Charlotte. The Keelans moved here from Buffalo, NY.

By Mickey Blackwell, Oberver Staff Writer
June 20, 1963

   'Ah, you're just not telling the truth.'

  That was the initial reaction of Mrs. J. T. Hutchinson of 2223 Sarah Marks Ave. when she was notified that she had won $100 in an Observer-sponsored contest. She had pinpointed within one mile the air mileage between the former residence of Mecklenburg's 300,000th citizen and Charlotte.

   'I am the happiest person,' Mrs. Hutchinson said after she was convinced she had won the money. 
   When asked why she guessed 539, she said, 'It really just sort of came to me.'
   Mrs. Hutchinson is 65 years old. She is retired from Southern Railway and her husband was with Duke Power.
    'You know, I'm just getting ready to go on vacation Saturday,'' she said, adding that the extra money would enable her to enjoy the vacation even more. 

Part 1: 300,000th citizen

Part 2: