I ran across this online today while searching for something else. I had to pass it on.
You Lived in Phoenix in the 60s, 70s, and 80s If…
You remember when Bell Road (especially through Glendale) was the considered edge of civilization. There was nothing there but tumbleweeds and prairie dogs. Now, it’s where you go to run all your errands. Or if you were traveling eastbound on Bell Rd. the sign that said “Scottsdale- 21 miles.”
You needed to pack a lunch to drive to Sun City.
Your parents took you to Legend City, the only theme park in Phoenix.
Afternoons were spent watching The Wallace and Ladmo Show.*
You remember when Beardsley Road was a seldom traveled, two-lane blacktop. Now, it’s the eastbound frontage road for the Loop 101 freeway.
Before there was Target, there was Gemco. Now, most of the old Gemco stores are Targets.
You remember the original Cine Capri theater at 24th Street and Camelback. You also waited for hours in a line that wrapped around the building to see the original Star Wars there.
You remember stores like Yellow Front, Woolco, Newberry’s, McCrory’s, TG&Y, Fedmart, Sprouse Reitz, Wards and Yates.
You remember when Metrocenter Mall had an underground ice skating rink. Watching skaters from the overlook above was the best way to escape the summer heat.
Metrocenter also had a Farrell’s ice cream parlor. No Farrell’s trip was complete without getting to see two waiters run though the restaurant with a sundae resting on a stretcher, while lights and sirens whirred in the background. Sometimes, the ice cream would fall off the stretcher. Don’t forget the trip thru their candy store.
You were bummed when Farrell’s closed. The space was later occupied by ‘Round the Corner, a burger and sandwich place similar to Red Robin.
You saw a concert at Compton Terrace when it was attached to Legend City.
Your folks subscribed to the Phoenix Gazette (afternoon newspaper) and the Arizona Republic on Sunday.
You remember when the Brass Armadillo antique mall was Angel’s—a building supply warehouse similar to Home Depot.
You remember when you got your building supplies from O’Malley’s, Entz-White or Payless Cashways.
You remember when the Phoenix Suns were the only professional sports team in the state, and they played their games at Phoenix Memorial Coliseum.
Your groceries came from Alpha Beta, AJ Bayless, Basha’s, Lucky’s, Neb’s Market or Smitty’s. Smitty’s even had a little coffee shop attached to it. Smitty’s sold everything.
A night out consisted of family dinner at the Lunt Avenue Marble Club. Their French Onion Soup and deep fried mushrooms were the best. (I’m here to witness, let me tell you!)
You remember when eastbound I-10 ended at Dysart Road. In order to continue east, you had to take McDowell or Thomas Road 15 miles to I-17 and head south. I-10 started up again somewhere east of downtown.
You remember when the Chili’s at 20th Street and Camelback (recently demolished) was The Jolly Roger.
You ate breakfast at Sambo’s or Bob’s Big Boy.
You drove to Central and Thomas to have strawberry pie at Big Boy’s because it was a car hop and they brought it to your car.
You remember when most houses were built with carports instead of garages. Roofs were covered with wood shakes or asphalt shingles instead of stone tiles.
You remember home builder’s billboards that advertised interest rates of 5%.
Your aspirin and cough syrup came from Skagg’s, SuperX, Revco, Thrifty’s, or Drug Emporium.
Your shoes came from Buster Brown.
For cafeteria-style French Food, you went to Café Casino at 24th Street & Camelback.
For some of the best Mexican food in town, you went to La Cucaracha at 7th Street and Indian School.
You remember when CBS was on Channel 10, ABC was on channel 3, and channels 5 and 15 were independent. Now, CBS is on Channel 5, FOX is on Channel 10, ABC is on Channel 15, and Channel 3 no longer has a network affiliation. NBC and PBS are the only ones that stayed on their original stations (channel 12 and 8, respectively).
You accompanied your dad to the True Value Hardware store in Westown in hopes of getting to stop at Baskin Robbins afterward.
You shopped at Valley West Mall before it became a ghost town, and was ultimately torn down.
