It was a bar called The Janitors Closet

I remember going to Christown as a kid and wondering why men were going down the stairs near the Orange Julius. How about the round banks on Central/Osborn. One was a Western Savings. When I was little they actually hand wrote your deposit in your saving book. We’d make a deposit once we saved $5. I worked in the “ibm computer card” building on Central/Osborn in the early 80s. Back then uptown downtown was the place to be. We’d go to the Yacht Club, Cheese and Stuff, Macayos, Bob’s Big Boy or La Pinata for lunch. For happy hour we’d go to the free wine and cheese parties the radio stations would have, Hoolihans, Jersey Club, Macayos and Willie & Guillermo’s, Black Angus, El Torito & Bennigans.

I wish I could get my hands on that sauce recipe!

I got my hair cut it long hair incorporated and use the conceived by nature shampoo. I would go swimming at the Maryvale pool. And we met the stuntman Tom Mix in Old Tucson while on vacation. My name is Donald Maxey and I am on Facebook.

Remember when Warsaw Wallys, and the Library and Edcel’s Attic and the Impulse, and the Purple Turtle were the live music bars in Phx? And bands like the Spiffs, and the Jetsons, and Billy Clone and the Same, et al played?

Does anyone who grew up in Glendale in the 70s remember a tiny hamburger place literally next to Grand Avenue called Joe’s Place? They had that amazing sauce that they would drown the burgers and hot dogs with. And what about the bottled sodas in the water cooler? That was an amazing little place.

Wow, so many posts & so many memories!

I remember World Beyond at am every Saturday on Channel 5. Must have seen just about every monster, horror, and B-grade sci-fi movie from the 1930’s through the 1980’s. For a title graphic, they had a psychedelic effect on the “World Beyond” text, complete with a clip from the song Time by Pink Floyd.

Remember Blakely’s Gas Stations, you would collect their frosted Glass and Tumbler Set with pictures of Cactus on each one. Green Gables restaurant on 24th st and Thomas and the Shining Knight on a White horse out front. Murphy McFitts Bar on 7th St south of Thomas. Live music w/ Coyote. The Original Monastery was on 48th St and Indian School behind the Mortuary.

I moved to Phoenix in late 1975 when I was 13, coming from Germany by way of Daytona Beach, FL. Our apartment complex was near 16th St & Camelback and I attended Madison Park, then Central High. I knew it was going to be a weird school year when everyone stood up and said, “Good morning Mr. Chambers!” when the teacher walked in. It was a great ice breaker. That following summer, the summer of the bicentennial was amazing and hot. I went to Big Surf with some friends, told them it was better than the ocean, ‘no sharks’. I remember watching Wallace and Ladmo with my brother & sister along with that silly car commercial- Go see Cal. When we lived in Germany, I listened to the Armed Forces Network because there was no American television. KRIZ was my favorite station and I knew all the DJ’s by their voice although they threw their names out 10-15 times an hour. I was listening to them until their final night. Tubing down the Salt River without sunscreen, oh yea, will never forget that. Papago Park, climbing Squaw Peak, Encanto Park, my first real job at Waffle House on Bell Rd and Black Canyon Frwy. Phoenix was a great place to live 1975 to 1980, and I hope it still is. I live in FL, but have very fond memories and will probably move to CO or NV in another 2 yrs. I visit the southwest often as I miss the desert and mountains.


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