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shelly jake 06-Feb-2024 20:34


After 7 Years in a relationship with my Boyfriend, my Boyfriend started going out with other girls and showing me cold love, on several occasions he threatens to broke-up with me if I dare question him about his affair with other girls, I was totally devastated and confused but i was always optimistic that things will change because I love my boyfriend with all my heart. luckily an old friend of mine told me about a spell caster on the internet called DR.BALBOSA who help people with their relationship and marriage problems by the powers of natural love Spells, At first I doubted If such thing ever exists but decided to give it a try and luckily for me, i and DR.BALBOSA live in the same city so i went to see him in his Apartment with my friend…DR.BALBOSA is such a great man, he told me everything I needed to do and he also checked the connection between i and my boyfriend, so he helped me cast a Love Spell and within 48Hours my boyfriend came back to me and started apologizing, now he has stopped going out with girls and he is with me for good and for real. words cant describe how grateful i am to DR BALBOSA. please endeavor to contact him for any relationship issues and he will always help you. God Bless You from shelly jake..
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Mrs daniel 27-Jan-2024 22:47
God did it for me again with the help of Dr and Mrs OKWE with his love spell to get my husband back. we divorce 3months ago and since things become so hard for me because I love my husband so much, But he was chatting on me with another woman and he always goes to party every night my husband doesn't care about me whenever he get back at night he will be beating me up with no reason, I cry every night and day to get my husband back to his normal love and affection that he give to me before. but nothing was working out for me I try my best I left him with my kids but I couldn't sleep at night without thinking about my husband, then one day I was reading a new online about our politics and I see a comment about Dr OKWE how he restored broken relationship back and marriage, i didn't believe in love spell at the first place, then i have to make further research about Dr OKWE I opened his website I can't believe what I saw a great man helping people return their lover back and being happy in relationship again. I went fast and contacted Dr OKWE to help me restore my marriage back, after I provided the required needed to cast the love spell, the next day my husband come back to me and apologies for him leaving me and the kids Dr OKWE made me the happiest woman on earth I am so happy, I do appreciate your kind help bring my husband home, you can also contact them and seek for help in break up in married Via Email
Joseph Morris 07-Jan-2024 15:52
Don, thank you for the memories. I moved to South Florida in 1946 [1st to Hialeah on 4th Street & 54tth and then within the next 3 months into Miami Springs on 388 Payne Drive. Attended M/S Elem. & Hialeah Junior High School and on to Hialeah High School and graduated in 1958. I'm pushing 86 yrs today. I've put 8 yrs in the Navy Reserves and active duty. 1956 thru 1964. Worked with the old EAL in Miami and taught economics, business, management in the local colleges and universities for 36 yrs in undergrade and graduate schools. Lost my twin brother back in 2000 to cancer. After reading all the wonderful and great memories, just want take part. Thank you, Joe Morris.
Brianna Segers 01-Sep-2023 19:27
Ik kwam een website tegen die suggereerde dat dr. Ilekhojie kan helpen om mijn ex snel terug te krijgen. Dus ik vond dat ik hem eens moest proberen. Ik nam contact met hem op en hij vertelde me wat ik moest doen en ik deed het en vervolgens deed hij een verzoeningsritueel voor mij. 48 uur later keerde mijn man terug naar huis na zoveel maanden weg van huis, zo geweldig!! Hij verontschuldigde zich voor zijn fout, voor de pijn die hij mij en de kinderen had bezorgd. Onze huwelijksband is nu sterker en hoe het voorheen was. Bedankt dokter Ilekhojie voor het terugbrengen van mijn man. Ik raad Dr. Ilekhojie aan voor iedereen die problemen heeft in hun huwelijk/relatie. Hier is zijn contactpersoon. Bel/Whats-app: +2348147400259 of e-mail
Victoria Enzo 30-Aug-2023 19:08
Ik ben gewoon boos dat ik zo vaak ben opgelicht. Bedankt dokter Ilekhojie, ik wenste dat ik u eerder had gevonden, het zou me veel pijn en geld hebben bespaard. Ik heb veel spreuken, witte magie en energiegenezers geprobeerd. Ik heb het geprobeerd en geen van hen werkte. Ze beloofden me de maan en dat ik mijn ex-man terug zou krijgen, omdat de zaken ingewikkeld waren en mijn man is verhuisd. Ik heb genoeg geld uitgegeven om mijn droomreis naar Zuid-Amerika te maken, maar wat heeft het voor zin om een droomreis te maken zonder de liefde van mijn leven. Dr. Ilekhojie heeft mij hoop gegeven en zijn eerlijkheid is een verademing. Nu ben ik weer samen met mijn man en vader van mijn kinderen en alles gaat vlot. Bedankt voor uw hulp Dr. Bel/Whats-app: +2348147400259 of e-mail:
Angel Castor 23-Aug-2023 23:19
I'm Angel Castor from the US. White Caucasian Female. I'm 43 years old and I got married at the age of 25, I have only two children and I am living happily.

After five years of marriage my husband's behavior became so strange that I didn't really understand what was going on. He packed out of the house to another woman’s house and I love him so much that I
never dream of losing him, I tried my best to make sure that my husband got back to me but all to no avail, I cried and cried seeking help. I discussed it with my best friend Alison and she told me she can help me. She told me of a man called Dr. Odunga, she told me he is a very great man and a real man that can be trusted and there is nothing concerning love and Pregnancy issues he cannot solve and she told me how he has helped her and countless number of people in

restoring their relationship. I quickly contacted his email address at odungaspelltemple@ gmail. com I explained all my problems to him, he told me that I should not worry that all my problems will be fine. Presently, I am very happy I got my husband back to me with the help of Dr. Odunga and we are living happily with so much love for each other. What-app message/call him at +2348167159012 to help you  
Melanie Serge 21-Aug-2023 19:42
Na 2 jaar gescheiden te zijn geweest, hield ik nog steeds van mijn man en wilde ik hem terug. Mijn man is van me gescheiden omdat hij op het werk een jongere vrouw ontmoette. Na 17 jaar huwelijk kon ik mijn man geen kind geven en ook al was het niet mijn schuld, ik waardeerde hem omdat hij jarenlang geduld met me had. Ik legde al mijn problemen uit aan dr. Ilekhojie en hij beloofde me te helpen als ik serieus ben en hem wil vertrouwen. Net binnen 72 uur reed mijn man, mijn man, kilometers naar ons huis en vroeg of we samen terug konden werken en ons konden verzoenen. Hij legde me uit hoe ellendig hij zich de afgelopen jaren heeft gevoeld en vroeg om terug naar huis te verhuizen. Dr. Ilekhojie gaf me ook kruiden voor vruchtbaarheid en nu is mijn huwelijk terug en heb ik bevestigd dat ik al 18 weken zwanger ben. Zijn WhatsApp-contactpersoon: +2348147400259
Guest 02-Jan-2017 18:58


I appreciate very much, Jerry had just approved. Thank you, good health for 2017 for you and the Oldies ;D
Don Boyd02-Jan-2017 15:55
Manny, thank you for writing and for your comments. I vaguely recall that rock waterfall in the location that you mentioned and had totally forgotten about it until you mentioned it. I have never seen any photos of it but perhaps someday someone will come up with one. If anyone else remembers the rock waterfall please speak up and tell us. Thanks!

Miklos, Happy New Year to you also. I remember your name and your book. I have forwarded your message to Jerry Stanick and hopefully he will respond to you shortly. I do not give out e-mail addresses but I do forward inquiries to the people involved. Have a great 2017!

Miklos SZABO (Hungary) 02-Jan-2017 06:54
Dear Don:

First of all, Happy New Year to you and to your loved ones. I hope, you remember me, a few years ago with my book. I would like to find Jerry Stan(n)ick, to ask his kind approval to use one of his old picture in my next book. How could I reach him? Cheers: Miklos
Manny 28-Dec-2016 17:12
Hello Don,

I'd like to thank you for creating such an amazing site!
I'm in Awe with Nostalgia!

I've been going down Memory Lane with my Mother & have an ongoing argument about a waterfall.
Hopefully someone can put our discussion to rest.

There used to be a one story building (gas station/motel?) on the west side of the Holiday Inn on S Royal Poinciana Boulevard next to the bridge. Whenever we visited my aunt who lived in Hialeah during the 70s, I would glance into the middle of that bldg's parking lot and see a beautiful rock formation waterfall just before crossing the LeJeune Road Bridge into Hialeah. Can anyone confirm this?

Thank you.
Don Boyd24-Dec-2016 07:04
Betsy, is who still alive? I'm afraid that your posting doesn't make much sense to the average viewer, including me and I'm going to delete it in a day or two.

Betsy Riebling 24-Dec-2016 02:40
Are you still alive? I see crimmins reference. I am Dick Rieblings widow. My daughter is in Miami pier 5 area to spread his ashes. Do you remember a slip number for the yraveler? How I know ""
Don Boyd18-Dec-2016 18:10
And Merry Christmas to you, Guest of 16-DEC-2016! Thank you for the Christmas greeting and for your nice comments about the site. : ) It's a labor of love trying to preserve a lot of memories of an area that was paradise before so many people discovered it and turned it into a major metropolis where almost every square inch is paved over and the congestion is beyond belief. May you have a blessed Christmas.

Guest 16-Dec-2016 21:06
Merry Christmas, Mr. Boyd! Thank you for the many hours of enjoyment your site gives to me and so many others.
Guest 19-Nov-2016 20:02
Anyone remember The Alley, a private club in the Gables in the 70s & 80s? What was the owner's name?

Guest 11-Nov-2016 02:45
great memories of growing up in south Miami and living here since 1961. My folks arrived in Miami my parents escaping the communist Castor regime and we all adapted and became Americans. Never left Miami and probably never will at this point. Only wish people, my son included, could possibly understand how great Miami was in "those" days. People get sick of hearing me ramble on about growing up here. Surfing south beach when it was still a slum just like Santa Monica in the movie Dog Town. Hanging out with friends in bars like Big Daddies in Coral Gables, Ludways, Montys, Stampede, Sid's. Traffic was not an issue and people drove well. Went to St. Brendan's and graduated Coral Park in 78. College in Miami Dade. Still run into old timers and truly enjoy sharing and hearing their stories. Makes me feel like there are others like me. thanks for this site!
Guest 04-Nov-2016 16:02
Cleveland next year? . . . That's fair!
Don Boyd04-Nov-2016 05:01
I agree, Cuddle Cubbie, let's hear it for all the Cubs fans of the world. What a great World Series and Game #7 was a real nail-biter to the very end in the 10th inning. Wow, no one could have scripted such a great game. May Cleveland win the 2017 World Series!

Darren, thank you for your comments!

Guest (if not Darren) of 11-OCT-2016, thank you also for your comments. I am trying to add a ton of old photos but the progress is slow.

Cuddle Cubbie 03-Nov-2016 16:56
Let's hear it for all the Cubs fans of the world. "Go Cubs Go" (what a great song that is)
Spring training can't be far away.
Darren Clark 11-Oct-2016 15:48
great pics!
Guest 11-Oct-2016 15:47
All I can say is I just traveled back in time. Great memories of old Miami. Thank you and keep it up..
Don Boyd29-Sep-2016 16:18

A concerned regular 29-Sep-2016 16:09
Get lost Joana! I think Mr. Boyd would agree, your garbage does not belong here.
Don Boyd13-Sep-2016 21:13
Thank you "a concerned regular" - his comment has been deleted to keep garbage off of the site.

A concerned regular 13-Sep-2016 18:11
julien (or is it Sammy?) This is not the place for your advertising. I'm sure Mr. Boyd would agree. Move on!
Don Boyd27-Aug-2016 17:37
The name was Hialeah Roller Rink. There's a good bunch of photos of it and people who used to patronize the rink at:

Shorty 26-Aug-2016 16:13
What was the name of the roller rink on West 29th Street in Hialeah? I remember the Rustic Open Air Roller Rink, I know it was in the south east section of Hialeah. I saw the Vanguards play there many years ago, Bob (One And A Half) Gayner from WQAM was the emcee.
Guest 20-Aug-2016 03:17
Howie...Yes, my friends and I went to the roller rink across from Filer many times. It was just a block from my house and we could walk there...
Howie 19-Aug-2016 17:02
Welcome Sarah, Did you go to the roller rink right across the street from Filer? That was usually my first stop after school.
Sarah Martin 17-Aug-2016 13:20
Thanks this site. I loved living in Hialeah from 1957 until 1962 when we moved away. I attended Mae M Walters Elem. and Henry H FIler Jr High. Would love to get in tough with people from back then....
Lester Poole 09-Aug-2016 17:05
Don ... for anyone that lived or spent time in Bell Haven Park, we have an active members FaceBook site and are looking to round up others that lived in the park and have photos to share on the site.¬if_id=1470670314515425
Don Boyd01-Aug-2016 03:43
Danny Shepherd: I have moved your comment to the bottom of the Restaurants Gallery where it will receive far more views from people interested in old restaurants than in this Guestbook that receives far fewer views. This is the link to the Gallery - scroll down to read the comments.

Don Boyd25-Jul-2016 00:50
Ruby, I certainly remember Happy Harold Thaxton's name even though I never listened to country music. He used to eat breakfast at the Rexall drug store at W. 41st and Palm Avenue in the northwest corner of the intersection, just a few blocks from his home to the south. This website has all kinds of interesting information on him, but no photo, of him:

If I ever find a photo of him I will definitely put it on my site.

Ruby 24-Jul-2016 16:50
Does anyone here remember when disc jockey and television personality Happy Harold lived in Hialeah on Palm Avenue and East 36th Street (SE corner)? He lived there for many years, from the mid 1950's into the early to mid 1960's when he moved further north.
Don Boyd20-Jul-2016 06:25
Dan, if the CG Station Lake Worth Inlet log doesn't have it as you say then I suspect that it was the 95-footer based at Riviera Beach on the mainland. When I was at Lake Worth Inlet for the last half of 1967 the CAPE FOX was there and had been there for some time but I don't know if it was there in 1963. There was no other CG unit between Light Station Jupiter and Light Station Hillsboro Inlet and they didn't have SAR capability. CGSTA Fort Pierce was the next SAR unit to our north and CG Base Miami Beach was the next SAR unit to our south as the station at Ft. Lauderdale wasn't open yet as I recall.

Dan Laliberte 19-Jul-2016 19:22
Dear Sir, I am a 30-yr, USCG veteran, who is researching a 15 Sep, 1963 SAR case in which the disabled Bahamian S/V GOOD FORTUNE with 25 Haitian POB was towed by the USCG into Lake Worth Inlet. Newspaper articles identify the CG unit only as a "boat." The SAR log for STA Lake Worth Inlet for that date doesn't mention the case. I am trying to identify the CG unit involved and wonder if you or any of your contacts might have any knowledge of the event? I suppose it may have been a patrol boat rather than one of the station's boats that did the case, but would appreciate any of your thoughts.
Don Boyd08-Jul-2016 18:51
Donald, thank you for writing. I was also the SN/YN striker with CWO Coulson and remained friends with him up until the early-70's when he was CO at CGSTA Ft. Pierce. I have only heard from his daughter Cheryl and that was several years ago when she sent me some photos but then told me not to post them on my site. Thanks to your inquiry, I have added more information about Rex at: I believe his wife is still with us according to a Google search on her name and Oviedo, Florida as the search words. Her address and phone number are available in the search results. You might want to search for the kids' names on Google and see what comes up.

Donald Severon 06-Jul-2016 15:19
Dear Sir:
I served with Rex Coulson at North Superior Life Boat Station, Grand Marais, Minnesota in 1951-52. He was BM1 at the time. I was SN, YN striker. North Superior was a group office at that time. Do you have any information as to his family, Ricky, Danny and Cheryl. I believe Danny was born in Grand Marais. I Also understand that Rex has crossed the bar. Do you know if his Wife Avis is still with us? Thank you for any information you may have.
Guest 01-Jun-2016 21:57
Hi George Anthony if you stop by again email me
A concerned regular 01-Jun-2016 18:52
Get Lost queenie! This is not the right site for you and yours.
Jim 03-May-2016 20:20
I've been around a long time (in other words, I was not born yesterday). But when I was visiting an old friend of mine recently he showed me an old picture post card showing the roller derby taking place at the Coral Gables Col. I lived in Coral Gables for many years, and I knew they had hosted many events there. I knew about bowling, rodeo, aviation classes, I even ice skated there myself in the early to mid 50's. But, roller derby? I know it's true, I saw the picture, and it looked like the place was packed. The address side of the post card said the place could hold 7,500 people for an event like that. Who knew? Has anyone here heard anything about roller derby at the Coral Gables Col? I think there is a Publix on that site now.
Guest 21-Apr-2016 01:50
Don I really enjoyed the Hialeah Speedway gallary I ran across SKIPGibson Real name Erie Gibson That was his nme whe We were in school together in7th &th & 8th grade together Went to Immaculate Conception together!I sure would like to talk to him. He was a good person Thanks Don I believe he was an alter boy at the time. I know he would remember Montsignor Barry.Thanks again Chuck P#813-813-831-0666
Sherm 21-Mar-2016 12:52
In 1966 my father Sherman F. Childers was an FAA inspector and was denied cockpit entrance by the PIC on one of the major airlines. Evidently it raised a minor hubub at the time. Do you or anyone else know the details of this incident? Evidently it was written about in the Miami Herald.
Thank you,
Don Boyd18-Mar-2016 15:57
Hi Guest of 9 FEB 2016: I'm sorry for the delay in responding but it took Sandie's comment after yours to realize that you had commented. I believe the time of day telephone sponsor was the First National Bank of Miami but I could be wrong. For some reason Central Banks comes to mind also. Perhaps both banks at different time periods sponsored it? Perhaps other viewers can comment on this? And I will pose the question on Facebook in one of the several Old Miami-type groups.

Sandie, I never dined at the Hasta but I remember that Bebe Rebozo and President Nixon dined there fairly frequently. Your question would probably be seen more, and answered, if you asked your comment under the photo where more people who are interested in The Hasta would see it. Please feel free to comment under that photo.

Sandie 17-Mar-2016 22:30
Hi, I saw your photo of The Hasta restaurant on Douglas in Coral Gables. Do you know (or do you know anybody who would know) what was on their menu in the early 1970's? Did they have a signature dish? Thanks - Sandie.
Guest 09-Feb-2016 16:31
Hi, Don-
It took almost forever, but I finally remembered the phone number that we used to dial for time of day: FR9-8811. The part I cannot recall is the sponsor, though I'm inclined to guess a local bank. Perhaps other readers can comment and provide the correct information. Sincerely, Todd (grew up in Miami Springs).
Don Boyd11-Jan-2016 19:51
Steve, I am interested in posting your photos of Paley's Big Wheel. Please send the scans to me at and I will fix them up in Photoshop (cracks, spots, lighting, etc.) and give you credit on the photo, under the photo, and in the comments under the photo. Thanks.

Guest 11-Jan-2016 15:24
My name is Steve Jackson, born in Miami August 19, 1947 at JMH and am still residing there. My Mom in fact worked at Paleys Big wheel as well as Colonel Jim's/Uncle Toms back in the 50's. I have several photos of her and some of the other girls who worked there
Eddie 03-Jan-2016 16:50
What was the name of the hotel located on the north east corner of 17th Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach? I remember Wolfie's Rest. was on the south west corner, but I cannot remember the name of the hotel. I played at that hotel in the early 60's, and I'm trying to put together a bailyn.
Don Boyd03-Jan-2016 03:43
Hi Rick, what a blast from the past! And a past from many years ago! I remember your last name but that's about it. Is there a site where your reunion photos are posted? Barbara Gullo, her name is very familiar to me and I don't know why. Some of my Immaculate Conception friends went on to Curley and I wonder if they went to the reunion? I know Mike Murnane went (he's a Facebook friend) and he had permission to use any of the old Miami photos from my site for a visual display. I forgot when the reunion was and I just saw two photos of the reunion on his page in the early October timeframe. Did Sylvia Carmellini show up for the reunion? Tell me more via Facebook messages or here in this guestbook. Thanks!

Rick Infante 02-Jan-2016 15:21
Hi Don,
I attended St. Mary's School from 1953-61 and remember you in 1st grade thru 4th. After St. Mary's, I went to St. John Vienney Seminary with Peter Priest, then on to Curley. We just celebrated our 50th reunion, and there were many there from St. Mary's. Nora Otero, Richard Pfleger, Jim Kushan, Barbara Gullo, Maureen Shannon Roly Valdez and a few more.
It was wonderful to find this site, which was quite by accident I might ad while I was searching for Peter Priest.
I would love to know what happened to the others from St. Mary's. I was back there last year, and saw that most of the nuns are gone now, and the principal and teachers are mostly lay people. Gone are the "good ole days".
Thanks for hosting this site. It's GREAT
Sharon 31-Dec-2015 15:32
Adjacent to Kendall Indian Hammock Park there is a Miami Dade County owned property with lots of group homes and now a school for kids with behavioral problems. I came across a old site plan that showed some kind of hospital that could have been the TB. Sanitarium. SW 84th St. between SW 112 Ave. and SW 107th Ave. in Kendall.
Don Boyd24-Dec-2015 20:49
"A Regular" - thank you very much for your Christmas greeting and your nice words! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

Charles Kollman, thank you for writing about Pan Am but you are off by one day. The shutdown of Pan Am was early morning on December 4th and the final revenue flight was at sunset that same day at Miami International Airport which I filmed and took photos of from next to the runway.

A Regular 24-Dec-2015 17:23
Mr. Boyd, Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for the many hours of entertainment spent reading here.
Charles J. Kollman 21-Dec-2015 17:27
Hi, I worked at PAN AM. from June 21,1963 to December 3,1991. I worked at JFK in hanger 14 the yard crew jet shop and in hanger 17 elect shop 412. I was a crew chief in this shop on December 3Rd. and was given the task to hand out the letters that PAN AM. was closed down as of this day. A very sad day and time for the family of PAN AM.
Don Boyd24-Nov-2015 18:14
Tom, thank you for writing about Peter S Cooke, I was beginning to think I was the only one on earth who remembered him. I have done Google searches galore looking for him but to no avail. I really liked Peter because he gave me much needed mature guidance and advice about the military before I joined the Coast Guard in June 1966 and he gave me a great reference. He also took the time to write to me while I was in boot camp and at my first duty station. I believe he was promoted to Captain when I knew him from the end of 1965 to June 1966. He was a man's man and a great guy. Everyone thought highly of him at Sears where we worked together. Hopefully someday someone will see his name and photo and comment about him. I'm going to copy your comment and my response to the page where his photo is in hopes someone who knows him will see it and comment.

Tom 24-Nov-2015 10:24
Hi, I'm interested in locating a person by the name of Peter S Cooke.
He was in the 20th Special Forces group in Miami. I knew him as a 1st LT.
Any info on his whereabouts would be highly appreciated. He was in a 1966 photo taken by Don Boyd. Tom
Don Boyd16-Nov-2015 16:22
And to Tom from PA, thank you very much for mailing the Castaways matchbook to me. I was going nuts looking for an e-mail from you so I could thank you and I forgot that you contacted me via this Guestbook pgage until I was responding to another gent and I saw your post. I will take some photos of it and put them up in the near future in the Hotels/Motels Gallery at:

Don Boyd16-Nov-2015 06:13
Lawrence, this was a bad place to post your inquiry because far fewer MMA graduates see this Guestbook compared to the main page for Miami Military Academy. Plus your comment made no mention of the school you are looking for yearbooks of.

I have posted your inquiry in the most appropriate place, the main MMA page at

Don Boyd05-Oct-2015 05:23
Thank you "Concerned Regular" - I was out of town without my laptop over the weekend when he posted it and just saw the spam. I deleted it but thanks for telling him off while I was gone.

Concerned Regular 03-Oct-2015 16:51
Get lost, Evan. This isn't the place for that kind of "stuff".
Don Boyd01-Sep-2015 03:15
Tom from PA, thank you for your message. I sent you an e-mail from regarding the match book. Check your spam folder if you don't see it in your in box. Thanks Tom!

Tom 29-Aug-2015 19:43
Tom here from Pa. I was looking through my old match books and came across one from The Castaways I found your site And I would like to offer it to you if you would send me your address I will send.
Thanks tom
Enrique Sanchez 29-Aug-2015 19:35
All of these pictures make so sad...Miami and especially Miami Beach in the 60s and 70s, was where I grew up.

From Golden Beach down to South Point... it seems like most of the great places have disappeared. Not all, I know...but the FEELING of being there... has slowly been replaced by so much glitzy junk. At least for South Beach, the buildings have been preserved. Well, I guess this is what like is about... :(
Guest 12-Aug-2015 20:24
The Rhodes Brothers were cool! They would get a gal up on the stage, find out her name
then tell her "Nancy" you can't dance...her reply would be "the hell I can't and away she
would go!!!
Don Boyd30-Jul-2015 13:55
Guest of 29-JUL-2015: Good point and I agree because I saw them perform at the Merchandise Mart a couple of times and I really liked them. I also met Eddie Rhodes in 2010 shortly after he opened his Eddie Rhodes Riverside Grille in Miami Springs and we talked for a while. I just discovered that the last remaining brother, John, has a Facebook page up and I'll ask if I can use a couple of their images on this site in the music gallery.

Guest 29-Jul-2015 15:58
would like to see some pictures of the Rhodes Bros. on your music page.
Don Boyd25-Jul-2015 21:33
The Cove Restaurant was at 425 E. 25th Street and they served Italian but it wasn't directly across the street from Hialeah Hospital as you stated and it was on the same side of the street as the hospital. I remember it because I believe I took my girlfriend there in 1965 or maybe it was another Italian restaurant further east of the hospital either in Hialeah or just over the railroad tracks in the county section. I've seen someone post the name either on my site or on a Facebook group and I'll track it down eventually.

Guest 22-Jul-2015 19:32
Does anyone here remember the name of the Italian Restaurant that was located directly across the street (East 25th Street) from Hialeah Hospital in the early sixties? I remember it as a free standing building, it could have housed two stores but the restaurant had both sides. I ate there many times with my mates and dates back in the day, and it was always sensational.
Don Boyd05-Jul-2015 06:33
Hi Julie, please see my e-mail to you sent by B7879Dreamliner@______ - I tried to find her online but to no avail as you can see by the e-mail describing my search. She's a business jet pilot somewhere in this country but that's about all I can provide you.

Julie Baxley Ware 04-Jul-2015 20:17
Mr. Boyd,
I see a picture of Dianne Powell from the 80s in your gallery. This has to be the Dianne I am looking for - she and I were best friends when we were 9-12 growing up across the street from each other in Pompano (NE 4th Ave.). We moved back to NC - she found and emailed me about 7 years ago - I couldn't respond at the time due to surgery- and lost the email. Do you have any contact with her or know how to reach her? My name is Julie Baxley Ware- my email is
Wayne Adams 18-Jun-2015 11:23
I attended North Hialeah Elementary 1954 and 1955, Filer Jr. High from 1961 through 1963, and graduated from Hialeah High in 1966. I eventually became a chemistry and physics teacher and ran into Mrs. Buffalo, my chemistry teacher at Hialeah High, one afternoon at American High School where she taught night school. I lost touch with her when I changed schools in 1999 and don't know what became of her.

I'm interested in communicating with anyone from Mrs. Burgett's 1st grade class, North Hialeah Elementary, 1954-55. I had a class picture that I lost when my hard drive crashed and would love to get a replacement.
Don Boyd17-Jun-2015 04:13
Hi Ellen, wow, that is excellent news and tell him happy belated birthday for me. It is wonderful that he has had such longevity and it must be due to good living! And tell him again for me to hang in there! Thank you for writing.

Ellen Carey Badonsky 16-Jun-2015 13:47

Just wanted to let you know that dad turned 105 on April 12th, 2015. You posted a picture of our family in a raft in Miami Springs during the 1947 flood. You told him to hang in there. Well he did just what you told him to do. He is still enjoying each day with family. Thanks for posting the pictures. I have forwarded them to my brother and sister.
Don Boyd29-May-2015 08:28
Melinda, I would love to add such a photo to the site, thank you. Please send it to me at - I will give you credit on the photo and under the photo. Thanks!

Melinda Veirs 28-May-2015 21:11
I have a photo my mom and dad went to Frolic to dance during the 1942-45. My dad was stationed at Richmond Naval base during the war. Would you like to use the photo?
huile de ricin14-May-2015 12:48
Je ne peux qu'être en admiration devant votre gallerie
Don Boyd09-May-2015 15:56
Guest who posted on 7-May-2015: since the other person posted as "Guest" like you posted as "Guest" there is no way I can put you in touch with them. Why? Because when people post as "Guest" that is all that appears, with no e-mail address off to the side like it is when people take the time to post as their name or phony name and have an e-mail address that they register with at PBase, the hosting company. It costs NOTHING to register with PBase so you can leave comments under your name or phony name. It only cost an annual fee for people wanting to host their photos on PBase. It just isn't that difficult to register with your name and e-mail address. I hope the other guest sees your comments and responds with an e-mail address for you to contact but the odds are against you. All because you didn't register with your name and e-mail address, probably out of fear that you will be spammed by companies grabbing e-mail addresses. My e-mail address is all over this site and yes I do receive some spam but it goes into a spam folder automatically and I delete it maybe once every week or so. That is so hard to do - two or three clicks and it disappears.

Don Boyd09-May-2015 15:40
Guest who posted on 7-May-2015, you don't make things easy for me when you post as guest and then you are commenting to another guest who has posted in the past. I remember reading the comments you are talking about but I don't know where those comments were posted. Were they posted on this Guestbook page? I scrolled down for four or five screens worth of comments but I didn't see the other guest's comments. I don't have the time to go searching way down in this Guestbook or on other pages. If the comments are not on this Guestbook page then I have no idea of where they are on the site. If they were posted on another page of this site then please keep your comments on that same page so everything "fits" because posting on a different page is insane when it comes to trying to find older comments. I will be glad to connect you with the other guest but I can't spend hours looking for the other guest's comments. Remember, photos have top priority in my life and getting them onto my site. All of this comment stuff and connecting people, which I'm glad to do when I have the time, must have a lower priority or I'll never get more photos added.

Bob Durkis, thank you very much for your comment.

bob durkis 08-May-2015 19:05
Great stuff!
Avoir une belle peau01-May-2015 13:08
Vous êtes passionné et cela se ressent fortement
Don Boyd12-Apr-2015 03:23
Dibb, thank you for your comments also. Unfortunately right off the top of my head I can't remember where the Dream Lounge was, but I'm going to paste your question in the "Restaurants Gallery" where more people will read it and probably produce a faster response than here. Thank you for posting.

Don Boyd12-Apr-2015 00:13
Maria, thank you very much for your nice comments about my site. It was, and is, a labor of love in an effort simply to preserve a lot of South Florida's history, hopefully in an accurate manner. Miami's history is sort of like a jigsaw puzzle where the more pieces you have the more complete the picture is. I'm glad you were moved enough by the site to leave your very nice comments. You do not have to purchase anything. The PBase fee is only for people wishing to establish their own account to host their photos. There is no charge to create a user name so you can make comments. I encourage you to leave as many comments and questions on the site as you desire because the comments add to the photos and help complete that big picture we're all trying to see. Welcome to my site!

Maria G 11-Apr-2015 22:26
Dear Don Boyd, I want to first and foremost thank you truly for what you have created here. I just spent several hours looking through the galleries and reading the comments and I was so moved and overwhelmed by memories and emotions, that I can't begin to describe. This is such an impressive undertaking! Truly an amazing labor of love. I was born in 1955 and my family moved to Miami in 1960, where I have lived ever since. I have been part of the history and have seen the changes bit by bit over the past decades. My husband of almost 30 years passed away in 2011 so I guess I'm more nostalgic now than ever. Recognizing so many great places we once knew and reading others' memories so similar to mine has been, in a word, awesome. I would love to contribute to your project with my own questions or comments and wonder if I can do so without having to purchase a PBase membership? In any event, God bless you and thanks again. Maria Mendoza
dibb 30-Mar-2015 03:01
I just found this site--and I am wondering what was the name of the hotel where the Dream Lounge was in. I remember seeing Louie Prima and Keely Smith. I attended u of m so I spent many good times roaming ever all over Miami 1961--1965. By the way, i loved the Castaways and loved all your pics.
Don Boyd27-Mar-2015 23:22
Lisa Fox, thank you for your comments, it's been a labor of love trying to preserve some history of our area. Fortunately a lot of others are now into this oldie preservation on Facebook with numerous various "old" Miami and South Florida photos and comments being posted. I'm still adding photos to this site and I have a huge backlog yet to add.

Bob McClure, thank you for writing in also and for your comments. You are talking about the site of Amelia Earhart Elementary, which is on the west side of LeJeune across the street from Amelia Earhart Field, correct? It does not surprise me at what you describe about the Army light planes using the field during the Cuban Missile Crisis because I saw some weird things too, but at the field that belonged to Palm Springs Junior High and also at the closed former Naval Air Station, later Marine Corps Air Station, Miami at what is now Opa-locka Executive Airport. I heard a big Army helicopter go low over my home a block away from PS Junior and it sounded like it was hovering at the junior high on the north side of the school and just west of the basketball courts. I ran through neighbors' yards to get over there fast and I saw a couple of guys in civilian clothes jump out of the helo and run to a black sedan parked by the basketball courts. The sedan then took off at high speed across the junior high's grass onto W. 10th Avenue and then it went eastbound on W. 56th Place. The helo lifted up and disappeared from sight going westbound. It was on a day school was not in session, like a weekend or a school holiday. I wish I had done more exploring around the old Naval Air Station property because I remember a sea of tents and troops on the south side of the airfield from Red Road to LeJeune Road and trains coming through with military equipment on flatbed cars.

Lisa Fox 26-Mar-2015 14:32
HI Don, These are awesome pictures! Thanks for putting this together. One can spend days looking at all of these photos! I grew up in Miami but it's interesting to see all of these old historical photos even older. Lisa Fox
Bob McClure 26-Mar-2015 00:50
WonderFUL photo's of Municipal Airport/Amelia Earhart Field. I was within walking distance of the site living on 6th Ave and 62nd street in Hialeah.Went to Hialeah Jr. high.I remember the the monument and plaque and the some runway lights.I was about 10 during the Cuban Missile crisis and swear i saw US Army LIGHT PLANES(L4'S I believe) taking off and landing onf of Amelia which was only a field (at the time,site of future school. i can't prove and one site,maybe yours, said no aircraft flew off that field since the 40's and that only war supplies were there, but i know what i saw.LOVE YOUR SITE(s) Bob
Don Boyd18-Mar-2015 16:18
Bob, very good on keeping them. Can you scan the cover or take a digital photo of the program and send it to me so I can display it on my site and maybe someone with some expertise in the field of collectibles will comment on the authenticity of it? I'll give you credit on and under the scan or photo of it. Thanks for your consideration.

Guest 18-Mar-2015 13:13
Dan Thanks for your help. I will check into the program further. I was at an estate sale and the young son told me to just take the programs! i knew they were from Buddy's last tour but I wasn't sure of the date. It's great to be able to hold a piece of history in my hands. I have no intention of selling the programs and I will display them in a frame.
Don Boyd18-Mar-2015 05:58
Bob, sorry I missed the word "program." I'm not a program expert either so I suggest you get involved with collectibles experts, particularly those who specialize in the Winter Dance Party items and see what they say. I would also check eBay's site in the collectibles section which is further divided into sub-galleries of items for sale. Perhaps you'll run across people who are far more familiar with what is authentic and what is a counterfeit reproduction. Good luck!

Guest 17-Mar-2015 18:51
Don What I have is not a poster but a program. It opens like a book with the inside page having the pictures of the artists and the back page has all of the dates of the winter dance party. Bob
Don Boyd16-Mar-2015 15:41
Hi Bob, I am far from being an authentic poster expert but if you read the comments under the poster you'll see that only four posters were displayed at the hall and all of them are accounted for. I don't know how many were displayed elsewhere. Counterfeiters are superb at recreating posters, records, photos, etc. and only an expert collector of such items can determine which is real and which is a counterfeit phony and even then some of them get duped into paying thousands of dollars for what ends up being a counterfeit and sometimes they end up paying big bucks for two, three or more counterfeits. I suggest that you research poster collector groups, particularly for collectors of the Winter Dance Party posters, and see what they say is an authentic poster and what is a re-creation of the original. Don't get duped by people selling them on eBay claiming they have an original because I have seen people selling counterfeit WQAM Beatles Interview records claiming they are the originals because they got them from a reliable source, blah blah blah, and yet the handwriting in the dead wax of the record is different from the original handwriting on an authentic record. Good luck in your pursuit of the truth.

bob 15-Mar-2015 16:21
Dan I came across a Winter Dance Party program similar to the one you picture. However, the front cover of mine is a little different. The yellow border stops at the headline winter Dance Party. It looks like the yellow on the one you picture goes to the top of the page. Could mine be an original? Thanks Bob
Don Boyd02-Mar-2015 15:25
Bill Spivey, I remember the Uncle Harve and the Ragtime Ranglers in name only and that's it. I wasn't into country music back then, only rock and roll and pop. Perhaps other readers will post some of their memories about them.

John, thank you for posting, I remember your nice parents and Karen speaking of you. I just read her your message and she was pleased that you commented here. She sends her best wishes to you and your family up there in the frozen tundra, haha. Best regards!

John Hilsenbeck 01-Mar-2015 22:34
Hello, Don,

My parents were very good friends of the Criswells beginning in the 50s. I believe you married their oldest daughter, Karen. I first found your fantastic website nearly 10 years ago, and, now, have re-discovered it. Thank you for the nostalgia. I am a native Miamian born in Jackson Memorial Hospital. My wife and I left Miami in 1972. We now live in Knoxville, TN. Take care!
Bill S pivey 23-Feb-2015 01:21
Do you rember uncle harve and his ragtime ranglers he was a country music D J in the miamion stions wwpb,wqam and wmie and had dances in miami when it was A grate place too live.Thanks Bill Spivey
Don Boyd22-Feb-2015 08:14
Julie, thank you for posting. Thank you for the information about your family. What year and school did you graduate from? I'm glad you enjoy the memories and there's a lot more to add from various sources. If you give me your old Hialeah address I'll be glad to add it the page of names and addresses of folks who lived in the Palm Springs area. I remember having to tutor a guy named Kevin O'Connor (or O'Conner) who lived near you but that was in the late 1950's when I was going to Immaculate Conception. I can't believe the teacher ordered me to do it over the summer on my own time. Let me know about the address and your school/class year. If you don't want to post it on this page please send it to me at - thanks!

Henrietta, I'm sorry for the delay in responding but I'm buried in photo work. Thank you also for the information that you provided which I will add to the "Restaurants Gone But Not Forgotten" gallery. I'd love to have scans of those clippings so I can add them to the site and keep the Sloppy Joe's name alive for many years to come.

Vic Terrell, thank you for posting and I'm sorry I skipped over you. No, I'm sorry I don't have any information on your Chuck Cramdon and the illegal smuggling of immigrants from Cuba but I seem to recall reading about it long ago.

Jimmy Patton: thank you for posting. I hope someone reading this page will respond to you regarding memories of the Trail Center and Trail Town in the 1960's.

Lawrence, I hope someone responds to you. (Lawrence lived in Hialeah, not Miami, at 18th Street and 2nd Avenue but I don't know if it was East or West).

JULIE FISHKIN PEREZ 21-Feb-2015 22:59
My name is Julie Fishkin, my family lived on w 71st and 8th avenue. Love this site as it just brings back so many pleasant memories in my life. I dont think anyone that grew up in Hialeah went without much as there was always something going on. My father Milt Fishkin was a piano player and played with the Dante Trio, who included Dante Versaci and Joe Keesler. I had an older sister Robin who went to Hialeah High and graduated in 71. Im so glad this site is here so if I can't remember a name of the place, I will find it here. BTW Janos had the best best subs. My friday nights consisted of the Hialeah roller rink, and figaros or lums. What a great life to grow up in Hialeah. My mom Blema (Blythe) loved the bingo hall on w 65th and 4ave. All of us were avid tennis players who were at Milander Park every weekend. Thanks for all the memories.
Henrietta Silverman Jenrette 14-Feb-2015 17:24
My parents owned Sloppy Joe's and I worked behind the counter. I have a photo of my mother standing in front of a cigarette machime (remember those?) with the open air counter behind her with the wall menu. I have some clippings with Bill Baggs calling Sloppy Joe's "his club" and Skipper Chuck 's letter to the Herald editor about it.
Also my father owner the two Kubby Houses, which he sold to Royal Castle giving that company the Flagler St. location. Sloppy Joe's, 267 E. Flagler St,
Don Boyd30-Jan-2015 16:58
Folks, you are more than welcome to post your comments and questions here but far more people view the pages where the photos are pertaining to what you are writing about. In the case where I don't have a photo perhaps your comments in the gallery where the photo should be (restaurant in the restaurants gallery, shopping centers in the shopping centers gallery, etc.) would be viewed more than in this Guestbook. I am at the point where I spend most of my day just keeping up with e-mails on four different e-mail accounts and messages on Facebook instead of working on a huge backlog of photos yet to add to this site. I am going to croak someday with thousands of photos yet to add to the site and they'll never get added. I just don't have time to do research on people, places or events that could be done by the person writing in.

Guest from 22-Jan-2015: I agree with you, Hialeah was a great place to grow up in but perhaps if you made your comments in the Hialeah gallery more people would see them and comment on what you had to say.

Lawrence Hudson: is that 18th Street and 2nd Avenue in Hialeah or in Miami? It makes a lot of difference when people are reading your comments and try to remember the people you mentioned.

Guest 27-Jan-2015 17:48
Hi Don: I lived in Belle Haven Trailer Park from 1946 to 1949. I was friends. with. Chuck Cramdon who was was later imprisoned for flying chinese illegal immigrents from Cuba into south Florida. Do you have any followup on this story. Sincerely Vic Terrell
Guest 22-Jan-2015 19:37
I lived in Everglades on Tamiami Trail in the 60's.Does anyone remember Trail center and Trail Town>> I Loved living at Trail town. My cousins owed it.Jimmy Patton
Guest 22-Jan-2015 18:42
I lived in Hialeah from 1966 to 1975 i attended meadowlane elementary my 5th grade teacher was Mr Roe and my six grade teacher was Mr Edwards and sometimes Mrs Rappaport , I worked after school at the Food Spot on 51st nxt to the canal from 1967 to 1969 ,some of the articles sure brought memories for instance i was always opening the door in the theather and sneaking my friends in ,i was always swimming or fishing at the 41 st lake i remember we used to jump from a rope ,every Friday nite was Municipal auditorium and when the amusement park came to Palm Springs mall that was super cool i also went to fyler and Hialeah Jr., my parents used to do the laundry at the laundromat next to the Zenith store and it was fun sitting on the bench watching color tv from the store window there was the bowling alley ,the pool hall, Figaros Pizza where they showed movies ,there was Milander park and the pool summers were great at the park in overall
Lawrence Hudson 20-Jan-2015 23:59
I was born 10/10/1966 and grew up at ( 18th Street and 2nd Ave ) I was adopted by William R Hudson and Virginia Hudson ( My father is Larry O Hudson ) Anyone remember the Reinarts ( Virginia Reinart , 18th Street and 2nd Ave ) ? The Hudson Family ( William R Hudson / Virginia Hudson , 18th Street and 2nd Ave ) ? Virginia was my Grandmother she worked at ( Whaley Animal Hospital 3190 Palm Ave ) I remember walking across the street with her boss Dr. Whaley to look at the horses . William R Hudsons brothers and sisters ( Michael , Randy , ( Harry NHRA Drag Racing / Dennis The Menace ) , Susan , Dorothy , Virginia , Shirley ) The Wells Family ( Charles Oliver Wells , 2331 NW 31st Street ) ? The Mad Hatter Bar next to the Palmetto Expressway ? We had a weekend place in Key Largo ( A trailer in Winking Blinking And Nod Trailer Park ) . William R Hudson held the License for a HVAC company ( Central Mobilaire ) . At the time the owner of the company was Henry Saint George . I could write a novel but will stop here for now . I am very interested in any input anyone can offer about the past .
Don Boyd19-Jan-2015 14:51
Hey Ray Long, good, I'm glad that Ray Williams reached you. I'm somewhat involved in the reunion but not on the reunion committee. I've contributed a few e-mail addresses for classmates, given suggestions on hiring Rick Shaw to make an appearance, using an existing classmate and reunion website service instead of building a website from scratch, and researched some obituary information for the site instead of having no information next to their "in memory" names.