You shopped at Phoenix Spectrum Mall when it was known as Chris-Town. Broadway was on the east end and Montgomery Wards was on the west. In the 80s, the mall was extended south at the west end and Bullocks anchored the southwest end. The movie theater was on the second floor of the east end of the mall.
You remember when Park Central was actually a full-fledged mall. You bought clothes at Goldwaters and Diamond’s.
You woke up to Bruce Kelly in the morning on KZZP. Before that—Jonathon Brandmeier and his ‘loons!’
You remember Phoenix’s only real rock and roll stations were KRIZ and KRUX in the 1960s.
You rode the ‘Tico’ to Park Central.
You remember quality local programming like Open House with Rita Davenport or Sun Spots with Jan DiAtri.
You accompanied your dad to the LaBelle’s catalog showroom to buy your mom’s Christmas present and where you drooled over hi-fi equipment.
Before he was governor, you remember Evan Mecham as the owner of a Pontiac dealership in Glendale.
You remember when Castles-n-Coasters was known as Golf-n-Stuff.
You remember when the entire state of Arizona only had one area code. Now, there are three in the Phoenix area alone.
You remember when Scottsdale Fashion Square was an outdoor mall with Goldwater’s, Bullocks and Leonard’s luggage being the only stores.
You remember when Goldwater’s was bought out by Robinson May who was then bought out by Macy’s.
You remember when Diamonds was bought out by Dillards.
You remember when Diamonds box office was the only place to buy concert tickets.
You remember when it hit 99℉ and that was considered HOT.
You remember when Big Surf water park was the place to go to beat the heat. Then hitting the drive in theater to see movie across the street.
You remember when best ice cream was found at Thrifty’s Drug Store, where $0.85 cents would get you three scoops.
You remember when you wrote all your information down on a piece of paper and then your drivers license was mailed to you. It was very easy to change the 1968 to 1965 (because it was still in your hand writing) so that you could go to Devil House drinking because the drinking age was 19 years old.
You remember when you could go to Devil House for dancing after hours which was from 1am – 3am.
You remember going to see Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight on Mill Ave.
You remember when 44th Street and Thomas was Thomas Mall.
You remember when 40th Street and Thomas was Tower Plaza, and there were a few people that climbed to the top and threaten to jump.
You remember when there was a canal at 48th.
If you are of a certain sexual orientation, you remember Miss Matty’s Attic, Maggies/HisCo Disco, The Connection, The Forum, and Hotbods.
You remember when driving up Pima Road and you could see for miles and miles because there was nothing east or north of Shea Blvd. And it was very dark and scary.
You remember when the only way to get to Shea Blvd. was thru Dreamy Draw Park and there weren’t any streetlights. Squaw Peak was the name of a mountain, not a highway.
You remember going to concerts at Graham Central Station because the band was not popular enough to fill Mesa Amphitheater.
You bought vinyl at Odyssey Records and Circles Records & Tapes. At circles you had to pass through what seemed like a hermetically sealed passageway to get to the classical section.
You lusted over high-end audio at Jerry’s Audio and Bruce’s World of Sound.
You remember Terminal 1 at Sky Harbor.
You remember Sky Harbor before it was Sky Harbor International.
You remember being able to go out on the observation deck above Terminal 2 to watch planes arrive.
You ate lunch at McDonalds on Central under actual golden arches (one of the original designs). A Big Mac cost 55 cents.
You got your hair cut at Long Hair Inc. and maintained it with Conceived By Nature Shampoo, Creme Rinse and Conditioner.
You and your family ate at Sirloin Stockade, Guggy’s, or Hobo Joes. If it was a very special occasion, you went to Beefeaters on Camelback.
The smell of orange blossoms permeating the air everywhere in the spring.
You bought model kits at Webster’s Hobby Shop and ate lunch at the lunch counter of McCrory’s in Uptown Plaza.
You remember KXTC Disco 92 and their silver mylar bumper stickers.
You remember when the Colonade was an actual enclosed mall, with Sears on the east end and Rhodes Department Store on the West.
You shopped at West Plaza. You bought your pool and backyard fun supplies at Paddock. You bought plastic models from Hobby Lobby (no affiliation to the current behemoth).
*My sister and I were actually on the show one afternoon after our names had been selected from cards we’d mailed in.