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If You Grew Up in Miami . . . .

Ray Fisher, a former Miami Herald editor, writes to say:


When the Courthouse was the tallest building
When US1 was only two lanes
Pier 5 where you could buy fresh fish right off the boat
When the people on South Beach were older than the buildings
WCIX channel 6, or WAXY radio and Rick Shaw, or Zeta 4 Big Wilson
Ralph Renick
Howard Johnson's fried clams and ice cream
The Jackie Gleason show with the June Taylor dancers
Riddle Airlines
Medley Speedway
A & P grocery stores
Planes spraying for fruit flies
Bayfront Bandshell
The Miami News
When there was a grocery store in Dadeland Mall
Grand Union, Kwik Check, Ann Margeret grocery stores
When the Rusty Pelican burned down
The Tropicaire Drive-In and swap meet
The Ferris wheel atop Burdines downtown
Jordan Marsh
Riviera Theater and the Miracle Mile Theater
National Airlines, Air Florida and Eastern Airlines
Pan Am's airport at Dinner Key
When the Rickenbacker was a drawbridge (only 25 cents)
The Skipper Chuck Show and the Sunday Funnies
Lindsley Lumber
Hot Shoppes Paileys Big Wheel
Crandon Park Zoo
Johnny and Mack by the railroad track
Sheehan Buick on 8th Street ... when it was called 8th Street
Gretners Restaurant, The Flame, Dixie Bell Inn, The Depot
Black Angus Restaurant at 104 street
Holsum Bakery's wonderful smell of bread baking on US1
When Dadeland was an open-air mall
When there was only a Gulf station on US 1 cross from Shorty's
When Tamiami airport was on the Tamiami Trail
A&W Drive in restaurants
Lums and their frozen schooners and wieners in beer
The Village Inn
The Playboy Clubs
Big Daddy's Lounges
Auto Inspections
Roberts Western Wear and OK Feed Store
The English Pub and Jamaican Inn on Key Biscayne
Claude Pepper's picnics at Tropical Park
Tropical Park when it was a racetrack
South Miami Hospital when it was only one building.
When they built Baptist hospital
When everyone thought the turnpike extension was built too far out
When Coconut Grove was a hippie hangout
Sam and Carl's Deli in S Miami
Rock concerts at Miami Jai Alai stadium
Sunniland Pony Rides
Land Crabs on Old Cutler
The diving board and dock at Matheson Hammock pond
Barefoot Mailman at Dadeland
Bill Haas and the Serpentarium
Concerts at the Miami Marine Stadium
Sunday country dancing at Alabama Jack's
Tyler's Restaurant
Live & Let Live drug store
Engel's Drug Store in Grove
When S Beach was just below 5th Street
Food Fair
Pantry Pride
Piggly Wiggly
Fla. License with Letters depicting size of car
The Miami Springs Villas
Miami Seahawks pro football team
Red Cross Drugs in downtown Miami
King Arthur's Court in Miami Springs
Men's Grill at Burdines
Richard's Bargain Basement
The Round Table restaurant on US1 near UM
Royal Castle hamburgers @ 15 cents, root beer 5 cents
Jimmy's Hurricane drive-in on Bird
Black Caesar's Forge in South Dade
"Yes, We Have No Bananas"
Bus riding all over the county with paper transfers getting punched
The black beach on Virginia Key
Greynolds Park hill...the highest point in Dade County
Only two highways north: US 1 and 27
Warning signs about roasting marshmallows with oleander sticks
Cuban crisis; missile silos in ground all over south Dade
All rental cars had E license tags
Tags had number for county size: Dade 1, Liberty 67
Chalk Airlines and Goodyear Blimp base on Watson Island
Seasonal arrival of buzzard colonies atop Courthouse
Burdines installing the state's first escalator
The caves at Venetian Pool
Absolutely nothing west of the airport until Doral
Orange Bowl: HS football Thursday nights, UM Friday nights
The par-54 night-lighted golf course on South Dixie Highway
The paper man downtown who had no legs and rolled around on a piece of board and skate wheels.
The shoeshine boys downtown near Richards Dept Store
The huge Christmas display at the Holsum Baker on US1


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