The main battle is finding a ton of classmates in time to let them know about the reunion and that's why I put the link up on this site in case anyone does a Google or Bing search for it. I hope you are coming to the reunion.

Yeah, when I saw that Drake died it really hit me because of seeing him frequently in my neighborhood four houses away. He could have been a real bully being larger than most of us but he wasn't. Fortunately I found some information on him after searching for more information on his death. RIP Drake!

Thanks for writing in, Ray. I hope to see you at the reunion. So far the reunion committee is doing pretty good and I hope we end up with a decent percentage of our class at the reunion.

Guest 19-Jan-2015 14:08
don, I see you have a link for the reunion, thanks.

very sorry to hear drake jeffries passed on . he was a gentle big fellow..
Guest 19-Jan-2015 13:49
don, are you involved in the hhs 1965 , 50 yr reunion, may 1-2. I had a call from ray Williams abt it.
ray long? (
Don Boyd12-Dec-2014 03:06
Catching up on the comments now .....

Laura, I don't remember it myself but perhaps one of the viewers to this page will see your comments and offer up a memory of Wilson TV. If I were you I would post your comments under the 50's gallery, 60's gallery, or whatever decade Wilson TV was there and more visitors to the site will see it. The 50's gallery is at:
and the 60's gallery is at:

Robin: thank you for posting and I'm sure many of the surfers down here remember your dad Jack. Perhaps some will take the time to comment about him.

Rocky: thank you also for posting and for relating your memories. It's good to hear from a Stingaree in the class of 1954. I hope someone recognizes your name and pipes up about remembering you from school or the Road Rebels. I have a photo of Bobby Zlatkin's Road Rebels plaque in the "Cars" gallery, specifically at:
Hang in there Rocky!

Laurie, thank you for posting about Clay. I liked the guy and that's why I made a memoriam page for him. I'll check out your memorial to him in a day or two when I get caught up on other areas of this site. Thanks!

Laura Thompson 11-Dec-2014 20:58
Do you happen to remember Wilson TV 119 street and 12th avenue?
Any information would be appreciated Thanks!
Dec. 11th, 2014
Robin Diamond 07-Dec-2014 08:39
I am Jack's daughter... He is the man who dedicated his many years to surf and those who loved the waves...he was a pioneer. Surf reports were a part of his life, as those who road the waves. To those who remember my Dad, he remembers you . The beach is our love, the sun is our energy. I will always remember giving the surf reports... Sunny and honeys(aka no waves), 1to 2 foot swells,and on and on... The beach will always be what our hearts remember , will always be a place we go to relive joy. I send greetings to all who remember " Jack", he loved to have you as friends, many seen as his kids... You are in his heart, as well as mine, Robin and my Dad ,Jack
Rocky 27-Nov-2014 18:50
Hi Don,
Your site brings back a lot of great memories...
Remembering Drag racing at Masters Field in Opa Locka.
Some of my best fun years was when I was in the Road Rebels hot rod club, from 1958 to 1969.
Our club ran the starting line, first with the flags, and later with the lights.
Also, I went to Miami High, class of 54
my email
lcangel07-Nov-2014 00:20

My father Craig Angel USMC was Clay M Drexler's first cousin. I was contacted by a friend recently regarding Clay's passing. Clay's mother, Dorothy Angel Drexler, was brother to my father's father, CMDR Craig Carson Angel USN. I worked with Clay on the Angel family history. You did a wonderful job on the memorial to Clay. Thank you. You can follow some of the lineage via findagrave - which is much more extensive in I am interested in whatever people would want to share with me. I was surprised how much Clay looked like my father in his later years. I set up a memorial for Clay at

Laurie Angel
Don Boyd24-Oct-2014 14:48
Hi Rivers, thank you for posting and for your memories. No sir, I'm not related to Col. Boyd Blanchard who was the editor of "The Miami Laker" for the Graham Companies for many years as I recall. I've been here since 1976 and I remember his name well and he ran a nice little newspaper for the residents of Miami Lakes and the surrounding areas.

What high school did you go to, Rivers, and what year did you graduate or would have graduated? Edison beating Miami High was a really big event down here and numerous older folks still talk about it. Tell us more about growing up down here because most of us are younger and we need more input from those older than us.

Thanks Rivers!

Rivers Demby 24-Oct-2014 01:36
Are you related to a Blanchard in Miami Lakes He was their in the early 1970's
This is a Wonderful sight for wonderful memories of the Dade Country Area. I
am a Native born in 1935 also grew up in the Small Town ( Miami ) when
@ that time was the Greatest time off ALL TIMES ! Remember the only Edison beat
Miami High? Keep up the great sight.
Don Boyd21-Oct-2014 04:07
Thank you Ana R! I have a boatload of photos yet to add so please continue to visit the site - what is already up is a fraction of what I hope it to be eventually.

david hurst 08-Oct-2014 07:06
I remember del newman we had a few horses at the double H then the little spur before we got the hurst ranch on 122 st down fron Lynda birds ranch LB
Alma 26-Sep-2014 22:31
Does anyone remember Del Newman from the Double H Ranch off the Palmetto Expressway ? I kept my horses there and so did Cookie Cook and and Linda ???? who rode Del Newmans Arabian stallion "Little Man". We were all very horse crazy. We hung out with Susan and Judy Natali (twins) , and Evelyn Farrel from Hialeah.
I lived in Hialeah a few doors down from the O'Brien family.
This was in the 50's and 60's.
Jo Godwin 09-Aug-2014 18:51
I'm looking for Elbert Benson Fincher lived in Miami at 2030 N<W 96th Street…….Any info would be appreciated………Also looking for Buddy(Walter) Parks went to Hialeah High graduated 1964…….Thanks Hope I find these old friends………Bob and Mary Jo Godwin
Bea 05-Aug-2014 06:20
Does anyone else remember reading in the Miami newspaper about a young woman who died while visiting Vizcaya Gardens? This would have been back in the early 70s perhaps. A big planter or pot or urn fell on her, moments after someone took a picture of her. They posted the photo in the newspaper. Always remember that weird event but can't find anything on the internet about it. Any clues anyone?
julie coyle 15-Jul-2014 20:41
I wnt to miami edison late 40's with maryanne taylor and knew franny.
Carol 29-Jun-2014 16:16
HHS Alum, When you said "Sweet Ant........." were you covering for "Sweet Antoinette"? Great novelty tune of my youth too.
Connie 28-Jun-2014 21:00
Don, you must have just missed the Stall, I know it was still there in 1960. Actually there was another great place for lunch in the same block with the Stall. The drug store right there on the NW corner of East 4th Avenue and 49th Street (where Carvel's took over) had a great lunch counter. I'm not sure if Julius Caesar's was there when I was in school, but I ate there many times in later years.
Don Boyd27-Jun-2014 21:32
Excellent you T-Breds (Connie and HHS Alum)! I don't remember the Thoroughbred Stall or the Sugar Bowl (though the name sounds familiar) but they must have been before my time at HHS from 1962 to 1965. If they were still there during those years I just don't remember them. I patronized the Grables Bakery (delicious jelly donuts for lunch, yum!) on E. 4th Avenue occasionally and Julius Caesar's Broasted Chicken (owned by the Lusardi family) for most of my off-campus lunches. Thank you for posting your great memories which I'm sure others will remember.

Connie 27-Jun-2014 16:59
HHS Alum, I too am a HHS alum (Class of '59) and I remember the Stall very well. I think I ate lunch there almost every day during my junior and senior years. My boyfriend however was a regular at the Sugar Bowl, which was right next door. It was quite a rivalry in those days. You were either a Staller or a Bowler. I loved the Stall. If you had a car or a good friend with a car, you never wanted to eat lunch in the cafeteria. I remember Andy and Henry, great guys, I wonder if they are still around. They'd be five to ten years older than I am.
HHS Alum 26-Jun-2014 21:07
Does anyone here remember the Thoroughbred Stall in Hialeah? It was located on
East 4th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. If you were cool at all in the late fifties and early sixties you had your lunch at the Stall, you didn't want to be seen in the school cafeteria.
It was run by Andy and Henry, two guys that I'm sure had a greater influence on me than any of my teachers at HHS. Andy is the one who taught me the song "Sweet Ant........." that I still sing to this day. He even put one of my records on his juke box so I could play it when the place was crowded and secretly get reactions. It wasn't much, but it was home away from home to this Thoroughbred.
Don Boyd26-Jun-2014 02:30
Andrew, in the future when you ask someone to use an image, at least provide the URL to the photo that you are asking about. With 9000+ images on this site I can't remember exactly where each photo is, and in this case it was in the Miami Springs gallery. The photo is from the Miami Springs Historical Society and if you want an image large enough at high resolution you would have to get permission from them to scan their image. My online image is too small, at low resolution and would probably be unsuitable for printing in a book.

andrew glass 23-Jun-2014 18:22
I would like to use the photo of Glenn Curtiss on his motorcycle in a children's book about flying cars. Please advise me about obtaining permission.
Thank you
Andrew Glass
Don Boyd23-Jun-2014 05:17
John Collier: I'll send you an e-mail in a day or two. I apologize for the delay in responding. Billy Riggs parents still live in the same home on Poinciana Court. I'll send you Billy Potter's address via e-mail - I don't have an e-mail address for him but we exchange Christmas cards every year. I last saw both of them together in the late 90's when I was still working at MIA and they came to visit me one afternoon.

Eileen, thank you for posting your memories and comments. I don't know what happened to the group that you mentioned.

Mariah, thank you also for all those great memories that you posted and for your comments. You can not upload to this site except via me since I created the site. Only site owners can add stuff to the site; otherwise, people would upload spam and pornography galore. I will send you an e-mail about your photos in a day or two. Thanks again for posting.

Mariah (Lavinia)Emerson 23-Jun-2014 01:06
Love this site! I was born in Coral Gables Hospital in '46, lived in South Miami on S.W. 82nd St., on property that had belonged to an assistant of Dr.Fairchild's, so it had mangoes, avocadoes, pineapples, citrus...feasting for days. Later lived on Alhambra Circle, with a clear view of the Biltmore. I went to kindergarden at Cocplum Women's Club, (was a Bluebird), then Sunset Elementary, Ponce Jr.High, and 1 year at Gables High before leaving for boarding school. I have some pictures of kindergarden and Sunset but couldn't figure out the uploading. Might still have an old yearbook from Ponce. I even found a picture of our Alhambra Circle house on your site, from 1926! I remember the Dairy Queen on Dixie Hwy., Shorty's, the smell from Holsum Bakery, Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, so many of what's mentioned here. My grandfather was part of the Coast Guard force during WWII, later on the Orange Bowl Committee, and helped bring the European speed boat racers over. My brother played on the Little League team that Anthony Abraham sponsored, my family also provided the coach and scorekeeper. The freedom we had was amazing, wandering the woods, walking or riding bikes everywhere, to the South Miami library, and the candy store that was across the street on the corner. Matheson Hammock was a favorite spot, the Gaslight South in the Grove, Crandon Park. There was a drug store in the Grove we went to on Sundays, can't find any mention of it, the man who worked there, or owned it(?) went by "A.L.". I've been back for a couple of very short visits over the years, and was surprised to see some things remained, but it's not the relaxed place I remember. Would love to share the photos, if I can figure it out.
Thanks for all the effort in creating this site.
Eileen Spurr 16-Jun-2014 16:06
My memories of Old Miami...Home Milk, Mau Mau club at Green Mansions Hotel, Cotton Club, BBQue Barn on 7th, Majorette on 79th, Clifford's 8600 Club, Blue Bird, Jazz club on beach (?),WMBM "Rockin' Miami Beach", Everglades Hotel, Biscayne Park Bandshell, Square Dances on Saturday night (?), The black man who had the 50gal. drum for a bbq slab of ribs on plain white Merita Bread on 441 going to the airport out of West Hollywood, Johnnie Mack, Flagler Dog Track and Flamingo's, Lincoln Road Mall, fresh bagels at the shack on South Beach, Airways Lounge on LeJeune near Amelia Earhart Field. Grew up in South Florida from '45 - '67 ...What happened to group "You knew you grew up in old Miami if you remember..."?
John Collier 24-May-2014 03:32
Hi Don
I'm looking for both Billy's I lost touch with them in the 80's. I lived across the lake on twin sable and had a white hulled sunfish. I was searching for them on face book when I came across your pics. If you could forward my email to them or their parents I would appreciate it very much. Mrs Riggs was my 6th grade spelling teacher and Mr. "painless" Potter my dentist.
Guest 23-May-2014 14:12
I am looking for Jorge Conception who went to Immaculate some time mid 70
Don Boyd06-May-2014 17:05
Starting with the earliest posts that I will respond to:

Courtney (from 24-MAR): thank you for the information of Mike Gordon's and the amusing anecdote about Mike and the Jack Daniels during the fire.

Guest (from 25-MAR): I'm sorry to hear about your dad disappearing in 1979 but you didn't identify the hotel that he was staying in. I would be checking old editions of The Miami News at the Palm Beach Post website to see if there are any news articles about him being missing.

Dorothy (from 11-APR): the odds are extremely slim of anyone having a photo of one specific house in 1960. Usually old photos of homes were only taken by the family who lived there unless the home was something really spectacular or unique in nature.

Carol (from 12-APR): thank you for your comments. I used to have lunch and beers at the Hollywood Boulevard & State Road 7 (US 441) location occasionally back in the early to mid 1970's which is fairly close to but east of MacArthur High School. I seem to remember one on Hollywood Boulevard west of MacArthur but my memory is fuzzy on that one and I'm thinking it was at University Drive and Hollywood Boulevard in the southeast corner but I'm not too certain on that one.

Guest (from 14-APR): I now have a news article and photo about Reverend Charles Cline ("Holy Joe") up on the site at - I also have a couple of photos of him yet to add. If he was 59 years old in 1965 that would mean he was born in 1905 or 1906 and he would be 108 or 109 years old now. Unfortunately I don't have a middle initial for him and there are a lot of Charles Clines on the Social Security Death Index so I have no idea of when he passed. I talked to him a few times back in the mid-1960's when I went to South Beach a lot and he surely had the spirit to spread the word.

Guest (from 5-MAY): thank you very much for posting. I wish you would elaborate more about growing up in the 1940's in Miami so I can post it on this site like I did for Steve McDonald and Richard Auspitz If you could write more about your memories in an e-mail I would be glad to create a page for you and give you total credit for contributing it. If you do write something like they have done please send it to me at: - thank you for your consideration. I'd like to know more about the Blue Ridge Dairy that you mentioned. You may be interested to know that there is a new affordable housing project in the area near and to the south of where you once lived and it is called DuPuis Pointe. . Thank you for your consideration about writing more and letting me put it up on this site.

Guest 05-May-2014 11:29
I remember the 40s as I grew up on and born n.w 58 st &60 st..I remember we lived in abanded homes with other familys.I can always remember a kid being run over(Carl) after he got off the bus @ 56 st. @17 ave. in front a shell factory.We also lived where Northwesten is today.(about 1946),also Edison projets,Earlinghights.Gladeview,n.w. 68terrace & 31 ave. accros from the Blue Ridge dairy,later in Hialeah in the 50s & 60s.
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Carol 12-Apr-2014 17:37
Hi! Thanks for all the information about Lums! I'm doing research for my Mom about our days in Pembroke Pines and remember eating at Lum's on Hollywood and 441. All the 'Lums' entries helped me verify that there was one near MacArthur High-wasn't there a Shopping Center in back of it? My Dad most likely ate at all the other Lums in Miami and Davie, too. The shopping center photos are a great help as well to jog her 87 year old memories.
Thanks again
Carol Liller
dorothy 11-Apr-2014 13:05
Looking for house I grew up in 500 De Leon Dr. Miami Springs Fl. Not what it looks like now, but then..1960??
courtney miller 24-Mar-2014 20:30
the picture of the dining room of mike gordons is the old one. remember it burned down and a new and improved restuarant was built. legend has it that mike ran in and grabbed all th jack daniels then proceeded to sip his jack and watch the building burn down. i hope julie will print some of the recipies in her book!!!
Don Boyd23-Mar-2014 18:56
I'm behind again in responses thanks to too many e-mails, photo work, Facebook, and several other things but I'll try to catch up now, starting with the oldest comments:

Linda Horn (2-FEB-14): thanks for the Montanari School delicacies comment, and I thought the HHS cafeteria food was below average.

Guest (4-Feb-14): thank you for posting your memories of that area in the 1940's.

Robert (6-Feb-14): thank you your comments, I appreciate your feedback on the site.

Linda Hudish (10-Feb-14): it's good to hear from you again. I'm doing pretty good after two operations last year and the year before but the continuing followup appointments with a few docs are killing me time-wise. I hope that you are doing better than me, haha. There is no password required to post comments on the site. No one can post photos except the site owner. That's great for you to be doing what you love to do and I hope you continue to do so for a long time. I think a big bunch of us miss the good ol' days in Hialeah. Thanks for checking back in.

Mike Wulf (16-Feb-14): thank you for posting your comments and memories of old Hialeah. We lived at a great time to live and grow up in Hialeah and Miami Springs and there are a lot more photos yet to add in the future. My bucket list is overwhelming and I'm doing the best I can but I feel like I need 36 hours a day to keep up and catch up.

Guest & Dick from 17-Feb-14: I don't know where Bobby and Billy Ott are but perhaps someone who does know, or one of the Otts, will respond and give you the information.

Guest (18-Feb-14): thank you for your comments. If you ever find photos of that shopping center please send me scan(s) and I will be more than glad to add them to the site.

Ron Carsell (26-Feb-14): thank you for your comments and your memories of restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale.

Julia (06-Mar-14): perhaps one of the site's readers will remember the name of the Italian restaurant you are thinking of but it would help to know the approximate address on SW 8th Street or Bird Road because both extend for miles and miles. Perhaps you can be more specific like "east of the Palmetto and west of Red Road" or "near SW 27th Avenue" to help people figure out what you are thinking of?

Karen Holland (23-Mar-14): thank you for your kind comments. The site has been mentioned in every Facebook group that exist for old memories of Hialeah and Miami and South Florida and a lot of photos from the site have been "lifted" and posted in those groups without credit back to the site. It would be nice if people would just post the link (URL) to certain photos on my site. You used to live at 330 W. 54th Street and your phone number was MU1-3404? And Pat used to live at 700 W. 53rd Terrace on the canal and her phone number was 885-3475?

Pat Bach (23-Mar-14): I'm glad you took delight in seeing Regina, Valerie and Donna mentioned. They lived in my area and I liked all three of them, especially Valerie. There's a photo of Valerie on the site, taken by Jerry and Liz (Jones) Kettleman (now deceased) in the early 90's at: And one of the reasons I started this site years ago was to help folks my age remember things from long ago, with the main purpose of preserving the memories for future generations. So I know what you mean about still having a memory because my short-term memory is awful.

Okay, now I'm caught up and it's time for a nap, haha.

Guest 23-Mar-2014 16:32 favorite part is where my good friends Regina Harley, Valerie Ciaccio and Donna Pagnotta were mentioned. They were my homies....... I enjoyed this site so much and loved the trip down memory lane....while I still have a memory. Thanks Pat Bach.
Karen 23-Mar-2014 16:18
This is a great site. Pat (Bach) and Ray Valdez are on the other end of the phone and we are enjoying looking at the time frames that we were in junior and senior high school. You did a very good job getting this together and I am going to share the site's url on the fb site for people who grew up in the 60's & 70's. Thanks.
Karen (Holland) Holdridge 1964 grad of HHS
Julia Heller 06-Mar-2014 22:35
Hi, I'm trying to remember the name of an Italian restaurant on SW 8th Street or Bird Rd., Miami, Fl. My husband thinks the owner/host's name was John (Johnny). They had a great apple pie for dessert.

Thanks for your help. Love your website.

Ron Carsell 26-Feb-2014 18:54
Thanks to your site I was able to get the address of The Reef Restaurant on Andrews Ave. I parked cars there for special events in 1960 and '61. Very grand place and very expensive. There was also a restaurant across from the Elbo Room on the corner of Las Olas and A1A called the Forum, I believe. Your word above reminded me. Don't remember much about the building except for a large restaurant on the ground floor with large plate glass windows for a view and a large dark room in the rear specializing in steaks. Still have their menu somewhere. Thanks for your site.
Guest 18-Feb-2014 13:03
Wow! Don these are wonderful memories...Not seeing much about the shopping center that was in Bunch Park (Opalocka) where Arnold's Super Market, barbershop, beautyshop, fish market, drug store, skating rank, Bunch Park Movie Theater, Bar & Lounge. I am sure there are some photos, I will check around. Keep up your great work, will pass it on. Julia Adams-Brown
dick 17-Feb-2014 00:14
where are bobby and billy ott who qwned three brothers bar and were part owners of burnside ott flying school.
Guest 17-Feb-2014 00:07
where are bobby and billie ott who owned the bar three brothers in coral gables fl.
Mke Wulf 16-Feb-2014 21:24
Thanks for keeping these memories alive Don. I'm from the old East section of Hialeah: Hialeah Bowling lanes, the RC commissary, Essex Village, Suntan Village, Village Square, the candy store on the corner of East 6th ave and 9th street. My parents lived in Hialeah when I was born, but I was delivered at Victoria Hospital 3 weeks early due to a tropical storm in September 1950. Attended East Hialeah Elementary, Miami Springs Jr. High, graduated from Miami Springs Sr. High in 70'. Weaned on beer at Mae & Daves, going to Hialeah Speedway, running the midnight races at 25th street in Doral, the Red Road Lounge, John's Steakhouse with the Coffee Cup nook on the corner of Okeechobee Rd. & 9th street and I could go on and on but I'll stop here-Again, thanks for keeping the memories alive Don. PS-lets hear more from the Hialeans from this area!
Guest 10-Feb-2014 23:29
Robert 06-Feb-2014 15:04
Thank you for the memories. I collect film and most of my miami and miami bch films I got from families that donated them to goodwill were from up north. I cannot tell you what a joy to see old miami and other areas from the 1950's.
Guest 04-Feb-2014 12:29
I grew up where N.W. high school is now in the 40's.I remember a brick wall from 62" st. to 71 st. next to the the pork & beans area.The older houses had no plumbing or elec. and were made of wood.
Linda Horn 02-Feb-2014 03:02
Linda Horn, Montanari School, 1970-1971. Remembering the ants in our salad, the flies in the meatloaf...
Don Boyd24-Jan-2014 07:51
Mike Cox: thank you sir, I'm really behind in e-mails due to other things going on and I will get a response to you in a day or two. I'm sorry for the delay.

Steve, that's great and I will get you a copy via e-mail hopefully within a day or two. And thank you for the offer of some of your old photos which would be most welcome on this site.

Perry, I hope George Anthony sees your message on here.

Perry 23-Jan-2014 23:29
Hi George Anthony,I remember you,do you remember writing about the Bismarck? Hit me back
mike cox18-Jan-2014 01:30
Don,make that 2 more pictures on the way. oops. :
mie cox
mike cox18-Jan-2014 01:29
don,1 more pics of my Dad on the way,thanks again .
Don Boyd17-Jan-2014 15:31
Hi Mike, good on getting the image that you want. I'd love to have a couple more so I can add them to the site so he can be recognized. Google searches on his name will point them to the page(s) on this site where his photo(s) is/are. Thanks!

mike cox16-Jan-2014 23:09
Don,got the beach police pic pasted in and saved. thanks !! I emailed you a pic of dad on an old motor cycle, I have one or two more good ones if you'd like them ?
thanks again.
mike cox
Don Boyd16-Jan-2014 20:50
Folks, thank you for your comments and I'm sorry I'm behind in responding but I've got a lot going on and it takes me time sometimes to catch up with everyone.

John from 24-NOV-13, I will send you an e-mail in several days, I'm busier than heck this week due to an aviation photographers convention in town.

Jackie from 5-DEC-13, no, sorry, no photos of Jai Alai, yet.

Ben from 14-DEC-13, I don't believe so, not yet. I have a lot of photos in the backlog to add but I don't recall seeing any of the Douglas Park area.

Guest of 21-DEC-13, I will send you an e-mail in the next several days. Thank you.

Guest of 23-DEC-13, I don't believe there are any of the Biscayne Kennel Club, not yet.

Guest of 13-JAN-14, okay, I will if he ever responds.

Mike, only the photos that say "Copyright Don Boyd" either on the photo and/or under the photo are mine. As stated under the Miami Beach PD photos, they were contributed by an individual whose father or grandfather is in the photo. But, this was obviously a photo taken by either a Miami Beach Police photographer or a City of Miami Beach photographer or a photographer hired for the event. I wouldn't worry about copyrights on the photo. I know that right-hand clicking is disabled on this site but do you know how to do a screen print? Send me an e-mail to and we can discuss it in a few days after my convention week this work is finished. Thank you.

mike cox16-Jan-2014 08:46
I just spotted my father in a photo of Miami Beach police dept employees of the 1940's. Neat to find this ! His name was O.G. 'Buck' Cox,and he was on the force from abt. 1935-1955. I"m told that he was their 1st motor patrol officer,and I have a pic of him on a very old bike. .I know your work is copyrighted,but I"d love to be able to share this online,and to save it to my hard drive, this even possible?
thanks a lot
mike cox mikecox
Guest 13-Jan-2014 20:31
don,ask if the manager of the essex theather also managed the edison in the 40"s
Guest 23-Dec-2013 21:24
Having difficulty. Are their images of Biscayne Kennel Club?
Guest 21-Dec-2013 14:31
I have a copy of Miahi, which is the Miami High School yearbook from 1923. It is in good condition and am willing to share any photo's or information from it with anyone interested.
Sherman F. Childers
Ben Groff 14-Dec-2013 14:39
Hi Don, you have such an amazing archive. I was wondering if you have seen any pictures of Douglas Park or photos of the area before the park was built in about 1960. Thank you!
Guest 06-Dec-2013 05:20
My Dad worked for Eastern Air Lines for 30 years...I lived on S>E 4th Street and attended St Johns.............I had wonderful memories of growing up in Hialeah........I graduated from NDA.......That was a special time i my life..Thank you again for this web page.........Brings back such sweet memories.........Merry Christmas everyone!!!.....always MJ
Guest 05-Dec-2013 06:53

Been to Shorty's, Hollsums, Flame, Burger King, Gables motel,so many others you have shown. Any pics on Jai Lai, what was the name of that restaurant/motel, directly across U of M ? o yea, the H.J. across the rr tracks from the college. It was a fabulous time thanks you again for the wonderful images.... jackie
Don Boyd20-Nov-2013 16:48
MJ, thank you for your nice comments and I apologize for the delay in responding. Life was pretty darn good for most of us back in Hialeah of the 50's and 60's and we lived at a great time to live except for the lack of air-conditioning. Thank you for mentioning the names of your friends who are no longer with us.

Lefty McBride, HHS class of 1967, has a list of Hialeah High deceased classmates, arranged by graduating year, at
and it is amazing and depressing to see so many names especially if I knew them way back when from either school or my old neighborhood. We are fortunate to still be alive.

Linda Fecht Ingram, I will send you a private e-mail today. Thanks.

Guest 16-Nov-2013 00:01
Dear Mr Boyd, I found my mother in The Miami News -March 2, 1956. She was Crowned Industry Queen. I don't know how to send the picture. She was a beautiful lady that modeled with Elisabeth Taylor. My mother stayed in the modeling side of it & Elisabeth Taylor went a different way, movies!
My email is
Linda Fecht Ingram
Guest 22-Oct-2013 23:44
Dear Don.......I can see how much time you put into this web page........Ie's worth every minute........Brings back allot of memories........Rustic Roller Rink,Pizza palace,Teen club,.....Loved the dances at Milander,,,,,And CYO at St Johns was a staple on sunday nights.......Allot of wonderful friendships were made at those dances.........I saw your memorial page too.........We lost some buddies from St Johns too..Edward"Butch" jennings and his sister barbara,,Dennis Patrick Molese,Gerry mcManus and others......But we will always have the laughter and the smiles they left behind.........Thank you again for giving us Oldies a place to catch up.......MJ
Don Boyd21-Oct-2013 04:34
Thank you Kozzy.

Daniel Kandel, thank you for the information on Crown Burger and your dad Sydney.

Mary Jo, thank you for writing in with your memories of east Hialeah. Perhaps some of the individuals mentioned will see them and respond. And thank you for your comments, I do hope to add a lot more in the future.

Guest 20-Oct-2013 19:26
Dear Don,,,,Thank you so much for your web site..I enjoy it very much and it brings back so many sweet memories...I attended St John's(1961) and then went on to NDA(1965) and Dada Jr.............I lived on S.E. 4th Street and I loved the freedom we had at that time to roam the streets unafraid.We walked everywhere!!!!.............I just had a reunion with some of my "Besties" from St John;s in Tenn.........What a blessing after all these years........A little older BUT Allot wiser(I hope LOL).............I have been trying to locate some names from the past............Hope they see this and know they are STILL remembered with fond thoughts..........Buddy Parks,Jack Pennel,Ken Higgenbottom,and Vinnie Pesalono,Ronnie Whiley,Pat Pace(Lord I probably slaughtered their last names.sorry).....Thank you again Don for all your time and work putting this together...Keep up the good work..........Mary Jo (Evans) Godwin
Guest 14-Oct-2013 04:04
Found a photo of the old Crown Burger restaurant in Miami on this website. My father, Sydney Kandel, created this company with 2 stores, 1 by Miami High and the other by Uncle Toms BBQ on SW 8 St. I worked there for my dad while a high school student in late 1960's. Thanks, Daniel Kandel
Kozzy 13-Oct-2013 09:47 nice and amazing work here
Guest 01-Oct-2013 16:14
Graduated NMSH 1973.

Guest of 18-SEP
Don Boyd22-Sep-2013 01:28
Guest of 18-SEP, only the website owner can enter information and for good reason - people would destroy websites by deleting photos, adding porn, making offensive comments, you name it. I will be glad to enter the information on Randy's on the list of restaurants gone but not forgotten, in the next day or two. What year did you graduate from NMSH?

Guest 18-Sep-2013 19:53
Sorry, I don't know how to enter, but could you make an entry for Randy's Restaurant & Lounge at 13420 NW 7th avenue North Miami? I used to get and great steak, potato and veg for 1.99 there for an early dinner before going to work at Biscayne Kennel Club as a lead-out in 1972. Went to NMSH at the time. It now serves Haitian cuisine?
Don Boyd12-Sep-2013 14:54
Benny Donikan: I'm sorry for the delay in responding, due to two operations and recuperations this summer, but thank you for writing and for posting your memories. I am particularly interested in the sidewalk writing that you mentioned. I wrote my name on at least several freshly poured sidewalks in the early 1960's (1960, 61 and 62) when I had the Miami News routes west of 12th Avenue as the homes were being built and sidewalks poured. This included all the new homes from 60th Street south to 53rd Street, starting with the first Lovell Brothers model homes built on W. 12th Lane and 58th Street and the first Adler-built homes from 59th Street northward. I got to see all of the homes being built and occasionally I'd write my name on a freshly poured sidewalk after the workmen had gone home for the day. My printing wasn't the best back then and I usually had to rush it for fear of being spotted by someone so maybe that's why it looks like a "w" instead of an "n." Regarding the suicide, there was another Don Boyd, who was somewhat in the area of my age bracket and not related, who lived on E. 9th Lane (I lived on W. 9th Lane) who I never met until one day in the 1980's when he saw my name tag in the airport terminal and he introduced himself and we had a brief conversation. He was a long-time Eastern Airlines ramp worker and I was with the airport and we had heard of each other numerous times at the airport. I understand that he committed suicide after Eastern went on strike in 1989 and that may be why you heard the suicide story. I'll have to go over there and check the sidewalks and take some photos if I find anything. Thank you for your comments about the site.

To the Guest on 26-AUG and captaindd on 27-AUG, thank you for posting your information/memories.

To ram on 30-AUG, thank you for posting also. I believe the cabanas are still on the south end of Crandon. My family rented them once or twice a month in the late 1950's and through the mid 60's. If anyone contributes a photo of Miami Edison Middle I'll be glad to add it to the site.

To David who posted on 5-SEP, all the information I have about the school at Kendall is posted on the site. Perhaps viewers will add more information but they usually post their comments under the photos of the Kendall school and not in this guestbook area. Most of the guys I grew up with and I had a fear of being sent there by a juvenile court judge if we ever got caught pulling numerous mischievous pranks over the years. We had heard bad tales about the place but whether they were accurate or not is unknown.

dickswindoll191 11-Sep-2013 08:48
ram 30-Aug-2013 05:07
I kiss the old miami when you could leave your doors unlocked and that was in the bad neighborhoods i miss going to cranden park and paying 10 cents for the toll and on every beach they had bath houses to change my mom would take us every Saturday all day from 7am to 7pm we waited till the traffic died down i miss going to key Biscayne and just sitting in the car watching the boats pull in underneath the homes where they had a private boat doc i want to know if anyone out there has any pictures of miami edison middle school the first school of its kind in miami to have a basement that would have been used in case of war as a shelter
captaindd27-Aug-2013 00:11
I remember going to The World, awesome Disco, and sure do remember Royal Castle and The Painted Horse. Wolfie's and here's one, the House of Pies, about 140th and Biscayne. Best pies ever. Also the Portugese Man O War that used to invade the beach at Crandon Park, got stung by one once. Fishing on the Popeye at Haulover. Back in the late 60's could go to a movie downtown, eat at Burger King, or Walgreens and hitch hike back to North Miami. Best memory of all the was the nicest girl in the world with the initials SB.
Guest 26-Aug-2013 01:13
Miami Beach native. Lived here since 1951.
Thanks for the memories. Name of Coffee House across
from U Of M was The Flick.
Ben Donikian 20-Jul-2013 13:29
Don, I grew up in Hialeah, 1 block west of Sparks Park, on the corner of West 14th Court & 60th Street. I was 8 when my family moved there in the Spring of 1966. I realize that this is a little west of where most of the posts are coming from, but my earliest recollections were:
1. Everything on 49th Street west of 12th avenue being farm land
2. You could actually enter the Palmetto X-Way from 60th Street, just by making a right or left on to the freeway. I was told that this caused a lot of accidents, so they closed it off.
3. The great park system that the city had, thanks to Superintendent Ed Hall. I spent 90% of my boyhood at Sparks Park, when it was run by an ornery old fellow named Joel Tierce. The park had great activities like archery, team sports with rivalries with other Hialeah parks like Babcock, Bright, O'Quinn, and Seminola, and Milander.
4. While walking one day across from Sparks on the corner of 13th court(?) and 60th street, someone had written into a sidewalk (while the concrete was drying as that particular block of sidewalk was built, (probably prior to 1966), a memorial to a young man named Dow Boyd, who I had been told had committed suicide. I don't mean to bring back any painful memories for anyone, but your name reminded me of this incident. Could he have been a family member of yours?

BTW, I love your site; it brought back memories, and I am totally aware of some of the landmarks mentioned.

Keep up the good work.

Ben "Benny" Donikian
Don Boyd18-Jul-2013 19:34
Yes "a concerned visit", it is out of character with the site and the spammers do it a few times a week though today they hit me 3 times with the spell casting stuff. I deleted the first one this morning and then there were two more this afternoon and now they're deleted also. I don't know why they waste their time but a lot of sites get hit with their spam. Thank you for pointing it out to me.

A concerned visit 18-Jul-2013 16:22
Mr. Boyd,
In my way of thinking the entry right below does not belong here. It is completely out of character with your wonderful site.
Don Boyd15-Jul-2013 04:40
Dave, I'm sorry but no, not yet. Someone will eventually send one in or find one on the net and send it in, hopefully.

Marie, thank you for the information. Do you recall where on LeJeune Road that Kelley's was located? (Street or approximate street?) Thanks.

Guest 14-Jul-2013 19:26
Don, The Majorette Drive in was out of our area but we used to eat at Kelley's Drive in on LeJeune Rd. on Sunday evening most weeks. Their footlong hotdogs were the best. Marie Livingston
Dave Hamlin 11-Jul-2013 20:31
Very cool. I was born in Miami in 1953. I went to carol city elementary,Hialeah Jr high and Hialeah Sr high. Do you have any pic or carol city elem from 1958
Don Boyd08-Jul-2013 16:22
El Maverick, thanks! No, the air shows were held for quite a few years at Opa-locka Airport after they moved it there from the new Tamiami Airport in the 1970's until the FAA banned the high speed jet acts at the airport due to residential encroachment. I have photos from most of the shows but they're still in the boxes and need to be scanned and posted.

Don Boyd01-Jul-2013 03:59
It's time to catch up on all the messages.

Guest of 7-JUN, thank you for your nice comments and I'm pleased to know you were emotionally affected remembering your childhood down here.

Tiki60 on 27-JUN: thank you for your comments. The tunnels under A1A at Haulover are still there and I went through one a few years ago. I'm not familiar with the beer can island but there is now a beer can/party sandbar near the inlet that attracts hundreds of boaters on weekends. And, I vividly remember walking to the real South Beach between the fishing pier and the Government Cut north jetty from the closest bus stop at 5th and Washington before I got a car. I remember seeing all the elderly folks out on the front porches of all the apartment houses along the way, especially on Ocean Drive. Some of those little old ladies were a little lecherous judging from where they were staring as young guys walked by, haha. : )

Linda from 30-JUN: I'm sorry, I am not a historian per se, I only post old photos that I find and that are sent to me by wonderful folks who want to preserve OUR history. I have never seen a photo of the billboard that you described and I would say that the odds of finding such a photo are slim to none but one never knows what will eventually turn up. Few photographers take photos of billboards so I think it was probably a moment in time that was never recorded. I'm already buried in e-mails on five different accounts and I only have time to respond here. Perhaps someone reading this will be of assistance to you and will contact you via e-mail. Sorry!

Linda Fecht Ingram 30-Jun-2013 07:42
Dear Mr Boyd,
You might be able to help me. My mother was a model for Coronet Modeling Agency. I'm not sure of the date but my mom was on a billboard. My father saw it but he is now 91 yrs with dementia. I wish I could tell you what road. I think it's on Biscayne Blvd. the year was probably 1948 or 1949. Her name is Gloria Masel Fecht. I also did some modeling as a child. I know this will be impossible to find. It was during the Hitchcock series & the commercial was on Comet cars. I'm more interested on the billboard of my mother. I wasn't born, yet. She was on the Vogue Magazine. We have the magazine.
My e-mail is Thank you!
Tiki6027-Jun-2013 20:47
Hi many memories here...thanks for all you do Don. In the 60's-70's my dad was a boat patrol officer at Haulover. Lots of fun memories taking the tour boat to Viscaya and to Seaquarium. Do you remember 'beer can island' near the marina? I also remember going thru the tunnel under the highway to the beach, there was always an ice cream vending machine to get ice cream sandwiches. Dad would take me to what is now known as S. Beach and there were retired folks sitting in rocking chairs on their porches instead of brightly colored bldgs which are now motels/clubs. thanks for you hard work
Guest 07-Jun-2013 16:55
I just bumped into your site, Don! I searched some of the photos and read some of the comments and additions- with tears flowing in remembrance of a wonderful childhood in Miami and all of South Florida/ and living in North Miami beach. WOW! I never expected to have any memories jogged back into feeling this way- but your efforts here have opened up a cavern of them! thanks to All who have helped you build your archives- and who are willing to share their memories of the Sun and Fun capitol of the world- as it was when we, and the whole area, were young!
Don Boyd03-Jun-2013 01:19
Hi Terry, sorry for the delay but we went out of town for the weekend. There is a search function on PBase at the top but it will search ALL PBase accounts and not just mine. And Google will almost always give search results with my site if I have the photo online with the right description. To answer your question, I have heard of the Rockland Palace Bar but I can not remember when or where I heard of it. I didn't start legally drinking until 1968 except on military bases starting in 1966, so my bar knowledge from the late 50's and early to mid 60's is not very good.

Per your Facebook posting, I'd love to add what you have found to my site. Please send anything to and I'll give you credit for contributing it.

Long live Mr. Tom Heaps, my favorite teacher at Hialeah High! : )

Terry Heaps 01-Jun-2013 18:48
Don, ever hear of the Rockland Palace Bar, in Miami, would have been late 50's and maybe 60's?
Terry Heaps 01-Jun-2013 18:23
Don, please disregard below message about the was an incorrect address. I have now have the correct one and have found the home.
Terry Heaps 01-Jun-2013 15:02
Don, I have been enjoying your site for years, just can never get over how much time and effort has gone into it. Obviously, it's a labor of love. What I was wondering is if there is any way of searching on your site. I am looking for any old pic of 511 NW 13th Court, Miami. It is right next to the old Orange Bowl. In fact, 13th court does not exist on Google Earth, as of 1994. That address is a distant relative's old homestead, that we recently found out about. Supposedly Dean & Ruth Leonard lived there with children Donny & Donna as late as 1958 but that is all we know at this point. ~ on a different note, I have a couple 1950's photo of our old house in Hialeah, if you are interested in them.
RICHARD cOOPER 30-May-2013 17:35
I was a fireman with the Miami Fire Dept at station4 ,south miami ave and 10th st also occasionally worked at station one across the street from the courthouse on Flagler..the top foors of of the courthouse was a jail and as we would sit outside the "ladies" would call down to us that if we would make their bail thAT THEY WERE ALL OURS FOR A FEW HOURS!!
Don Boyd28-May-2013 04:09
Hi Suzanne, thanks for writing. If I have anything incorrect on my site about your dad please let me know. Do you have any old photos of places he developed in Hialeah? If you do I would love to add them to the website.

Suzanne Raulerson 27-May-2013 22:11
Don I am the daughter of S.W Raulerson who was a developer of Hialeah.
My name is Suzanne Raulerson
Don Boyd19-May-2013 06:06
Thanks Guest, she has sent other garbage before and I delete them as soon as I see them but my time on the PC today was very limited due to being out of town. It's gone now.

Guest 18-May-2013 16:29
Webmaster, the comment below does not belong here.
Guest 06-Apr-2013 03:17
Looking for a Victoria Dureya, or Victoria Duryea. She went to Meadowland Elementary school in Lincoln through 4th grade. She had 2 sisters, I believe Dee., and Kathy. Lived with her mom, no dad that I recall. She moved in 5th grade to where,. I don't know. Would have move around 1969 I believe. Does anyone know where she is today. She would be around 53 years old.
Don Boyd03-Apr-2013 20:27
Hi Susan, no, I'm sorry he didn't. This is what I see when I'm logged in:
Guest 02-May-2010 19:28
I knew Mark well. He actually graduated with the class of 1966. Look in the 1966 class photos on and you will find Mark's photo. Love your site.

Guest 03-Apr-2013 03:16
Hi Don,
I noticed a classmate of my brother Mark Clotfelter said he knew Mark well. Did he leave any contact info?
Susan Clotfelter Jimison
Guest 10-Mar-2013 14:57
Is that the real Jim Coppinger?
Don Boyd09-Mar-2013 03:10
It fluctuates - sometimes no comments for weeks and then several all at once. People generally post comments under individual photos about whatever is in the photo. There was a spam message posted yesterday in here about Doctor Ekaka casting a spell for some lady and her ex-husband that made them both happy but I didn't think anyone wanted to see it so I made it non-public.

Guest 08-Mar-2013 17:51
Don, why no recent comments. Jim Coppinger
Guest 10-Feb-2013 22:21
Possible answer to "Guest"..were Bobby and Billy Ott the twins who owned The Varsity Inn ?
Guest 08-Feb-2013 00:46
Was the Bar Rest on 163rd and Bysc. Blvd. The Snackery rest and hotel?
Guest 03-Feb-2013 22:50
Mr Boyd I was a dishwasher at RCG in 1972 and
It was paying part of my school expenses
At Miami Dade College. A whole bunch of us
Hired on daily wages by shef Samuel and we
We're paid at the end of the shift. My good friend
Friend Salim was a salad man with Arthur.
I remember one night Bob Hope stopped by
And after dinner left the waitress a tip of
$100. I became a telecom engr and retired
From AT&T in 2001. I now work on contract
And have a condo in Delray Bch FL. I reside
Permanently in Chicago with my wife and
3 children. Became a grandfather in July 2012.
Thank you so much for the stories I will
Always cherish those days at RCG.
Don Boyd28-Jan-2013 07:23
Who is Verna and where is she mentioned in the Guestbook? I did a brief search and can not find her name on here but I may have missed it.

Guest 26-Jan-2013 06:47
Please back off verna- her only grandson Ryan Hughes bass
Don Boyd20-Jan-2013 17:36
Sherree: I am in fairly frequent contact with Dorothy and I have forwarded your message to her a couple of minutes ago. I never provide contact information on anyone due to privacy concerns. Dorothy now has your e-mail address and will contact you if she chooses to do so. I'm sorry for the long separation from her that you mentioned.

Roy Elkins: thank you for your comments, and Happy New Year to you too sir!

Guest (Kathy) of 12-DEC-2012: I have forwarded your comments to a buddy of mine who has recently been in contact with Jerry Anolik and he will forward them to Jerry. Sorry for the delay but I've gotten really behind in e-mails and messages to this site.

Guest (Victor Griley) of 9-DEC-2012: it would help immensely if you would put the name of the school because you left us in the dark by not mentioning it. You would have more people viewing your comments if you posted it somewhere more appropriate, like in the "Schools" gallery, than this Guestbook section which has far fewer viewers. I don't mind if people want to post comments looking for other people but posting in this Guestbook area, and without the name of the school, is kind of like peeing into the wind.

Guest from 26-NOV-12: as stated above, it would be more appropriate if you posted your comments in the "Restaurants" gallery where more people would see it than in this less viewed Guestbook section. I don't personally know the names of the twins who owned the Varsity Inn but I would imagine someone out there remembers but I doubt if they'll ever see it in this Guestbook area.

Irene from 26-NOV-12: again, it would help if you posted the Millers Restaurant information in the "Restaurants" gallery or on the "Restaurants Gone But Not Forgotten" page where everyone else posts the names of restaurants that are not on the list. I'll add Millers Restaurant to the list this time.

Guest (Tammy) of 5-NOV-12: I hope someone helps you in your search for William C Cook's burial information.

Guest of 5-NOV-12: I don't know myself but like I stated above you would have far more viewers reading your comments if you posted them in the "Restaurants" gallery instead of this less-viewed Guestbook area.

I'm sorry for the delay in responding to all of the above comments but I'm recuperating much better now and I have more time to attend to this site. Thank you.

Guest 17-Jan-2013 17:24
I am desperatly looking for my sister Dorothy Marie Walling. Other last names she has had is Raffa, Tynan, amd Busbee. Possibly more. Have been looking for over 30 years. Last known address was at Kensington club apts, in Hialeah, Fl in around the year 1974. My name is Sherree Brown , my last name was also Walling, as well as Babst. I married a man named Ronald Funk. My email address is PLEASE help me locate her if you can.....Thank you..
roy elkins 01-Jan-2013 19:06
roy elkins was raised in cocoa,fl enjoyed your pictures and hard work!happy new year
Guest 09-Dec-2012 03:20
Victor Griley class 1962 e-mail: Juan Pagan and Pete Giorgione please contact me!!! I saw Jerry Kivett at NAS JAX while I was in the Naval Reserves. He was a P-3 pilot. Last I heard he was going to UF to med school. Anyone know anything?? I retired in 2004 after 36 years gov't service.
Guest 26-Nov-2012 03:12
Trying to remember the name twins that owned the Varsity Inn. I remember they were from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Irene 26-Nov-2012 03:09
What about Millers Restaurant across from the U.of Miami in 1961
Guest 05-Nov-2012 19:20
I was wondering if anyone can help me locate burial information for William C Cook.
he was born 1890 and passed away 1973. He was viewed at the Bess Memorial 36 St Chapel. His obituary states he was buried at Dade Memorial but they have no record of him so I was hoping to confirm his burial location, but can't find Bess Memorial...has it changed names or closed down?

Guest 05-Nov-2012 01:15
does anyone know the address of the pizza patio that was on bird road, went there and the pizza palace
Don Boyd04-Nov-2012 15:40
Phyllis, thank you for writing in. I believe there are some comments from Iris' kids under her photo(s). I recall Ben Tobin's name but I can't recall what he owned; I do remember him as being very wealthy and in the hotel business.

Phyllis (Menna) Berker 03-Nov-2012 07:12
It was incredible to find your website, because I was doing a Google search for Iris Maxwell. The memories came flooding back, seeing some of the photos. I was born in Miami (early 50s). My grandmother, Ida May Hardy, worked for Iris, and took care of her children, Mike and Terri (sort of their nanny). I remember Fred and Iris well, and also Ben Tobin. Didn't he own the Hollywood Beach Hotel?
Don Boyd29-Oct-2012 04:23
Thank you Sarah, I'm glad you think so.

Sarah 23 28-Oct-2012 18:03
your website is great
Don Boyd22-Oct-2012 03:23
Manny, I remember it and went in to it a few times despite growing up on the other side of town. That was pretty awesome of them to send you care packages while in 'Nam. Can you scan that photo of the group and send it to I'd love to add it to the site in the Old Hialeah gallery.

Did Mr & Mrs Beekman have a son named Bill? According to the student directory he and his sister Linda lived at 741 E. 56th Street, pretty close to LeJeune and the old Amelia Earhart Field.

Manny Alen 21-Oct-2012 19:42
Does anyone remember Sim's Drugstore, back in the 60's. It was located 0n the SW corner of Lejeune and 41 Street.
The "Sims Gang" Lee, Ethel, Lily,Cathy and Rene, they would send me a care package a few times when I was in Viet Nam 1966-68.
I have an old picture of the group but never met any of them. A nicer bunch you could not ask for. Belated Thanks for the memories......and their kindness.
Some names: Ray and Mrs. Beekman, Fred and Mrs. Kemper, Billy Key, many more, my memory is not what it used to be.
By the way, west of the airport was also called "The submarine races".
The car safety inspection were very tough on the old clunkers we drove as students.
Don Boyd20-Oct-2012 15:02
Nancy, the memoriam gallery for your dad is now up in the Memoriams Gallery, specifically at: I'll be adding the old photos in the days to come but at least the page is started and has some photos and his obituary on there.

Leo, sorry I haven't gotten back to you yet but I'll try to call next week.

Nita, thank you very much for your comments. I'm glad that you enjoy the site. Hopefully it will become much larger because I have a huge backlog of photos to add.

Guest 20-Oct-2012 04:02

Don, thank you or all your hard work. This site is most enjoyable. Nita Seybold Sault
Don Boyd04-Oct-2012 05:53
Leo, thank you for writing. I will give you a call in a day or two, I've been busy with medical stuff with limited time for working on this site and answering comments.

Nancy, thank you too for writing and for your kind words. I'm really saddened by the Coach's passing. We loved having breakfast with him every Saturday morning and we will miss his old stories and jokes that we heard every time we met him. I'll be creating a Memoriam gallery for him in that section of my website where I have a bunch of deceased friends already so that none of them will be forgotten and all of them can be found by doing a Google search on their names. My daughters will keep this site going for decades per my instructions. I'll see you at the memorial service this coming Saturday. Best regards.

Nancy(Feduniak)Hinds 03-Oct-2012 15:53
I would like to thank You for being such a good friend to my Father and posting such nice pictures and videos of the group playing in their little Band. You re-affirm the love and friendship he was surrounded with. You are very Special and I wish to thank you from the bottom of my Heart
Nancy (Feduniak)Hinds
loving memories of Michael Feduniak
Leo Mace 28-Sep-2012 01:34
Hello Mr Boyd,

Im only 40 yrs old but you pics sure give me a glimps they way my dad lived in Miai at the time.

I am making replica vintage Football Jerseys. We made Miami High now we wanted to do Edison & coral Gables. I was hoping would you tell me what color were their jerseys (Edison Red Raiders and or Coral Gables) your help would greatly be appreciated. You can contact me at 305 405 7815 office hours or
Leo Mace 28-Sep-2012 01:25
Hello Mr Boyd,

Im only 40 yrs old but you pics sure give me a glimps they way my dad lived in Miai at the time.

I am making replica vintage Football Jerseys. We made Miami High now we wanted to do Edison & coral Gables. I was hoping would you tell me what color were their jerseys (Edison Red Raiders and or Coral Gables) your help would greatly be appreciated. You can contact me at 305 405 7815 office hours or
Don Boyd27-Sep-2012 15:54
Suzanne, of course you can. Thank you for writing. Those were really the good old days, as you well know. If I ever find the image without the text on it I'll send it to you via e-mail.

Guest from 24-SEP, thank you for your message. I would suggest constantly checking eBay for old collectible items that involve Miami and South Florida (postcards, photos, etc.) and either saving the images or doing screen prints and then using Photoshop or other imaging program to enhance the photos for display on your site. Plus there are numerous archive sites (state and federal) to check out for old Miami and old South Florida photos. I am so far behind in adding photos that it isn't funny. Good luck to you.

Suzanne 27-Sep-2012 05:14
Mr. Boyd,
I flew for National Airlines and loved all the pictures you have. I have a closed and private crew room, how can I share the link to place it there for all to enjoy? We have been looking, for a very long time, for the upper lounge of the B-747.
Thank you,
Suzanne C Johnson
National Airlines
Eddie 24-Sep-2012 20:35
I misspoke in my earlier message, I did not mean to put .com after your website name. I know it should be .net, please forgive me.
Eddie 24-Sep-2012 18:38
Mr. Boyd:
I have been in south Florida for the last three weeks visiting my daughter and her family. She recently introduced me to your wonderful sight, because she knew I would enjoy seeing many of the places I had visited on previous visits long ago. I certainly plan to visit often when I get back home. I only wish we had a simular websight in my home, maybe I could establish one. Any ideas for startup novices like me? We have a lot of history to be told.
Thanks for all the enjoyment you've given.
Don Boyd21-Sep-2012 15:06
Laura Lou, thank you for writing and for telling us about your dad's Vespa rentals on Miami Beach. They were great times indeed and the memories need to be preserved for the future.

Don Boyd21-Sep-2012 15:05
Laura Lou, thank you for writing and for tell us about your dad's Vespa rentals on Miami Beach.

Guest 11-Sep-2012 12:52
my name is Laura Lou (Smith) Sherbert, my father had the first vespa rental's in miami beach!!! "Sun-Fun-Scooter's" back when the [image club] was in the old ? i do not know what the very large place was i was 9 years old!!!!! o'yes and the gas station was the first 4 bay with full service men with bow TIE'S and white clean shirts!!! this is what i remmber of MIAMI BEACH FLORIDA in the 1960's .. thank's 4 our past as a child.. thank u!!
Don Boyd10-Sep-2012 01:29
Artist, friends we are. Why don't you send me digital photos of your artwork and perhaps I can add them to the site. Or if you have a site give us the link to it so other people can see your work.

Susan, I'm sorry but I'm not an art expert and I have never heard of Piuggi. All I do is post old photos and commentary about old Hialeah, old Miami and old South Florida in an effort to keep history somewhat accurate. Perhaps someone reading this will know about Piuggi and his artwork.

Susan 09-Sep-2012 13:20
Don, everytime I type in Hialeah and 1960s, your name comes up so you must have the most info for that time. I lived on 27 st and 10th ave from roughly 1959 until 1973. In the early 60s, my dad helped an elderly Cuban man fix his car. In return the man gave us a painting of a man and woman walking near an archway. The signature says Piuggi and is dated 1961. I would like to find out more about this artist if possible. As I said, I keep getting your name when I try to research. Can you tell me anything about the family name Piuggi?
Guest 05-Sep-2012 05:34
I was so happy to see the site for St. Mary's Parochial School. I attended St. Mary's K-3rd. and then 7th. & 8th. Some of my classmates were: Yoly Medina, Marita Azze, Kristine Benson, Carlos Garcia, Maritere Fernandez, Ginny Bravo, Ana Lourdes ?
artist04-Sep-2012 11:43
Hi ... you are so creative .I like your works so much....I am an artist from Udaipur , India.i paint on canvas, paper etc .. I hope we can be good friends ....

what more can i say .. except keep-smiling ..
Don Boyd29-Aug-2012 13:28
Phil: Thank you for writing. I would love to add a photo of Gatlin's Garage to the site if you send me a scan of it. See e-mail address below. And thank you for the information on the PT boats that you saw and what movie they were in.

Artist, thank you for writing and for your comments. I wish you the best with your artistic endeavors.

Janis: thank you for writing. If you send me a photo or two of your old home I would be glad to add it to the site. My e-mail address is

Kathryn: thank you for writing. If you have photos you would like to share I would like to add them to the site. My e-mail address is

Guest 26-Aug-2012 21:01
hi, don. you have a picture of a house at 6871 s.w. 57th terrace and my dad and two brothers and a brother-in-law built it. but, it was still there in 1957, when i enlisted in the navy. don't know when it might have been torn down, but not 1955. i loved that house, most of the inside was knotty pine boards, a bath and a half, french doors from the dining room, three porches, front side and back. out in the country about 3/4 acres. i have better pictures of it, the one you have is before we moved in. drive area not done yet. thanks for the memories. janis miller
artist18-Aug-2012 11:53
Hi ... you are so creative .I like your works so much....I hope we can be good friends ....
I am an artist from Udaipur , India.i paint on canvas, paper etc .. I hope we can be good friends ....

what more can i say .. except keep-smiling ..
Guest 13-Aug-2012 02:48
Hi again George I had hoped to hear from you by now; here or from yahoo
Phil Gatlin 06-Aug-2012 19:28
Don, I dug a little further and found the movie was filmed at Key Biscayne and Hollywood studios. The end of the movie has a shot of the lighthouse on Key Biscayne. If you haven't seen the movie, I suggest you see it. Lots of shots of what is now Crandon Park. It's possible the PT-boats I saw were the ones being used to make the film. The timing would match when I was fishing in the bay. Phil Gatlin
Phil Gatlin 06-Aug-2012 15:52
Don, I was born in Miami and my Dad owned a garage on Flagler St. one block from the Miami River. I was eight at the end of the war, My Dad often took me fishing on Biscayne Bay and I can clearly remember the PT-Boats roaring pass while we were fishing. One of my favorite movies was "They Were Expendable" as I always wondered where it was filmed. Today I typed in PT=Boats Miami looking for information about the boats there in WWll. I saw the pictures and was thrilled to finally see there was considerable PT activity there.
None of my friends from Miami seem to remember the boats as I do. Nice to know I'm not crazy! I have a picture of "Gatlin's Garage" from 1943-44
Don Boyd05-Aug-2012 18:17
Glenn, I just e-mailed you the photo of DDT and his family. I'm sorry for the delay.

Guest of 21-JUL: I reposted your comments in the Hialeah Comments gallery where far more people will see it and perhaps someone will remember your uncle and the trucking company. Good luck!

Dennis: thank you for your comments and you are so right about kids and grandkids never knowing what Miami was like when we were growing up. We were very fortunate to have lived when we did. We hit it at the sweet spot in time and it will never be that sweet again or anything close to it.

Dennis Mondul 05-Aug-2012 11:39
Thanks for sharing the images. We grew up in Miami Springs (40's through early 70's) and remember our growing up there as special. Regret that my kids & grandkids will never know what Miami was.
Guest 21-Jul-2012 03:29
I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about a company called S.B Putman trucking in Hialeah? I know it was there in 1963. My uncle was Douglas Wayne Carroll, he worked for them. He was 20 years old and went missing. He was last seen around January of 1963 and never picked up his last check from this company. I recently had a PI do a check on him and his social security number has nothing at all on it after 1963...Like he just vanished. I know it is a long shot but I am hoping to find someone that knew him or maybe worked with him. I would appreciate any information at all about this company.
Don Boyd14-Jul-2012 15:07
Lucie, I hope someone reading your comments will remember or know of the island where your grandfather lived and speak up. Once you find that out you can find out who owned the property back in the time period that you specified.

Glenn, it's good the hear from you and I will e-mail you the photo in a day or two if I can find it on my hard drives. If I can't find it I'll download it from the site and send it to you.

Glenn Ruddell 13-Jul-2012 16:54
You have a picture of EN1 & Mrs. Donald Tucker with daughter Karla. Don was an old friend and I was wondering if you could email the picture of them to me. I would be very greatful.Thank you.
Lucie Gordon 11-Jul-2012 15:57
My mum and me loooking for some answers (very ill now) concerning my mum´s past. She is born as a illigal child from an us-militär, who died 1974 mysterious in a german hospital, and than his dead body vanished in a real mysterious way out of that hospital. He was in that hospital under cover (as we say doday). But why, we can only gamble. Once he brought her to miami, where he lived in a very big luxuriuos house on a little Iland with only 8 other luxury mansiones there. My mum told me, that he had a funny little creek installed in his living room, and a big ocean-going yacht behind that house in the bay behind his property. The only way to enter that litle isle was a kind of italian brigde and than there was another wooden bridge to cross over to his property and it was guarded. This was in the year 1969. Then she was there a second time in 1994 on his could trace, she found that mansion empty. All his traces seam to be wiped out the globus,even his name, and everybody, who eventually would have known him, is allready dead himselve , dont or wont´remember. Now I want to know if it is possible to find that Island in front of coconut grove and maybe there is rare oportunity to get information who owned the property in 1969/1970-1974. But I dont even know the name of the island, and my mum who would have been able to find that place again, is not fit for travel. So I may hope, someone will know such an tiny island,where in former lived some kind of hot shot(military?) and can eventually give me some information for my mother. And for me( he was my grandfather whom I havent´known at all). Thank you
Guest 24-Jun-2012 18:06
Hi George yahoo says the email isn't correct,,,,,,,,,,email me
Guest 24-Jun-2012 17:00
Hi George Anthony........I remember you from seacamp if it's the same one
Don Boyd21-Jun-2012 04:08
Lynn and Denise, thank you for your comments! (Denise, you weren't at Dr. Halperin's two Fridays ago, were you?)

Marshall and George, I hope you find who you're looking for.

air ambulance20-Jun-2012 21:54
Don, this is a really nice site!
marshall 14-Jun-2012 12:06
my name is marshall cope I lived by H C Willcox engine rebuilders I an looking for an old frind Marshall Smoke he lived on nw 23 st and 24 ave lost contact 25 years ago the last place I remember he worked was A AND B pipe supply Hope some one can help
George Anthony 09-Jun-2012 19:06
To Emmet Shea,as well as any and all former wards of Montanari School.My E-mail is:
Lynn Lacono 07-Jun-2012 06:18
WOW! what a great find.
Don Boyd05-Jun-2012 14:15
Thank you to everyone for your comments below.

Harry: I've added the Ale House and address to the "Restaurants Gone but Not Forgotten" list at - thank you!

Jim Farmer: thank you for your comments.

Harvey Kasow: Thank you for the corrections here and under the photo of your Kindergarten class at Morningside. I have changed the description of the photo and added your comments under the photo. I appreciate your posting.

H. Kasow 05-Jun-2012 07:53
With regard to Cecil's contribution vis a vis Morningside elementary school, Miami, 1942, the teacher in the photo was Ms. Belland, not Ballard, and I think her first name was
Marilyn. Wonderful human being. I'm the black haired kid behind Cecil. Eatman, first grade, La roque 2nd, Parker, 4th, Mosely 5th, and Virginia Gilchrist, 6th. For the life of me, I can't remember the third grade teacher. Principal was Chlotilde Faust, not one of my favorite people. "Harvey, why can't you be like your sister."
Harvey Kasow
George Anthony 04-Jun-2012 20:11
Yes,Emmet. I too was there,as was your brother,Danny Shea.Til 1974.George Anthony.
Jim Farmer 19-May-2012 02:42
Hi Don, the website is awesome. I lived in the Springs from'53 to '71.So much to learn.
Johnny Holliday Bobbitt 16-Apr-2012 18:30
Coming up June2nd...the North Miami Athletic Hall of Fame will induct some new members, mostly from the first graduating class of 1955. Don Lewis, Sal LiCata, Joe Ryan, Joe Gomez, Joe Sheaks, Bobby Geissinger Butch Grubbs and John Bobbitt
Any former Pioneers living in South Florida are invited to attend at FIU 9am, June 2nd
Guest 09-Apr-2012 18:25
Hi too both of you The Captain and Tennille...
I really enjoyed looking at all of your pictures and reading about
your history and life...this was really neat...

I've listened too your music and love several of your songs for years...

Lately I've been looking at the different hairstyles since I'm looking for away too cut
mine I've always like tonies hairstyles and am seriously looking at getting my hair cut like hers...
thank you for being a super big impression on me and I WILL ALWAYS be a huge fan...
Joe Watts 02-Apr-2012 02:18

I used to be a regular at Marcellas on Dixie highway and have a few pics of Mama Stella at her location on Rt.1, in a shopping mall (I think it is called Adventura Mall). She is holdng my grandson who is about 6mos. old. I also lived on the same street that Johnny Holliday's mother lived on, ( I think it was 123rd Street in North Miami. My wife went to
school with Steve Carlton who had a brilliant career in baseball. When I was living in
Washington D.C. me and my wife stopped at a Washington Senators baseball game and talked with Johnny Holliday who was doing pre-game ceremonys. I love all your old pics. Keep up the good work
harry simon 25-Mar-2012 21:14
I finally figured out where the Ale House was . 5830 south dixie highway . I found out that after it was the Ale House it was the Depot and now it is Akashi . It and the Depot were run by Dan Guthrie .
Guest 25-Mar-2012 02:30
i wass amazed by something he did for ducks in a supermarket parking lot. struck up a conversation with him... and would love to know more about him
Guest 25-Mar-2012 02:27
i met jim lowe in tampa
Guest 23-Mar-2012 02:33
Yes , Snowdens . I loved that smoked mullet with a cold beer . We used ( 1965-1968) swim in the canal just down the road .
Guest 15-Mar-2012 20:43
For guest on Jan. 19. That bar with the smoked fish was Snowdens Bar.
Don Boyd14-Mar-2012 05:45
Thank you for writing, Leanne! Only Sylvia's name is familiar to me out of the group that you mentioned. Perhaps we were in the same 4th grade class together from 1956-57? I wish I had some yearbooks from those years but I don't. I'm still in the county but in Miami Lakes and one of these years we'll move up the coast 200 miles or so.

Leanne Felix Jewell 14-Mar-2012 03:30
Don, I am Leanne Felix and attened St.Mary's from 4-8grade 1956-1961. I was friends with Slyvia Carmellini Teresa Capone, Nora Otero, Sandra Flores,Paulette Bazemore ,all the Hartwells. So many wonderful memories. Am now Leanne Jewell still live in town but Southwest Miami .
emmet shea21-Feb-2012 03:57
loking for people from montanari reform school 1969 - 1971 my name is emmett shea
Don Boyd14-Feb-2012 16:50
Time to catch up again - time flies by faster than my abilities to keep up with this site, e-mails on five accounts, Facebook, photo work plus other activities in life away from the PC.

Harry: I remember 27 Birds but I never went there. There were several bars across from the Eastern complex on 36th Street, most of them in the old hotels along the street.

Guest from January 19th: I'm unfamiliar with what you described. Perhaps someone will chime in with more information for you.

Carol: thank you for the New Year's wishes and for your words. I'm sorry I'm late in responding. I don't remember the diner's name but perhaps someone will chime in for you. What time frame are you thinking of?

Jerry: I have a huge backlog of photos yet to add but I don't recall any others of Marcellas. I have a huge collection of Miami Beach hotel postcards, on loan to me, yet to scan also and I hope to get to them in the next few months now that I have a working desktop PC instead of a laptop.

Guest from January 31st: that was a nice A&P on 49th Street and it's a shame it didn't last longer than it did.

Guest from February 1st: unfortunately no, I don't have a menu from Julius Caeser's but perhaps someone will send me a scan of one one of these days. I used to eat there for lunch fairly frequently while at HHS from 1962 to 1965. Great food and their son Marc was in my graduating class from 1965 and lived about two blocks from me.

Guest from February 8th: thanks for providing the information to Harry Simon.

Guest from February 14th: good luck in directing people to a Facebook page - I would say that about 50% of the older population who are PC-literate refuse to have anything to do with Facebook due to the complexity, privacy issues and amount of time you can consume on there. Frank Boyd was not related and I've never heard of him.

Okay, now I'm caught up with responses for the time being. : )

Guest 14-Feb-2012 00:56
I remember Frank Boyd. Go to Montanari Reform School
Guest 14-Feb-2012 00:55
Looking for former residents of Montanari Clinical School. Look at Facebook page Montanari Reform School.
harry simon 10-Feb-2012 03:31
Thanks for jogging' my memory . Do you remember the Ale House near U of M on Dixie highway . Whoever owned 27 Birds also owned The Hex ( it had six sides ) and I think it was somewhere near Coconut Grove . The Ale House had what they called Sunday Matinee , it was all the draft beer you could drink and a band for $5 . Great deal !
Guest 08-Feb-2012 17:57
To Harry Simon: 27 Birds was at 27th Ave and Bird Rd, hence the name. The owner also had Number 1 South on South Dixie Highway and Number 1 North in North Miami Beach (on US1). There was another, but I can't remember the name. The Ott Brothers owned a place near UM on South Dixie. I think it was Brothers Two as opposed to Brothers Three which was owned by Joe Namath.
Guest 01-Feb-2012 15:24
Hello, Don was woundering if you had any of the old menu from some of these place, #1 julius ceasers in hialeah, on 49th street.

I used to work there, I became close to the one son and dauther in law, had moved and lost contact with Them. I will always remember them, they where always so kind and thoughtfull,they where always stopping buy to see use and Our two small children. Miss them Dearly and there family and most of All there OH SO GOOD cooking. wish they where still in the business.
Jerry 25-Jan-2012 19:16
If you have any pictures of the old Miami Beach hotels (motels) from the 50's-60's on Collins Av....I would certainly like to see them. Also still looking for pic of Marcella's and the old Bottle Cap Inn. Thanks Jerry
Jerry 24-Jan-2012 19:13
Do you have any other pictures of the original Marcella's Italian Restaurant on Dixie Hwy? Or is there another website you know of that has more pictures of this old establishment?
Carol Cirigliano 20-Jan-2012 21:44
First of all, happy new year Don, and thank you for maintaining this awesome site.

Do you or does anyone remember the name of the diner in South Miami - it may have been around Sunset and US1?

Guest 19-Jan-2012 00:47
Was the small bar/store that had the best smoked mullet I ever ate and was located on Old Cuttler Rd near the canal called Perry's Store ?
Guest 18-Jan-2012 23:53
How could I forget The Ale House on US1 across from U of M .
Guest 18-Jan-2012 22:27
Make that 50 cents !!
harry simon 18-Jan-2012 22:24
Just a few quickies....Anyone remember 27 Birds Lounge or the bar on South Dixie owned by Billy and Bobby Ott ? It might have been The Carosel ?? Tahiti Beach ? The Hex ? I had alot of fun at The ParTee lounge . Anyone remember the bar near the airport about a block off 36 St . across from the Eastern hangers ? It was owned by the same guy who owned 27 Birds and The Hex . Ladies drinks were 560 cents all the time !
harry simon 18-Jan-2012 21:24
I am so glad that I stumbled onto this page . I was stationed at Homestead from 1965 to 1968 and spent most of my off duty time in Miami and Coral Gables . When I get some memories together I will post again .
Don Boyd13-Dec-2011 14:27
Wow, I'm really behind in following up in this section so here goes in order of the responses, with my apologies for the delay:

Johnny Holliday: thank you very much for writing in with your memories and comments, especially telling us about the high schools at the time and your Pioneer teammates. You certainly did well with your broadcasting career and we wish you many more years of fun.

George: I don't know the answers to your questions but perhaps someone will write in and provide some information. I do remember the school from reading about it from time to time in Hialeah's Home News.

Guest of November 1st: thank you for writing in with your memories of Miami Stadium. There is a postcard image of the stadium in the Attractions gallery and I know there are a couple of others somewhere on the site that I can't find right now. I went there many times in the 50's to watch the Miami Marlins with my dad and a couple of rock concerts in the 70's/early 80's. If you wish to share more photos of the stadium, your home away from home, please let me know and I'll be glad to put them up on this site.

Richard "Peaches" Repici: your antagonist from NMJH was another Don Boyd. Sorry. : ) Thank you for your comments.

John Crews: hello back and welcome to the site.

Mikchael: you can send me scans of photos to add to the site at - I have a huge backlog of photos to add and it may take some time to get them up but they will be added. I would love to add photos from St. Mary's and Edison. Thank you.

Guest of December 4th: thanks for the info on the vase from the Jamaica Inn. I believe it closed sometime in the 80's but perhaps someone will write in with better knowledge of the year.

Dee Dee Dressel: thank you for writing back. Yes it is a small world. I never knew the other Don at Hialeah High but we had heard of each other. I finally met him at the airport one day - he was on a break from his Eastern Airlines ramp job in the terminal and he noticed my name on my ID while I was walking by and he introduced himself. We had a good chat. The two names caused some confusion at the airport and at Eastern over the years. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

And Dee Dee, I was one of the biggest fans of your family's dairy, especially in 1965 when I took a favorite young lady there on weekends. Great times and memories!

Dee Dee Dressel 04-Dec-2011 02:20
Hi Don! Been a while since my last visit, but wanted to comment on the "other" Don Boyd you mentioned. I knew him well back in the early 60s and was engaged to his brother, E.J. At one time. small world.

Thanks to those who have mentioned fond memories of Dressel's Dairy. It was a great Miami tradition.
guest 04-Dec-2011 01:39
I just posted a small vase from the Jamaica inn,Key Biscayne Miami, made by the famous tile maker ramos rejano on ebay. I purchased it from a small vintage shop in downtown Miami in the mid 1970's when I was collecting spanish pottery. Hope it brings back memories for you native miamians. The writing on the vase is very funny. Basically it says the Jamaica Inn only temporarily quench Mr Rejano's thirst. It led me to think this pub was a very famous watering hole. When did the pub close? Great Miami History
JOHN CREWS 11-Nov-2011 18:21
Hello to all of you from HIALEAH This John Crews Graduated in 1970
Richard "Peaches" Repici 10-Nov-2011 02:02
I went to North Miami Jr. High in 1962. Me and a kid named Don Boyd were always at each other. "I'll meet you out at the bike racks after school"...If he's the same "kid" that created this website, then I have to take my hate off to him for the wonderful contribution and many wonderful hours of memories.
My father worked at Picciolos Italian Rest. since 1958 to the mid 70's. It's hard to explain the beauty of Miami in the 50's and 60's to people today. I remember when McDonald's opened and "3 million sold" was astronomical. The pictures evokes so many fond memories of a time when we knew who we were before the "fast-paced world" of technology and economics seems to have taken that away from us. But in these pictures act as a touch stone, where we find ourselves again, with our old friends and the places that meant so much to us.
Meet you at the bike racks Don...
Guest 01-Nov-2011 18:32
I worked for many years as the ticket manager at Miami Stadium, and was broken hearted in 2001 when it was demoed. Now I wish I had taken and saved some pictures of my home away from home. Do you have anything about Miami Stadium on your site? It was a beautiful ballpark in it's day and should be remembered. One of my fondest memories from there was actually when it was being torn down. I had stopped by there one afternoon to think about old times and cry a little, and as I was standing right on the corner of NW 10th Avenue and twenty-third Street looking at all the rubble that was once a castle, a young man came running up to me (almost scared the poop out of me) and shook my hand and said "Terrible isn't it . . . Do you remember me?" Well, in all honesty I wasn't real sure, but I fumbled through it. It turns out he used to be a regular at the stadium when he was about nine or ten years old, he'd hang around the ticket office lobby until I'd finally let him in. We talked quite a while about our wonderful Miami Stadium right there on the street corner, he still lives in the same house nearby. He said he just happened to see me standing there alone. My thought later as I drove home was "It's great to be remembered."
George Anthony 13-Oct-2011 20:12
I hope to obtain an E-mail here with information regarding what became of the residential school:Montanari Clinical School and Residential Center.I was a young boy there,in 1974.The school was located in Hialeah,at 291 East 2nd St..Did the founder's offspring just sell off the properties after his death?I do know that they did sell the property in the Keys,in 1981.I thank you for your time.
Johnny Holliday Bobbitt 12-Oct-2011 03:18
Hi Don

Just happened across your site and was very impressed. I was a member of the first graduating class, 1955, at North Miami Highh School. That was back when there was only a hand full of high schools in Miami....Edison, Miami High, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Jackson, Tech, Archibishop Curley and North Miami. I played Football, Baseball and Basketball for the Pioneers uner coaches like Jack Clark, Fred Hyrne, Howard Lipscomb, jack DelBello, ed Sullivan. Some of my team mates were Vennie Pent, Sal LiCata, Don Lewis, Joe Gomez, Joe Ryan, Bobby Geisinger, Bill Hanford, Bill Terry, Stuart Ludwig, Bill Schlaman, Bob Petrie, Paul Gleason.
Great friends, wonderful time in school and great memories. I get to Miami when the Maryland Terrapins play the University of Miami in Football and basketball, since I have ben broadcasting the Terps games for the past 33 years!. Much has changed....
Johnny Holliday
ABC Sports, Washington DC
Don Boyd22-Sep-2011 05:55
Hi Jim, no sir, never with the FAA. But if you ever worked ground at MIA I was one of the "Ramp 20, 21, 36, 37, and 1's" from 1974 to 1984, then "Gate 1" 1984-1986, and then "Car 1622" from 1986 to 2000 when I retired. There was one controller whose voice I couldn't stand in the mid-late 70's and it turned out to be Louie Carrillo, who I grew up about 6 house from and who went to junior high and high school with me. We both went into the USCG a month or two apart and then after we both served four years I ran into him in a mall around 1977 and he told me he worked at MIA Tower. You know about the PATCO fiasco so I won't go there. I'm still in touch with him via Facebook. When were you there?

I've run into another Don Boyd who was with the FAA - he served a prior career in the USAF and was assigned to a tour on the Air Force One crew. He got a personal tour of the new 747-200 when it first came out and the Prez was off somewhere and we had it parked on 9-left which was closed for repaving. I think he was working for FAA Facilities or something.

Don Boyd11-Sep-2011 16:11
Robert, thank you for providing the information. Hopefully someone who knew you long ago will see your posting and contact you.

Bill, I've heard your name before also but I can't place where or when. I've been to the Trail Theatre but not since the mid-50's so you were too young to be an usher then. Did you ever work at the airport? When did you leave Miami? Where did you go?

wajernigan 11-Sep-2011 15:55
Don,why does your name sound so familiar? Graduated from Jackson High in 67, summer school. Had bands with my brother Pat, the best one musically was the Shadells. I ushered at the trail theatre, but my first real job was at a Cuban restaurant on 27th Ave. called Vicente's drive in. Thats where i learned to speak spanish, had to, i was the only english speaker there. Just discovered your site and love it..lord how i would love a media noche right now. Bill Jernigan
robert lee newbold jr 04-Sep-2011 10:59
don, i graduated from palmeto sr hi 64, ponce de leon 59, sylvania hts lived about 6467 sw 14 st , 111 romano, 16410 sw 99 ave dad's family very early coconut grove and keys from way of bahamas. robert newbold jr (850)712-0197 i now live in pensacola,40 yrs
Don Boyd01-Sep-2011 05:16
Lanny, I can only put up what people send me or what I find in numerous places on the internet. Those smart guys from Edison and Miami High supplied me with photos and nobody from Jackson did, is what it boils down to. Now I have a huge backlog of photos yet to add and I still don't recall any Jackson photos.

A couple of guys made a comment about Edison beating Miami High in 1952, a year after Jackson beat them for the first time, under this photo in the Schools Gallery: - that would have been your class because football season was during 1951.

Lanny R Coggin 01-Sep-2011 03:04
Don, I graduated from Miami Jackson High in 1952. I have looked all over your site and found no mention or pictures of Miami Jackson. It was Andrew Jackson but was changed because of Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville, Fla. Our football team was the first to beat Miami High in 1952. The first time for a city team to beat them.
Don Boyd20-Aug-2011 00:56
Sonny, thank you for posting and your comment. Perhaps someday someone will see your post and recognize your name and post something for you.

Katherine, thank you for your comments. I didn't get into this Miami historical hobby until five or six years ago and now it's a labor of love.

KATHERINE FULLER 18-Aug-2011 23:15
Thanks for sharing all the old and cherished memories of Miami. My family has been here since the late 30's from Cuba and the New England states. They lived and I still live in the same house in the Shenandoah Area. I really appreciate old Miami History.


Sonny Flink 11-Aug-2011 05:17
Don, I was a Cabana boy and lifeguard at the Newport late 60's...loved seeing all the info...wondering if anyone still around from those days?
Sonny Flink
Don Boyd10-Aug-2011 21:39
Libby: thank you for writing in and for your comments. It's great to hear from one of the Dressels. I was at your family's dairy on many weekend days in the mid-1960's and it was always packed with families and their kids buying various ice cream products and letting their kids pet the farm animals in the petting area. It was such a great place for families and and their kids and for young couples out on dates like me.

If I had known it was going to disappear, like so many other things down here, I would have taken photos but I guess I was naive and thought it would last forever. It was such a pretty street with the trees lining it on both sides and now it looks like a concrete jungle with a minimum of shade and foliage. Perhaps someday someone will send in photos from the dairy and/or petting zoo and I can post them on the site instead of just having aerial photos like the ones on the site.

Thanks again for writing in! I'll answer your other message in a few minutes.

Libby Dressel 10-Aug-2011 20:37
Wonderful site, Don...I was just a little tyke but I have great memories of the dairy as does all my family. It's amazing the people I meet up with who lived in Miami during that era...and they all make the same comments about Dressel's Dairy. Thanks for the wonderful photographs of that era... it was such a different Miami back then!

Libby Dressel
Daughter of Dick and Betty Dressel and sister to Ricky, Dee Dee, Gary, Randy, Barbara, Mary Kay and Carol Sue.
Don Boyd10-Aug-2011 04:50
I received two very interesting e-mails from Alan Jeffory today and I thought I would share them here in the Guestbook, with his permission, for others to read and ponder about.


Your photos have brought back a flood of great memories for me after all these years.

I was 14 when I traveled by Greyhound bus from Norfolk, VA to Miami in October, 1940, to be with my Dad on the beach until July, 1941. We lived at the Habana Hotel (now apartments) at 13th St. & Drexel, right behind the post office on Washington. Ida M. Fisher school was a very short walk for me, where I attended as a freshman, and returned to Norfolk.

I was sent to the beach in late 1943 for basic training as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps and was quartered at the then Dade Hotel across the street from the golf course.
I would like very much to see any photos of that hotel, if you have any.

After returning from Okinawa in May, 1946, was at the beach again and on the air on WINZ. The station operated from 3 studios...the Cadillac Hotel on the beach, the Alcazar in Miami and the Hollywood in Ft. Lauderdale. Most of my air time was done in the Cadillac. I was on the beach until July, 1947, when Hollywood beckoned me.


Alan Jeffory
Phoenix, AZ


I’ll be honored to have you post the comments, Don.

I forgot to mention that Peter Marshall, host of Hollywood Squares for 16 years, sang on a daily live 15 minute show on WINZ. It was called ‘Peter and the Wolf’. His pianist was a fellow whose first name was Wolf. I can’t recall his last name. I announced the show. This was in either in 1946 or ‘47. In Hollywood, Peter teamed up with my good friend, Tommy Noonan, and they did a wonderful comedy act. They were very popular, ala Martin and Lewis.
Peter was the straight man and Tommy was the comedy part of the act.

The hotel picture I would like to see was the Dade. It was just North the bridge on the Southeast corner of the golf course.

I love your site.



If anyone knows of a Dade Hotel on Miami Beach image please let me know so I can add it to the site and send it to Alan. There has to be one out there somewhere.

Thank you for your e-mails, your comments and the information you provided, Alan!

Don Boyd09-Aug-2011 23:41
Ken: I'll try to give you a call this week regarding your old material. Trust me, even with a copyright which I doubt you can get since you were not the photographer, folks will copy your photos from the internet and they'll be posted everywhere and if large enough they will make prints from them.

Bobbi: thank you for your comment. I'm glad you like the site. : )

Joe: thank you for your comments. I'd love to have you make comments under photos that you know something about because you're 13 years older than me and you undoubtedly have older memories.

Linda: thank you for your comments. I hope that your great grandchildren can appreciate seeing what life was like when we were growing up.

Scott: thank you for your comments and information. It was Trader John's at 119th and 27th Avenue and there are photos of it when it was the Carousel in the Restaurants/Bars etc. Gallery before it became Traders John's. I hope someone recognizes your older brother's name and writes in with more information for you.

scott 09-Aug-2011 17:30
Thank you Don for your service. I grew up here in Miami in the 60's and 70's. During the mid 1960's my older brother Thomas Sellers (tommy) was a regular on the Rick Shaw show. I'm hoping to find others that were involved with the show or knew my brother. He was also involved with Ivan Tors studios and was a regular at a club on 119th and 27th that I believe was called Trader Johns. Any help would be appreciated.
Linda Bryant Fulghum 09-Aug-2011 16:20
Omg! I am 60 years old I was Born in Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables in 1951. Ihad a Grandmother who lived in Miami near Coral Gables I lived in North Miami and graduated from North Miami Senior High in 1969. this is fantastic. Thank You so much for all of the Memories.......... I have lived in Georgia since I was 28 and I have missed Miami so much over the years. I have my memories but now I have Your
Photos to show my Great Grandchildren.
joe masterson 08-Aug-2011 13:54
hi i just looked at your web site and was amazed, thanks for yhe many wonderful pictures and thoughts iwas iin the class of 1952
ken slagle 07-Aug-2011 04:59
hey Don it's Ken Slagle
I'm having photos copied and copyrighted right now along with my grandpa's tapes so eventually I can share what I have with the aviation world with out getting anything stolen
from me.I'm learning more every day about my Grandpa and the photos from my mom she told me
that in the 50's a whole suit case full of photos was destroyed by mice lucky to have what we got.I have a nice close up photo of the sikorsky s-38 better than any i can find on internet so far.Havent heard anything back from you.Can get all names in Lindberg photo.The guy with black stuff all over his suit is the mechanic and thats grease just found that out from my mom.
Bobbi (Hill) Winterbottom 29-Jul-2011 15:17
Bobbi (Hill) Went to Robert E. Lee Jr. High 1964-1967. This is a great site
Don Boyd22-Jul-2011 05:08
Ken, please see my comments under the two photos in question that your dad took. I would be glad to put "©(year)(your dad's name)" in text like I've done with my own photos on the site but people will still steal them and put them on other sites and Facebook pages because the law permits it under public domain rules. I can put the copyright across the photos to make it difficult to get rid of but not impossible. Having the text on there will deter some people from stealing them but not all of them. Please e-mail me privately to discuss the issues, at and also send me the year that your dad took the photos and his name so I can add them to the photos if you want me to.


Don Boyd17-Jul-2011 15:46
Laura, thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoy the site. I am a member of the Bird Road Baby Boomers (BRBB) and there are photos from this site on their Facebook pages.

Ken, I would love to add scans of any of the photos in your grandpa's collection to this website. If you don't have a scanner you can go to any FedEx Kinko's to do it - they'll help you do it.

I also suggest that you contact HistoryMiami to discuss donating the other historical items to them. It is the former Historical Museum of South Florida. Their website is and the e-mail is - that is the e-mail address for Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, the Chief Curator, who I've met a couple of times and have exchanged e-mails with numerous times. Trust me, your historical items will be in good hands who will preserve them for future generations to admire.

ken slagle 17-Jul-2011 05:58
hi don my grandpa Joie Carrero was one of the first five stewards in pan american history he flew over one million air miles from 1930 to 1937 flew in the fokker f-7 fokker f-10 the tin goose and the s-40 he flew with Lindberg in the inauguration flight of the s-40 from miami to camaguey cuba kingston jamacia barranquilla Columbia and panama have details of the flight he worked for pan american airways for over 50 years have tape recorded stories before he passed away in 1987 have a box of stuff including a picture of him and Lindberg also picture of the s-40 and crew want to do something with this history
Laura Paris 17-Jul-2011 04:48
Hi Don,
What a GREAT collection of photos!!! I grew up surrounded by Bird Road(SW 40th st), Ludlam (SW 67th ave), Blue Road (SW 48th st), and Red road(SW 57th Ave)... From 1961- 1977. Recently I've been returning to that neighborhood for weeks at a time to take care of my mother who still lives there. Oh the changes! I found a group on Face Book that would LOVE to see your photos, I'm sure. It's called BRBB (Bird Road Baby Boomers). I loved growing up there, and STILL love it! Thanks for sharing! Laura Paris
Don Boyd14-Jul-2011 12:30
Lori, thank you for your comments. If you have any photos of the restaurant I would be honored to put them on the site. Everyone loved that restaurant.

Lloyd, thank you for posting. That's a first that I've heard of people seeking refuge in the fronton during the '47 hurricane and thank you for mentioning it. Thank you for your comments.

Stephen, thank you for the offer and I would be glad to add the scans that you send me. Please send to Thanks very much!

Stephen Schweitzer 13-Jul-2011 21:56
Don, I went to Immaculate Conception School for the 4th grade. I still have the 1956/57 year class photo booklet. Would you be interested in a scan of this booklet for your collection?
Lloyd Daniels 03-Jul-2011 03:35
I was born in Miami. Spent the '47 hurricane in the Fronton. Had a tv before wtvj went on the air in 1949. Moved to Miami Springs in 1952, Iroquois St and then Whitethorn Dr. Attended Miami Springs Elem., M.S. Jr. High and Hialeah High. Then to FSU for a BA and MA. Mostly retired, but still teach one college history class each semester in Crawfordville (south of Tallahassee). Photos and information you provide are excellent. Thanks
lori mansene 02-Jul-2011 20:18
thanks for the photos of Mansene spagetti house.
Don Boyd30-Jun-2011 12:53
Kathy Willis, I reposted your comments under the Immaculate Conception gallery where far more people will see them than in this Guestbook area. I don't have the photos you described but perhaps someday someone will contribute them.

Guest: I presume you are talking about Bill Haast?

Melanie, I reposted your comments into the Bill Haast gallery at where it will be seen by far more people. That will increase your odds of someone knowing where Jim Lowe is today.

Nora, thank you for posting your comments. I remember Barbara Gullo's name now that you mentioned it and of course I know Sylvia whose photo is on the site along with photos that she contributed. I reposted your comments under the photos in the St. Mary's gallery where they will be seen by far more people than in this Guestbook area. Hopefully someone will see the names and perhaps know how to contact the people that you mentioned. I'd particularly like to know how Maureen Shannon made out in life since I knew her back in 3rd and 4th grade at St. Mary's.

Guest 29-Jun-2011 22:47
Hi, my name is Nora Otero Barkett and I attended St. Mary's School in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I am still friends with Barbara Gullo, Teresa Capone, Sylvia Carmellini, Richard Infante and Anthony Amos. I remember, Alfred Pelletier, Larry Moyen, John Daley, Maureen Shannon, Dolores Figueroa, Elaine Balmer, and Jimmy Kuslan. If anyone knows how to contact these people, my email address is or you can contact me on facebook. Does anyone know or Sister John Kevin? Any information is greatly appreciated.
Guest 20-Jun-2011 21:30
What a Great Loss to the people all over who have benifited from his Life Work.
He lived inthe same County as I do.
Melanie Vaughn 18-Jun-2011 21:24
Jim Lowe worked with Bill Haast many years ago at the Miami Serpentarium. Does anyone have contact information for him? Kind regards, Melanie Vaughn
effildIncitle 11-Jun-2011 12:29
Great Blog. I add this Blog to my bookmarks.
Kathy Willis 07-Jun-2011 20:33
Trying to locate classroom pictures from ICS(Immac. Concep)1961-62 Mrs.Stahl 2nd gr, 62-63Mrs. Quirello 3rd gr, 62-63 4th grade Ms. Newton&Mrs.Kehoe, 63-64 Sr. Josepha 5th gr & 62-63 Sr.Emmanual 3rd grade. Brian Rueger gave me your website, but I'm not finding above. Could you please direct me? Love your work. Graduated HHS 1971 - anything on that? Kathy (Love your work.)
Don Boyd31-May-2011 06:03
Debbie, there's an Allapattah website/blog on the internet that can probably help you out. It is at:

John, welcome and thank you for your comments.

Alex, I'll keep my eye out for a photo like you described and I'll let you know if I find one. One will eventually turn up hopefully.

Hey Jim, that's excellent. Let me know when and I'll meet up with you if I'm in town. I love Bryson's and their servers.

JIM NAZARKEWICH 22-May-2011 21:34
Alex Rivas 22-May-2011 20:09
Mr Boyd My Name is Alex Rivas, a fire fighter with Miami Dade Fire Rescue. I was told that the building next to the old city hall was a Fire Station (on Shahrazad). If so I would love to find some old photos to hang in our Fire Station #26 on the corner if 119 st NW 32 ave. If you can help it would really mean alot to the guys in the station. thanks
JOHN PARNELL 18-May-2011 18:02
I was a student at UM from 1967-1972 and I love Miami esp Old Miami.
I lived on North Greenway Drive in Coral Gables behind a grand estate owned by
Dorthy Johnson and her son Peter Johnson. Your site is just wonderful!
John Parnell
Don Boyd16-May-2011 18:33
Tom from MMA: I removed your comments here and put them at the bottom of the MMA page at where more MMA folks will see them. This is the general Guestbook for the site and few of your MMA buddies would ever see your comments here.

p feldman 10-May-2011 15:10
does anyone know the apartments over the brass rail bar connected to the roney plaza? we are in search of anyone who lived worked or stayed at those apartments or hotel in december of 1945 my husband was sold as a grey market baby from that hotel and we are in search of a woman named helen 1945 who may have worked or lived there would so appreciate any info
debbie kicinski 09-May-2011 00:35
I am trying to find the name of the owners of the Live and Let Live Drug Store in Allapattah in 1959/60 time frame can you please help?
Don Boyd16-Apr-2011 04:57
Melane, I'm sorry but I just don't have the time to go scrolling through a monstrous amount of comments looking for his name in one of two closed comments galleries. Give me the link to the specific comments gallery where you saw his name and the date he posted something so I can immediately go to his comments to see if there's an e-mail address there. Otherwise I can't do it. Thanks.

Melane Spanier 15-Apr-2011 16:03
Melane Spanier 11-Apr-2011 22:44
Don - the John Kindley listed in the Old Hialeah Memories Closed section....can you please contact him and ask if he has an older brother named James? If so, his family, took in my dad as a teenager (back in the 40's) and gave him a better home and church family. I'd love to get in touch with the Kindley men, if that is somehow possible. It's great to read all of the old Hialeah memories. Up until this year, I was still a Hialeah girl......for over 50 years. My mom was raised there (and in Miami Springs), too. Wonder if anyone remembers the old Battlecreek Sanitarium and Dr. Kellogg? Thanks for everything.
Steve Root 03-Apr-2011 18:21
I stayed at age 6, in 1954 @ The Sahara Inn on Collins ave. with my parents. I'm now 63 and remember it like yesterday. I learned to swim there. The lifeguard was Art(Artie) and he strapped a football to my back and when I learned to swim without it, the entire pool area erupted in applause. He also had to treat me for burns when I "popped" jellyfish on the beach.
Guest 31-Mar-2011 18:18
Great site! I'm 48. And from 1973 to 1983 my family vacationed in Homestead over x-mas/newyears to escape Michigan winters . We stayed @ Goldcoaster Mhp . Such great 70s memories . Dadeland mall. Perrine. Fla city. Naranja.Cutler Ridge.We were there for the liberty city riots. Krome ave riots. Boat lift. The Rastas shooting up the shopping mall in Perrine. The bales of MJ that would float ashore @John pennekamp state park..the whole "Miami Vice " had to be there to believe it. The whole "Cocaine Cowboy " phase. We were there when the cops shot that African American off his that era south Fla cops had "shoot first " mentality! The mall in kendall did lots shopping there . Burdines/Best/Etc etc I sure do miss it. I've been living in Orlando now 11.5 years . Miss old days it's all taco bell -McDonalds- target-best buy-wal mart. There's not hardly any local flavor left any more:( I'm a trucker and all theses great little mom and pop truck stops are dropping like flies to big chains(also coz all the new guys know are the big chains and compltely overlook the "hole in the wall" places.) curse big box retailers. Blah on walmart . Keep up good work ;)
jim c. 25-Mar-2011 12:34
My brother and 2 sisters and I went to St. Mary's in the late 40"s.I remember them telling me about Sister Regis as they all were students in her 6th grade class.They said she was a very good teacher and very strict.I was in the 4th grade when we moved in 1949.I felt relived as I was scared of her hearing from my brother & sisters.Those were good times as compared to todays as we did not have the problums as the todays youth have.
Don Boyd11-Mar-2011 15:22

Bill, I do not have Bill Haast's contact information but he lives in Punta Gorda, Florida and perhaps information has a listing for him.

Guest, I forwarded your message to Linda and if she wants she can respond directly to you.

Guest 11-Mar-2011 13:01
Could any one tell me on how to get hold of Linda Bernat (or) any person posting on the picture {1963 - the 3rd grade class at Sylvania Heights Elementary School
Miami, Florida}

Bill 24-Feb-2011 23:10
Can someone tell me how to get in touch with Mr. Bill Haast. I would also like information on doctors who uses snake venoms in the treatment of shingles and herpers.

I thank all in advance for your time and consideration.

Dr. W. Smith
Guest 24-Feb-2011 04:33
This site was very interesting. I was wondering if anyone out there helped build the Roney Plaza Hotel or if they had a relative who work there. My grandfather worked there in the 1920's. I think I remember him saying it was one of the first hotels built. When the depression hit, he left and went to another state but later came back, built in Tampa and settled there. His name was Earnest V. Channell. Would love to hear from a relative who knew him or had someone who helped build the Roney Plaza. I loved hearing the stories he shared while working there. He would be 109 if still living. Was 28 when he worked there..died in 1962 at age 70. Thanks,
Don Boyd20-Feb-2011 18:32
Rick: thank you for the information on Papa Giuseppe's in Delray Beach - now you've got my wife insisting on going there soon because she's having Marcella's withdrawal symptoms after all these years. : ) I'll spread the word.

David: thanks for writing. I only out drank Ron one time and that was the night Midway Airlines shut down and we went to their farewell party and then on to a place called the Cockpit Lounge near MIA. He must been having a bad night and I must have been having a good night because we both couldn't believe it. The last time I heard, Dick is living upstate on the Gulf coast (Cedar Key?) or somewhere in that area. Fortunately he was director of MIA for the first fifteen years of my career there. He was one of a kind for sure.

David Langholff 20-Feb-2011 16:04
Hi Don,

Nice tribute to Ron Gunther. We worked together on Chep Lap Kok for several years. Spent a lot of time together and were the first Honored Members at the Rugby Club. I think we subsidized the club by our consumption. I went off to Malaysia Airport and we lost touch. We all miss him. What happened with Dick Judy?
Rick Hall 14-Feb-2011 14:55
FYI....The man who owned Marcellas on 183 st. is in Delray Beach (Papa Giuseppe's 660 Linton blvd. just east of 95) same garlic rolls made from the same man. Had some the other day after 30 year wait. Let your readers know...thanks Don. Grreat website.
Don Boyd24-Jan-2011 02:01

Evy: I did get by Triangle Park on Thursday and I took photos of the memorial plaques. Give me a few days and I will get them up on the site in the Old Hialeah gallery.

Jim: I would say that your items have considerable value but how about scanning them before parting with them and sending me the scans so I can put them up on this site so a lot more people can enjoy seeing them? It will not diminish the value of what you have and in fact may enhance their value. If I were you I would list them individually on eBay in their "collectibles" section, which you might want to check out now to get an idea of what is up for auction there. If you've never sold on eBay you might want to do a Google search on "best ways to get those most money on eBay" or words to that effect. Auctions ending at certain times on certain days allegedly end with higher bid prices, etc. Good luck to you and please consider sending me the scans before you part with them. Thanks.

Jim Byrd 24-Jan-2011 00:14
Recently found in my 95 year old father's papers hundreds of postcards dating from early 20's to 30's, most in excellent condition, many of Florida. Also have booklet titled "Souvenir of Miami Miami Beach and Coral Gables Florida from the early 20's. Has great colored pictures of many old scenes. Anyone have any direction on how one might market this material, if it has value?
Guest 21-Jan-2011 20:04
hello sir,

Oddly enough I am not quite sure if you are the person to ask this question of but hey why not right? I collect coins and i recently found a serie commemorative coin from first federal savings of miami and Cuba soberana on one side and on the other it has the busts of tomas estrada palma and maximo gomez with the date 20 de may 1902 I was wondering if you would have any info or a good direction to head off into? Thank you sir

Don Boyd18-Jan-2011 04:32

Evy: I will try and get by there to see if the WWII Wall of Honor is still there and if so I'll take some photos of it for uploading to the website.

Cheyrl, thank you for writing but perhaps your comments would be seen by far more Hialeah folks if you posted your comment in the Hialeah gallery instead of this Guestbook which draws far less viewers. I'm just trying to increase your odds of someone knowing your husband.

Bill, thank you for writing and for your memories of St. Mary's. I would have graduated in 1960 also had I stayed at St. Mary's (I'm presuming 8th grade completion in that year) so maybe we were in the same classes? I'd love to add your class photos to the St. Mary's gallery. I have forwarded your entire message to Sylvia so she may respond to you and your wife Joanne directly.


Bill Dirring 18-Jan-2011 03:08
Last night, my wife and I were surfing the internet typing in our favorite teachers, and you can only imagine how surprised I was to find a picture of Sister John Kevin on your site! I attended St Mary's for grades 1-8 from Sept 1952 to graduation in June 1960. From there I attended Archbishop Curley and Georgia Tech and went on to a successful career in the USAF and Delta Air Lines.

My wife, Joanne Carlton Dirring, attended St Rose and Notre Dame Academy, graduating in 1965. We have been married for 36 years and have very fond memories our schools. It was great to see the picture of Sr John Kevin and see the comments that someone had spoken to her a few years ago. While I was at St Mary's I remember serving as an altar boy and riding my bicycle to those early morning masses. I also served for a while as the Captain of the school patrol and somewhere in my mementos I still have my badge and sash. When I lowered the flag for the last time in 1960 the principal (I don't remember her name) gave me the flag and I have kept it through the years. Its a 48 star flag and a valuable keepsake.

My wife, Joanne, was a good friend of Sylvia Carmellini at Notre Dame and was excited to see the picture you posted of her. Could you please give our email to her?

Somewhere in my archives I have some very old class photos from that era. I will try to find them so you can add them to the collection.

Thank you for your effort on the site.....

Bill and Joanne (Carlton) Dirring
Dave Sawyer 04-Jan-2011 16:40
My husband, David Sawyer used to play hockey for the Hialeah Jr. Cannons. He is 53 years old. Both of us are from Miami but now reside in Tallahassee. Dave would love to hear from some of his old friends from that time. Also, Hialeah skating rink (Roy) was one of our favorite places back in the day. Does anyone remember Dave? I went to Meadowlane Elementary in the 60's. (Cheryl McClary) Anyone else? Please email us at Thanks!
Evy Buzzell 02-Jan-2011 01:16
I have been looking for a photo of the WW II Wall of Honor. It was located near the band shell in a park on Palm Ave & Okeechobee Rd. I lived in Hialeah from 1940 until I moved to Homestead in 1952. Thanks for the memories. Now I need to look through my old photos. Great New Year's resolution.
Evy at
Don Boyd19-Dec-2010 23:25

Marti: did you find a photo of the Boulevard Pre-School on my site? I can't find it in the Schools gallery or in the 1950's Gallery. If it is not up on the site then I can't add your comments under it. Please advise and thank you.

Don Boyd18-Dec-2010 05:08

Jackie: thank you for your kind comments and for providing all of your great memories. There is a photo of the Tropicaire on the site in the Theatres/Drive In Theatres gallery, specifically at: Perhaps someday some kind souls will send in photos of the other memorable spots that you described. I loved Jahn's on Miracle Mile, and the Jahn's in Sunny Isles, in 1965 when I used to go there with the love of my life when dating her. I never took anyone else there before, during or after dating her so when I see the Jahn's name I think of that special lady and many good times that we shared that year. Hopefully someone will read your comments and remember you or the places that you mentioned and provide even more information about them. Love ya too! :)

Marti: thanks for about freaking out over the site, for your comments, for your memories and for the background on your airline family. I'm going to repost your comments under the photo of Boulevard Preschool where they will be seen by more viewers and perhaps others who went to Boulevard Preschool will write in. I don't have more information - all of the information that I have is already on the site except for a huge backlog of photos to add.

John B - I really wish you luck in finding your elusive Kate Fleming and you given me an idea of adding a "People looking for People" gallery where folks can write in and describe who they're looking for, where they lived-went to school-etc. Yours will be the first one that I add to the gallery. I love hearing from people who have reconnected with long lost friends and loved ones because of this site and a separate gallery for the lookers and those being looked for might improve the odds of a reconnect.

E. Olson: at first I thought this was from my good buddy Eric Olson but obviously it isn't. Thank you for your comments and all those great memories in addition to the names you provided. We lived at a great time to live in Miami, that's for sure. Perhaps a viewer will recognize the names you provided and will write in with some comments.

Guest: your problem with Firefox on the Mac is the first I've heard of but it is something I have no control over. I have problems with Firefox and G-mail running XP Pro and I live with them but I'm thinking of switching to Google's Chrome browser.

Folks, I'm sorry for the delay in responding but I do eventually respond to all of you. I spend too much time working with photos but it is what I love best. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and Happy New Year to everyone.

E. Olson 10-Dec-2010 15:15
Don, Great ... memories. Most all my family has passed on, so this website is secial. I grew up in N. Miami Beach (60's & 70's), but my father's family settled in Naranja/Redlands in 1924. My Uncle, Ray Olson was a jet mechanic for PanAm at MIA in the 60's & 70's. Uncle, John Olson worked as a cement truck mechanic at the Maule Plant by the airport for many years. Atrhur Olson, my dad was in the Title Insurance business in North Miami; Interstate Land Title Co. was the name, I think. An old family sory is told that my grandfather did work for one of Al Capone's "Gondola Boat" opperation on Miami Beach, maintaining the boats. My mom worked for Dr. Theodore M.Berman, a Radiologist with offices in Miami Beach & N. Miami Beach. I lived about a 1/2 mile from the 163rd St. Shopping Center in the 60' & 70's, spent alot of time there. Us kids used to go to the Castaways in Sunny Isles to swim in the many pools; after a while, they would kick us out.
John B 21-Nov-2010 03:02
Hi Don-I posted a message about 18 mths ago. I am still looking for the elusive Kate Fleming who lived on W Rivo Alto, (Venetian causeway). She lived there in the early to mid 80's.Have to find her!Favorite hang out of mine was the Taurus Steakhouse in the grove-on sunday's they had a weber at the front and cooked great cheeseburgers.Help me find Kate please!
Marti 16-Nov-2010 01:28
Hi Don - I about FREAKED out when I saw your website.....WHOA! MEMORIES! I was actually GOOGLING "Boulevard Preschool in the 1950's" when your site came up. If you know of anyone who attended that school in the 50's - please let me know. I have one picture from there, but I would like to know more friends that went there. I was there in 1951-1953.....Mr YOKUM was my preschool teacher. I was raised in Miami Shores, went to Miami Christan (sw 109th st) and had tons of friends from SOUTH MIAMI, SW 60th Street, Ludlum, Coral Gables. My father was an EAL Captain and died in a plane crash (private). My Uncle flew for National, my bio- dad PanAm piot as well, tons of airline history there........please write me if you have any information to above. Thanks for wonderful site and photos!
Martha (Morrison)
Jackie Coffee 10-Nov-2010 10:25
Don: What a stroll down memory lane! I grew up in the Southwest Section -- my family owned a bar on Bird Road directly across the street from the old Tropical Park racetrack called the "Homestretch Inn." Most of our customers were guys who worked at the track--jockies, grooms, trainers, etc. I went to West Miami Jr. Hi and then Southwest High School, class of '73. I'd be particularly interested to know if you or any of the other folks who visit your terrific site remember any of the following . . . the old Tropicaire Drive-In (with the swap meets every weekend), the Plantation Pit Barbeque (to this day, the best BBQ I've ever eaten in my life!--the China Maid restaurant (likewise, the best Chinese food, which includes New York City's Chinatown where I've been eating all my Chinese food since about 1974--the old Yorkshire Inn steakhouse on Bird Road up near Ludlam, a couple of people have mentioned Jahn's on Miracle Mile--but I always preferred Chippy's, those are my lost food havens. Then there are the places I miss . . . the Dadeland Mall when it first opened and malls were a COMPLETELY NEW THING, hanging out on Miracle Mile circa 1969 when everybody was learning how to play guitar and we all bought our guitars and sheet music from "Allegro" across the street from the old Coral Gables bus terminal (Allegro still exists, but it's moved a few blocks away, and the bus terminal is gone). What happened with me is--in 1972 the old Tropical Park closed and a new track--Calder--opened in North Dade. Our bar lost all of its business and we had to close the place after 25 years. I left home and moved to New York where I've lived ever since. Each return trip I make to Miami is more and more emotionally devastating to me when I see what's become of it. If anyone here went to Southwest High and remembers our chorus teacher, William S. Johnson, please feel free to write to me at Thanks so much Don, for doing this for all of us, and for letting me put my two cents in. Love, Jackie Coffee
Don Boyd03-Nov-2010 03:25

And it's time to catch up again - thank you everyone for posting here and I do try to answer up within a day or two or three.

Dominic: thank you for the information on Marty's Restaurant. Perhaps someday someone will come with a photo of it so I can add it to the Restaurants Gallery.

Claudine: thank you for the message about St. Mary's. I think the odds of someone knowing you would be better if you posted in the St. Mary's gallery because more people visit the photo galleries than this Guestbook area.

Sharon: thank you for your message about Bill O'Reilly and the Wreck Bar.

Ken: thank you for your comments.

Jack: thank you for posting your comments - it is particularly appreciated since you were here long before the vast majority of us and your recollections are really valuable. Please feel free to write all you want about what was where when because a lot of us would really like to read what you have to say. If you feel particularly wordy send me all your comments in an e-mail ( and I'll put them up on the site in a separate gallery like I did for Steve McDonald and his Coral Gables memories and Richard Auspitz and his Miami Beach memories. : )

Guest 01-Nov-2010 20:40
see comment below; adding email address
Jack Fortes
DeLand Fl
Jack Fortes 31-Oct-2010 21:48
I'm Jack Fortes, 86; attended Coral Gables Elementary School, 1930-1936, Kinloch Park Junior High School, 1936-1939, and Ponce de Leon High School, 1939-1940 (family moved to Orlando in October, 1940). Great memories of Venitian Pool, summers of late 30s; using corner of Coral Way/Red Road (a big area still there we called "the Triangle)as playground, summer softball games in the Gables, and just plain fun growing up in the late 30s. Anyone still around to remember?
Jack Fortes, DeLand
FocusingOnWildlife.com24-Oct-2010 12:23
superb images, will check your site on regular basis.
SHARON 21-Oct-2010 04:52

claudine magendanz martone 19-Oct-2010 03:15
I went to St.Mary's for lst and 2nd grade 1946 and 1947.Then went back to St.Mary's in 1954 and 1955 for 8th and 9th grade. Then went on to Miami Edison. Anyone from those years. My name was Claudine Magendanz.
dominic fulginiti 18-Oct-2010 20:39
dear don i was sent an email with the restaurants of Miami area. we owned marty's Italian restaurant which was located at 14300 west Dixie hwy. for 48 years closing in 1998. Marcella,s was down the street at 139 and Dixie also we were in business before her it was called ti amo,s in the 40,s just wanted to let you know you do great work keep it up thanks.
Don Boyd18-Oct-2010 04:05
Rick, welcome and thank you for your comments. Sorry to keep you glued to your monitor but I hope you have a good time viewing the photos.

Larry, welcome and thank you for your words. Yes, if I didn't enjoy working on photos and putting them on the site I sure wouldn't be doing it. I get burned out sometimes and take a day or three off but always return to it hell bent on trying to preserve even more memories. I'm glad that some people really appreciate the site enough to write in with nice comments.

Larry Zink 17-Oct-2010 21:19
Thank you Don for keeping our memories alive. Everytime I get home sick or think about the pass I turn to your galleries. Its great to be able to reflect back like this.
I hope you have as much fun doing these galleries as we do looking at it.
Thanks again
Rick Ferrer 15-Oct-2010 23:24
Wow, wow, wow. Can't get over the pic postings, Don. A great big thanks. I've found a new site to obsess over. You aren't helping me get away from the little screen my friend!
Don Boyd01-Oct-2010 04:04
Time to catch up again:

Guest on August 30th: I don't know but perhaps some former Westview Elementary students will see your comments here and hopefully respond. I should create a separate gallery for people wanting to hear from people who went to different schools, worked at different places, etc.? I hope you hear from someone.

Toni: ditto, I hope you hear from someone reading this guestbook.

Derek: I do not remember it at all but perhaps someone reading this guestbook will remember it. I haven't seen any photos of it yet, that I do know.

Randy: it's great to hear from you after 42 years. I sent you an e-mail and I'll call you tomorrow since it's now midnight.

Derek Habbeshaw 30-Sep-2010 16:42
Don..when I was a little kid my Mom and Dad used to vacation in Miami at the hotel called The Bagdad. Whatever happened to it?
Guest 27-Sep-2010 13:42
Someone asked about Marilyn Schanze. She lives in Atlanta. Unfortunately, Jim passed away in 1998 as a result of ALS.
Toni Armstrong Pitts 11-Sep-2010 22:17
There was a comment on the main page from Gary Heery. I lived in Palm Lake Trailer Park around the early 60's and my brother and I had a friend named Gary. I remember Fun Land Park and the wild mouse roller coaster. I would have started first grade in Miami in 1964. If this could possibly be the same Gary I would love to hear from you. My family's name is Armstrong and I have two older sisters and one older brother and one brother younger than me. Please contact me if you read this post.
Guest 30-Aug-2010 16:40
hi don i was wondering if anyone went to westview elementary school in florida. i was their from 1956 to 1962 thank you so much,mary
Don Boyd27-Aug-2010 04:05
It's time to catch up on responses to the folks who wrote in since the last time I responded. I'm sorry for the delay but I was on two out of town vacation trips since the 8th and when I came back two days ago my AT&T DSL was out of service and they didn't fix it until this morning.

Orly: welcome to the site and thank you for your comments. As I've said before it's a labor of love and I wish I had more time to dedicate to it. There is a huge backlog of photos yet to add and I don't think I'll ever run out of photos to add judging from how many I receive from contributors and how the backlog is growing.

Frank Sosa Jr: thank you for writing in. I will be sending you an e-mail about your old aircraft because many of us remember it and it was a travesty that others destroyed it.

Guest who posted on August 11th: welcome and thank you very much for your comments. You wouldn't happen to be Bill Bird, formerly in charge of the Miami Lakes Special Tax District many years ago and later director of Dade County Parks & Rec?

Kurt: welcome and I hope someone will provide you with information regarding the items you mentioned.

Guest who posted on August 16th: welcome and thank you for your comments.

John Hilsenbeck: thank you sir for your comments. Karen revered your parents and we thank you for your comments about her mom and dad. She was pleasantly surprised to read your comments here and under some of the photos and we send our best regards.

Sandy: welcome and thank you for your comments. You were a year ahead of me at Palm Springs and Hialeah High. What was your address on 53rd Terrace? Your maiden name seems familiar to me. Which Moye did you marry and was it one of the Moye brothers who lived at 5690 W. 12th Lane or a totally different Moye? Yes, I like Deland for all the massive old trees that are there and the thriving attractive downtown area - y'all picked a nice place to move to.

Tom Boyd: welcome and thank you for your comments. Sorry, no relation that I know of. My father and his sisters were born in North Dakota and Iowa and they spent their youth prior to World War II in a small town named Ohio, Illinois, about 100 miles west of Chicago.

Maria: welcome and thank you for your comments, I appreciate them.

Mary: welcome and thank you for your comments. Perhaps someone reading them will remember you and/or the names that you mentioned.

: )

mary 25-Aug-2010 18:37
hi don, i was just thinking of the past when i lived in n.w dad had 7 brothers that lived in miami.his name was george harrison.also my grandma was a smith on my mothers side harritte harrison.i would love to see my cousins butch and martha smith their dad's name was roy smith. we, that is me and my twin sister had some good friends on 112 terrace. don and perry demark just wonder where evey one is now a days. i think my dad's mom's name was a taylor and she lived in hialeah.thank you for this site i love reading it all, mary harrison thomas
Guest 24-Aug-2010 23:34
Don thank you for the memories. Came from Cuba at age 9 in 1962...I grew up here, thanks for keeping it real...Maria C. Ruiz
Guest 24-Aug-2010 23:34
Don thank you for the memories. Came from Cuba at age 9 in 1962...I grew up here, thanks for keeping it real...Maria C. Ruiz
Tom Boyd 24-Aug-2010 12:27
Hello Don,my name is Tom Boyd I am always looking for relitives. Our roots are from South Florida-Wachula,Arcadia,Pot Ash and Terracia Ialand. Your pics. Are most outstanding!
Sandy McElveen Moye 23-Aug-2010 15:58
Hi Don,
Had so much fun today looking at Hialeah pictures from the 50's and 60's. We lived in Hialeah from 1951 until we moved away in 1975.I graduated from Hialeah High in 1964. My first home was in Palm Springs on W.53 Terr. near Westland Mall. I especially loved the years at Palm Springs Jr. High. Thanks so much for all the wonderful memories. We are now in Deland , Fl and it's similar to Hialeah in the 50's.
John Hilsenbeck 21-Aug-2010 22:27
Don, Your website is fantastic. The many images have helped me relive my younger days growing up in Miami. My parents were good friends of Jim and Esther Criswell for many years. The Criswells were the model American family of yesteryear, something we need more of today. My wife and Esther taught at Fulford Elementary in North Miami Beach and carpooled everyday during 1970-1971 school year. Tell Karen "hello" for me. I often think of her and of Jim and Wendy, too. John Hilsenbeck
Guest 16-Aug-2010 01:08
I was born at the Osteopathic General Hospital in Miami 45 years ago and always wondered what it looked like. Thank you!
kurt nutter 14-Aug-2010 01:40
wow what a trip todayi was going through my late gmothers stuff and came across a book cobras in his garden and articles also my grandmother was friends with mr haast her name was audrey anderson married to bert i also found articles about an artist micheal piuggii and a signed piuggi painting dated 1941 was wondering a bout these things and any info would be awesome
Guest 11-Aug-2010 20:35
What a wonderful walk down memory lane! Born at Jackson Memorial, 1947, to Martha & John Bird. Uncle Preston was head of Dade County Commission & other uncle Head of Dade County School Board, and my aunt Dorothy Snare Bird owned all the serving & food rights for all railroads entering in or out of Florida!! We were a little spoiled! The Orange Bowl parade was the best & I can still smell the cheap Orange Blossom cologne being sprayed from under the floats! Pinky Bird This ia a fabulous compilation of beauty & hard work.
Frank Sosa Sr. 07-Aug-2010 06:03
Mr. Don Boyd this is a good remember pages from miami, June 15 1975, I tow out Opalocka airport 2 miles near the airport the Constitution Airplane to the address 3455 nw.135 st. my planing is for making an a museaum and a flyer restaurant and flying saucer restaurant . the airplane was Navy 164 N 7673. My name is Frank, the last owner of the Constitution Airplane. Miami.
Orly 06-Aug-2010 03:18
Don, truly a great website! Especially loved the automobile dealer and auto racing section. I worked at Tropical Chevy parts dept in the 80's and remember having HC Wilcox on 27 ave do my engine work. I thank you for all the hard work it must be to give us a trip down memory lane in Miami...
Don Boyd27-Jul-2010 14:58
Jim C., if your e-mail address is pappap then yes, I received your message and I responded to it.

Don Boyd27-Jul-2010 14:53
Jim C., what message? On this site or via e-mail? I have not seen any message from a Jim C on this site and I haven't checked my e-mails yet today.

Judy Brewer 13-Jul-2010 13:30
Don, thanks for your reply. I didn't expect you to provide MaryAnn's address, that's why I asked if you knew how to reach her and included the Wallace and Whitlock family names in hopes that if you forwarded my message she would know it was for real. Again, thanks for your effort to help her concerned cousins.

Don Boyd06-Jul-2010 14:22
Sorry Tammy, I grew up in South Florida. Will the Don Boyd who went to Bayswater Perth please stand up?

tammy 06-Jul-2010 13:28
looking for the don i went to church youth group at bayswater perth i am barbara reid
Don Boyd19-Jun-2010 04:20
Welcome Betty, I'm glad you like the site. There is a lot more yet to add and hopefully I'll have time to do it in the future. Your comments and memories are most welcome here.

Betty Joiner Castillo 19-Jun-2010 03:30
So glad I found this site. I lived in Hialeah from 1950 until 1962.I just discovered this site so I'll be back to enjoy the postings and share some of my own great memories from Hialeah, my hometown... Thank's for the site. I feel like I've come home again. Betty Joiner (now Castillo)
Don Boyd06-Jun-2010 23:16
Hi Tom, welcome to the site and thank you for posting under several of the photos. I appreciate your comments and providing additional information for us. No, sorry, I've heard of or have read that name somewhere but I can't place it and I'm sure I didn't know him.

Charles, I have no idea how that happened, it must be a PBase software problem. For some reason the default box for the password keeps showing up with stars, indicating a password, when I edit the root gallery instead of staying empty after I delete the stars. I received a few e-mails about it and my wife also showed it to me when she fired up her PC. Sorry about that, I didn't do it.

Charles Knight 06-Jun-2010 22:13
Hi Don, what's up with the lock on the site?
Tom Orr 03-Jun-2010 23:02
Don, Thanks again for posting all the great memories on your site. I keep coming back, time and time again and still have covered only a fraction of it. Did you know Lester "Wes" Sperling?
Don Boyd15-May-2010 19:23
Welcome Mary Anne, I remember your last name. Someone posted a comment somewhere on the site about the Tarpoon Skin Diving Shop still be operated by the daughters and I need to take a photo of the building since it's been there so long under the same ownership. Was Bill ever a chief at the airport fire division? The name is familiar to me.

Mary Anne Quick 15-May-2010 15:45
I enjoyed your listings. I am Mary Anne Quick, husband bill. I was a teacher and bill, a fireman. We lived on 53rd Terrace near 12th Avenue. My boys Phillip and Darren went to Palm Springs Jr. (Where I substituted for many years). Hialeah was a great place to live. My sister's family The Kevorkians lived there,too. Their father was Mike Kevorkian (now deceased) who owned Tarpoon Skin Diving Shop, which is still there run by his daughters. Our son Phillip, lives near Stuart and Darren resides in Tennessee.
Don Boyd14-May-2010 19:58
Hi Ymi, welcome to the site and thank you for your comments. We had many good times at MIA and I remember you well. C'mon back from time to time as I continue to add a lot more photos. Best wishes always!

Ymilsis Moll 13-May-2010 23:55
Hi Don, this is Ymi from MIA, I love your pictures, as always they are amazing and I love your memory gallery.

Thanks for sharing your great collection!

Don Boyd06-May-2010 21:49

Guest, actually it's my website and I am totally free to express my opinions and memories on it, whether you agree with me or not. There are very few critical comments about anyone on it, especially when you consider the size of the site. I didn't particularly care for her 48 years ago, and no one that I knew did either, and believe me I could have had far harsher things to say about her but I didn't. Plus what I said was a joke and it had a smiley face after the comment to indicate so. Evidently you took it seriously.

But to placate you, especially since you say that she has passed on, I added her name to the list of other girls who lived in the area without the exception that I had made for her, a day or two ago. You obviously haven't gone back to re-read the narrative since I made the change.

In your other comment that I deleted, I have done far more than posting memories of Hialeah on this website and if you have only been to the Hialeah portion then you have only seen 5% of the site, if that. And you don't have a clue as to what I've done in my lifetime for others and charities, and I'm not going to brag about it on here or anywhere else because that's not me. That does not count creating this website that has millions of page views by thousands of others who enjoy seeing the Miami and South Florida area when they lived and loved down here during much better times. Perhaps their fond memories of growing up down here are far different than your not so nice memories, but that doesn't give you the right to call anyone a loser for creating this site or liking the site as a visitor.

guest 06-May-2010 15:17
You should take her name off of the website if you don't have anything nice to say about her...
Don Boyd06-May-2010 02:20
Hi Robert, thank you for that information and now that you mention it I've heard that name before. It's strange that it doesn't show up on any maps of the area.

Robert 05-May-2010 20:02
Guest & Mr. Boyd, That Lake, is Lake Bambi. It is bordered on the south, by west 44th street, and on the north , by the old buildings formerly occupied by publix, zayre, and super x Drugstore. Robert.
Don Boyd05-May-2010 14:34 please tell us about your great success in life that enables you to call everyone on this site "a bunch of losers."

Don Boyd05-May-2010 14:33
Welcome DFeterman, thank you for your comments. I never recall that lake having a name, we always referred to it as "the lake behind Zayre's" or "Publix" or something like that. No name is shown when viewed on maps and aerial views of the area, unlike other lakes in the area. I sent you an e-mail about it.

Hialeah 05-May-2010 13:04
People on this site should get a life...what a bunch of losers.
Guest 05-May-2010 11:50
Hello Don, great site. I am a younger Hialean and I also share your beloved workplace as well as photography. Great images, specially from Hialeah 1960's 1970's. I first visited Hialeah in the late 70's and finally moved in in the early 80's amidst the Cuban Mariel's boatlift. That era saw my HHS youth and what became the "Miami Vice" era. I have a quick question and you might be able to answer. In Hialeah, Palm Spring Mile where Zayre, Publix and SupeRx used to be. There is a lake/quarry behind it (due south). Did this lake had a local name? I always called it PS Lanes Lake, but I believe it had a name. Thanks see my e-mail info.
Don Boyd03-May-2010 14:37
Welcome to the site, Ellie and Norma Jean. I'm glad you enjoy the site and hopefully it will continue to grow with a lot more photos. There is no shortage of old photos that people send me and that I find in different places. Hopefully a photo of the Majorette Drive In will come one of these days and I'll upload it right away.

ellie 28-Apr-2010 03:09
I love to see the old photos of when Miami was paradise. I grew up there, in Hialeah, and have the mosst wonderful, happy memories. I can still smell the ocean air and wish I could go back. This is the only way to go back.............I'm looking for photos of the Majorette Drive In on 79th st. and 5th ave.nw. Thanks for all the great pictures.
Norma Jean Barker 25-Apr-2010 17:14
Thanks Don for posting all the photos and comments about South Florida. My parents were born in Coconut Grove and I began life there. We moved to the Southwest area and I ended up going to So Miami Elementary, So Miami Jr. High, and then on to Southwest Senior High School. Had a wonderful young life in South Florida and I enjoy the history and photos very much.
Don Boyd24-Apr-2010 16:46
Welcome to the site, Paul. The Praznovsky name is familiar, as in a famous bowler of the time? I agree, the guys at the parks did a great job and they put up with some real winners at the time too. Thanks for remembering some of their names.

Paul Morel 21-Apr-2010 01:01
Spent my young life in Hialeah from 1950 to 1980. Met my wife Teresa Praznovsky of almost 41 years, at "Teen Club" at Babcock Park in 1966. Can't say enough about the great park folks back then. Mr Tierce, Ed Hall, Vi Ptak, and so many others who made our teen years almost trouble free. St Johns, MS jr high and MSSH class of 67. God, I miss those times.
Don Boyd16-Apr-2010 17:37
I apologize for the delay in responding. My laptop and desktop both became non-functional thanks to viruses I got from not having a current anti-virus running. I now have the laptop up and running with a much larger new hard drive and with a good anti-virus program running and the desktop will hopefully be up in a day or two or three.

Pam: hopefully someone will contribute a photo of the bowling alley that includes the shopping center that you mentioned.

Kerry: welcome and thank you for your comments.

Diane: welcome and thank you for your comments and memories. Regarding the Sportatorium, no one in their right mind back in the Sportatorium's busiest days would have ever imagined that the federal, state and Broward county government would allow housing and commercial development that far west, let alone all the way to U. S. 27. How they were ever allowed to pave over all those wetlands with today's density is beyond my imagination.

You are correct, it was the Richmond Naval Air Station and there is a photo of it in one of the aviation sub-galleries at: It was destroyed by a hurricane and resulting fire, with a great loss of property and aircraft, and never rebuilt. The Coast Guard and a couple of other federal agencies occupy a portion of it and Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens (brand new name for Miami Metrozoo) occupies another portion. There's an article about the dumb name change at:
If it weren't for the federal government giving up former military land all over Dade County we wouldn't have Opa-locka Executive Airport, Amelia Earhart Regional Park, Miami-Dade College-North Campus, the southern and western parts of Miami International Airport, a huge county park where Homestead AFB's housing and golf course was, the zoo, etc.

Diane (Lawrence) Hedges 16-Apr-2010 15:33
I came across this site today totally by accident and I am SO glad I did !!! I was born & raised in Miami since 1953. Lived a GREAT life in South Florida. The page I found is the one listing the 1000's of things we all did growing up that we just took for granted. I did the train around Crandon Park to the Amusement Park (free) & Zoo (free) at the end, was a barefoot hippie chic in Coconut Grove, Went to concerts @ the Marine Stadium, Jai Alai, Pirates World, Spotatorium (years later bought a house in a brand new housing development 2 miles west of the Sportatorium & cried when they tore it down). When I was real young we lived near Orange Bowl(cried when they tore it down too),then the Gables, & eventually Kendall( 2 miles west of Baptist Hosp). I went to Glades Jr High & Graduated in 1972 from Killian Sr High. We did LOTS of CRAZY stuff but we survived ourselves. I even managed to grow up & become a productive member of society. I haven't heard anyone mention the old blimp base on what is now the Miami Metro zoo. It used to be an abandoned airbase (or so the story went). We used to go out there & party, tell ghost stories, drive the old ruways with our lights off (chicken style). Anybody know about that place ? I think it was called Richmond Airfield Base- it may have been Coast guard. Well, Thanks for letting me post- I hope to join your group. I live in NC now (x10 yrs) & as much as we love it, my heart yearns for 'Mi" ami of yester year.
Guest 09-Apr-2010 00:59
Pam, Sandy has short brown hair and is very athletic. I do not believe Hialeah High School performed in the Orange Bowl in 1972.
Pam 08-Apr-2010 23:00
Don, thanks I will be looking forward to seeing more pictures. If you can find one of the shopping center I talked about on here that would be great.
Pam 08-Apr-2010 22:43
Guest, No I did not go to Hialeah Sr high. Back then their were a lot of different groups of majorettes, of all ages, that came together to march in one big group. I know my little group had Orange uniforms, can't remember if the rest of them did or not. Like I said this girl was older then me and she did help teach us with the Teacher. I remember her having short brown hair. And her being in front, and me somewhere in the middle of this group as we marched. She was way too good for it to be her first year, as I did it the one year only. I don't remember her doing four batons but she could do two really good.
Guest 08-Apr-2010 17:13
Pam, I will attempt to contact Sandy through her best friend and will find out if Sandy has a picture of the majorettes twirling in the Orange Bowl in 1972. A membership in Classmates to me is utterly worthless as I had one and was able to contact only one friend. Moreover, if you register you will receive lots of alerts with regards to Classmates which is essentially Spam! Sandy has an older sister and a younger brother. Her father died as I recall after Sandy graduated from high school in 1972. You did attend Hialah Scool, didn't you? As I understand it Sandy placed first at state as I believe she could twirl four batons at one time. I think you would remember her if you twirled with her.
Pam 08-Apr-2010 16:19
Guest,I recognize faces better then I do names.I went to her classmate page and didn't see a picture.I don't have membership but did sign her guessbook. A girl and her Mother would come to my house and take me to practice once a week. This girl was older then me and we did not attend the same school. I went to Carol City Elem and then Jr high. I think her Mother met my Mother at a restaurant where my Mother was a waitress.The restaurant Mitzy and Richie's Cafe, Don't know if I spelled that right, they were brother and sister. Mitzy was married to a man named Bob I think, and they had a little boy. The restaurant was in a little shopping center next the Bowling alley and I think the Golden Glades Drive Inn was there also. The Miami Dolphins would come eat after practice. The year they Won the Super Bowl the old juke-box would be playing, we are the Miami Dolphins! Miami Dolphins! Miami Dolphins! Number 1... I sure miss them Good Old Days!!!
Kerry Martinson 08-Apr-2010 05:11
Hello Mr.Don Boyd
I am a COCA COLA Collector
I just wanted to say thank-you for the great shot of the F.W. Woolworth Co. Menu
Great history lesson
Keep up the good work
Kerry Martinson
Jeff 07-Apr-2010 06:05
Don, Sorry I posted here as I found Robbin's website as this is where my previous posting should have been placed. Jeff
Jeff Brindlinger 07-Apr-2010 05:12
Robbin Learned, I've read numerous postings by you and am now convinced I went to Palm Springs Junior High School with your youger brother Danny. We aso played football together at Palm Sprins North, worked together on the railroad and were in the same platoon in the U.S. Army Military Police Academy in 1975. If I recall, your parents' house was located on a lake on 12th ave. next door to Ron Turcott, the jockey who won the one of the Triple Crown Races in 1968/69.
Guest 07-Apr-2010 04:03
Pam, If you were a majorette with Sandy Kuhn then you also may have known Sue Waite. I lost touch with both of them we moved from Hialeah in 1970. Sue was a friend from Dupuis Elementary and I knew Sandy From Palm Springs Junior High School. In 2007 I spoke to a friend who mentioned that Sandy was in Business School at FSU pursuing an accounting degree. It was my understanding that she has lived in Tallahassee since the mid 70's.
Don Boyd07-Apr-2010 02:15
Jeff, I remember unusual names like that plus I have 3 years (63-64-65) worth of Hialeah High student directories to verify spellings and addresses. If you Google his name you'll come up with a number of sites including Wikipedia with information about him.

Pam, I'm glad you like the site. It's a labor of love for our past and apparently a lot of folks like it, especially those who moved out many years ago and never came back. There will be a lot more photos added in the future as time permits.

Pam 06-Apr-2010 23:39
Thank you Guest, I'm new here and just came across this as I was searching for 1972 Orange Bowl Parade. Don I just love your photos of Miami in 1970-1999. That's just how I remember it. WE moved from Miami to another part of Florida in 1974. And I thought I was the only one, who never forgot MIAMI !!!
Jeff Brindlinger 06-Apr-2010 20:58
Don, You have an excellent memory as I checked and you spelled Camil correctly as I had it with an e at the end ( Camile ).
Jeff Brindlinger 06-Apr-2010 20:46
Don, Thank you for the information on the house. I did not see a pool in the photo from an aerial view but I probably missed it. The LT. Camile you spoke with was Clay who is Scott's younger brother. Scott was a Forward Observer in the Marines in Vietnam and upon return and attending college at Florida became an ardent anti-Vietnam advocate. I remember Scott bagging groceries for my mother every Saturday morning at the Grand Union.I believe he is an attorney or at least attended law school at Florida.
Don Boyd06-Apr-2010 18:11
Jeff, I checked the address on and it was built in 1955. We moved to W. 9th Lane in June 1957 and the homes in the county section all appeared to have been there a while. Your home now has 2257 square feet, more than double the original home and the aerial photo shows a pool in the backyard. Like I said, it was probably worth $450-500K at the peak of the housing market and I feel sorry for anyone who bought during those times.

Yes, I remember Scott Camil before he went into the USMC and served in Vietnam. In the late 90's I spoke to his younger brother who was a LT with the City of Miami Police and he called for permission to use their helicopter at our elevated helipad facility at MIA. I asked him if he grew up in Hialeah and he said yeah and I told him that I knew Scott back in the 1964 time frame. We had a good chat about several people we both knew.

The Adrian Martin name is not familiar to me.

Jeff Brindlinger 06-Apr-2010 07:50
Don, Yes, the house is located at 11110 NW 60th Court in Hialeah in the unincorporated area. I lived across the street from Harry Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band and was in Europe in the military when his music was the rage. Scott Camile of the Gainesville Eight fame was also another neighbor and you may have gone to school with him at Hialeah High. I still cannot imagine that house being valued at $285K. Makes one wonder where all the money is coming from? I recently learned that Adrian Martin passed away about two months ago and that her older brother Brad is also deceased.
Don Boyd06-Apr-2010 05:56
Pam, I'm glad you got the info but it was a Guest who posted it for you. Thanks.

Jeff (Guest), what was the address of your home, which I presume was in Palm Springs due to the year? If the home is assessed for $285K it was probably worth $450-500K at the peak of the real estate market down here. Those who sold out then or before really lucked out if they didn't buy another place and rented.

Guest 06-Apr-2010 00:56
Don, I looked at my parents' old house on Google and was stunned to learn that it is presently assessed at $285,000 as it was built in 1957 for about #17,000 and is only 1,000 sq/ft. I then viewed 49th street and the only thing I recognized was the IHOP. Even Palm Springs Junior High looks like a fortress. The last time I was in Hialeah was 1975 and it was sprawling but liveable. Now more than ever do I appreciate your website and the memories it brings. Jeff
Pam 05-Apr-2010 22:06
Thanks for the Info Don, I will look her up.
Don Boyd05-Apr-2010 16:47
Jeff, welcome to the site and thank you for posting about KC and his dad. I used to pick up WQAM in Tampa on some nights while stationed there but with a lot of static. Tampa's choice of rock stations really sucked back then in the late 60's.

Guest 05-Apr-2010 11:37
Pam, As you probably recall, Sandy kuhn was a majorette at Hialeah High School in 1972. I believe she lives in Tallahasee and can be contacted through the Hialeah High Classmates if you have a membership. She may be the person who can help you with a photo.
Jeff Brindlinger 05-Apr-2010 04:36
I remember seeing many great bands at Pirates World and Miami Hollywood Sportatorium in the late 60' and early 70's. Led Zepplin played at Pirates World and admission was like five dollars. There were also two underground radio stations with one being WSHE and the other I cannot remember but it broadcast from Brickel Ave. in Miami and only broadcast after dark. I moved to Sebring,Fl in 1970 but still could pick up WQAM. Thank you very much for this website and your efforts. Jeff Brindlinger
Jeffrey Brindlinger 02-Apr-2010 23:23
Don, Harry Casey lived across the street from me in the unincorporated area of Hialeah. The only time I saw a Hialeah police officer in the unincorporated area was when Billy Cousins was arrested for Grand Theft Auto. Harry, AKA: Sparky still calls my brother occasionally and he does live in Miami Lakes but I do not know the address. Mr Casey remained at the residence for a considerable time after his son became famous.
Pam 02-Apr-2010 18:03
Wow really enjoyed looking at your page so many memories of Miami. I was in the Orange Bowl Parade around 1972 twirling a Baton we had Orange uniforms. I would love to see pictures if anyone has any.
Don Boyd31-Mar-2010 02:04
Larry V: welcome to the site. Your comments would be seen by more people, especially people interested in St. Mary's, if they were in the St. Mary's gallery under the photos in the comments section. I am cutting and pasting your comments over there to improve the odds of someone answering you.

larry v. 28-Mar-2010 18:02
trying to find out if anyone knew or knows of a verna desantcis......she graduated from st. mary's in 1950......i believe she married a lawrence hughes........he also graduated the same year........i am now told she is a first cousin of mine which is shocking to me......her mother was olive desanctis ........i am being told my uncle louis desanctis fathered verna.......he has just passed away in 2008 at the age of 93 and lived in boston his whole life.....since his passing the nieces and nephews cant believe we now have a long lost first cousin......not sure why this was a kept a secret but it was..........louis was never married as far as we knew but now we know he was married in 1947.........not sure if he fathered verna or not......records are sealed so we are all at a loss.......maybe someone can help me with some information......thanks larry v.
Don Boyd24-Mar-2010 18:16
Jim, welcome to the site. I copied your question to the Comments gallery, located at
last night and here's what Charles Knight had to say about it:

"Don, Steppenwolf played Miami Marine stadium in 1970, I roadied that show. Carried amps and all sorts of gear across the flimsy ramp to and from the floating stage."

jim 23-Mar-2010 23:47
did steppenwolf ever play bayfront park?Sometime around 1970
Don Boyd21-Mar-2010 02:27
Welcome all of you (Chicky118, Michael, Thomas, Randy, Larry, Barb and Linda) since I last posted.

Larry: Harry Casey (KC) graduated from HHS 4 years after me as I recall. There is a photo of him in one of the DuPuis Elementary yearbook pages in the Old Hialeah gallery. He lived about half a mile east of me in Palm Springs and down the street from a friend of mine. He also lives in Miami Lakes but I've never seen him in the area. I haven't seen him in person since a concert of his at the Miami Marine Stadium a long time ago.

Linda: welcome fellow HHS 65 grad! Hopefully someday someone will contribute a photo of the Pizza Palace on 49th Street. I sure wish I had taken one way back when; little did I know that it was such a memorable place for so many people!

linda corvino monti 20-Mar-2010 14:19
wonderful website don. graduated hialeah high 1965 enjoyed going down memory lane . i too would like to see pictures from pizza palace on w 49th
Barb Harrell Nuccio 23-Feb-2010 19:18
I worked for Lindsley Lumber in Lake Worth. I have wonderful memories. It would be nice to bring back all the old employees from all the chains.
Larry 23-Feb-2010 03:47
Hi Don sent an email earlier great photo Gallery grew up in Miami Beach in the 1970's went to Beach High class of 82. Moved to S. Florida in 1970. Went to many Dolphins games as a kid at the OB. Been a central Florida resident for 20 years. Your prom sounded like a blast Kids today wouldn't even do that I think. Did you go to school with KC of the Sunshine Band?
Randy 22-Feb-2010 22:35
Like you I have collected old photos of Hialeah for years, but I have never run across any of the old Pizza Palace on 49st. Spent alot of time there in the 60s and would to find one.
Thomas E. Lavin 15-Feb-2010 00:15
Don, deeply appreciate your postings regarding St.Mary's School, 1951. I graduated from St. Mary's in 1950 and knew most of the girls on the team. I have marvelous memories of St. Mary's and the guys and gals that were there.
chicky11814-Feb-2010 19:28
Sorry for the oversight on my part, graduating class of "69" & "70". Hope this info will go a long ways. Once again love this site and thanks soooooooooooooo much!!!!
Don Boyd13-Feb-2010 06:58
Welcome Allan and thank you for your comments. My life is going by way too fast and here I am working on the website and photos for it and another site most of the time. I have not done a autobiography and really don't have much desire to do so at this time due to being absolutely buried in photo work. In other words, I'm not as important as the photos that I want to add. But thank you for the suggestion and perhaps someday when I have the time I will crank something out.

Best regards,

Allan Rodberg 11-Feb-2010 19:14
Don, I have spent lots of time reading all the comments in your guest must spend hours and hours responding, and adding to your galleries.. as does everyone else, I really appreciate your efforts,I grew up in Miami Springs in the late 40s and 50s...
Miami Jackson High School'52.. You might have already done so in the past, but I would like to read your bio... your photography and pics with interesting personalities offer a wide area of interest to many of us who frequent your sites etc.. If you have done so,just direct me... if not post it so we all may enjoy your history...
Don Boyd11-Feb-2010 05:12
Hi Kathy, welcome and thank you for your comment.

Kathy McClelland 11-Feb-2010 05:00
Thank you. Wonderful memories of a time now gone.
Don Boyd10-Feb-2010 07:06
Welcome chicky118 and thank you for your comments. I wish you had put your HHS graduation class so people have an idea of how old you and Buzzy are now. Hopefully someone who knows Buzzy Beacraft will speak up.

chicky11810-Feb-2010 01:06
Just found this site and I am psyched. I grew up in south florida on east 54th st in Hialeah fla. Went to good ol HHS. Am currently looking for an old friend of mine by the name of Buzzy Beacraft. Any info regarding him would be wonderful. Thanks for this site its so much funn!!!
Don Boyd05-Feb-2010 00:13
Hi Randy, thanks for the information on Barbara, who was in the HHS class of 1966. Now that you mention it I seem to recall reading or hearing of her fatal accident. Tragedy has sure struck in the family and I'm sorry to hear of it.

Betsy, I am sorry but I have no background at all in genealogical research and all I am trying to do with this website is preserve a lot of memories of the Miami area and the great people who lived here decades ago. Most of them moved from the area starting in the 1960's but they still have great memories of growing up down here. I suggest that you join a genealogical organization that can offer you tips on how to proceed with your search and I imagine that U. S. Census records for the Miami area might be involved.

Betsy Peacock 02-Feb-2010 16:04
I found this site to be most interesting, Don. (or anyone else on the post) I would very much appreciate your contacting me at I'm looking for information to figure out who my biological grandfather was. I know that he was a yacht captain in 1953 in Miami, and that he was born in 1900, and had a son and a daughter. Since Florida is a closed adoption state, I'm left with the task of looking for a needle in a haystack. I'm not after a big reunion, just simply want to learn names, see pictures, & get a medical history! Please contact me if you can help in any way. Betsy Peacock,
Guest 02-Feb-2010 07:00

Randy Mcgee
Barbara Wolters, my high school girlfriend, also died in a tragic boating accident about 15 to 18 years ago. She was married and living in the Gables when the accident occured.Don't know anything more about it, but she was not at fault.
Don Boyd24-Jan-2010 01:10
Hi Jeanne, welcome and thank you for your comments. There are some photos of Shell's City and comments about Edison Center in a few places on the site. And yes, I think virtually all of us would like to be 15 again. The site will be up forever, my daughters will see to that and it is paid for years in advance.

jeanne ledbetter-knapp 24-Jan-2010 00:07
Hello to a fellow native!! I dearly love reading all the "do you remembers" and i can say oh yes,yes,yes,the best years of my life was spent in Edison Center(7thAve.&62St) graduated from Edison in 1956 and I have so many wonderful memories of days gone by,but not forgotten by no means!!!!......My heart yearns to go back and be 15 again, I met my first love then, I hope this continues on forever and ever!!!!!!!!!Love ya,,,Jeanne Ledbetter-Knapp
Don Boyd17-Jan-2010 18:53
Hi Randy, welcome to the site and thanks for mentioning those names. I used to go the Essex Theatre with the Murphy twins in the late 50's when they lived on NW 113th Terrace before homes were built on the three lakes and they moved to W. 10th Avenue on Lake Laurence West. My buddy Pete Ciolfi lived behind them and Billie Anne Murphy would take us all to the movies in a station wagon. Billie Anne recently died in Albany, Georgia and I was on her funny stuff e-mail distribution list. Rosalyn and her husband Jim have owned and operated Miami Lakes Sporting Goods since the early 70's in Miami Lakes.

There's a 1962 photo of Rosalyn and Marilyn in 8th grade at Palm Springs Junior High at . There's a photo of Pam Wolters at a reunion in 1995 at and and another shot from 2005 at . Pam's sister Bonnie and her mother died onboard the inflight explosion of TWA flight 800 off of Long Island in 1996. : (

Don Boyd17-Jan-2010 17:17
Howard: welcome and thank you for mentioning those great places. When I get the photos I will certainly add them to the site.

Mary Anne: welcome and I'm going to repost your comments in the St. Mary's gallery so that more people will see it than here in the Guestbook. Hopefully you will hear from people if they see your comments.

Randy Mcgee 17-Jan-2010 04:05
Graduated in 63 from HHS, lived in Miami Springs and spent most of my time in Palm Springs. Anybody remember the Wolters sisters or the Murphy twins ?
Guest 14-Jan-2010 03:12
does anyone remember Grace Schweer, Alice Tierney, Marilyn Schanze(she married Jim Britt) who graduated in 51?
Guest 14-Jan-2010 03:11
does anyone know anything about Marilyn Schanze (she married Jim Britt) Grace Schweer or Alice Tierney from the class of 51?
mary anne thornbury lee 12-Jan-2010 21:57
I went to St. Mary's and graduated in 5l. Have kept up with a lot of St. Marys "kids"so email me. We had out 50th class reunion in 2001. Ellen O'Conner died shortly afterwards. I talked to Mary Ellen O'Conner this past Novemer and she was alive and well. If any of you want info on classes from 1948 thru 1954, send me an email. I have rosters of those classes thanks to Ed Clauss in Miami who graduated in 48 and still keeps up with everyone. I married Bobby Lee from Edison (still married) and we live in Hendersonville, N.C. Would love to hear from all of you.
Guest 08-Jan-2010 20:37

Don Boyd08-Jan-2010 05:25
Fred, welcome and thank you for your comments. I loved Jahns on Miracle Mile in 1965.

Jim, welcome to the site. I'm sorry, there are no photos for sale on this site as stated on a few of the pages. Almost all of the photos on this site are low-resolution and way too small in size to make a decent print. They're fine for display on the web but unacceptable in my book for making prints. I would ask you to scan your old brochures from the Roney but I'm so buried in old photos that it would be a year or more before I could add them. Thanks anyhow.

Jim Marciano 07-Jan-2010 19:38
I would like to buy a picture of the old Roney Plaza in Miami Beach. I worked as a life guard and cabana boy in 1960. I also have some old brochures and papers from the hotel.
Fred Labarga 07-Jan-2010 05:38
Great stuff Don ! In Miami since 1961, patronized and/or worked at a few of those great old places. I was a soda jerk at Jahns on Miracle Mile in the mid 60's, most fun job I ever had, would have probably done it for free. I went to Coral Gables HS and the cheerleaders would come over after school and yell and giggle, "extra sprinkles Freddie" ! Man, some awesome memories you have stirred up. I also worked at Tylers and the IHOP on Coral Way and 87th ave. Thank you !
Don Boyd05-Jan-2010 18:17
Hi Dan, welcome to the website and I'm glad you enjoy the old photos. Please feel free to post comments and memories under any of the photos in any of the galleries. Are you any relation to the Westbrook towing company on Palm Avenue?

Danny Westbrook 05-Jan-2010 17:35
I was born at Jackson Memorial hosp.1944.All the places you know,I know.I even lived in Hialeah and went to Benny Babcock Elem.1952.375 east 14th street,off 4th ave.Moved to Miami Edison area where I finished high school 1962.Like to join your Miami group.Dan
Don Boyd18-Dec-2009 07:41
I believe Alabama Jacks is still there on Card Sound Road. I've never heard of Emetts Ice Cream Shop though.

aLLEN 18-Dec-2009 07:08
Don Boyd17-Dec-2009 15:20
Sallie: welcome and thank you for posting. Mary's Italian has been on the site for over a year. We still have one Ranch House in operation and I'll have to add a photo of it. There will be more photos added in the future but I just don't have the time to send out updates. There is some website out there that you can enter another website's URL on it and it will automatically keep checking that website for changes and then notify you with an e-mail when something changes on the site. I just did a Google search for "website change notifications" and this is the first site in the search results:

Bill - welcome and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately all I have on the old aircraft is already up on the site and insufficient for your needs. I can not think of a good source for the information that you need and I wish you well in your searching.

Tim: welcome and thank you for your posting. I will create links for the parks in the future and post them on the site. Tell your wife thanks for posting in the ICS gallery too.

Eleanor Pinder 17-Dec-2009 15:12
Hialeah race track was one of a kind,just going there was breah-taking for the beauty of it,I am happy to say it has recently re-opened it would havee been devestating to see anything so GRAND become a great big cement structure with no appeal.
Tim Gillette 17-Dec-2009 03:33
Hi Don:

Thank you for helping preserve the memories of old Hialeah. I was some years behind you but graduated from ICS and grew up on the east side near Hialeah Park and Bright Park. It was a great place to grow up and remember many of the coaches at Bright Park like Paul Tripp, Art Stevens, Miss Lee, and Coach Casey. I know Hialeah had a great park system where many of us spent much time. I wonder if you could create links for the parks. Anyway, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Tim Gillette
Sallie Worth 15-Dec-2009 12:25
The seafood restaurant near 21st and 7th Ave I believe it was called Jumbo's. There are so many restaurants that have yet to be mentioned but I am sure they will be coming your way from what I saw. Love the memories that came from viewing your site. Now if only we had all of our family and friends here to share them with again but one day we all will. How about Figaro's 163rd and 8th I think, Corky's, Wolfies, Ranch House, Mary's Italian Restaurant, all in the North Miami/ & North Miami Beach area. I live there from 1952 to 1991 and then to Northern VA area ... I miss the Miami of long ago but that was another life ago and new memories are made for those who live there now. I do not have any pictures except my mind's eye...which I am sure you all have. Thank you for putting this all together. Is there a way to get updates as new restaurants are posted?
Don Boyd09-Dec-2009 14:31
Hi Henry, welcome to the site and thank you for your comments. Actually, I would not want to promote the site and needing more photos at this point in time because I am buried in photos and old postcards that will take months to get up onto the site. There are a few great individuals who keep me supplied with photos from time to time and I can't keep up with what they send me via e-mail so I'm fighting a losing battle. I also have my own old photos to scan and add, some old Hialeah newspapers to scan and add, a huge postcard collection of old hotels to scan and add, etc. Thank you for your interest in helping out, I do appreciate that.

Henry Wright 09-Dec-2009 14:13
Hi Mr. Boyd have you ever thought about going on radio are to one of the local news stations to share your store on the type work you are doing for south florida. and mybe they will help
your web site by geting more people to send more photos.
Don Boyd09-Dec-2009 03:52
Hi Jim, welcome to the site and I'm glad you enjoy it. I really appreciate your posting of all those memories for our benefit.

I do have a description of Dr. DuPuis in the 1964 DuPuis Elementary yearbook gallery at and there is at least one photo of the White Belt dairy on the site in the decades galleries. And hopefully with time the site will be considerably larger with a lot more photos sent in by viewers.

Please feel free to post other memories if you have the time in the future.

Jim Hill 08-Dec-2009 18:00
Mr. Boyd:
A friend who, like me, grew up in Hialeah, forwarded your "Hialeah-Miami Springs" show. Wow! What a flood of memories those images brouoght!

My parents moved to East Hialeah in 1958, when I was 11 years old. We lived at 5801 East 6th Avenue, about 3 blocks due west of the main entrance gate to what was then Amelia Earhart Airfield, on LeJune Road.

I also noted a class photo from John DuPuis Elementary School. I was wondering how many of your web site visitors know who Mr. DuPuis was...

Before we moved to Hialeah, we lived at 6120 N.W. 30th Avenue, in unincorporated Dade County. Hialeah's city limits at that time began west, at the Seaboard railroad tracks.

My father worked for the City of Miami, but years earlier had worked for White Belt Dairy, which was located at N.W. 62 Street and 32 Ave. My grandfather, Arthur Hill, retired from White Belt after more than 50 years!

White Belt Dairy was named for the unique herd of black cows with white "belts" that went around their midsections. I had always heard the original herd was brought to Miami by Dr. DuPuis, an M.D. who homesteaded land in the Leomn City-Edison Center area, and later built the dairy west of the city.

Dr. DuPuis lived at N.W. 62 Street and 31st Ave, where his main home was located. It was a large, two-story house and on the two square block property he had a chicken farm and citrus grove. They sold fresh eggs, mangoes, avocados, oranges, grapefruit and guavas, in season.

His son was John DuPuis, and after his father, Dr. DuPuis died, he ran the dairy and business interests.

At one time White Belt Dairy had a large zoo, with exotic animals. It had a complete creamery and ice cream factory, and ice house. I remember going there with my grandfather.

My grandparents moved their entire family to Miami in 1917, settling in the Lemon City area. They came from Connecticut, outside Norwich. They later built a two-story home out of Florida fat-pine and stucco. It was located on NW 59 Street, between 4th and 5th Aves.

My dad's sister, Lillian, was class validectorian at Edison High School. She married a man named Schrader, and they built another large two-story, concrete block home next door to my grandparents, on 59th St.

My dad's brother, Vernon, returned to CT, married and raised a large family. His descendants live in and around Preston Township, outside Norwich, CT.

Thank you for posting these photos and the memories!


-Jim Hill
Daytona Beach, FL
Don Boyd06-Dec-2009 15:30
No problem, Will. I gave Robbin his own comments gallery in the Hialeah gallery, which I know you didn't know about, so if you have more questions you can either ask here or if you want Robbin's input you can go to: and ask Robbin there.

will 06-Dec-2009 09:24
to don,
sorry for the comment to robin. it never entered my mind not to post it hear but i didn't know where else to go with it. please feel free to delete it. thanks.
will 06-Dec-2009 09:20
thank you for the clue in to the lionel playworld location. i was able to confirm that location because of your tip. so nice of you to help me with that. if you think of any more i'd love to hear from you. once again, thank you. will
Guest 03-Dec-2009 00:44
Thanks for having us Don. These are great memories,
Don Boyd02-Dec-2009 22:12
Madeline, welcome and thank you for your comments. Yes, we lived at a great time down here with the unlocked doors. I'm glad you like the site.

Dale, welcome too and I'm glad my old friend Terry has such a great memory about John's hot car and is not losing it yet! I'm glad you guys connected.

Guest 02-Dec-2009 16:53
Yes the one and the same John Ellis. We lived right next to the big Pharmacy 6450 west 3rd ct was out adress. I was a little tike then.Candy apple was his color Our stock car was red and gold at hialeah speedway. We won almost every race can remember. He was a mechanical genius.We had one of the only six cylinders also. I can go on and on Sorry.
Terry Bocskey 29-Nov-2009 18:23
A question for Dale Ellis. Is this the John Ellis that had a 1965-66 Mustang coupe, 289, 4 speed, Ford Candy Apple Red , that had Cobra Weber Carbs. And rode a Harley with an old guy named Bill Tierney. Lived at West 61,62,63 street just east of Red Road on those few tree lined divided street. I was 17 then and had a 66 Fairlane GT.
Dale Ellis 29-Nov-2009 16:07
I was surfing the net one day, and came across some posts about my Dad. John Ellis The One Arm bandit from Hialeah speedway. Thanks for the memories. Hes still kickin by the way.
Madeline 27-Nov-2009 16:08
Great photos. I lived in Va Gardens from 1950-1964 and remember the Circle and the Food Palace that was there along with the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club on Curtiss Parkway. It was such a quiet area and we never locked our doors. This site really stirs nostalgia. Thanks for the memories.
Don Boyd15-Nov-2009 01:06
Thanks Guest, I appreciate your comments.

Guest 10-Nov-2009 19:03
Don......Great site
Don Boyd02-Nov-2009 05:07
Hi Linda, welcome to my website. There are at least several comments about the Rhodes Brothers under the photo of the Skyways Motel where they played at one time. The page is located at:

Have you Googled "the Rhodes Brothers" in a search? I just did and came up with their website and this page in particular: which is a contact page on their site.

Linda 01-Nov-2009 22:12
I remember when I lived in Miami from 1970-1980 especially the time going to see The Rhodes Brothers when they performed at their club, I went every weekend to see them. It is too bad that they stopped singing. Do you know how I can get in touch with Eddie Rhodes? Also remember when I worked on S.W. 8th street tending bar @ the Pier 8 Lounge.
Don Boyd01-Nov-2009 16:17
Hi Terri, thank you for writing. Thank you for your comments about the site and your memories. I probably met you sometime back in the 70's but I can't remember specifics - I know he introduced me to one of his kids and for some reason I think it was at a rock concert at the baseball stadium where he was working some kind of function.

Your dad was a great guy and not only did I like him a lot but everyone liked him because he was so easy going and down to earth. He treated subordinates nicely, unlike some of the officers who were on power trips. It's a shame that he left us so long ago and I remember feeling sad when I read of his passing.

Thanks again for writing. Keep checking back from time to time because I have a ton of photos to add yet and I probably have more pics of your dad with other in our unit.

Best regards,

Terri 01-Nov-2009 14:38
Hi Don,
I saw you posted a picture of my father, Murray Hersh. That is a great picture and I am happy to know that you said such nice things about my dad. He was a great guy and I really miss him. I remember going to the Coast Guard in Miami Beach with him and taking the gun training class that he taught. I also remember going up in the Goodyear blimp too. Your site is great. I love looking at all the old places we used to go to. Thanks!! Terri
Don Boyd23-Oct-2009 01:33
Robbin, this is my guestbook, not your comments gallery. People are posting here to the guestbook's owner (me) and if I feel so inclined I will respond to them here and I don't want to be posting after you've made your comments on whatever here. If I think something has been posted that warrants your attention I will copy it to your gallery for you to respond to. I don't want any back and forth conversations between you and others going on in here because I like to be able to find older topics without having to search through pages upon pages of comments like one has to do in your comments gallery.

Thank you Robbin.

Bill 21-Oct-2009 22:15
I was pleasantly surprized when I saw the photo of the Lum's at 2900 Nw 79 Street..I was the Manager there in 1970 and really enjoyed it.It was a really busy store,I remember adding an extra cashier,so the Mall workers could get in and out as quick as possible.

From there I was put in the Lum's at (approx) 185th and Collins,at the time the busiest ib the company,then it was on to Bird Road.From there to Long Island NY as a supervisor.

I now live in Gainesville where they also had a couple of units,which have long closed,but the buildings remain intact,with the outside lights on the wall etc..

I think they would be a hit in Gainesville today,just bring back the entire format,and it will be a huge winner.
Robbin 10-Oct-2009 17:40
Grizel, Did You ever Go Roller Skating , at Rustic Roller Rink, or Hialeah Roller Rink ????? And What about Hialeah Lanes, Woolworth's, at Flamingo Plaza, Flamingo Cafeteria, Big Ed's BBQ, and Hitching Post BBQ, Grable's Bakery, Rexall Drugstore, and Luncheonette, Babcock Park, U Totem, and Slade's Maroon Ambulances ????? And Do You Remember Karland, The Go Kart Rides Track, on East 9th Street, Between Hialeah Lanes, and Burger King ???? That , was Right By My House. And Did You Ever Go To The Little Candy Store, across The Street, From Burger King, on East 6th Avenue ??? I Went to All of Those Places , and More, all The Time, Except Slade's Funeral Home, But Slade's Ambulances , were around our Area , all The Time, and e Saw Them. And As A Kid, I went to Hialeah Speedway, on Saturday Nights , aLot, to Watch The Stock Car Races. I Had 3 Go Karts, as A Kid, and I Drove 2 of them, at Flamingo Plaza, over By East 10th Avenue, But The 3rd , and Last one I Had, I Drove Mostly: In The Hialeah Park Racetrack Parking Lots, on East 21st Street, and on East 32nd Street. The 3rd one I Had: Had a Chainsaw Engine, and it was Real Fast, Sounded Like A Bee,and was Lots Of Fun To Drive. I Wanted to Race, But My Dad Said No. My House is The Brown House, with Beige Bands on The Windows, and I Have a Stamped Concrete Red Circular Drive. And My House, is Right in Front Of McDonald Park's Tennis Courts. I Live on Lake Laurence North. Have A Nice Weekend, and Best Regards !!!!!! Robbin.
Robbin P. Learned 10-Oct-2009 03:17
Grizel, Hi, I Read Your Post, and I Enjoyed it, and was Happy to Hear From You !!!! I Remember Badia's Sandwich Shop, and I Ate Many Cuban Sandwiches, and Medio Noches, there and at The Badia's, on S. W. 8th Street,- Calle Ocho. The Badia's , on East 4th Avenue, and 18th Street, was An A & W Root Beer Place, When I was at Hialeah Elementary School, in The 50's. And Food Fair, and later : Pantry Pride, was on Lejeune Road, - East 8th Avenue, near My House. Grand Union, was on East 4th Avenue and East 9th Street, where Sedano's is Now. McCrory's and Jackson / Byrons, were There on Hialeah Drive, with Three Sisters. And The Burger Joint, on Hialeah Drive, where KFC is now, was Burger Kastle, Home Of The Giant Burger. Do You Remember : Carole's Restaurant, on Lejeune Road, and East 9th Street ???? And Did You Ever Eat Pizza at Patsy's, across The Street, From Badia's ????? My Family Doctor, was DR. Link. Do You Remember: The Trampolines, at Flamingo Plaza ??? And What about Pan Pacifico Bakery, on Hialeah Drive, near Block's Beef ??? I Took Judo Classes, for 4 Years, next Door to That Bakery, At ages 8 To 12, and after Class, every Day, My Dad , would Treat Me To Pastelitos, and Ironbeer Soda, at Pan Pacifico Bakery, as A Reward, For Getting 1/2 Killed By My Instructors. They Threw Me Hard , to The Mat !!!!! I Live in Front of McDonald Park's Tennis Courts. I Went To Palm Springs JR. High, By Your House, 2 1/ 2 Years. I Was At The Rummage Sale today, at The Palm Springs United Methodist Church. I Always Go to Their Sales, and Their Spaghetti Dinners. I Was A Truck Driver For Years, After 3 Years in The Army, And Now I Work in Security. Nice Of You To Reply !!!! Best Regards !! Robbin.
Don Boyd09-Oct-2009 14:16
Grizel, I've copied your comments over to Robbin's comments gallery so he'll see it faster. His comments gallery is located at:

Grizel 09-Oct-2009 03:47
Robbin - My Dad still lives in East Hih, and I live close to you, W12th & 56th, I was born in 1957 went to St.John's, then MSSPRGS. There was a spanish rest. called Badia's on E 4th & 18th - the Lincoln Marti school is there now. Do you remember Pantry Pride on E 4th & 9th... Gosh, isn't it great we have no memory lapse....What about the shopping center on Hih Drive next to McCrorys, Three Sisters... I know there was a Royal Castle across from ESSEX, but I can't remember their was another burger place, where the KFC is now, I want to say White Castle?? The DQ of course is still there.
Robbin 06-Oct-2009 18:26
Don Boyd, Hi, My Pleasure to Help !!!!! I used to Go to that Lionel Playworld, all the time. They Had a nice Firearms Dept., and I Bought a Lot of Ammo there, Mostly 22 Long Rifle Cartridges, For Canal Bank Plinking. Best Regards !!!! Robbin.
Don Boyd06-Oct-2009 04:31

Robbin, that's where I thought the Hialeah Lionel Playworld was but wasn't 100% sure so I didn't mention it for fear of being wrong. Again, you've helped jog my memories.

Nick, welcome to the site and thank you for the Facebook friend addition. I sent you a message via Facebook. It's great to finally hear from a Cheleotis. Your Uncle John was a great guy and he really helped me while growing up in Hialeah from age 10 until I went off in the service at age 18. I hope to hear back from you via Facebook.

Nick Cheleotis 05-Oct-2009 21:37
Found Mention of my Uncle John Cheleotis and some of my other family members. My dad George worked for Tom's Toasted Peanuts and the Miami News also. I think the website is great, keep up the good work.
Robbin P. Learned 05-Oct-2009 03:18
W!LL, I Know where one Lionel Playworld was Located : It was on West 49th Street, just east of West 12th Avenue. I used to Go there a Lot, back in The Early 70's, to Buy Sporting Goods, ect. It was a Great Store, I would Agree. Best Regards !!!!! Robbin P. Learned.
Don Boyd03-Oct-2009 21:27
Welcome, Will. Thank you for your comments and mentioning our similarities. Pam was special to everyone she came in contact with.

Unfortunately my knowledge of Lionel Playworld is slim to none and I think maybe I went in one once looking for a bicycle. Perhaps some other readers more familiar with the chain would like to pipe up and tell us more?

Thanks for the thanks, I do appreciate them.

will 03-Oct-2009 09:24
hi don,
i have had a link to your site for a little while now and just recently decided to get into it a bit and see what it was all about. the site is a marvel. it is a testament to your dedication to keeping the flame alive. i too keep the memories alive by taking pictures of everything. documenting everything in my life and making sure that if i have a feeling or a thought toward someone that they know it. i wonder aloud sometimes why more people aren't like you and i. ANYWAYS, i really have enjoyed what i've seen so far and expect that will not change. i read the obit on pam and i almost cried. for everyone that doesn't say thank you......i'm saying it. THANK YOU.

being as you are very familiar with this are, could you tell me if you have any recollection of the locations of lionel playworld? i know there were several locations down there and i'd like to document them. i'm doing a fan site for the greatest toy store ever. thanks again, will
Don Boyd20-Sep-2009 04:11
Welcome Mickey! Unfortunately I was only in the Villas once or twice and I can't remember drinking there. Perhaps some other readers might remember Chuck? I will copy your comments under the photo of the Villas and perhaps one or more of our viewers can pipe up if they remember him.

Mickey Kuenzel 19-Sep-2009 22:47
Hi Don. I just stumbled across This Web site. Wondering if you remember Villas bartender "Chuck" Charlie Kuenzel..."La Tasca" Mickey Kuenzel
Don Boyd16-Sep-2009 19:10
Hi Mary, welcome to the site and I'm glad it makes you feel young again. Thanks for writing and for your memories. Please keep checking back as I add a lot more images in the future.

Robbin P. Learned 16-Sep-2009 18:05
Grizzell Suarez Madruga, Hi, I Grew up by Burger King, The Pony Rides, Karland Gokart Rides, and Hialeah Lanes Bowling Alley. I was Born in 1951, and I Lived on East 6th Lane, Right off of East 9th Street. I went to Hialeah Elementary School, and Miami Springs JR. High, 1/2 of The 7th Grade, and Then We Moved , to West Hialeah, Near HML, and McDonald Park. I then went to Palm Springs JR. High, and Later : Hialeah High. I Still Live in West Hialeah, By McDonald Park. I used to Go to : The Candy Store, Flamingo Plaza, Royal Castle, Babcock Park, The Essex and Cirle Theatres, Patsy's , for Pizza, and Sun Tan Village Plaza, to Children's World, Rexall Drugstore, and Grable's Bakery. I Drank Lots of Pee Wee Fruit Drinks Iced Cold, and My Parents BroughtHome Great Pizza, and Wonderful Hot Dogs Steamed In Beer, From : Mae & Dave's. Best Regards !!!!!! Robbin.
MARY HARRISON 10-Sep-2009 00:23
Don Boyd01-Sep-2009 22:36
Hi John, welcome to the site. I have a shot or two in the shopping centers gallery of 163rd Street Shopping Center but without the kiddie park in the wide open area in front of Burdines. Someday I'll run across a shot of that park - I may have taken one but it's buried somewhere in the boxes. Or someone may submit one for me to put up on the site. Greynolds Park, a county park not in North Miami but in unincorporated NE Dade County, is the park you're thinking of. I have recent shots of the park from a hippie reunion there a couple of months ago and it still looks the same. What great memories I have of that park, especially back in the 60's and 70's. I'll try to post the shots in the near future.

Harvey, welcome also and I hope someone from your era responds to you. You might get better responses if you post your comments in the MMA gallery instead of here where the audience is smaller. Good luck.

John Pickett 01-Sep-2009 11:35
I grew up in Hollywood Fl & remember going to 163rd st shopping center & the small ride park they had for us kids! I wonder if you have any links to pics of the mall from then?
Also There was a park in North Miami that had a stone fort? on a hill it also had a walk path in to the woods it was near that old rebuilt catholic monestary?
Harvey L. Jones 25-Aug-2009 22:06
Hello, my name is Harvey L. Jones I was at MMA from 1964-67 and have many fond memories. Is there anyone out there from this same era? Best wishes to all!
Don Boyd24-Aug-2009 15:10
John and Thelma, thank you for your comments and memories. Thelma, thanks for rekindling memories of the airport area bars. Bryson's is still there and thriving, I take out of town friends there at least once a month for beer and dinner.

Thelma V Dugan 23-Aug-2009 22:30
Hi Don, I couldn't believe coming across your web site regarding "old Miami Springs" and 36th St area. I lived in Miami Springs and went to Miami Jackson High class of '63. I tended bar at the 600 Lounge, Brother's Two, The Royal Poinsettia Lounge, Six West, The Skyways Lounge on Lejeune. Remember, the Green Mansions' Mau-Mau lounge and Bryson's bar.
My father worked for Eastern as an A&P mechanic. My first job was at Stadniks'Drug Store. I worked the lunch counter grill on the weekends for a few months. So many memories of my youth. I met and married my first husband there when I was 18 and both of my oldest kids were born there. Our family doctor was Dr Dale Wilson. Thanks for doing this for those of us who lived in a great part of Miami in its best days!! Thelma (Wright)
John Shisgal 21-Aug-2009 08:43
Wow,those were the days(68-79)growing up on south beach.Picallos resturant on third st not far from Joe's stone Crab would give us free bread stick and garlic rolls,skate boarding, surfing 1st street, fishing off pier late at night 2am, and just hanging out at the dinner on 1st and ocean dr with friends, pretty sure there was a bar as well and the surf shop near the corner.Flamingo Park and all the hippies and zippies as i remember,getting hi, and boy was there a lot of pot going round.Pretty sure YMCA Or something like that closed down and was boarded up, cops showed up after going in anyway,think they sent us home.Wow so my good stories.Wolfies,Blackstone Hotel pink building I think on 8th 0r 9th and washington ave , great to skateboard down, all gone.This site brought bck a lot of good feelings,Thanks Don!
Robbin P. Learned 08-Aug-2009 15:18
Bruce Clark, Yes , There was An Academy Auto Parts, I Went There Before, a Long Time Ago, But Don't Remember A Lot About it, and I Don't Remember Exactly Where it was, But I Believe You are Correct. And I Don't Know if it's Still around or not, Probably Not. ??? Best Regards. Robbin P. Learned Of Hialeah.
Bruce Clark 01-Aug-2009 23:03
Can anyone confirm there was an Academy Auto Parts on U.S. 27 (the largest in the southeast at one point) run by the Werner family. They shot a part of the James Bond film "Dr. No" there. I think it was torn down in the 80s or 90s.
Don Boyd29-Jul-2009 23:31
Hi Orlando, you are correct senor! I turned 62 earlier this month. I had the Miami News route for all of Palm Springs Estates back when all the homes were built, starting with the first homes and through the buildout of the development including your block. Your last name is not familiar to me but countless brain cells have been killed off over the years so that doesn't mean anything.

Orlando Delgado 29-Jul-2009 20:00
Hi don
I was looking at your pictures. You and I must be about the same age(62?) I noticed you have the address of the picture you took with the yellow Impala-rental I lived @ 5465 W. 14th lane around 62 and 63.

Bill 28-Jul-2009 19:53
I worked as a busboy at that Black Angus in the early 70s. They drove us hard but it was fun none the less. The dishwashers had a slightly skewed sense of humor, making sculptures of women out of the butter they cleaned from the plates (parsley as pubic hair). I liked working weekends especially as we cleared tables from the dance floor and the country band started up. They were outstanding and one band had a great bunch of guys - even took my requests of Spanish flamenco guitar bits which I vacuumed the floor to 'till one in the morning.

Remember that big old man who worked at the Farm-stores with one very long (and yellow) thumbnail. Though he was very friendly, I used to avoid getting bread from there when he was on duty.

Remember the Huge slides they'd set up where Arnold Palmer's putting course used to be.
We snuck in there a few times (before they'd finish building it) and go a whole bunch of rides for free.
David A. Bower 27-Jul-2009 21:44
Hello. I recently posted a message about growing up in Allapattah. My parents died there-"I love you mom and dad"-and all I have are memories.Through many bouts of bad luck I no longer have any photos of my childhood home. I've searched this site and have noticed there is practically no mention of this part of Miami. Did everybody from this area end up in prison or the graveyard? It would be great if anyone would send in photos of this area (1960s-1980s).It was bad,it was good. It was sad,it was happy. A strange balance of the extremes in both directions. But it was home. God bless you.
Guest 08-Jul-2009 20:48
Sorry Mr. Boyd, I read the search incorrectly. When I was searching I did not pay attention to the actual names. When I went back it states Michael and Sandy retired from the police department. So I just clicked on that site and it brought your site up. I never really paid attention to the names when I googled. With you being from Hialeah, would you know of someone who might be able to help me find someone who worked for the police department in 1966? Do you know who Michael and Sandy are? If you do and do not feel comfortable giving me their information, could you ask them to contact me?
Sorry if I have troubled you.
Don Boyd08-Jul-2009 04:29
Hi Chuck, sorry, it's not me. I graduated from Hialeah High in 1965, went into the Coast Guard a year later, and returned in 1970. I have never worked for the City of Hialeah.

Chuck Clevenger 08-Jul-2009 02:04
Mr. Boyd,
Were you employed for the Hialeah Police Department in 1966 and if so, do you know of any police officer who dated a lady by the name of Betty Dann? I am sure this is very odd but she was my mother who has passed away and I have always been told my father was a Hialeah Police officer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Don Boyd05-Jul-2009 03:25
Genius, thank you for dropping by and for your comments. I read your blog every time I get a Google news alert about it and I wish everyone down here would read it and get ticked off enough to vote out everyone that you write about. You are providing a valuable service to our community and I hope you keep up the great work.

David, welcome to the site and thank you for your comments and memories of Allapattah. I will post any photos of that area when I get them.

Lula Lee, thank you also for your comments and memories. I'm going to repost your comments in the Old Hialeah gallery because more viewers go there and perhaps someone will come up with the Filer school anthem.

Michael, thank you for your comments about your mom and I will get around to the additional photos that you sent me in the near future (hopefully). I appreciate your contributions and I apologize for the delay in responding to you.

GENIUSOFDESPAIR 04-Jul-2009 03:36
We appreciate your link to us Don and the kind words...thanks. We like your site too!
David A. Bower 30-Jun-2009 18:56
Hello Don, This is a great site. It brings back lots of memories-good and bad. I was born on Miami Beach and raised in Allapattah. It was the type of neighborhood where even in the good old days we grew up carrying knives and guns at an early age. I remember businesses (Polar Palace,Orange Blossom Hobby Shop,Jackson/Byrons,Western Auto,Royal Castle,Honda motorcycle dealership,Triumph motorcycle dealership,Chicken Unlimited,Kwik Chek and lots of sleazy little bars,pawn shops) in the Allapattah area. I went to Comstock Elementary and Greater Miami Academy (both in Allapattah),Adelphi (Miami Springs),Lindsey-Hopkins and MDCC North campus. Most everyone I grew up with moved out a long time ago,went to prison or the cemetary. Please post photos of the Allapattah/Melrose area if you find any. I grew up in that area in the 60s,70s and 80s. Thank you!!!
Lula Lee 30-Jun-2009 16:50
Hi to all! I just discovered your wonderful web pages of Old Hialeah Memories and have fallen in love reminiscing about the past. You have done a wonderful job collecting photos and information. I've lived in Hialeah, W. 33rd St and W. 4th Ave (Red Road) since 1960. My Mom still lives there so I still spend a lot of time in Hialeah. I went to Mae M Walters Elem, Henry H Filer Junior High('67-69) and both Miami Springs High and Hialeah High. I have 2 older sisters that also graduated from Hialeah High. One graduated in 1966 and the other one in 1969. We used to go to the Hialeah Roller Rink every Wednesday (Ladies Night), Friday and Saturday. Also went to the Pizza Parlor and Lums on 49th Street a lot. Shopping was done at Murphy's, Neisner and Grand Union, also on 49th St. Ohhh those were the days! By chance, is there anyone out there that remembers the school anthem from Filer Junior High? I've tried to search the internet and cannot find it. If anyone remembers the lyrics I would love to hear from you.
Michael D. Martin 17-Jun-2009 13:35
Great to see my MOTHER Miss Miami Beach Postcard she was also Miss Romper Room Miami!
Don Boyd14-Jun-2009 16:53
Hi Leon Estes, thank you for posting those great memories of working at Shells. The minimum wage was raised to 75 cents an hour in 1950, from 25 cents an hour, so you were doing good with those tips.

Ray Williams: welcome and thank you for your comments.

Grizel: welcome and thank you for your comments. Tell your dad to hang in there!

Grizel Suarez Madruga 14-Jun-2009 12:33
Hi to everyone - Don I love your pics/comments I love to re-live the past. My parents are Cuban born & came to the US in 1948...I was born in 1957 and my parents live between East 1st & 2nd Ave on 11 st. Still there. I've never left Hih, I attended St.Johns, & Miami Springs Sr High, my brother was Robert, (Bobby)Suarez. I remember alot of things... my Dad is 90 well minded and we talk about the old Hialeah. I even remember the Pony rides On E 9th ST by the Bk and between Hialeah Bowling Lanes.
Ray Williams 14-Jun-2009 01:10
Greetings Don,
My name is Ray Williams and I was born in Miami on October 29, 1929.That day is known as "Black Tuesday" as it is the day the stock market crashed. I have lived in Miami or Pembroke Pines all my life. Graduated Ponce de Leon High School in June 1947.
I love looking back at all the old pictures that I remember so well. Thank you. Ray
Leon E. 02-Jun-2009 15:03
First off Don thank you for posting all the Pictures I sent you. I worked at Shells in 1950 as a bag boy, the normal tip was .05 -.10cents, if we got .25 you were in heaven, one time I got a $1.00 at Christmas. None of the other post have mentioned
"Cracker Jim" that brocasted his Country Music Station from there. Leon Estes
Phil Genet 28-May-2009 04:21
Hello to all. I am Phil Genet, Gables '65, EP Fraternity. My email:
Steve "Ford Falcon Wagon" Rohan, Jax, Fla, Howie "Gene Pitney" Neufeld and I started talking today, 5/27/09, about a Sigma Rho Fraternity reunion. Please send me an email if anyone interested or knows how to contact other EP'ers. Jack Blumfeld... where are you? Best to all. Phil EP Always
Don Boyd15-Apr-2009 15:14
Hi Martha and welcome to my site. Thank you very much for your kind words, you have made my day despite it being "tax day." I'm pleased that someone your young age would be "into" old photos like those on the site. I am also surprised and additionally pleased that your young son also appreciates the old photos. That's good for you and him to have an appreciation for what was here in the decades or century before.

Unfortunately virtually all of the images are small in size and resolution. While they are fine for displaying on the internet they are woefully inadequate for publishing and printing purposes. So I'm sorry but there is no book and never will be, at least from me. However, there are some fine books full of old Miami photos in the bookstores and available from from local historian authors such as Arva Moore Parks and Seth Bramson.

Thank you again for liking the site and for your nice comments. There will be a lot more photos posted in the future so check back every so often. I have about a year's worth of photos yet to work on and that's assuming that I don't get even more during that time which won't happen.

Best regards,

Martha 15-Apr-2009 13:16
Dear Mr. Don Boyd,
My name is Martha, I was born in Miami in 1971. My parents were Cuban exiles in the 1960's. As a teenager I would find any (rare) historical photos of Miami that were posted in hotels or office buildings absolutely fascinating. Not realizing I was a "history buff" back then, I would stare at them for as long as I could, trying to envision Miami in its "heyday".

I think your work and your legacy is admirable and I thank you for providing us all with beautiful pictures to look at and share with our kids. My 13 year old has apparently inherited my love of Historical Photos and I had the pleasure of recently showing him your website and he was just in awe.

Thanks again for making it all possible with your hard work and dedication.

Is there a book of your photos available for purchase anywhere?

Don Boyd13-Apr-2009 04:54
Hi Maggie, welcome to the site and thank you for posting your comments. Where in Hialeah did you live? Where did your husband work at EAL? Good on your kids becoming teachers, it's a noble profession. Don
maggie Migli 12-Apr-2009 01:47
My family moved to Hialeah in 1958, my husband was lucky enough to get a job at E.A.L after a few months We had two girls when we moved to Fl., and then we had a son. Our children are all school teachers in the Miami area. I now live in Vero Beach.
Don Boyd08-Apr-2009 06:06
Hi Henry, welcome to the site. Thank you for posting and for your comments about keeping the old Miami memories alive.

We're still lacking in a lot of areas of town and obviously the old Overtown but when someone sends in some old pics I'll gladly get them up onto the site. There is a 1957 photo of a Carol City town hall at and of the Lindsley Lumber on 27th Avenue but that's about it for Carol City. Hopefully in the future I'll get more photos of what you want onto the site. Speaking of North Shore Hospital, my youngest daughter was born there 22 years ago.

I have an old memory of black Miami from the mid 1950's when I was 8 or 9. I had ridden a bus downtown from where my aunt worked on NW 29th Street and 2nd Avenue and accidentally spent all my money so I had no money for bus fare back. I walked all the way back along NW 2nd Avenue and I went through the 3 or 4 story black housing projects about midway between downtown and 29th Street. I distinctly remember the faces of all the black kids my age or younger who came out closer to the sidewalk to look at me as if they had never seen a white kid in their neighborhood before. I felt a freak but it made an impression on me that I'll never forget. This was back when the bus line was privately owned and blacks had to sit in the back of the buses. I used to go back and sit with them if it wasn't too crowded just to be different and of course the blacks would look at me like I was out of place but they never said anything unfriendly to me. The thing I remember most was that all the white bus drivers would glare at me in the rear view mirror as if I was doing something wrong. Unbelievable!

Don Boyd08-Apr-2009 05:49
Hi Steve, welcome to the site and thank you for posting. I remember Wells Fargo at the security checkpoints way back when but I never knew any of their employees by name because I worked out on airside and at the time we bypassed security with our airport ID badges. Undoubtedly I passed through her checkpoint numerous times. The name Bette Cline seems familiar but I can't pinpoint why, when or where. Perhaps someone else reading this in the future might remember working with them and post something? Let's hope so!

henry wright 08-Apr-2009 05:24
hi don my name is henry wright i'm a young buck i'm only 36 years of age and i'm loving what you are doing by keeping old miami alive.i love to see old pictures and the history of miami. i'm african american my grandmother is 79 years old and she would tell me storys of overtown were she was born. there is on street in particular which is ne 2nd ave nw 8th street the black bahamians would call it good bread aley because when you would wake up you can smell all of the fresh bread being baked in the morning. right now i live on 95th ST NW 17 ave down the street from northshore hospital i told a older wite friend of mind he's about 55 years old and he told me he was born at northshore for 50$ boy have times change but keep up the good work so the young kids know that theres more history here then just spanish p.s do you have any pictures of carol city from that time
Steve Liftig 06-Apr-2009 01:00
Hi Don. One thing that I didn't mention before was that my mom worked for airport security at MIA from about 1971 until 1982. It seems to me that Wells Fargo had the contract at that time, but I could be mistaken. Her name was Rhoda Liftig and she was good friends with a woman by the name of Bette Cline, who was a Dade County deputy at MIA. Bette was married to a gentleman by the name of Van. I don't recall his last name (Cline was her former husband's name). Van worked for one of the airlines, I believe. Mom was well liked by all, and I wondered if you ever had the opportunity to meet her.

Thanks for replying to my previous note (re: Dr. Pam). As is sometimes the case, the good often die way too young.

Steve Liftig
Lehigh Acres, FL
Don Boyd05-Apr-2009 19:47
Welcome Paul! What was your wife's name back then? We went to Masters Field a few times to watch the drags but I don't ever recall going to Amelia Earhart Field. Wish I had taken photos back then. I remember going to a military open house at Masters Field once - my dad's girlfriend was an officer in the Marine Reserve and she invited us to see the numerous exhibits in one of the hangars in the mid 1950's. I wish I had snooped around more to see what they had on base there.

Paul Dimbath 05-Apr-2009 17:25
I now live in Lakeland but lived in Miami until I graduated frim Southweat High School in 1964. My wife graduated from Hialeah High School in 1963. I drage raced at Masters Field from 62 to 64. I saw drags there from 59. I did attend some drags at AAF. In my early years we lived on 103rd Street and about 22 Ave. Not far from the main entry of Masters Field. I still remember Masters Field as a military facility.
Don Boyd04-Apr-2009 18:41
Robbin: per your request I'll delete the truck driving story, the 874 comments, etc. from the Vacations gallery comments. I really hate to delete all the old Hialeah comments in your gallery comments though - there's a lot of places mentioned. Are you sure you want me to? Think it over and let me know and I'll do what you want. Don
Don Boyd04-Apr-2009 06:54
Welcome Mary Jo, I'm glad you enjoy the photos and reliving the great times that we all shared down here long ago. Thank you for your memories and for taking the time to post. Come back again as I continue to add more photos. Don
Mary Jo 04-Apr-2009 05:26
Sorry about the spelling errors. It's late.LOL..Riviera Jr.High and Sunday morning flea markets. Riviera for Riviera and morning instead of more.

Having a hard time pulling myself away from this place.
Mary Jo 04-Apr-2009 05:04
Don..Love your site..found it looking for an old photo of Lums in Westchester. The memories came flooding back.I grew up in South Miami. Attended Tropical Elementary..Rivera Jr.High and Southwest High School.Graduated in 72.Remember so many of your photo's. Wish I had some to contribute.I would hang out at Pizza Palace or Pizza Patio on Bird Road.Someone mentioned Frankies Pizza,best Pizza in town. I can't begin to tell you how many times I ate at Arbetters Hot Dogs.Skipped school to get those.Sad to see Ronnie passed away.he was a great kid. My first job was at the Concord Theater near Village Green.Dang..the tickets were 35cents for children..50 cents for adults and 75 in the loge,for first run double feature. How times have changed. I also worked for Big Daddys Lounges. I remember the Yorkshire Restaurant on Bird so well. Tropical Race Track,Coral Way Drive-In along with The Tropical Drive-In and their Sunday more Flea Markets.Winkles Lounges on S.Dixie. Shopped till I dropped at the Dadeland Mall. Thank you so much for this wonderful site. I'll never play Kick the Can in the streets until the street lights came on or swim in the canal by my house which was 2 blocks from Rivera Jr.High..*sigh* what good times. Thanks for the memories.
Don Boyd01-Apr-2009 01:39
Hi Carmen, welcome! Thank you for posting your comments. Do you remember a Ms. Criswell, Mr. Sanchez or Mr. Zimmerman from PS Elementary? Don
Carmen Padgitt (Aguilera) 31-Mar-2009 21:39
Hello Don I just found your galleries and was taken back to my childhood. I grew up on E 54th Street in Hialeah and went to Palm Springs Elem. in the 70's. As I was reading comments left by others I remembered so many places that I went to as a child and I even saw the name of a school mate of mine Johanna Davenport. I just wanted to thank you for the great memories that your site has brought back to me.
Don Boyd30-Mar-2009 12:58
I Googled "JFK inaugural address poster" and it came up with a ton of sites selling posters of JFK's address, but none related to Michael Piuggi that I could see in a quick scan of several pages. I also checked eBay and there are sellers who have works by Piuggi but they have pages upon pages of various art works for sale and I don't have the time to read every page looking for his name. I'm sorry but I have no idea of where you should go to find out more. I'm up to my neck in things to do and I just don't have the time to do research for you. I do wish you good luck in your search. Don
Chuck Moore 30-Mar-2009 07:58
Dear sir,
I live north here in Okeechobee and ran across a framed poster with JFK's inaugual address ....Its drawn very well and I belive It was to fund the JFK library, the artist is Piuggi and has Hialeah under his name. The poster is gifted to a Wayne agers or Ayers I belive and signed and dated 1964 by artist .
Poster is titled
"Inaugural address of the president of the united states....
presented to his beloved daughter Caroline Kennedy
In behalf of those who belive in justice to their fellow man"

Then speech in very nice script, can you please see if you can tell me more about this artist and man who recieved it? If not perhaps guide me to someone who can?

I can email you a photo if it would help.....I bought this poster as a gift for a friends wife and was trying to research it and found very little ...I think artist might have been a sculpter that carved a "wall of faith" at some hospital and his name might be Michael piuggi.
If this poster would perhaps be better suited back in Hialeah for historic reasons maybe I should gift it there.
I googled artist and poster and got nothing, which I think is almost impossible in todays world ......I look forward to hearing from you so please email me at or call at (863)801-3631
darlene palka anderson 24-Mar-2009 20:33
I went to holy family cathloic church from 1973-1975
and the school from there I went to northwest baptist church
I moved to pearson GA now I am here in Ocala I loved miami back than
boy the eating places were great I lived on 134st i block from north miami high went there for a year also
Carlos Betancourt 11-Mar-2009 02:26
Thanks Don, I have not been to it in a while but plan to soon an take some photos.

Don Boyd11-Mar-2009 02:02
Hi Carlos: I've never been there to tell you the truth but my ex enjoyed it a time or two on her lunch hours and she thought it was very nice. The park is named after E. G. Sewell who was mayor of Miami for three different non-consecutive terms in the 20's and 30's.

Here's some interesting comments about E. G. Sewell Park in a Miami New Times article:
Best Waterfront Park: Sewell Park, 1801 NW South River Drive, Miami
Nestled along the banks of the Miami River, this remote, ten- acre park is eerily enticing. Strange artifacts leave you wondering what the designers had in mind. Concrete steps that seemingly belonged to the front porch of a house now lead to nothing; multicolor pillars stand erect on a slab of concrete; a sidewalk begins and ends in the middle of nowhere. Only the gently flowing river, the beautiful hammock, and the coconut palm clusters make sense. This is a wonderful place to sip iced tea and lounge on a hot summer afternoon.

I couldn't find a website with more history on the park but perhaps you can.

Carlos Betancourt 10-Mar-2009 22:26
Don, I grew up in Attapattah as a kid in the sixties my friends and I went everywere on our bicycles, there is a park on NW 17th Ave and the Miami River where we would often go on our bikes. There were some small ruins and across the street along a small canal there are some caves, we heard stories about a mansion where gangsters would bring booze through the caves into the main house during the prohbition period. As kids we found these caves really neat. Do you have any knowledge about this park, or the house that used to stand there?

Don Boyd06-Mar-2009 04:24
Allen: thank you for your memories and your kind comments. I'll send you an e-mail about your oldie goodies.

Judi: thank you for the year you would have graduated. I never knew you were there at HHS because of the size of the school. When I was a sophomore at HHS there was a Judy Boyd from Miami Springs in the senior class and she was gorgeous and drove a red Corvette convertible. My first wife was also a Judy Boyd. Thank you for your comments. I don't have photos of the old Seaboard station yet but I'm sure I'll find one somewhere or someone will send one in and I'll get it onto the site as soon as possible. The front of it is still standing on NW 7th Avenue - they actually preserved something for a change.

Judi 06-Mar-2009 03:03
Hi Don, I was supposed to graduate in 66, but unfortunately I quit school, because my father was very ill. I was friends with Mary Barrett, her parents owned Barrett School Bus.Again, keep up the wonderful job you are doing. It really is amazing to see just how much Miami has changed.My Aunt use to work at the old Seaboard Resturant on N.W. 7th Ave. Do you possibly have any pictures of the old Railroad station? Thanks again, Judi
Allen Carr 03-Mar-2009 17:01
Hello Don I am a little older than you. Dad came down to Miami to work for FP&L after the 1936 hurricane. Went to Santa Clara Elementary and Robert E L Jr High. My sister went to Edison (50) dated Julian Daniels the football hero who died upstate in swimming incident. My twin brother had gone to Ada Merritt where they had a band. I wanted to go to Jackson where all the neighborand friends went but Ada Merritt band fed into Miami High.Mother said she would pull us all out and send us to Tech so I went to Miami High also. In those days one could go where they wanted to go. Grew up on 27th St and 11th ave. not to far from the area where the circus used to come to town north of the Seaboard rail road between 8th and 10 ave. Saw the construction of the Miami Bseball stadium built by Jose Alleman for his son to play in. I have a large collection of Miami postcards including one of the KKK in full regalia on horseback going down Flagler st. Would love to get together with you to see if you would like to include any of them on your wonderful site. Received a e-mail this AM with a Map of 1960 Miami down town that you might like to see also. Thanks for your effort in preserving the "Old Miami" for future generations to enjoy Allen
Don Boyd03-Mar-2009 03:48
Hi Judi, thank you very much for your kind comments. Hopefully the site will continue to grow as more folks send in old goodies for me to post. I have a huge backlog of stuff to add but I don't recall any photos of Flip's Drive-In. I have a vague recollection of a drive-in by that name from the 50's when I was a kid and I'll ask my next door neighbors who went to Edison and Jackson ('53 and '55). And I'll keep an eye out for anything to do with Flip's in the future. What year did you graduate from HHS?

Judi Boyd 03-Mar-2009 02:57
Hi Don, just wanted to say I love your site. I have so many fond memeories of Hialeah. I also went to Hialeah High ( go T-Breds!!) I grew up in Miami, and was wondering if you have a picture of Flip's Drive-In, it was located on N.W. 79th St. somewhere near I believe North Miami Ave. It was there is the 50's and I think the 60's. It was a great place to hang out at. I now live in Indiana, but will always remember the fun times in Hialeah and Miami. Thank you so much for sharing the memories with others. Funny, I also have a brother-in-law by the name of Donald Boyd. Keep up the wonderful job that you are doing!
Don Boyd01-Mar-2009 04:05
Bill W, thanks for your comment. I graduated with you in HHS '65 - what was your last name? Don
Bill W. 01-Mar-2009 03:06
To poster Guest of June '08, I too worked in downtown in the mid 70's. And remember a Deli on the corner of NE 1st AVE and 2nd ST. At that time it was the Metro Sandwich Shop, on the corner, plywood folding doors with tables at the edge of the sidewalk. Great place for a quick break from the work day. I was downtown a couple of months ago and of course the corner is completely built out now. Well, the Federal Discount Drug Store at NE 1st and 1st where I worked is is no longer there either.
Bill W. 01-Mar-2009 02:57
TO: poster JERRY G of Dec '08, I also went to Hialeah Elem only for the first grade. And then went to Glenn Curtis Elem (2nd - 4th Grade, which is next to MS JR HIGH. in Miami Springs. My guess is that is the other Elem School you went to. We moved to Miami Springs in 1957 and I went to Miami Springs Elem for the 5th and 6th Grade. After Miami Springs Jr High I went to Hialeah High because MSSH had not been built yet. Actually, I graduated in 1965, the year MSSH was built. Small world, huh. Don, love your site.
Don Boyd28-Feb-2009 19:13
Hi Bill, thank you for your comments. I sent you an e-mail regarding your photos and things. Don
billbare28-Feb-2009 14:32
mr.boyd i love your site! i an a native of s. fla.(drs. hospital 1963)i have lots of things from eastern air lines, the castaways resort and hotel ect. i would like your help in trying to save. my e-mail is thank you.
Don Boyd22-Feb-2009 06:18
Guest, I vaguely remember the TeePee but I was a kid back then in the mid 50's. I went to summer movies at the Tower also because my aunt lived nearby. Congrats on your 43 years of marriage!

Larry, thanks for your comments. Not yet on the Nautilus Junior and Miami Beach High but I'm sure someone will send me a couple in the future. Hang in there...

Larry 21-Feb-2009 21:07
Hi Don
Love your historicl photos of Miami. I grew up in Miami Beach moved there in 1970 and left in 1984. I currently reside in Orlando. Do you have any historical photos of Miami Beach Schools like Nautilus Junior high or Miami Beach high? Would love to see some of those. thanks
Guest 21-Feb-2009 04:34
My husband of 43 years proposed to me at the TeePee Lounge on SW 8th St.and 68th Ave. In the late 50's, we used to go to the Tower Movie Theater on S.W. 8th St.every Sat.
Don Boyd19-Feb-2009 00:06
Ajvma, thank you for your comments, I'm glad you enjoy the site. Thanks for writing.

Mike, send me an e-mail (posted all over the site) about possible photos for the site. Thanks.

Mike Beegle 18-Feb-2009 21:51
Opps! Band home room from Ponce de Leon Jr High 1953 or 54.
Mike Beegle 18-Feb-2009 21:49
Every time I visit your site I find something new and exciting. I have some pictures you're I'd be glad to email you if you like. For example the band homeroom picture of the 8th grade class of 1954, long shots of the Gables band on the practice field showing the whole school in the background cerca 1956, the Ponce de Leon band show at Dade County Auditorium 1954.

Thanks again for this great gift.
Ajvma 15-Feb-2009 21:14
We enjoyed your web site. Used some of the pictures to fill our kids in on where we were and what we did growing up in Miami. We are Crackers born and raised in Miami. Started out in 1927 and Joanne in 32. We now live in Little River, SC which is part of the Myrtle Beach area. It was fun recalling old memories. Our major friends are still the group from high school. Lucky we have all live so long, but have lost two from the best time of our lives.
Don Boyd15-Feb-2009 07:01
Welcome Michelle, thank you for posting your comments. What was the name of your dad's business at Opa-locka Airport? My aviation nut buddies and I might remember it. Your memory of parking at the MIAD brings back fond memories, not that I've forgotten them, but not too many people remember the term 'MIAD' these days and that brought a smile to my face.

Michelle Landry 15-Feb-2009 01:42
What great memories. I graduated from Meadowlane Elementry, Palm Springs Jr. High then Hialeah High '71. I found your site while looking for a recipe for Rarebit Burgers from Burdines! A nice cruise down memory lane! The roller rink by Filer, I'll never forget Good night my love... last song of the evening. I won a dozen donuts from the miniature putting course - Mr Donut made some great donuts. My dad worked for EAL and started his own business out at Opa Locka Airport when he left EAL in the late 50's. I remember swimming lessons at Municipal Park and Hialeah Racetrack of course. Parking with a boyfriend at the MIAD... Chesapeake Restaurant. I did go to the 20th reunion of Hialeah High with my good friend Kathy Ledford who recently died of breast cancer. I still keep in touch with Cheryl Lichtenberg (Buonasi) from Miami Springs (Graduate of Hialeah). I live in Ocala now, working as a nurse and breeding racehorses. How life has changed!
Don Boyd29-Jan-2009 07:17
Hi Jo Rose, no I don't sell any old Miami photos, only the aviation stock photos that I took. The resolution for the images on this site is only 72 or 96dpi and as far as I'm concerned they are unsuitable for printing.

Don Boyd14-Jan-2009 02:53
Hi Mike, thanks for dropping by and for your comments. I'm glad you enjoy the memories.

Mike Denero 13-Jan-2009 18:39
As an x EAL employee and a Fla boy since 1948. Really enjoy you stuff. Was looking for old photos of the EAL base and came across your site. What a trip down memory lane.
Don Boyd10-Jan-2009 03:06
Thank you, Ken. I appreciate all those names that you provided for the classes at ICS.

Ken Griese 09-Jan-2009 17:44

As a guy who grew up in Hialeah in the 50's and 60's I sure appreciate your efforts to relive those great times. I was in the first graduating class at ICS in 1960 and have tried to give you names of some of the students in the pictures. Thank again for the walk down memory lane.

Ken Griese
Lexington, SC 29072
Don Boyd01-Jan-2009 04:20
Thank you Norbert and Carol for your messages. I'm glad you both enjoy the site. Hopefully it will grow for years until most of our memories are up on display. Happy New Year!

Guest 01-Jan-2009 01:33
Don: As a 17 yr former EAL employee Thank you very very much for the great pictures. Take Care and God Bless Norbert Gonzalez MIA/FLL SPECIAL SERVICE AGENT/DEPARTURE SERVICES
Carol 26-Dec-2008 23:49
Wow, I'm a "Beachite" and can't believe this post. I'm looking for people that graduated Beach in '65, the BEST year! my father was a native from NJ and came to Miami Beach in the 20's, before bridges. I have many pictures and items from his past. He was a composer and had a band that performed at many of the casinos and clubs on Collins.

Let me hear from anyone from the Beach!

Carol Young (Meyer)
Don Boyd25-Dec-2008 16:39
Hi Gary, Karen will give you a call sometime soon - she read your message. Thanks.

gary sanchez 25-Dec-2008 06:49
I enjoyed hearing from you and knowing all is well.Tell Karen That Glenna Kelly is in town and we are getting together after January first. Hank Haddon is still recovering from surgeries and it would be great to get together. I know all news of our former lives is interesting. Norma Maynard was very ill recently and I'm sure Karen would like to know more news. Please tell Karen to give me a hello at 954-562-3242. Hope the tortises are alive and well. I saw Zimmerman at BJ's a month ago but did not catch up to talk. I have no idea what goes on with Bob. Wouldn't you think he would at least give us a call?
Don Boyd15-Dec-2008 07:29
Jerry Gulotta, you solved that posting problem per your e-mail to me, so good going!

Guest: thanks for the memories and your comment - I'm glad you enjoyed it to the point that it made you smile. Perhaps now you remember more about old Miami than you did before visiting the site, which is one of the reasons I created it.

Don Boyd15-Dec-2008 04:25
Jerry Gulotta, you solved that posting problem per your e-mail to me, so good going!

Guest: thanks for the memories and your comment - I'm glad you enjoyed it to the point that it made you smile. Perhaps now you remember more about old Miami than you did before visiting the site, which is one of the reasons I created it.

Guest 14-Dec-2008 21:20
I found your website and spent all day smiling and remembering. My wife and I both grew up in Miami when it was a small town. When I was eleven or twelve, my mother would let me ride the bus all the way from North Miami to the downtown library to check out books for her. I would walk around downtown and Bayfront park by myself and no one ever bothered me. Try that today! I met my wife in Miami Norland Sr. High and we were married at the Miami Courthouse. Thanks for a great website.
Jerry Gulotta 13-Dec-2008 22:42
Hi again Don- tried to post on other site but can't find "add comment" at bottom of gallery- I think age has gotten me. I'll put my name in. I'm 61 and was amazed to see Mr. Jarlinski- my drafting teacher at Miami Springs Junior High had also posted a comment a while back. He kindly supervised a group of us who had a short lived "rocket club" ala "October Sky" and made zinc and sulphur powered rockets and shot a few off at either Crandon Park or Matheson Hammock. We came too close to an oil tanker once and the club quickly evaporated. I remember Robert Parker, Wayne Cail, Joe Gomez as names from the long ago past. Dr. Boles was an imposing, tyrannical figure at Miami Springs Jr. , but he did make a lasting impression. I remember the canal separating Hialeah and Miami Springs was full of alligator gar that looked like submarines.
Don Boyd13-Dec-2008 16:34
Hi Jerry G, I just added an aerial photo of Hialeah/Miami Springs taken in 1952 that shows the Essex theatre (I labeled it in black type) at the corner of Hialeah Drive and E. 4th Avenue. Your old dentist sounds like mine with the belt driven drills but I always got the novacaine - but I remember the smoky and distinctive smell. I'm going to repost your memories in the Hialeah gallery - all you need to do is click on "add comment" at the bottom of the gallery and then fill in the box - you don't need to join PBase to leave a comment. It would help if you put your age and last name to see if people remember you - if you don't then people will have no clue as to who you are.

Thanks again for posting.

Jerry G 13-Dec-2008 15:43
Hi Don -I haven't seen anything I recognize yet, but I'm still looking. I was at 161 SE 6th Ave from somewhere around the early 1950's to when we moved to Miami Springs for a couple of years before moving to the frozen north in 1962. I remember 54th Blvd. and the Essex Theater where you could go on Saturday and watch movies all morning for a quarter with a 5 cent ? Slowpoke that would last all day. Our dentist was somewhere near there (he filled all the holes from the Slowpokes) and he had the old foot belt driven drills and we couldn't afford novacaine - so your tooth was smoking by the time you were done and you couldn't wait to get out of the chair. It took me a long time not to associate that smell with going to the dentist. On 54th right around the corner from us there was a great little candy store and a barber. For a treat we used to go to the Hitching Post BBQ. I went to Elem School in Hialeah - started somewhere for 1st grade and then we tranferred to another elementary for the remainder- for the life of me I can't remember the name. We then went to Miami Springs Junior High. I remember a Dr. Boles there - a science teacher- who left a lasting impression because of his demands for excellence. My brother went to Hialeah high School and I ran into someone in Wisconsin by chance who graduated with him and remembered him. I don't know how to post on your regular site so please let me know.
Don Boyd13-Dec-2008 03:01
Hi Zoila, thank you for taking the time to write and for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the site and hopefully I will have a lot more photos and articles on here in the future.

Guest 12-Dec-2008 21:55
Mr. Boyd I have looked through your website and all the information it has, I think it's wonderful. I moved to Hialeah, FL in 1979 lived at 4730 W. 8th Avenue for about 12 years and then my parents sold their house and moved to 4199 W 18th Lane also in Hialeah and I bought a house in the same neighboorhood in 1999. I graduated from Hialeah High School in 1982. It was great to see all the old pictures of places that are so familiar to me. Thank you, it has brought back wonderful memories. Zoila Serrano
Don Boyd11-Dec-2008 05:01
Thank you for your comments Bridgette7, I'm glad you enjoyed the site and I hope your memories are refreshed.

B and George Curnow - I put the password on there temporarily while I experiment with moving galleries around and implementation of a password in the future. The oldie photos should be back to normal in a few hours or tomorrow morning depending on how well it goes. Thanks for your comments.

Guest 11-Dec-2008 04:04
Hi Don,
I found your site by accident and have thourghly enjoyed it over the last few months. I too grew up in Miami, in the Allapatah area from 51' to 68'. I have lived in the midwest since. Thank you for the look back.
George Curnow 11-Dec-2008 02:38
Excellent site! A friend of mine sent me the link, and I've been passing it along. I just learned of the password. Is the site closed?
B. Johnson 11-Dec-2008 02:27
Why is there a password now for the old Miami photos?
Don Boyd11-Dec-2008 00:54
Hi Judy, welcome to the site. As stated on the site the images displayed on the site are not suitable for prints due to their low resolution that is fine for display on computer monitors but make really lousy prints.

Judy WIlliams 05-Dec-2008 20:12
I would be interested in purchasing a copy of the 1947 Roddey Burdine Stadium, if it is not too much. Please let me hear from you asap. I would like to give it to my son for Christmas. Although I did not come to Miami until the early 1960's, my late husband was brought here in the early 1920's and his brother was born here, so I have heard a lot about Miami in the early days and your pictures are just great. Thank you. Judy Williams. My e-mail is
Don Boyd05-Dec-2008 04:22
Mac and Patty: welcome to the site and thank you for your comments and memories. You're right, military pay was pathetic in the 50's and 60's. I still have a ton of photos yet to add so come on back from time to time.

Mac and Patty 05-Dec-2008 01:35
It was wonderful looking at all the pictures. The ones in south Dade brought back some memories. I grew up in the SW section of Miami in the 50s...a good time to be there. The picture of the Perrine BK brought back many memories for both my husband and myself. As an airman stationed at Homestead he didn't make a bundle of money, but who did?! So he worked in the evenings at BK from 1958 until June 1960 when he was transferred to Libya. We do enjoy remembering those times and telling our kids and grands about them. Thanks for the pictures. Will be checking on your site often, now that we've found it.
Don Boyd30-Nov-2008 04:23
Bob, I started with Mrs. Cheleotis as the counselor, who was a neighbor, and a year or so later I got all the new development west of 12th Avenue and south of 60th when the homes were completed because my route was just east of it. They then added Mrs. Harden out in the new development and she was my counselor. The district manager was Mr. Nettles (we nicknamed him "Nipple Nose Nettles" - I remember he had a '58 Chevy Impala convertible). There were a slew of babes out there back then.

Ricky Keller was Richard to us at Immaculate Conception - I remember his mom being a News counselor. Happy Holidays to you too.

Bob 30-Nov-2008 02:46
How funny I delivered the News as well. I didn't have the same good fortune as you with the Kell residence. Who was your News manager I had 2 in the 4 years I was a News boy Mrs Keller she had 2 sons Ricky and John and Mrs Dan she had a son named Gerry. They were all news boys too. Great time back then. have a great holiday season. Bob
Don Boyd27-Nov-2008 03:51
Welcome Bob, I'm glad you enjoy the memories. Karon was so gorgeous a lot of guys were speechless including me and I had to collect for the Miami News at her home once a week and I was a nervous wreck in anticipation of her answering the door.

bob graessel 27-Nov-2008 02:21
OMG what a great site!! I grew up in Hialeah and went to school there from No Hialeah elementary to Filer to Hialeah High class of 66. These picture bring back so many memories. I know a lot of folks that have posted to the guest book. One in particular brought back a sweet memory. I had the worst crush on Karon Kell but I was invisible then. Your right about all the guys "being in serious like with her" Don thanks for all the memory joggers. Bob Graessel
Don Boyd26-Nov-2008 21:59
Hi Roger, I answered up under her photo but I'll do it again. No I did not know her - she saw me looking and struck a brief pose so I could take a photo and that was it. I gave the thumbs up from about 20 feet away and she smiled in return. It's a small world that you would find her photo on my site.

Don Boyd18-Nov-2008 03:29
Mick, not yet but someday I will on another site somewhere. I'll let you know when and where it is. The 70's were the best decade ever due to women's liberation and the braless look everywhere.

Guest 14-Nov-2008 06:43
I was wondering where th "welcome to hialeah" fountain was located- I thought it was off ockachobee but couldn't find it on Google earth. I have seen a newer one off Ockachobee, but unless the old one was razed, it's probably near some other entrance.I miss S. Fl so much during these NW Winters!
Don Boyd09-Nov-2008 13:49
Hi Sandy, I remember the artist Vanderkar and some folks mentioned him in comments sometime last year. There isn't much on the internet about him though, unfortunately.

Hey Gary, it's great to hear from you. Yes, I have about 10 of them, including the red-eared slider from PSE who has grown to saucer size. The rest are box turtles and they're all doing fine. Karen retired June 2007 but is running a morning out program for a church part-time. Karen says HI and is glad to hear from you too. I gotta find some old pics of you to put up on the site.

gary sanchez 09-Nov-2008 07:03
Hi Don....Do you still have the tortoises? I think Karen retired recently. I am of course also unemployed! gary sanchez
sandy 07-Nov-2008 02:27
i worked at a disco called evil people. a lot of good memories and sad ones also.
Robbin P. Learned 30-Oct-2008 17:41
Don Boyd, It' Always My Pleasure, To Read And Write , On Your Sites, and Thank You, For The Commending. Your Knowledge, and Know How, and Hard Work, are Appreciated, By Many, and Especially, By Me !!!!!!! Thanks Again !!! Robbin.
Don Boyd29-Oct-2008 22:28
Hi Mike, I'm glad you found the site and that you enjoy it. One of your neighbors on the canal, behind the hospital, was the beautiful Karon Kell who has posted under the gallery at .

John and Robbin: thank you also for posting your memories too!

mike couch 29-Oct-2008 18:52
wow don this is a great site, i found it by mistake i lived in hialeah from 1964 till 1987
my brother and i grew up west of 12th ave on w 53rd street.
we lived right behind the hospital on 49th street before it was built, really a lot of good memories there in west hialeah.
John Shearer 20-Oct-2008 14:48
Hey Don, Great site. I'm a little younger(1962), grew up on 14 ave/62 st. Milam, PSJH, HML. Neighbors/friends: Cole, Winchell(raced at Hialeah speedway), Heyman, Fernandez, Basso, Prisca? daughters. Have very fond memories of all the "old" 49 street businesses, Figaros and the silent movies, taking my dad to work at National airlines with nothing but cows from 49 st to Okee, the new westland mall, hanging out in the empty FPL field on 60th/15 ave, and a simple Hialeah life. 24 years now with Hialeah Fire.
Thanks for the memories.
Robbin P. Learned 15-Oct-2008 06:45
Pamela Stubock Lopez, Hi, I Grew up in Hialeah, also, and I, Too, was Born in 1951. I went to Hialeah Elementary, Miami Springs JR. High, Palm Springs JR. High, and Hialeah High. I Don't Recognize your name, But we probably saw one another. I Lived out west, and a Little North of you, around West 12th Avenue, and 78th Street, But I used to Go to O'Quinn Park, a Lot, in 1965, and I always Played Tetherball, and I Beat Everyone I Played, and I Would Punch The Tetherball, Back and Forth, Real Hard, To Show Off, And Maybe you Remember that. Remember, Beechmont Delicatessen, and Burger Boy ???? I used to Go to those places, a Lot, as well !!!! I guess you Transferred, To Hialeah JR. High, in 8th Grade, 1965, when it Opened, Brand new. I wanted to Go there, But wasn't allowed,Because of Boundries, and I had no way to Get there. My wife works For Publix, so we Know Lakeland,Been there, many times, and yes, it is a Lot Like Hialeah, Many years ago !!!! Best Regards !!! Robbin P. Learned.
Pamela (Stubock) Lopez 14-Oct-2008 16:56
Dennis Burkett was my first love, I was 12 he was all of 13. He died tragically in 1976 while working as a tree trimmer. By then I had three babies and a husband but my first love will always hold a special place in my heart. After I submitted to this message board I had a flood of memories, It's unbelievable how much time has passed since then. Thanks for responding to me, I won't send photos now. This was truly wonderful and thanks again.
Don Boyd14-Oct-2008 14:23
Hi Pamela, thanks for writing and for your memories. One of my best friends was married in the church across from you and my youngest daughter went to day care there. The Burkett and Whiteacre names are familiar but I knew their older brothers (I'm four years older than you) back in Immaculate Conception days (1957-1960). Photos can only be uploaded on this site by me and if you want to send me scans I'll try to get them up but I'm really backlogged in old photos right now. Thanks again for posting your comments.

Pamela (Stubock) Lopez 14-Oct-2008 14:11
WOA! How great is this? Although not living in Hialeah now, I was born (1951) and raised there, I have often told folks that I grew up in a paradise, long gone but this brought so much of it back. I grew up @ 6490 West 2nd. Avenue. We lived across the street from the Presbyterian Church. I skated there every day and rode my new bike that I got for my ninth birthday on the church sidewalks and breezeways. I hung out at O’Quinn Park with a crowd of neighborhood kids. Anyone remember Tom Brady, Dennis Burkett, Charlie Whiteacre, DeeDee Flamingoes? I’ve searched your photos for them and have a few of my own I’d like to upload. I have so many great memories of my youth; Hialeah was a quaint cow town back then. I went to twin Lakes Elementary, then Palm Springs Jr. High then later to Hialeah Jr. High. My best friend was the terror of the school then, Delia Gomez (aka butt kicker) I remember driving down 49th Street when it was fields with cows long before Palm Springs Mile, traffic congestion and a new language called Spanish. My cousins lived in Hialeah as well East 2nd Avenue and 58th street. The Harrington’s and Hopkins lived next door, we grew up thinking that we were family, no one ever told us different. What wonderful memories, Wish my kids could have known a tenth of what I did. We now live in Lakeland, FL. In many ways so similar to Hialeah 30 years ago, and that’s what drew me to this area. Thanks for the sweet memories.
Robbin P. Learned 04-Oct-2008 22:40
Bill, Remembering The Ludway, was A Real Pleasure, for Me, and I Thank You, For Your Reply. My Late Dad, used to Go to The Ludway, Back in the 50's, and 60's, and He always Raved about The Ludway, and He Said; That The Ludway, was A Decent Place, Where You Could Take Your Wife, Or Girlfriend, and Eat The Best Hamburgers You'd Find Anywhere, Have A Cold Beer, and Rest Assured, That There would Be Peace, and Order. My Dad, said The Guys Who Owned, and Ran The Ludway, would not Put Up with Any Nonsense, and If you Got out Of Line, They would Throw you Out !!!! I Went there, many times, myself, alone, and with my Girlfriend, and My Dad was Right, I always found The Ludway, to be 1st Class, Great Burgers, and a Very Nice, and Orderly Place, Where, you could Proudly, Take Anyone, Even Your Mom !!!!! Nice To Meet You, Bill, and Many Thanks, To Your Dad, and Your Uncle Claude, For so many Pleasant Visits There, and Now The Great Memories, Of The Ludway !!!! Best Regards, Bill. Sincerely, Robbin P. Learned.
Bill 04-Oct-2008 21:09
Thanks Robbin for remembering the Ludway Bar. My uncle Claude owned it and my Dad, Phil, worked with him They did have the best burgers in town.
Don Boyd03-Oct-2008 05:37
Mike: thank you for your offer and I would be glad to add it to the site. Please send it to Thanks again.

Don Boyd03-Oct-2008 05:35
Terry: it's great to hear from you again. I just sent you a lengthy e-mail in response to your e-mail wondering if it was me. I'll tell Ray hello for you. Yes, Jack Cherry's dad was a Hialeah councilman and he owned the Cities Service on Palm and 55th or whatever street it was. Yes, I remember your 66 Fairlane GT quite well and I'm still telling people about you and your car and the great fun we had in it. A photo of you sitting in it is in the Friends gallery, along with a photo of a bunch of us and all the cars. Send me an e-mail or call me.

mike Beegle 03-Oct-2008 05:15
Opps. Band Homeroom at Ponce de Leon Jr. High, Mr McVeigh's class.
Mike Beegle 03-Oct-2008 05:15
Don- I have a photo of the 1963 Band Homeroom. I can't identify all but most. Also a great picture of the Coral Gables High Band in formation on the old drill field cerca 1956. "Tropical Knights" dance band Coral Gables High. Glad to supply if your interested.
Terry Bocskey 02-Oct-2008 20:35
Hey Don, What a great photo display and history of South Fl. and Hialeah. But then again I remember you were always fond of your camera. Have any pictures of your old Volvo. Post more from Hialeah if possible. Say Hi to Ray Kyse . I remember his gold 1968 442 Oldsmobile. I've read the blog, to Judy-- I remember Jack Cherry he had a bad 55 Chevy, and wasn't his father Mayor or Councilman of Hialeah. Anyway solong , these pictures brought tears to my eyes of the old days. Don do you remember my 1966 Fairlane GT?
Don Boyd24-Sep-2008 17:01
Karen, I replied to your e-mails last night. Please let me know if you did not get them - I've been having problems with G-mail messages not being received by people.

Don Boyd23-Sep-2008 18:21
Ha, welcome aboard Karen! I was wondering how long it would take you to find the site through a Google name search.

Bob Grant retired from the IRS around 2000 or so and has been on active duty as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 7th District for a few years. You can probably reach him at the D7's phone number 305-415-6670. I last saw him at a decommissioning ceremony in June 2006 and he was still on active duty then. I have more photos of him somewhere that I'll scan someday.

Thanks for letting me take the pics of you so many years ago and thanks for coming along when you did so I could name my first daughter Karen in 1976.

Karen McKibben 23-Sep-2008 14:15
This is for Charlotte Jones, CG Reserve. I knew Robert Grant so many years ago. If you still work with him and see him, please tell him hello for me. I dated the guy when I lived in Miami and worked for IRS. Just saw the picture of him and wanted to touch base. Thanks. Karen (Sherfick) McKibben
Karen (Sherfick) McKibben 23-Sep-2008 13:49
I just found all the pictures of me and I'm smiling while flooded with memories!! Thank you, thank you.
Karen McKibben 23-Sep-2008 13:43
Don, I googled my maiden name, Karen Sherfick, and found this site. I think of those years living in Miami often and with lots of smiles. I was in the CG Reserve for those years and dated a guy by the name of Robert Grant. We both worked for IRS. I've often wondered what happened to him. Thanks for the memories. Karen McKibben
Don Boyd20-Sep-2008 03:42
Judy, if I did they would be up on the site. I highly desire to have photos of Funland, and Frank 'n Bun in front of it from ground level, on the site. Same for the Majorette. Perhaps someday someone will send in some photos - there has to be someone out there with old photos of those places.

Thanks for liking the site.

Judy Snow 20-Sep-2008 03:18
Do you have memories and/or photographs of Funland Park in the 1950's? I think it was located at 79th Street and 27th Avenue. And the Majorette drive-in restaurant that was nearby? I grew up in Hialeah. My boyfriend, Jack Cherry, and I would drive from there to Coral Gables to cruise the Hot Shoppes parking lot on week-end nights. Your web site is a treasure. Thank you.
Don Boyd14-Sep-2008 23:40
Hi Brad, thanks for writing and your comments. Yes I was five years ahead of you. I haven't seen John since the early to mid 60's and other than a Google search on his name I wouldn't know how to contact him.

Don Boyd08-Sep-2008 02:54
Ron, just go to the main memories page at and then click on the Hialeah gallery in the upper left corner. That should open the Hialeah gallery which is also Scroll to the bottom of the photos and you should see "post a comment" at the top of the comments. Click on that and it should open a comment box that you can type your comments into. When done click on "add comment" when done and it should appear. Don't worry about duplicate or triplicate comment boxes appearing afterwards, sometimes hours apart - that happens frequently and I just delete the extras.

Ron 08-Sep-2008 02:31
Sorry Don, I am new to this web site. I will attempt to figure out how to post on the Hialeah gallery.
Don Boyd07-Sep-2008 05:49
Doug: thank you for posting your memories. I have more photos of NARB and NAS Miami that were accidentally deleted when moving galleries around, plus some written history that I will adding in the near future in a new separate gallery for Opa-locka. Keep checking back for the additional stuff. Thanks for your service during WW II.

Doug Strobel 05-Sep-2008 21:46
Hi Don, I enjoy your old Naval Miami photos. I grew up in Tampa...went to Miami 1st time in 1928 at 5 yrs old...then to CCC's camp 1421, So Miami for 6 mo's in 1940...In Jan 1942 I was transferred from NAS Alameda to NAS Miami (Opa-Locka) a Aviation Radioman striker I flew in the SNJ's, SBD's and antiquated two winged torpedo planes. After 2 years in the Mediterannean 1945 I flew from No Africa back to Miami. Your pictures sure hit home....especially the Barracks, flight line etc..
Robbin P. Learned 05-Sep-2008 04:47
Good Idea, Don, And Thank You !!!!! Best Regards !!!!!! Robbin P. Learned
Don Boyd05-Sep-2008 02:20
Robbin and Ron: thank you for posting all your Hialeah memories. You're bringing up places that I've forgotten about but now remember. But I wish you bubbas would post your comments in the Hialeah gallery where other former Hialeans would see them because this guestbook gets very few visitors. I'm going to post a comment in the Hialeah gallery for people to check this Guestbook for your Hialeah comments.

Robbin P. Learned 05-Sep-2008 01:10
Ron Garcia, I Don't Remember Your Name, or Your Sisters Names, But It' entirely Possible, that I saw you Guys before, around the area. I Do Remember George Dominguez, and James Steekly, with his Freckles, though. I Remember The Dog House, on 9th Street, near The U-Totem, Farm Store, And National Tire. I Think the Dog House later Became Linda's Subs. I Lived On East 6th Lane, 1000 East 6th Lane, By Karland Go Kart Track. Linda used to work at Shorty's BBQ, In Davie, On University Drive, and Stirling, But She Doesn't anymore. I saw Her there, a few years ago, But now, I lost track of Her. You Know, one time, I went to see Linda, at Her House, at 1082 East 20th Street, and there was this guy in her front yard, and I Got Jealous, and Started A Fist Fight with Him, and later, I felt foolish, and was scolded by Emma, Linda's Mom, Because the Guy was not there to see Linda Romanticly, as I was, He was ; Sammy Jenkins, Linda's Cousin. I Played The Fool, Big Time, Because, I was in Love. It's funny, Back then, I always thought that Linda Would Surely Be My Wife, one Day, But We Drifted apart, and I Lost interest in Her, and Moved On. And Speaking of Rexall, They had a Real Good, and Popular Luncheonette, and so Did Walgreen's, at Flamingo Plaza, We ate at Both all the time, But The Best, were; Carole's Restaurant, at East 9th Street, and Lejeune Road, and Flamingo Cafeteria, at Flamingo Plaza. My family Ate at those 2 places, often. And Royal Castle, By Flamingo Plaza, was Gold, we Loved Royal Castle. And Remember, Mae & Dave's, And Their Hot Dogs Steamed in Beer, They were Great, Back then, in the 50's. Ron, Do you Remember; Susan Duke, and Sandy Jennings, and Sharon Quigg, They were all 3 Real Honeys, and I Had aHuge Crush, on all 3, but never met them, I only saw, and worshipped them. I Remember Ed Hall, And Joel Tierce, at Babcock Park. I used to Build Model Cars, Back then, and I won Trophies, Both at Woolworth's Flamingo Plaza, and At Saunder's Hobby Shop, on Palm Avenue, south of City Hall. I also uses to go swimming, at Miami Springs Recreation Pool, on Westward Drive, and Go off the High Dive. Nice To Meet you Ron, and We maybe could continue on, as we Remember People, and places. Later !!!!! Robbin. And A Big Hello, To MR. Don Boyd !!!!!
Ron Garcia 04-Sep-2008 21:20
I rode the bus to school with Linda and Diane every day. I had a crush on Linda for ever. I used to dance and listen to music in 6th grade by the basket ball courts. I was on a dance team with Vicki Thorton. I lived at the essex also. You may have known my sisters. Claire the oldest and Jane a year younger and Mary 3 years younger. Claire still lives in Hialeah on 14th place I lived on 7th court. Rexall was the drugstore across from the food fair. I worked my first real job at the dog house on 9th st. When I was 19 I used to go to Miami dragway on TUesday nights and race my car. for $2 you could get in line and race whoever you lined up next to. My friends were Chuck Corton, David Caldwell, Todd Lewis, James Steekly. George Dominguez used to live near me also.
Robbin P. Learned 04-Sep-2008 07:04
Ron Garcia, I Forgot to Mention; The Essex Theatre, and The Circle Theatre, Liggett Rexall Drugstore, Big Ed's BBQ,Patsy's Pizza, Hitching Post BBq, Carole's Restaurant, Saunder's Hobby Shop, and A&W, on East 4th Avenue, and about 17th Street. And Of Course, Hialeah Speedway Races. I'll Bet you Remember; Linda Jenkins, She was my Girlfriend for like 3 years, in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. And then, my 5th grade Girlfriend, was Diane Howell. My Main Friends, in Elementary School, were; Raymond Oliver, Bill Parker, Bobby Nau, Danny Thornton, Tommy Mcnamara, Octavio Del Valle,& Herb Nussbaum. And I used to go to see; Dorine Price, Alana Temple, Gail Mckay,& Mary Ann Royals. Take Care, Neighbor !!!
Robbin P. Learned 04-Sep-2008 06:38
Ron Garcia, You Brought Back A lot of memories. I was Born in 1951, in Biscayne Hospital, on Bicayne Blvd., in Morningside, so we Both were Born, in The City Of Miami, and we Both Grew up near Babcock Park, and We Both Went to Miami Springs JR. High. I went to Hialeah Elementary, Miami Springs JR., and Then we moved To Northwest Hialeah, and I Finished JR. High, at Palm Springs, and then I Went to Hialeah High.I used to watch Saturday Hop, every Saturday, and I watched The Rick Shaw Show, in the Mornings, Often. And I Went To The Place, And The World, All the time, Back in 1967, Great Ties , at Both, Great Bands, Great Music, and Lots Of Chicks. The Hialeah Elementary Candy Store, Karland, Babcock Park, Flamingo Plaza, Food Fair, Royal Castle, Burger King, and Grable's Bakery, Were My Main Places to Go on My 20 inch Bike, in the 50's, Oh, and I Left out Hialeah Lanes, and Rustic Roller Rink. Suntan Village, By Karland, Go Kart Track, that was my home from Birth, to 13 years old. A Lot of Great Times, around there, and Wonderful Memories now. Oh, and Ron, I'll Bet We Knew a lot of the same Kids, around the area. My Grandma Learned, My Dad's Mom, was from Burgaw, N. C., 30 Miles north of Wilmington. Best Regards Ron, and Take care. Sincerely, Robbin P. Learned.
Ron Garcia 03-Sep-2008 21:48
Where do I start. Born 1950 at Victoria Hospital. Lived in Hialeah, I know the Hialeah Elementary candy store. Straight across before the go carts was a Horse Ride and then the bowling alley. I folded papers and delivered from the Food fair on the corner. I went to Springs Jr. then 9th grade the first year of Springs SR. High. Golden Hawks, the Hawks Den. My father graduated from Edison so we went every Thanksgiving to the Orange Bowl to see Edison and Miami High. I was a dancer on the Rick Shaw show. My wife was one of the go-go girls at the Place. She also danced as a sub at the N. Miami Armory on Sunday eve. There were so many places to go 66-69. The world, the ha la baluh (west Hialeah) The armory's the sock hops. I spent my growing years at Benny Babcock Park playing pool, ping pong, basket ball, baseball, swimming, football (Hialeah Opimist). My bicycle was all the transportation a kid needed, I had a 9ft pram I fished out of the canal in between Hialeah and Miami Springs. Jahns' was a hot date spot, the airport near Milam dairy rd was the place to watc... Hear airplanes land at. All the drive inns. Velveta Farms Ice cream, I remember the Missle crissis and airplane being moved down Lejune rd on flat bed trucks. and our boyscout camp being taken over by the troops. I went to the Saturday Hop many times. Sorry for those who had to wait in line. Since Rick Shaw was the host I went in being a member of his morning show. My father took a few pictures of the TV when I was on the show. I called the tv station a few years ago to try and see if I could get copies of the video tapes of when I was dancing. I tried to lip sinc 5 o'clock world for one of his shows but I failed at it. My Wife Dolly was from N. Miami High 69", besides dancing, taught swimming and scuba diving at the Eden Rock hotel. They also had a glass bottom pool with a lounge below it. Those were days when the biggest problem you had was getting in trouble for chewing gum in school. Also you could get a bus by the circle in Springs for a dime and transfer downtown on Saturday to a bus going to South Beach. I spent every summer down there. I do remember Holy Joe and trying to surf., and the (million dollar) pier. Parking at the dog track. A&W was also across from the wild mouse and the drive in. I joined the Navy with another Hialeah young man and never returned. I live in a little town in NC. Mocksville.
Don Boyd02-Sep-2008 04:55
George: thank you for the great old Bill Haast stories!

Anne King: I reposted your comments at the bottom of the "Schools" gallery where it might be seen by far more people than this guestbook. Good luck!

ANNE KING 01-Sep-2008 23:38
George Dawson 22-Aug-2008 02:52
Haast continued: Another time, just after we had lowered the pit walls by knocking out the top two rows of blocks and refinishing them with a stucco to appear as stonework, Jim cut out footprints from avocado skins. Avocado skins turn black when they oxidize. Early the next morning Jim placed the cutouts on top of the wall on the fresh concrete making it appear as if someone with tarred feet had walked on the wall. Haast about went crazy thinking of the time and expense it would take to fix the wall. When Jim peeled the skins off he did not see the humor at first but came around to enjoy the trick.

One last story about the Serpentarium is about my TV debut. The first time I appeared on television was when the big Nile crocodile was delivered. We had a plan to get it into the compound. This big guy weighted 1400 pounds and was about 11 feet long. He was in a trailer that came, for some reason, from Louisiana. It had wooden sides, and a temporary top nailed to the sides. The truck and trailer pulled up on the front lawn of the Serpentarium and a few boards from the top were removed. All was calm for a moment but suddenly the croc exploded upward. He had his month taped shut and was banging his head to the right and left sides of the trailer resulting in a tooth being knocked out. The plan was to get a bag over his eyes, which will often calm crocadilians, and then get a rope around his snout and the bag. After a few tries we were successful. A few minutes later the trailer gate was lowered and the croc was on the ground and calm. Step two of the plan was to roll him into a giant stretcher made of two metal pipes several feet longer than the croc with a heavy canvas sling between the pipes. Several of us would jump on the croc, pin him down, roll him on his side, work the sling under one side, and roll him to the other side, hopefully getting the sling under him. One of the local TV stations had been alerted and had cameras running.

On the count of three 8 of us jumped him including a truck driver who was passing by, heading south on U.S. 1. I somehow ended up at the top of the tail, with my knees jammed against the crocs legs. All was well until the croc started thrashing and tossed off the rope and the bag covering his eyes. Everyone took off, but I had my legs folded under me and was the last to leave. As I was practically digging a trench with my fingers and churning feet, that big tail came around and sent me sprawling. It was all on the evening news. When friends saw me on TV, I was teased about being reduced to a white flash on the screen. I don’t recall what it took to get the green stain out of those white uniforms.

Eventually we got the crocs eyes covered again, picked him up with the sling and carried him though the front door and gift shop to the pit and slid him into his new home. If my memory is correct, this was not the croc called Cookie that killed the boy years later. I think Cookie was the American Crocodile exhibited there at the same time.

There are other stories I could tell about such as the father who put his three or four year old over the wall of the croc pit to retrieve a toy that had fallen in, the time that Haast got wrapped up by a python and the masochistic kid who came frequently with a bodyguard to keep him from hurting himself, the time Jim and I convinced Haast his eyes were turning orange due to his diet, his sleeping with his head down on inclined planes and his birthday party in the tortoise and iguana habitat.
George Dawson 22-Aug-2008 02:49
Seeing this story of Bill Haast brought back many good memories of my working for him from early September 1957 through March 1958 when I left his employ to return to college. He is one of the most unforgettable people I have ever met.

I wrote him a letter in the summer of 1957 asking him if I could come to work at the Sepentarium. I had just finished my AA degree in biology at the Florida College in Tampa and wanted to attend the University of Miami. He offered me a job at $70.00 per week for a six-day week. I took it and moved my pregnant wife from Tampa to a mobile home park about 100 yards to the north of the Serpentarium. Immediately the adventure began.

The workday began with cleaning the compound of every bit of trash. Haast’s eye didn’t miss anything. He micromanaged my sweeping and showed me how to move the broom more efficiently and faster than the way I was doing it. We workers wouldn’t dare sit down to rest and he didn’t either. In fact, he only left the compound one time in the seven months I was there. He drove to Ocala to attend a meeting of attraction owners and operators. He even had a person come to the Serpentarium every couple of weeks to cut his hair!

There were only three of us working at the Serpentarium at the time other than Haast and his wife Clarita: Jim Lowe, myself, and a sales clerk/ticket seller in the gift shop. We knew Clarita as C. L. Whenever Jim or I were giving tours the other was picking up trash inside and out of the cages and enclosures, sweeping or cleaning glass on the cages. We did the outside glass and Haast did the inside. We would alternate the touring duties. We, like Haast, wore white uniforms and shoes. C.L. did the presentation for all milking demonstrations. This demo came at the end of each tour. She was very good at building tension and a sense of excitement about the handling of the snakes.

As some of the writers of comments mentioned he had two daughters with C. L: Naia Hannah and Shantee. Naia hannah was given this name as it was an early name of the King Cobra. The King Cobra was later renamed Ophiophagus (snake eater) hannah. Our daughter was born on January 10th, 1958, while I was at the Serpentarium. We liked the name Hannah so much we also named our child Hannah.

Haast could take a good joke. Once Jim Lowe, and I found a warbler dead on the grounds. We decided that we would play a trick on Haast. We kept the bird in a freezer for a couple of days and started talking when we were in the presence of Haast about how fast my reflexes were. One day when he was working with us on a project around the pits, we placed the bird on a branch hanging over the pit wall. Jim pointed to the bird and said “George see if you can catch that little yellow bird up there.” I climbed up and along the wall, acting as serious as I could and then leaped up and snatched the bird off the branch. Haast was jumping up and down and saying, “He did it, he really did it,” until I dropped the dead bird in his hand. We all had a good laugh.
Kurt Spartz 20-Aug-2008 16:02
Hi Don, I noticed that you are friends with Donald Mamula. I was in Boy Scouts with him many years ago in PA. I came across a picture he may get a kick from. If you could send me his email, I would appreciate it.
ginny blamire 16-Aug-2008 21:10
Thank You Mr Boyd for having a web site on Bill Haast. I just found it as I was searching to see if he was still living so wonderful to see that he is. I just posted a comment on
his site about my late hubby who had ALS, unfortunately made a few typos that
I didn't catch before adding the comment. Meant he was losing use of his hands;
had difficulty walking and talking when we went to Miami for injections. Sorry I can't correct that hope others will know what I meant.
You have wonderful web sites; enjoy them very much.
Robin E.Richardson 15-Aug-2008 17:26
Hi Don...When I opened up this link to see the pictures I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. My Brother was Dennis Richardson..passed away due to complications due to diabetis in 1996. My sisters are Donna Richardson and Linda Richardson.
I saw Libby Sciadine's picture on your site. That was my brother Dennis's girlfriend for a long time.He and my cousin steve price were also very close. Sylvia and Libby were good friends..I think.After all... I was little. He was the best brother a sister cold ask for..he was SOOOO funny!!!do you remember him? Thank you for all your hard work and effort putting all these memories together for so many of us. I was class of 74.
Go T breds..We live in Orlando. Miami and Hialeah was a great place to grow up. For our generation and our so much.
Thanks,Robin e. Richardson
Don Boyd14-Aug-2008 06:11
Hi Robert,
Thank you very much for the tipoff. As long as they're not making money off the photos I don't really mind though the lack of courtesy bothers me some. I know the courtesy aspect would be nice but I'm used to this type of thing, even on fully labeled copyrighted photos that were used by two major TV networks without permission or effort to contact me. They paid dearly when I sent them the bills for their usage. Thanks again, I'm glad you enjoy the site.

Robbin P. Learned 05-Aug-2008 08:24
Yesterday, Sunday-,August 3rd, I Went For Pizza, At Frankie's Pizza, On Bird Road, In Southwest Miami, which is one of my Favorite Places To Go !!!!!!! The Pizza there Never Changes, Always Delicious, and Wonderful. I Go There, on a Sunday Drive, Order My Large Pizza, and Eat it, Right There, in the Car, in Their Parking Lot, with Iced Cold Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Now That's Living !!!!!!!! I've Been Getting Pizza, at Frankie's, For Years, and Years. They've Been There since 1955 !!!! Does anyone Else Go To Frankie's ??????
heidi g. 23-Jul-2008 22:41
Hi Don!
Yes that's the Palm Springs Mall on 49th. Capt. Hook's was our family restaurant there.
Thanks for redirecting me to the Hialeah I hav eto find them!!
We had a good turnout for the reunion in Ft. was really hot!
I forgot how hot it got down "south."
I just send another classmate your weblink so she can enjoy the memories.
Hialeah was the best place to grow up in the '50s, 60's and 70's. then i went to u of f in gainesville, graduated and moved to west palm beach...
take care~heidi
Robbin P. Learned 22-Jul-2008 08:09
Does anyone out there Remember; M & M Cafeteria, on N. W. 36th Street, across from Eastern Air Lines ?? My Family used to Go There to Eat, all the time, in the 60's. They had very Good Food !!!!! I used to always Have There; Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy, Macaroni And Cheese, A Corn Stick, Chocolate Cake, with Vanilla Boiled Icing, and Iced Tea, A Great Meal, at a Great Cafeteria.
Guest 21-Jul-2008 17:37
Robbin, thank you for responding. I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 1988. In fact, most Miami natives would think, I now speak with a southern accident. I lived in Homestead the10 years prior to my migration northward. Nashville is great, except for winter. Miami has the best winter of all.

I had several friends who graduated Hialeah high school in the late 60s through middle 70s. Actually, these were mostly friends and friends.

I have toyed with the idea of retiring back to Miami/South Florida. I`m retirement eligible in 4 years via the US government. Best regards, Glen.
Robbin P. Learned 19-Jul-2008 21:37
Glen Wilbur, I, Like yourself, Have enjoyed Don Boyd's Memory Lane, Isn't it Wonderful ??? And I must Agree 100 %, with you, That Back Then, was Simpler, and Much Better Times. I Live in Hialeah, Been Here, Since Birth, in 1951, Went To Hialeah High, and I've Been around for all The Changes, and I Don't Like all of the Changes, Life Here, in Dade County, was Much Better, in the 50's and 60's especially. I Have 2 Words for Miami- Dade County now; RAT RACE !!!!!! Best Regards, To you Glen, and As Always; To Don Boyd !!!!!!! Sincerely, Robbin P. Learned
Glen Wilbur 18-Jul-2008 17:29
Found this website by accident. What a trip back in time. I grew up in the Westwood Lake area of Southwest Miami. I attended St. Timothy school. Later I attended Riviera and graduated Southwest high school, class of 1974. The pictures of bird bowl, pizza patio created a visceral experience. Other pictures of that general area including storefronts, strep malls and tourist attractions provided an extended trip back in time, when things were simpler and perhaps better. Thank you.
Robbin P. Learned 11-Jul-2008 13:27
Remember; Basics Supermarket, Polly Davis Cafeterias, Biscayne Cafeterias, David's Cafeteria, Cornucopia Cafeteria, The Barefoot Mailman Gift Shops, Spencer's Gift Shops, Army Salvage, on N. W. 62nd Street, and 27th Avenue, Plager Brothers, Long's Motorcycles, Sweden House Smorgasbord, The Carvery Sandwich Shops, Burdine's Deli, Pickle Herring Charlie's Restaurant in Hialeah, at Lejeune Road, and East 9th Street, Hickory Ranch BBQ, just North of Homestead, on U S 1, where Shiver's BBq is now, Pizza Patio, on Bird Road, way out west, The Ludway Bar, and their Great Hamburgers, Pumpernik's Wolfie's, and Bertram's, George's Subs, on S. W. 8th Street, A Great Greek Owned Restaurant Downtown Miami, on N. W. 5th Street, near The FEC Tracks, and their Great Plate of Beans, Back in the Early 70's, and years before, Fusaro's Italian Restaurant, In Hialeah, at West 68th Street, and 12th Avenue, BBQ Barn, on N. W. 7th Avenue, And 118th Street, King Yayo Restaurant, on West 49th Street, where Jackie Gleason's Place was, and Beechmont Delicattessen, on Gratigny Road, and Red Road, In Hialeah, and Their Sandwich Shop later, Jano's, next to Big Daddy's Quinella Lounge, now Flannigan's West 84th Street.
Don Boyd10-Jul-2008 04:38
Heidi and Donna, thank you for your comments and memories.

Heidi, when you say Palm Springs Mall, you are referring to the small mall over by Richards Department store on the south side of W. 49th Street (Palm Springs Mile) and across from the Palm Springs Shopping Center on the north side of 49th Street, correct?

I have reposted your comments in the Hialeah gallery where more former Hialeans might see it instead of here in this guestbook. Julius Caesar's "broasted" chicken and shrimp restaurant was on the northeast corner of E. 4th Avenue and 49th Street (NW 103rd Street); Hialeah High's athletic field was on the southwest corner of the same intersection. Marc Lusardi, who graduated with me in '65 from HHS, was the son of the owners and I believe he has posted a comment somewhere in one of the Hialeah galleries. Maybe he'll see these comments someday and help you out if he has the recipes in question. His parents put out darn good food for the money and I had many a delicious lunch there while at HHS.

Have a great time at your combined class reunion this weekend. What years is that reunion? I hope you have a good turnout.

No, the name Gene Pratt does not ring a bell - sorry. Thanks for the hugs and gratitude. : )

Guest 10-Jul-2008 00:57
WOW! I don't know what to say, except "Thank for the memories I thought that I had lost!"
I grew up in Hialeah coming from NY at the tender age of 2, in 1956. My parents Ina and David Goldberg owned 3 restaurants in the Miami-Hialeah area named Capt. Hook's. The most popular one was in the Palm Springs Mall between Mayor's Jewelers and Sam (Latezia)Shoe Repair. Anyway, thank you so much for bringing back so much I had lost.. and forgotten.
I have been trying to figure out the recipe for Juliaus Cesaer's "Broasted" chicken and shrimp! If anyone remembers that place, I think it was on 103rd street or there abouts.
This weekend, Hialeah High is having a 5 class combined reunion and so many of my friends from school are going~ we will be at the Marriot Harbor Beach in Ft Lauderdale if anyone is looking for us!!
big hugs and gratitude for all your hard Don did you know Gene Pratt who worked at Pan Am (if you were there!)
heidi goldberg stefan
Donna Pass-Otteni 09-Jul-2008 19:41
This is great! I was born in Jackson Hospital in 1954, lived in Miami until 1973. My parents are still in Miami Springs and I visit at least once a year. I was looking for someone who had a recipe for how Mack and Marie's in Key Largo made their scrambled onions, broasted corn and their awesome burgers. This brought back so many memories.... Rocket Fried Chicken, Mansene's Italian Rest, Sherrards Dixie Bell Inn, Bankers Club, on and on..... Miami is not the same. I miss the old Miami. Thanks so much.. Donna Pass (now in Virginia)
Don Boyd08-Jul-2008 07:05
Thanks Jake, my former neighbor down the street from 1957 onward, I'm glad you like them. Hopefully I can find more to add in the future.

Jake Louden 08-Jul-2008 02:40
Hi, Some good old memories, alot of good photos. Jake Louden
Sherry Fassett-Bradley 07-Jul-2008 00:21
Hi, its Sherry Fassett-Bradley again. Saw in your Hialeah site that someone was
looking for Harvey Bendfeldt. He and his wife Mary are living at 3300 North State
road 7 in Hollywood, Fl. 33021 Box E466. His phone is 954-983-1265. He has worked
for several airlines since PanAm went down in Dec 1991. Still love your site!!
Robbin P. Learned 05-Jul-2008 20:10
Does Anyone Remember The Sunday 1/2 Midget Car Races, next to George T. Baker Aviation School, on Lejeune Road, just South of the 112 Expressway on Ramp ??????? They Were Held there, on Sundays, and just like Go Kart Tracks, they had Car Tires, and Hay Bales, to mark the course, and as Restraint Barriors. The Midgets Looked Like the Indy Cars, of that Time, and they Had McCullogh Mac 10 Chain Saw Engines, and They Looked Beautiful, in all different colors, and Sounded Real Loud, But Real Neat. Oh, and the Time that they Raced there, was I Believe; 1959, 1960, or around there. One Of their ace Drivers, went to my Hialeah Elementary School, and His name was; Dale Little, and He Had A Beautiful Candy Apple Red Moss 1/2 Midget. And Linda Dewalt Raced there also, and She Had A Beautiful White 1/2 Midget. This was a sight to see, and they went Fast, on that Small Track. It was Real Neat !!!!!!!!! A Great Memory, For Me.
Guest 29-Jun-2008 00:44
Enjoyed the old Miami pictures. For twelve years of my life, I traveled to North Miami and stayed the winter with my family. I attended William Jennings Bryan Elementary School. I can remember going downtown to go shopping at a big shopping center. Of course, it was before malls.
Robbin P. Learned 23-Jun-2008 03:01
Fred, Hi, Robbin P. Learned Here. The Place For Steak, was In North Bay Village, Next To The Harbor Island Spa, and just East of Channel 7, on the 79th Street Causeway. My Wife, and I used to go there, when we were dating, back in 1980-1981, and The Steaks were Good, and the Atmosphere was nice, We Danced there, as well as Dining there. The croud there was usually older people, and we Liked that. They were nice sensible people there for a good meal, and some to Dance, as well. We felt comfortable there. Good Memories !!!!! Best Regards , Fred !!!!! Robbin P. Learned, Of Hialeah. Ps,-- I wish it was still open, if so We'd Be There !!!!
jac burke 22-Jun-2008 16:24
Can anyone shed any light on the tiger shark at the entrance to rickenbacker causeway...who caught it? when was it caught? etc.?

Thank you.
Fred Daughtry 22-Jun-2008 14:48
Hi; Robbin P I see you listed in comments a place called ( The Place For Steak ) Can you or anyone else please tell me just where The Place For Steak was located. If I remember right it was on one of the islands.??? off Biscayne Bay. Thank You.
Trudy Kline Roth 10-Jun-2008 02:26
I'm really excited to find your site. I"m dong a research project on the part of Miami that was called "Colored Town". It's now called "Overtown". The time period that I'm researching is 1950-1955. If anyone has any old pictures I would really appreciate being able to see them. My name is Trudy Kline Roth e-mail
Robbin P. Learned 06-Jun-2008 05:36
The Rosedale Deli I remember, was near, or on N. W. 5th Street, and near The F. E. C. Railroad Tracks, and unless it was sold, it was a New York Style Kosher Deli. I went there, the last time, with my Dad, in 1972, But my Dad and I had been there years before that. It was a real good place, to get a Corned Beef Sandwich, on Rye Bread, and A 1/2 Sour Kosher Pickle. I Don't think it was the same place you spoke of, But the place you spoke of sounded like it was good, also. When I went to The Rosedale Deli, it was not open air.
Guest 03-Jun-2008 17:38
Hey, Robbin, I read your post of April 21, and noticed that you mentioned a kosher deli in downtown Miami called Rosedale. I don't know if this is the place, but I used to work downtown in the mid-70s and ate at a little open-air deli that was run by a group of Cuban brothers. Excellent sandwiches and the prices were really cheap. The perfect hole-in-the-wall for lunch.
Don Boyd31-May-2008 04:03
Barry, I'm sorry it was lifted but it was sent to me - I haven't lifted anything except from the state archives website and the county's building and zoning website which are public records. But thanks for permission to use it. I have changed the caption to accurately reflect what you have stated.

Please feel free to use any photos on this site to enlarge and show at your 50th reunion. I hope you have a great turnout and that everyone has a great time. Best regards,

Don Boyd18-May-2008 21:41
Hi Ruth, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I presume that was W. 36th Terrace if you went to Mae M. Walters and Filer? It would help to put the year you graduated from HHS so people can begin to remember if they knew you or not.

If you shook hands with my dad at a church then it was at Immaculate Conception, the only church other than St. Mary's in Miami, that he ever attended. He was never in a Baptist church that I know of. Maybe it was someone who looked like him?

Ruth Packard 18-May-2008 17:19
I decided to google Royal Castle....and found your site! Our Lampkin family lived on 36th Terrace. I went to Mae M. Walters, Filer and Hialeah High. Are there any readers who went to First Baptist? Don, I remember shaking hands with your father at church! There used to be a two or three story building on 1st Ave. (near an ice cream shop). As a small child I was terrified of that building. I thought bears lived in it! Sunday lunch was the best at the Flamingo Cafeteria.
Don Boyd18-May-2008 16:11
Thanks for your comments Robbin. Palm Springs was a great school back when we went there but I disagree with you on how it looks now. I think it's horrible that they put the addition so darn close to W. 56th Street - it totally ruins the open space of the neighborhood and it looks like an industrial area. Not to mention the lack of trees around the parking lot at W. 56th and W. 10th Avenue - it is pathetic looking compared to the nicely landscaped Dupuis Elementary on the opposite corner of the same property. There are photos of how it looks now in my Palm Springs neighborhood gallery at

Robbin P. Learned 16-May-2008 23:40
Don, I really have enjoyed your Palm Springs JR. High Pictures, ect. I went to school there for 2 1/2 years, and left there, for Hialeah High in 1966. I loved Palm Springs JR. High, it was a great school, in my opinion, and I have some great memories of my time there. I go by often, just to ride by and remember. Have you seen the school lately, the front is all new and 2 story modern. It looks real nice, I think. Best Regards, Don !!!!! Sincerely, Robbin Learned
Don Boyd16-May-2008 05:18
And Joni, I just checked the Palm Springs photo gallery, and you are in it in class 9-1, along with your name typed in above your photo. I misspelled your first name (probably never saw it in writing) but got your last name right, so I did know who you were at the time. I was right - you were gorgeous too as I recalled without seeing the yearbook first. You were going steady with a guy who was well known throughout the school but I can't remember his name right now. I'm so glad to know that my memory is still pretty sharp despite all those Heinekens. : )

Don Boyd16-May-2008 05:07
Joni, thank you for your comments because comments like yours give me more inspiration to continue adding photos.

But you're killing me with suspense - where is your picture? I'm going to take a wild a$$ guess and say Palm Spring Jr. High? That's where I seem to remember the Abate last name. If it was indeed Palm Springs, you are half right - I didn't know you, but I do remember you - I knew who you were and you were gorgeous as I recall.

Joni Spires 16-May-2008 04:02
Dear Don, My name is Joni Abate Spires. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your site.
Although I don't remember you and you don't remember me, I actually found my picture on your site, along with a bunch of faces I hadn't seen for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing a lifetime of memories. Your memories are my memories, and very much to be cherished.
Robbin P. Learned 09-May-2008 17:40
Does anyone remember; BeefSteak Charlie's, The Sizzler, Black Angus, Farrell's, Carole's, The Coffee Pot, Piccolo's, The Place For Steak, Latta's, Marty's, Figaro's, M & M Cafeteria, Burger's Bakery, Flamingo Cafeteria, W. T. Grant's 5 & 10, Jefferson's, J. M. Fields, Neisner's 5 & 10, Kresge's 5 & 10, The old Sea Shanty on Griffin Road, Hickory Ranch BBQ on Us1 Where Shiver's is now, In Homestead, Sweden House Smorgasboard, The Hunter's Lounge, Texas Burger, at 67th, and Collins .. I do remember all of these, as I went to all of them Growing up, over the years !!!! Best Regards, Don Boyd, and All !!!!! Robbin P. Learned *************
Robbin P. Learned 26-Apr-2008 18:03
Jack O'Brien, was the announcer of Municipal Auto Sales T. V. commercials, And another such car dealer back then, but with a much smaller lot, was named after it's owner; Ed Lane, and the car dealer was; Ed- Mark Em Down Lane Auto Sales, and they were at the corner of N. W. 36th Street, and 57th Avenue-- Curtiss Parkway, or Red Road, in Virginia Gardens. Ed Lane, also had a commercial on T. V., often. Also, Does anyone remember; the putt- putt golf place, on south river drive, where it joined 36th st., by M. I. A. ? We used to go there. And do you remember; The Shrimp Place Restaurant on N. W. 7th Ave., around 23rd St. In the 50's, when I was a little kid, we used to go there. They had wonderful Fried Shrimp. Also I remember We went to the Carvel, at N. W. 7th Avenue, and the one on East 25th Street in Hialeah, just east of Lejeune Road. We , - My Family, And I, went quite often, to eat, at the Bonfire Restaurant in North Bay Village, they had real good food, and we always enjoyed or meal there. I saw Pasquale's Italian Restaurant mentioned, I loved their food, and back when The Walton's was on Thursday Nights, I always, every week went to Pasquale's and got my phoned in order, usually Pizza, all the way, and Eggplant Parm., and then, I went home and ate, my food, with an ice cold Pepsi, and then I relaxed, and watched The Waltons, with my parents. That was my standard 70's Thursday Night, What wonderful memories !!!!!! +++++ Hi, to Mr. Don Boyd, and To all of you nice Fellow Miamah Natives !!! Mr. Robbin P. Learned of Hialeah
Don Boyd25-Apr-2008 13:51
Robert: thanks for finding us and for writing in. You're right about so much stuff disappearing over time.

Robert Hansen 24-Apr-2008 17:08
Hi Don, Enjoyed coming across your site. I grew up in Hialeah with my entire family living there from the late 40'3 through to the mid 80's. Growing up as a child there has left me with great memories. I re-visited the city years ago and could hardly recognize anything. Some of the landmarks I grew up in like Hialeah Lanes are now gone! I plan on fowarding your site info to members of my family. Thanks Again, Robert Hansen
Robbin P. Learned 24-Apr-2008 13:46
Mr. Jack Crouch, I saw your story, on this site, and I saw a familiar name you mentioned; Bob Scurlock. When I went to Palm Springs JR. High School in West Hialeah,Mr. Bob Scurlock was my math teacher, in I believe, 8th grade-, 1965, and he was a super nice man ,and a great teacher. He told me at that time, that soon, he was moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina, and would be the preacher at the Antioch Baptist Church there, and I thought you would like to know. Don't know, if he's still there, or not, but at least, it's a lead, to go on. Good luck, in finding him.Best Regards Sir !!! Mr. Robbin P. Learned OF Hialeah, --- 57 years there !!!
Robbin P. Learned 23-Apr-2008 17:50
Don Boyd, Thank You Sir, for your reply. I agree with tou about the fee for membership, for all of the sites out there, but I'm going to try Classmates. Com, for a year, and then, I'll see!?? Lynn, I saw your message, on here, and noticed a familiar name; Saturday Hop, with host-, Rick Shaw. When it was on every saturday, I was at Palm Springs Jr. High School in Hialeah, and I loved that show, and watched it every week. They had a wall covered by school pendants from Dade County Jr. High Schools on the show, and once in a while, they would zoom the camera in on it, and I thought that the pendants looked so neat with lots of different schools represented. But I noticed that Palm Springs Jr. High was not there, and it being my school, I felt bad-, and leftout, so I got a Palm Springs Pacers pendant from a nice Graphic Arts teacher, and sent it to Saturday Hop, and soon, another week, as I watched Saturday Hop, Bingo, there it was on the wall, proudly displayed, our Palm Springs Pacers Pendant. That was Happiness, for me, at the time, and a very happy memory now. I hope you enjoy reading this !!!!! Best Regards, To you Lynn, and To Don Boyd !!!! Robbin Learned Of Hialeah, A Lifer Of Hialeah, 57 years now !!!!
Don Boyd22-Apr-2008 03:47
Robbin, thank you for posting your many memories and for your comments. You've mentioned some that I've forgotten about.

In reference to your comment about, I believe folks have to pay annually to become members in order to access information on anyone, which kind of goes against my grain. The older I get the cheaper I get, especially when it comes to paying to belong to internet websites. I was a member for a year a while back and it had limited value to me so that's why I dropped my membership. Same thing for or whatever it is.

In any event, I'm glad you found the site and for contributing your memories.

Robbin Learned 21-Apr-2008 15:41
I remember Shell's City,we went there often, when I was young,maybe around 1959. It was a neat store, with a Beauty Parlor, Barber Shop, Deli, Newsstand, Hamburger Stand, and of course, a big Grocery Store. Does anyone remember a Kosher Deli in Downtown Miami, at 5th St. , and near the F. E. C. tracks,it was a great deli, named Rosedale, and my Dad loved their sandwiches, and so did I. We used to also go to Falcone's Italian Grocery on N. W. 7th Ave., and about 31st St. , and remember Home Milk on 7th ave. , with the large milk carton on top ? My family also loved, and went to The Chesapeake, Bahama Steak House, The Painted Horse, Polly Davis Cafeterias, Biscayne Cafeteria, Red Diamond, Duke Mansene's, Patsy's Pizza in Hialeah, and Northside Shopping Center, in the early to mid 60's, before Westland Mall came along. My family loved Northside, and my Dad used to take all the kids in our East Hialeah neighborhood to Funland Park, every Wednesday night--- , Nickel nite, when every ride was only a nickel, a ride. Those were the days !!!!!! ++++ Remember, Graces Delicatessen in virginia Gardens , and Gracie's Italian Restaurant on N. W. 54th ST., and years later, at N. w. 7th Ave., at 151st St. We always went there. Remember, Toddle House, and Huddle House?, and Wolfie's 163rd St., PUMPERNIK'S, at 67th, and Collins, by The Deauville Hotel ? Remember, Hurricane Harbor, Beefsteak Charlie's, Piccolo's, Rocky Graziani's, Tyler's, Holsum Bakery,- South Miami,Grable's Bakeries, Toby's Cafeteria, The Ludway Bar--- Great Hamburgers, South Beach Pier, Miami Beach Kennel Club, Dog Track, The Pastime Bar,---Great Hamburgers, and Hot Dogs,- back in the late 50's , and early 60's, Grand Union, A & P, Food Fair -- Pantry Pride, Steven's Markets, The old Seaboard Coastline Train Station,on N, W. 7th Ave.,at 23rd ST., Miami Stadium, Youth Hall, behind Miami Stadium, for Juvenile Delinquents. These are all places from my past, hope all of you enjoyed the tour, and Most Of All, Thank you Don Boyd, For a place to write this, and to visit Memory Lane, I Love It !!!!! ***** +++++
Robbin Learned 21-Apr-2008 06:12
Don, I was just reading the notes, people wrote in, and I loved every minute of it! I , too, saw many familiar places to me mentioned, and it took me happily down memorie lane. I also went to the Essex Theatre, in Hialeah, and the Circle Theatre in miami springs, the Fun Fair Drive In, on 79th st. North Bay Village, Hialeah Speedway,Jahn's, on Miracle Mile, Pizza Palace, Hialeah, on W. 49th St., Dressel's Dairy, Crandon Park Zoo, Royal Castle, Richard's , Burdines, The Olympia Theatre, The Florida Theatre, The Trail Theatre, The Bird Bowl, and many more. And Coni Brown, the 2 BBQ places you mentioned, were; Plantation Pit BBQ, on E. 49th ST., and BBQ Heaven, was on State Road 9 , by The Golden Glades Interchange, We used to go to both., and also to Big Ed's BBQ, Hitching Post BBQ, and Shorty's South Miami. Oh, and ole Hickory, and Flynn's Dixie Ribs. I Love BBQ. I alo remember, and went to; The Place, The World, Pirate's World, and had a lot of fun at all 3 places. All 3 places had a lot of Great Local Bands there, and lots of Girls +++++++ !!!!!! ******** Also, Coni Brown, Royal Castle was owned by a MR. Singer, and they had locations from Key West to Vero Beach, and A very large Commissary Warehouse in East Hialeah at E. 9th St., and just east of 10th Ave. As a kid, back in about 1960, they gave tours of the place, and my friends and I took it, many times. I Loved Royal Castle, and ate at many different locations, many a time. I also remember Masters Field. I went to Drag Races, when I was in Elementary School, maybe in 1960. George Mira was a Good friend of Charlie Delucca- Golf Pro, and Charlie Delucca was a Good friend of my Dad, and both of them stopped by our house, in maybe 1977, and My Dad and I used to go to U oF M games at the Orange Bowl, when I was Small,and George Mira was their Star Quarterback then, so my Dad asked him; George, your pass receivers, almost always caught your passes, how did you, and them do so good, and he said; I threw the ball, a very hard, fast spiro, right at their head, and if they didn't catch it with their hands, it hurt their head real bad, so they knew to catch it, and George Mira, was known for throwing the ball, real hard, that I remember !! Thanks Again, Don for setting up this Great Nostalgia-- Memory Lane Site. I Love It !!!!!!!! My Hat's Off To You Sir !!!!!
Robbin Learned 20-Apr-2008 23:30
Don, I read, and saw where you went to Palm Springs JR. High, me too, and I wanted to let you, and any0ne else who reads this,that; I belong to Classmates. Com now, and you can read my stories there, in my profile. I have written lots of stories there, and I hope you Don Boyd, and anyone else, who went to Palm Springs JR. High in Hialeah, and belongs to, will check out my Profile stories. Best Wishes To Everyone, Especilly Don Boyd !!!!!! Robbin Learned
Guest 20-Apr-2008 23:17
Don Boyd, Hi, I have been enjoying your pictures, and the stories that people have written in your comments column, for a short time lately, and I wanted to say Hi, and to tell you just how much I have enjoyed your site, A Whole Lot!!!! ++++ , and Thank You, Very Much for all of your efforts, and dedication to preserving our Local History!! I , like you, Love our past, and Nostalgia,ect. I am 57 years old--- young ??, and I was born in Morningside, and then was brought by my parents, to our 1st house we lived in in East Hialeah---- Suntan Village, at 1000 E. 6th Lane. We lived there until 1964, and at that time, we moved to West Hialeah, by Mc Donald Park. I went to Miami Springs JR. High, Palm Springs JR. High, and Hialeah High. I went to Palm Springs JR. High, from January, 1964, to 1966, and then on to Hialeah High, Where I went to 10th, and 11th Grade, But left, after the 11th Grade, and did not graduate in the Class Of 1969, But I later got my G. E. D. in the United States Army, where I enlisted- Regular Army, 12 Bravo- Combat Engineer, and served our great country for 3 years, and other than that 3 years, I have lived in Hialeah, all of my life. I enjoyed your picture of Palm Springs JR. High, especially, Don !! My younger brother, Danny, also grew up in Hialeah, went to M. A Milam, Palm Springs J. H., and Hialeah High. And he also served in the Army, and was an M. P., - Military Police, and he retired a year ago, on the Drop Program from the Miramar Police Department, and now lives in Brevard County. In a lot of ways, I liked the old Hialeah better, than the present one, We don't have Hialeah Speedway, any more, we don't have Hialeah Park Racing, any more, Neither Bowling Alley, we used to have 2, no Putt- Putt Golf, we had 1 on west 49th st. , and no Roller Skating Rinks, we had 2, at 1 time, Rustic, and Hialeah Roller Rink, and Super Skating Center, by K- Mart, on west 49th st., years later. Now,all we have, is wall to wall people, overcrowded Schools, Heavy Traffic, and stores, stores, stores, and factories--- Industry.What can we do ?? For me, Hialeah is home, But I did like Old Hialeah, MUCH BETTER, than the New Hialeah. Love your site, Don, Thank You, Sir, for all you've provided for our Pleasure. Robbin P. Learned
Don Boyd08-Apr-2008 05:54
Bob and Marian, thank you for writing and for some of your memories. I would like to copy your comments to the Hialeah gallery where more people can see them and perhaps respond if they knew you. I will also send you an e-mail within a day. Thanks again.

Bob&Marian Ross 08-Apr-2008 04:19
Don Boyd,my husband and I were also raised in Hialeah,his name is Bob Ross,he lived at 324 E.7th st down from Benny Babcock,pool.He lived there in the early 40s till we got married in 1957.My name is Marian Peavey,751 s.e.1st Place.I also attended St Johns,my father worked at Eastern Air and Bobs, father worked at Pan Am.both worked between 35 to 39 years at their jobs.My brothers Bernard Peavey,and Jim Peavey,also went to St Johns.Bernard, went 1 year to that old hialeah school on 2nd ave then to Miami Springs,then Miami Jackson,I also attended Miami Jackson.Bob,grauaded from Miami Jackson yr 55-56 and we got married in 57.Yes we remember all the places that are mentioned I have a very dear friend Roberta Wigg,she was raised in Sun Tan Village she lives in Atlanta.We knew Mayor Milelander very well,Bob,also knew your Dad,of course we are a lot older then you and many of the people who are writting you but it was good to see a lot of old pictures.So many memories,we went to Essex Village movies before we were married and were put for 6months for holding hands.Do you remember Palm Auto Garage they did paint and body work that is my brother inlaw Mario Martinez,he married Bobs,sister Betty Ross,and they live in Miami Springs now.Bobs,brother Bill Ross,lives in Oklahoma with his wife.We are all getting up in age but still like to remember back when.Will close for now my e-mail is if you would like to answer.thanks again for a walk down memory lane. Marian &Bob Ross,
Don Boyd07-Apr-2008 05:44
Peter, I didn't delete it. It is still there in the Hialeah Commentary gallery and I even posted a long response to it because I knew some of the people you mentioned.

Don Boyd07-Apr-2008 03:42
Welcome Lynn and Laurie, thanks for posting your comments and memories.

Lynn 07-Apr-2008 01:40
Hello! Many thanks for posting these memories of Miami , and South Florida. Born and raised there I enjoyed those good ole days. I just saw a video clip of Rick shaw's TV show Saturday Hop with Paul Revere and His Raiders..first time ever I have seen this. I was a go-go girl for 3 years and never saw a show! That was my very first day on TV. White hair clip in hair and smiling ear to ear! It was my life then.dancing.....and gosh many years later still dancing! Live in Gainesville Fl. now...but best memories were made in Hollywood and Miami. Rick Shaw was always a sweet guy!
Laurie Cade 04-Apr-2008 13:26
Hi, My name is Laurie Cade I have found so may memories of Hialeah I wsa born in 1964 live at 845 w 72 place. I gre up with my Parents Gordon and Theresa Cade and my siblings three brothers Gordon,Steve and Ricky. WE have several memories of Hialeah. My uncle's Restauraunt. Parks and Recreation, Hialeah Speedway The places are endless and the memories are countless. Thanks for everything. Still an old Hialeah Girl.Email is
Don Boyd04-Apr-2008 04:38
Omar, thanks for your memories and comments - it makes my efforts seem more worthwhile when I get a message like that.

Lou, welcome and thanks for dropping by. The only image I have of racing at Master's Field is a diagram of the race course. It's in the Aviation-Other Airports gallery and the URL for it is If someone would send in photos of the racing at Master's I'll be glad to add them.

Guest 04-Apr-2008 00:39


Omar S. 03-Apr-2008 06:15
Don, I came across your gallery of photos while searching for pictures of the old Crandon Zoo, where I spent alot of time as a kid there with my family. I was born @ Jackson Memorial in 1974, attended Southside Elementary, Shenandoah Jr. High, Miami Senior High where I was one of few male cheerleaders (base), attended U of M, and have a vivid memory of my childhood years. Your pictures have brought back many memories that laid dormant in recent years. Not only zoo pictures,but all galleries pertaining to Miami and its surrounding ares. It's amazing how some landmarks and remnants still remain. Today, I still live in Miami at the gates of the Rickenbaker CSWY, about 5 miles from key biscayne. Thanks for the memories; brought some tears to my eyes.
Don Boyd01-Apr-2008 04:25
Welcome Jim and thanks for your comments.

You would have been at St. Mary's when I was there in first through fourth grades and we should have been in the same grades based on your 1947 birth year. Do you remember Sylvia Carmellini, Maureen Shannon or Peter Priest? Those are the only kids whose names I remember. You also graduated from Hialeah High the same year as me but with 1190 seniors it was tough to know everyone.

I just won a 1951 yearbook from St. Mary's on Ebay and I can't wait to scan the photos of the school and the ads in the back. Unfortunately only the 1950, 1951 and 1952 yearbooks were up for auction and I lost out on the 1950 and 1952 books.

Jim Hill 31-Mar-2008 20:56
Thank's so much for the photos and unreal memories! I was born in Jackson Memorial, Nov. 1947, and lived first at 6120 NW 30 Ave, and later at 5801 E. 6 Ave, Hialeah. Went to St. Mary's Catholic School, one quick year at Archbishop Curley and graduated from Hialeah HS in 1965. How amazing to see these photos again, and relive the days when these were everyday sights we took for granted. Thank you!
Don Boyd24-Mar-2008 04:18
Welcome Laura, Bill and George and thanks for your comments. Bill, Jahn's was great and I loved going there with my girl. George, those 25 cent drink specials at Big Daddy's nearly did me in when I drank 7 Black Russians in 45 minutes trying to beat the deadline - I haven't had one since (36 years) thanks to heaving all night from such stupidity.

georgebluhm23-Mar-2008 19:47
Hi Don,
I just found your site and it is great.I was born in Miami in 1952 and left in 1981.I lived in the NE section at NE 2nd Avenue and 46 Street.I went to Miami Edison Jr and Sr high.My dad was an engineer for the Florida East Coast for 45 years until they went freight only.I remember going to the Shell's City "superstore" as it was known back then.I was wondering if you or anyone here has any pics of it or the area around where i lived.
Good luck on this and I will check back often to look at the great pics
Bill Kluger 23-Mar-2008 17:14
Not only do the the pix bring back such great memories of growing up near Bird Road & attending Southwest High, but reading the comments about Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor really hit home. Besides seeing the Blues Image at a place called the Image & the Allman Brothers at Pirates World, I still remember the 25 cent drink specials at the Big Daddys in the Gables. My first job was bagging groceries at the Grand Union on Bird & 87th ave. Thanks for the great memories!!
laura 12-Mar-2008 08:00
was blogging about dog town, and got to your site. AWESOME. thanks for continuing this.

nice. all my best
Don Boyd11-Mar-2008 01:55
Welcome Denise, and thank you for your comments. If anything the site helps to rejuvenate some old memory cells for a lot of folks! : ) I figure that with a bunch of us contributing memories we should darn near remember the vast majority of what was here back in the good old days.

Denise Blanchette 10-Mar-2008 16:24

A friend sent me your site. What a find! I was born at Jackson Memorial in 1955. Went to Central High and graduated in 73' from Hialeah. Moved with my huband to Taos NM after Andrew. My mother lived 40 years in Miami before moving to NM. She worked at Burdines in thye coffee shop in downtown Miami for some time. She took the job when Burdines started serving African Americans in the mid 60's, and many of the employees quit. It took some time for me to realize how long it took for black people to get some of rights the whites had. She told me many times about Miami Beach "closing down" at night and how domestics had to be off the beach before sunset! She worked at Barry University untill she moved. Your site is quite extensive, and I look forward to taking a long look. I saw mention of so many places of my life in Miami, some I had forgotten the name. I look forward to posting some of my memories. At Pirates World (I forgot the name)I saw many, concerts as a teenager. Thanks for such a great site.
Don Boyd10-Mar-2008 02:30
Hi Ellen, thank you very much for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the site and hopefully it will grow with a lot more photos and comments over time.

Ellen Gravett (Burrows) 09-Mar-2008 19:55
Don, I really enjoyed your web site. I was born in Hialeah in 1957. We lived on West 20th Street and 2nd Ave. I went to South Hialeah Elem. Filer Jr. High and MSSH. It was so funny going back and reading how much your childhood was that of alot of other people. I remember alot that people have posted about places. It hit home(literally) I remember my dad would always take us to Rex Drugs to the restaurant for a treat when we were small. I remember Big Ed's BBq. It's like reading about MY childhood. I did all those things people are talking about. I remember going to Hialeah roller rink every Monday night and then going to Pasquale's afterwards. You could play with all of your neighborhood frinds till after dark and your parents wouldn't worry if you were safe. So many memories came flooding back. I probably know half of the people that wrote to you. I moved to Tavernier, Fl. in '81 and I was working at the Electric Company and Miles Milander walked in. I had such a crush on him in my early teens. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl. and love it up here also, but my heart will always be in Hialeah from those good ole' days. Thank you for Memory lane.
Don Boyd07-Mar-2008 03:15
Hi Coni, guest and Lynn: thank you for your comments, I'm glad you liked the site. Welcome to computers Lynn - they're frustrating sometimes even for experienced users so don't give up when you hit a snag or two. I'm glad to hear that the HHS 50-year reunion went well.

lynn linkenheimer hall 06-Mar-2008 22:30
Don, enjoyed your website. I am very new to computers. I was in the first graduating class of HIALEAH HIGH and in NOV. attended the 50th reunion.Big turneout and a wonderful tine,ALSO attended Imc same as Ronnie Hemke I married a guy from Edison, Terry Hall so now Iam Lynn Linkenheimer Hall. Keep up the good work.
Guest 04-Mar-2008 01:20
thank you for all the photos, they bring back some really good memories. I lived in hialeah from 1950 until 1962 then moved south near bird road. I lived at 3902 e 8th lane
Coni Brown 23-Feb-2008 18:07
Found your site looking for info on Royal Castle - I grew up in Miramar/Miami in '60's. . . I can't wait to show this site to my mom --- it's so fun to see the past. My parents used to take us to two bar b q places - one near Hialeah maybe called Pit BarBQ they had the best tater tots ---and another I think called BarBQ Heaven-163rd St. area- Thanks, Coni
Don Boyd12-Feb-2008 20:01
Hi Dodi: thank you for your comments. I'm sorry but I don't have the time to send images via e-mail, especially when you can download the same images onto your PC by right clicking the image and saving to your hard drive. Good luck with your reunion!

Dodi DuBreuil Mace 12-Feb-2008 17:16
Hi Don ! A friend sent your website to me and I have spent the morning reliving my childhood growning up in Miami. I have lived in Atlanta for 20 years, and unfortunately, have not been back to Miami too many times since. I am wondering if there is any way I could get a select few of your images sent to me, via email, as I am on the planning committee for South Miami High's first graduating class ( CLass of '73) and I am trying to put together a slide show for that event. We are going to celebrate with a 35 year class reunion in June. Some of your photos would SO enhance what I've got already. I had totally forgotten about Skipper Chuck and Bird Bowl... let me know if you think you'll be able to help me out, and I'll send you a list of the photos I'd like to use ( and give you full credit, of course!) It is nice to know there are others, like you, who are proud of our heritage and being from Miami ...If it was still the way it was when I grew up there, I would be raising my children there today, but unfortunately, it has changed too much over the years. My parents were both natives and graduated from Miami High in 1939. Thanks ! Dodi
Don Boyd12-Feb-2008 04:44
Hi Toni, it's great to hear from you too. I hope you're doing well in Jawjuh!

Keith: I tried calling and got your voice mail - I left my home number.

TONI HUTSON 11-Feb-2008 21:34
Hi Don, I'm the sister of Keith Quattlebaum...Toni in Lawrenceville, GA. now..Moved here in 1994. Keith gave me this website...we both are enjoying it very much. Brings back alot of memories. We were talking about when we got on the buses (with transfers) and going to Lincoln Rd. stayed all day, then returned back on the buses in rush hour, without getting kidnapped.No worries in world. My friends and I walked every day from Madison Junior High to 95th street were I lived, loved the freedom. As a teen, I really enjoyed going go the clubs...The World, The Place,Heaven, Pirates World & etc. I remember seeing Meatloaf at The Place. Keith and I both worked in the hospital with the cousin of KC from the Sunshine Kids (Carolyn)was fun listening to her stories.
Don Boyd11-Feb-2008 14:47
Hi Dick, thanks for posting those great memories, especially the part about being a kid and being able to get around all parts of town on bikes and buses without fear of being kidnapped or assaulted. I traveled around like you and in the same time frame as you and no one ever bothered me. No relatives in the area you mentioned. I don't know who sent the link to this site out as a slideshow but doing it that way leaves out the older and special galleries; I wish they had just sent the non-slideshow URL out because some folks won't be able to figure out how to see all the galleries and photos individually. Pensacola is a great city - I enjoyed a visit there a year or so ago.

Dick Lake 11-Feb-2008 13:26
Got to thinking after watching your slideshow. In the 50's I would ride the #11 bus downtown, 5 cents for students, go to the Olympia, Florida, or walk to the trail from N.W. 2nd street to the trail and go to the Trail theater to watch movies. Then on to Royal Castle for a couple of burgers and a birch beer. My Mom would give me a dollar, so would have enough left to cruise Kress, Woolworth, Jan the Magic Man, and Walgreens. I could ride my bike to the Trail and visit Dairy Queen and Arbetters at 59th Ave. My grandparents would take me for pony rides on 67th Ave, just south of the Trail, Funland Park at 27th and 79th St, Bayfront Park to feed the pidgeons, the zoo at Crandon. I used to ride my bike to Matheson Hammock and Venitian Pool and no one worried about my being kidnapped or assaulted. Summertime treats included an occasional trip to Haulover.

In the 60's the bus and the bike were replaced with cars and my world expanded. Big Wheel, Pizza Palace, the Hurricane and others became the places to be. Drive In's, like Lejeune,Tropicaire,and Dixie,replaced the indoor theaters. Miracle Mile was the place to buy clothes and be seen. How about the "Kitchen Sink" at Jahn's ice cream parlor. Burger King was great when Whoppers were 39 cents. Bird road was the place to buy gas at 19 cents a gallon. The Thanksgiving football game between Miami High and Edison would fill the Orange Bowl. How about George Mira, the " Mad Stork" and the Hurricane's on Saturday night.

My first job was at Grand Union on NW 7th across from the Flagler Dog Track. Worked the Christmas holidays for the Orange Bowl Committee through high school and college. After graduating Miami High in 65, attended MDCC, North Campus and my world got a little bigger. Found new things to do, anyone remember The World or The Place as venues for upcoming bands? That's where I first saw SteppenWolf, The Association, and others. Anyone remember the Animals at MDCC North? How about the Doors at Dinner Key Auditorium and the arrest of Jim Morrison?

I left Miami in 78 and moved to Pensacola. It was like stepping back in time. Miami was a great place to grow up. Large enough to have plenty to do, but small enough to feel safe. We didn't have to lock our doors and knew all of our neighbors. My best friend, Ron Dickson, that I grew up next door to, is still my best friend and now lives in Ga.

Thanks again. Dick
Dick Lake 11-Feb-2008 12:08
Don, Thanks for the great memories. I was born in Miami in 47 and graduated from Miami Sr. High in 65. Lived off Flagler at 60th Ct. Some Boyds went to West Flager Park Baptist, any relation? Spent a lot of time on the Trail and Bird areas. Even at at Arbetter's before he moved to Bird.

Dick Lake
Don Boyd11-Feb-2008 00:46
Welcome John Allen, Carol Stevens, Ellen Braun Covey, Tom Jackley, Don Gwinn, Jack Crouch and Keith my old buddy! Thank y'all for your comments.

Don Boyd11-Feb-2008 00:09
Keith, I remember you well from 1970-74 and the times you mention. I haven't had a Black Russian since that night you and I ingested a pile of them trying to beat the deadline for the 25 cent sale ending. I need to find the pics of the babes at the 1972 Demo convention - they were fine! Ed lives on the other side of the lake from me here in Miami Lakes with Pege Burke who went to HHS with me. I talked to him a couple of weeks ago and I went to his birthday parties back in November? Darn, I'm sorry to hear about your dad passing away - he was a great guy. I'll send you a private e-mail. Don
Keith D Quattlebaum DCPC 10-Feb-2008 20:49
don, it was a thrill finding this website. My name is keith quattlebaum and I lived next door to you in Miramar. Remember the day we went to Big Daddys and got smash and couldnt go to work. Also the time we went to the 72 Democratic convention and took all the pictures of the girls. I didnt khow that you were friends of the ciolfis I was also went to IC in hialeah and was in boy scouts with Ed. I went to boy scout camp in sebring fla with him. It was great to see both of them in the wedding pictures. These photos you hace bring back and era that will never be seen again im glad I was part of it Thanks
John Allen 10-Feb-2008 19:38
This is a fantastic site. I am disapointed that I cannot find a photo of Allen's Drugstore
at Red and Bird Road.We ran the business fron 1951 until 1986. It still has the original signs on the building.
Carol Stevens 07-Feb-2008 15:54
Carol Scholtens Stevens I was born at Doctor's Hospital in 1950 and grew up in South Miami and Coral Gables. Dad paid $87,000 for a 5/5 1/2 new construction house in 1964 on a canal in Sunrise Harbor. Art Carlson, who replied earlier, chased me around the gym at Gables High trying to kiss me! Shorty's was the best! So was George's Sub shop on SW 8th street by the cemetary. We used to skate all day Saturdays at the outdoor rink on US 1 in South Miami. I remember when they added the trampoline place nearby. Pay to jump on a trampoline?! Was Roy's BBQ in Coconut Grove the shack on the corner near the movie? Jimmy's Hurricane was a favorite hangout. I think all the teenagers drove the staff crazy! Graduated Gables High 1968 ("let us rise, suruptiously...), the year they were national champs. I worked at Channel 7 as a gofer in the news room when I was 19. Best job ever! The stock market figures were on cardboard with magnets which went up on a board. How times have changed! I put makeup on Ted Kennedy (grouch!), Hubert Humphrey (very nice) and "punched" Cassius Clay in the arm which he did NOT think was amusing. We used to kill crabs at "crab valley" which is now Gables By the Sea. I also lived in the Roads section. I loved Miami!
Ellen Braun Covey 06-Feb-2008 21:30
Hi Don --- Thank You very much for all the terrific memories --- I was raised next to the Orange Bowl 1730 N W 5th St went to Citrus Grove and graduated from Miami High in 1960 Great times --- Ellen "Braun" Covey
Tom Jackley 05-Feb-2008 22:37
Hi Don,
Thanks for the memories! I was raised in Miami. We lived there from 1947 - 1977 and it WAS a great place in the early days. We lived in the NW section where my Dad operated a service station/ garage on the corner of NW 7th Ave and 95th St. for over 20 yrs. My sister and I both graduated from Miami Edison. Our family moved to Miami Shores in the mid 50's. I now live in the panhandle and it is lovely up here, since '77. Thanks again!
God Bless, Tom Jackley
DON GWINN 05-Feb-2008 15:30
I was born and raised in Miami and this is just great. 1948, Parents were there in 27.
jack crouch 05-Feb-2008 10:33
great website.i grew up sw section, southside,shenadoah,mhs,stetson,auburn. am looking for bob scurlock[edison '53 baseball player/retired preacher]. found buz reynolds,stan plucinski,pete fabraga,don palmer,ed weiss[mbh],lefty renaud,ed harrison,walt shields,elio osacar,russ
Don Boyd04-Feb-2008 03:50
Welcome Bill and Nancy. Come back from time to time as I'll add more photos weekly.

Nancy McCraney nee harrod 03-Feb-2008 23:10
I came to the Keys and Miami in 1935. I enjoyed the memories. Good pics and presentation.
I am so happy I could grow up in this area where cares were few and sights were beautiful.
Moved to Atlanta in 1998 due to poor health.
wouldn't have traded Miami and the wonderful memories for all the money in the world.
Thank you again. Nancy
MR BILL03-Feb-2008 22:01
Don Boyd02-Feb-2008 21:16
Hi Tony - yes, I remember your name very well. How are you?

tony rubino 02-Feb-2008 00:21
are you the don that worked at the miami airport and wife worked for national airlines
Don Boyd31-Jan-2008 18:01
Thanks for writing Bob. If anything, the site is a valuable memory booster for a lot of us who can't remember a lot of things that were down here if we had to think about them on our own. Collectively we can remember just about everything and that helps keep our minds sharp.

Bob Smedley 31-Jan-2008 15:21
Don, this site is awesome, thanks for putting it together. I worked for Delta from 1965 to 1971 in MIA before transfering to MCO... Many Many memories surfaced because of your efforts...thanks again..
Don Boyd31-Jan-2008 06:28
Herta Holly, John and Sonia: thank you for visiting and for your comments. It's a labor of love for the good old days in a great place to grow up.

Sonia 31-Jan-2008 03:47
Thanks for the awesome memories it took me back to a happy time in my life . Thanks again for posting your memories.
john trent 30-Jan-2008 21:48
Thanks for the took me back to the good old days growing up in Miami(Perrine) and how good it was...THANKS!
Herta Holly 28-Jan-2008 14:35
I am delighted to see pictures of a Miami I loved. Inspite of our new city when I think of my home town these sights come to mind. Thank you for collecting these special pictures.
Herta H
Don Boyd27-Jan-2008 22:52
Welcome JoAnn, and thank you for your comments. Did you marry a Hialeah Albertelly? What area of Hialeah did you live in? Inquiring minds want to know... haha.

JoAnn Klaugh Albertelly 27-Jan-2008 22:22
Thank you for the awesome tour and great memories of old "Hialeah" I moved to Hialeah in 1953 with my sister, Darlene, brother Wayne. I graduated from Hialeah High in 1967. I remember when Red Road was a dirt road. The 60's were the best time to hang out at Greynolds Park, 2 years ago I went to a Love-Inn at the park --it was awesome.
Don Boyd27-Jan-2008 05:52
Thanks for writing Mike. I had forgotten about Lanier at PSJH - he had the personality of a rock. Thanks for posting your memories. What is your last name in case someone thinks they remember you? I hope Robin Miller sees your comments and responds.

Guest 27-Jan-2008 04:52
Hi Don,
I was born in Opalock Florida in 1952 lived in Miami until 1959 when the family moved to Hialeah. I attended Twin Lakes Elem School and later attended Palm Springs Jr high Where Stoneface Lanier was boys dean. And then Hialeah High the mile long school. The pictures and posts from all of these people just floods the head with Great Memories. I hit the Sat mat at the Essix and hung out at the slot car track at the hobby mart, I had my first Western Flyer from Western auto, Lived at 11315 NW 59th Avenue in the unincorporated area off 60th street. Later in life hung out at the Mcdonalds on 49th and Pizza Palace, Those were the days. No cares no worries. Had a Black 66 Chev SS 396 with a lay yer ass back shift kit. Oh the days of thunder. Hung out with the Loweries.
Wish I could go back just for a visit "litterly" Watching people on their knees scrubbing the seal at Hialeah High with a toothbrush for stepping on it. OOOps one of those people were me. Went on to retire from the Florida Highway Patrol in Ft. Myers in 1992. Moved to a little south of Ocala Florida. But I must say this site was a page in history for me and full of some fine, fine memories. Anyone ever runs across a gal named Robin (was) Miller Back then, I still have her Initials on me. WoW 40 years... or even Gina (was) Mandragona back then. Mike Says Hello
Don Boyd23-Jan-2008 00:59
Guest: I can only post what I can find and what folks send me. I worked with a lady at Sears Northside in the early 70's who raved about the Yorkshire Inn almost weekly but I can't recall ever eating there. I guess folks thought it would be there forever and never took any photos of it or the other restaurants you mentioned.

Chuck 23-Jan-2008 00:23
Fabulous website, but I'm disappointed that with all the pics on Bird Road, you missed the Yorkshire Inn, THE "IN" SPOT on Bird from 1964-1980. in the mid 60's to mid 70's there were only a handful of Great Restaurants in the Gables and South Miami. The Hasta on Douglas Rd, The Yorkshire Inn [and later the Hampshire, Carriage Way and Captain's Cache Joined Jim Heimans restaurant empire] King Arthurs Court in the Miami Springs Villas to name a few. The Yorkshire served the best Prime Rib in So Florida and people came from as far as Palm Beach for it and Cesar Salad [yes its spelled right after the Mexican that created it] made table side by Al Rocher, the greatest Maitre d' of his generation.
Don Boyd20-Jan-2008 20:12
John, questions regarding specific locations are best left as a comment under the photo of the building or whatever so people can see it. There are several responses under one of the photos of the Kendall Home for Children including what it is now. Go to the 30's Gallery to find the photos or go to and scroll down to read the comments that visitors have left.

John Pearson 20-Jan-2008 03:58
I was in the Kendall Detention home in the 60's and wonder what happened to it. I noticed that some others are also interested. Do you know what happened to it and or the land marks. It to was a piece of my childhood that I am trying to find out about. I had emergency appendix surgery there in 1963 at the hospital and I am trying to locate my hospital records. The home was for delinquents and well as dependants. It had a hospital on sight, schools, mess hall, dorms, church. I would appreciate any pice to the puzzle that I am looking for. Thanks
Don Boyd14-Jan-2008 02:35
Thanks for writing Gary. You were 10 years behind me then, which makes sense because Andrea was born around the time we moved into the new house behind them when I was 10. It was a great neighborhood full of great neighbors except for a few oddballs. Thanks for writing and check back once in a while because the photos keep coming in.

Best wishes,

Gary Beck 13-Jan-2008 23:44

I Grew up in Hialeah a few blocks from where you lived. I Went to HML and Graduated in '75 with Andrea Fargason Which you mention was a neighbor. I Went to Glenn Curtis Elem. in the Early 60's And can remember the roar of engines Being tested in the hangers at MIA. The Family moved from S.E. Hialeah to Palm Springs in 1970 where I then Attended Palm Springs Junior High for 1 year.

The pictures in your "OLD MIAMI" brings back many memories.
Don Boyd12-Jan-2008 01:00
Raymond: you can't buy prints because most of them are low resolution small JPG's that are great for viewing on the net but not for printing. Selling prints, even if I had larger scans, just isn't worth the time and money involved. Do you have any kin named Raul Dube'? Don
Don Boyd10-Jan-2008 01:11
Uncle Tommy's girl: I loved Dressels Dairy, especially on Sunday afternoons with a special girl a long time ago before I went into the USCG. It was a great place for families with kids to enjoy varieties of ice cream delights and the kids could pet the barnyard animals in the petting area. I also remember a zillion flies around there in the summer. There are five aerial photos of that area of town, with Dressels Dairy visible, in the 1950's Gallery and they are amazing to see. I also remember WTVJ-Channel 4 broadcasting from the Yankee Clipper on Ft. Lauderdale beach. Thanks for writing.

Uncle Tommy's girl09-Jan-2008 22:03
Just wondering if any one out there would remember the little Dressels Dairy which was out on Milam Dairy Road (NW 72nd Ave)between NW 25th & 36th Street?
I was born 10 years too late to enjoy the "real" Miami.
Everything seemed to fall apart after 1962 all over Miami.
I used to work at the Radisson Hotel which sits out back in the SW corner of the MIA.
I can remember back when there was a little wooden bridge that crossed over part of the
waterway off of Red Road which was a two lane street going south to the Tamiami Trail.
I since moved awat out west but thanks to the Internet I can still keep up with the local
happenings in Miami on WSVN channel 7 news.
I see what used to be WCKT for channel 7 is now call letters for a FM station over in the Ft. Meyers area.
I can remember back when the Yankee Clipper Hotel on Ft. Lauderdale Beach hosted the channel 4 news up on the sixth floor of the main part of the Hotel.
Nancy Louise Allen 29-Dec-2007 14:40
i forgot to mention that i worked for the City of Hialeah for 23 years, i worked in the fire department. nancy louise allen- someone named Polly or Molly was recently looking for me with information about an upcoming reunion. Nancy Louise Allen
Nancy Louise Allen 29-Dec-2007 14:36
wanted information on any upcoming reumions, i moved to Hialeah, Florida in 1945, lived at 237 east 4th st. The Charles lived across the street. I now live in Miami Springs, been there for 40 years. My friends back in Hialeah were Carolyn Futch, Betty Vaught, Sweetie Wallace, Marlene Vogl, Marlene Dormity, Kay Rogers, Shirley Grant, Sherry Fassett. does anyone remember any of us? Would like to get in touch with the person who organizes the reunions. thanks nancy allen
Nancy Booth Fuhs 29-Dec-2007 03:20
I just stumbled on your site, and love it. I also grew up in Hialeah. My parents and my brother and I all moved from Miami. In the late 60's. I lived on east 32nd street off of Lejune road. I went to St. Johns school until 1973. Both my parents died in 1973, and my brother and I had to move to upstate Ny. I am always intrested in the good old day's. I remember going to the Hialeah race track on family day and seeing the oscar meyer mobile there and we use to get the hot dog whistles... and the race track use to hand out the pink flamingo pins.... I use to love to see the peacocks that they had in the back along with the boat that had all the fish tanks in it.. I would love to hear from any one that went to Pace High school and graduated in 1980. I am sure some of my class mates from St. Johns went to Pace.... I would love to get in touch with some old friends.. my name was Nancy Booth at the time.... My email address is I now live in Gainesville Fla...... Go Gator's.... Thanks again for such a great site...... : )
Garnette Faircloth 18-Dec-2007 15:47
Tell Roberta that WE ALL are little sparks of The One BIG GOD Of The Universe!
We all are always creating our lives and Charlie Baxter was a very wonderful creator!
So she hit the nail on the head when she said he was still as God-Looking AS Ever!
In India they bow and put their palms together and smile and say silently "The God In Me ..Sees The God In You!" Charlie loved that and he did it, often!
Don Boyd04-Dec-2007 05:30
Thanks for writing and for your comments, Richard, and everyone else who has posted in the Guestbook. I'm glad you enjoyed the site and hopefully there will be a lot more photos in the future.

And Richard, thanks for your service in the Navy too!

Richard03-Dec-2007 23:44
Hi Don! Just wanted to say a big "thank you" for this website. I grew up in South Florida during the late 40's and 50's, then served in the U.S. Navy aboard three WWII aircraft carriers from 1965-1969. Thanks for bringing back some of the happiest times of my life!!
Linda Walker 13-Nov-2007 01:05
Thank you for the incredible shots of Miami, my brothers, children and former husband and I were all born in Miami from 1937-1972. I now live in Jupiter and miss my hometown, when my brother comes down in the winter we spend a few days at Bayside Marina. My family is still members of Miami Spring Power Boat Club we have a house in Stilsville my(Heaven on Earth). I was down this weekend for a family wedding with my grown children and they miss it to. I have experienced almost every place mentioned on your website.
Joe Wolkowsky 12-Nov-2007 16:53
From 100 miles away in Ft Pierce, we used to listen to a scratchy WQAM, you'd lose it when you drove under a bridge, we travelled to Miami to visit family, each trip some new building was going up, an old one had been torn down. Since the tallest thing up there was probably 3 floors, it was fascinating to see your skyscrapers, like The Seybold Building near the Omni, the Biscaya? Hotel on the northwest side of Miami Beach as you came off the Tuttle causeway, best of all was the rotating Tiger Shark for Miami Seaquarium at the entrance to Rickenbacker Causeway (The carousel thing is still there but in bad need of restoration).
The air raid sirens would go off, what a surprise to a young kid, and in 1960 or 61 being ordered to climb under our desks at school as part of the missile crisis, and seeing all the military trucks going south. Wayne Cochran at the Newport, the Castaways, and Pirate's World, beads in doorways and girls ironed their hair
In spite of all the change a lot of great landmarks are still there, more reason to appreciate the Art Deco lady. I recently found what is left of the Miami River rapids and if you live up there check out the parks along the river, the lobby of the Dupont building (First National Bank?) downtown (be sure to look up), the Royal Castle out west is still there. I hear they are planning to chop down the Australian pines on the causeway-that's a shame. Why dont some of you old fogeys go stop them. Thanks Don Boyd for your site, The Pub on Key Biscayne is now a fancy restaurant but if you walk in you can still see the booth over the old doorway, the Gulf gas station at US1 and Douglas? always had a billboard on top is gone (Eastern or Northeast advertising flights to Nassau) was a nice distraction when you were sitting in traffic at the light on your way to work. The ocean liners docked across from the freedom tower, (remember the Yarmouth Castle caught on fire, the Bahama Star), then one year they kept finding dismembered corpses or body parts down on Card Sound road or in the Bay. I hope folks growing up there now are finding the same magic we did. I think a lot of it has to do with that stage of life
David Bennett 03-Nov-2007 19:33
Great Memories! I grew up in Cutler Ridge in the 60-80's. I remember the Cutler Ridge Shopping Center, Farm Store Ice Cream, Stella & Pauls,,Western Auto, Ligget Drugs Store Fountian, Neisners, Grants and Richards on the esculator. We had Bowling Alley just south of Richards. Dixie Cream, Eagle Army Navy and 7-11 Had Pee Wee's to go with my Royal Castle Burgers! Westward Ho had the Best Cole Slaw! Food Fair changed to Pantry Pride where I worked from 76-84. We had the Cinema behind the shopping center along with Library. the Miami Dolphin kicker had a Tie Shop in the Arcade area of the Shopping center. Later Royal castle was turned into Dino's Pizza and We had A Kelseys BBQ that was to Die for across US 1 By the Red Rooster. Happy Times Pizza was a little north on US1 and great hang for the teens. Lots of fun times at the Cutler Ridge pool! I road my bike many times to Food Spot on Old Culter Road. Gulfstream Elementary, Cutler Ridge Cristian Academy, Miami South Ridge were my schools! I remember Boogies Barn around SW 152 Area and the putput Golf and nine hole lighted course at SW 136 th. Shiver BBQ down south was always a treat along with Shorty's and Flynn's. The Youth fair was on Kendall Drive and one year had Klakers , a String with 2 colored balls, one on each end that would kill you if you messed up while Klaking. There was also a two story Building behind the Cutler Ridge Royal Castle that sold insense and hippie stuff upstairs, I got my first Peace Sign there. I did alot of Racing out at Blackpoint before Saga Bay existed. Lots of times and Memories!
Guest 30-Oct-2007 23:35
Does anyone remember the wall between the black and white community just north of Opa Locka on 27th Avenue. The farmers market at corner of 167th (now palmeto xway). There was also an A & P market about 151st St and 27th Ave.
Darlene Klaugh 30-Oct-2007 21:04
What an awesome site! I moved to Hialeah in 1953 - I was three years old. I lived on the corner of East 41 street and 6th avenue. A real old house, looked like it was going to fall down but it was "home" to me, my sister JoAnn, brother Wayne and my grandparents. I used to hang out over at North Hialeah Elem. school with a great bunch of people - we had some GREAT times. I remember going to Bright Park pool and Municipal pool and the dances. Does anyone remember the barber shop in a strip shopping area between 8th avenue and 10th avenue on 41st street? My grandfather used to get his hair cut there and then go over to the hardware store, and also I think there was a drug store in there - could have been Sims before it was built on the corner of 41st and 8th. I met and married my husband from Hialeah and it is cool to be able to go back in time to our childhood with someone after all these years. I'll be back - gotta go and will continue to pull up messages and emails from other Hialeah Folks! Thanks for a wonderful trip back in time to a better place.
Helen 27-Oct-2007 00:49
Fun Fare I think was in North Bay Village on 79th st. One of my favorite places for hamburgers was Royal Castle. When you walked in there you'd smell the little onions and
have Birch Beer with. What a great time it was to grow up in Miami.
Mona 17-Oct-2007 05:08
I love your website on memories of old Miami. I am so homesick for the old days, which for me were the late 70's through the 90s. I came to Miami, 9 yrs old, in the mid 70s . Left for the last half of the 80's and returned 2 weeks before Hurricane Andrew , then left to Jupiter in 2002. I miss Miami so much that I am going to move back. I would already be back if not for the terrible housing market here. thanks so much for the website, I love reading people's stories and memories of old Miami. I think Miami is the most breathtakingly beautiful city in the world .
Barbara Tiffin 08-Oct-2007 03:29
Wonderful memories. Especially the Santa on the Burdines Bridge, BT
Sgt.(Ret.) Hepner 07-Oct-2007 14:05
Does anyone have any old photos of the amphibious landing training exercise on Hollywood Beach by the 1st Armored Division around Dec. 3, 1962? We landed "just below Dania Bridge near Balboa Street" according to the Fort Lauderdale News. I walked out of an LST onto a pantoon bridge ahead of my M-59 armored personnel carrier with my foot in a cast, so I should be easy to spot.
Don Boyd05-Oct-2007 19:11
Hi Billy, thank you for the bad news which I was sorry to hear. I will pass the word on the website and say a prayer for him. RIP Charlie, thank you for the great memories. Don
Billy Small 05-Oct-2007 06:32
Hi Don. Sorry to be the bearer of some sad new`s my buddy Charlie (MT Greves) Baxter died this week.
Vivian Macias 04-Oct-2007 20:00
Hi Don,
I am a girl scout and boy scout leader for Immaculate at the present time. The boy scout troop 207 started in 1957. Soon to follow the pack 207 and GS troop 337 and 338. We are looking for old scouts that would like to attend the 50 years celebration of scouting in Immaculate. Please forward any photos, items, old uniforms, and names of girl scout leaders, scoutmaster names, cubmaster names, and any eagle project photos.
Don Boyd11-Jul-2007 05:37
Thank you for your comments Rob. I'm glad you accidentally tripped into it, haha. There will be a lot more photos coming in the future as folks send me stuff and I find stuff here and there. Hialeah Speedway was a treasure for meeting neighbors, friends, school mates, etc. in the 60s when I went there. Don
Guest 11-Jul-2007 00:14
Don, I just tripped in here by accident a few days ago. I feel like I'm in heaven. As a 63 year old kid who has lived in Miami since 1950, I can tell you I have been having a real trip down memory lane with your photo galleries. My dad worked at WTVJ Ch.4 in the '50s & 60's. I was downtown all the time. He loved going to the airport and taking me along. He worked for PanAm in the '30s at Dinner Key on radio stuff for the China Clipper. I raced at Hialeah Speedway in the '60s & '70s. My son raced there in the '90's. You have captured so many wonderful scenes from my life! Thanx so much! Rob Bean Sr.
Don Boyd18-Jun-2007 04:24
Thanks, y'all. I'm just trying to preserve a lot of memories before I lose them due to age and there really isn't much on the internet about old South Florida. Don
Guest 15-Jun-2007 07:58
Awesome photo gallery.
Guest 28-May-2007 04:40
i had lotsa fun in your galleries. as a rare south florida native, i really appreciate your efforts to preserve its past. the area has changed so much, it's kind of hard to remember what it was like when i was a kid....
Don Boyd09-Mar-2007 07:01
Thank you very much for your comment. I'm just trying to preserve some personal and area history on the net and I wish I had more time to work on it. Don
Guest 08-Mar-2007 13:33
I really appreciate the effort you put into your pictures.
Don Boyd27-Aug-2006 01:39
Thank you much for your comments, Nigel. I hope you do preserve memories of your Mum by getting her photos up on the net. This Pbase organization is great for getting photos displayed and names eventually recognized by the Google search engine. It is time-consuming but I want to preserve some history before I pass on. I think it is awful when someone works hard all their life, did good things, raised a family, etc., and when they pass on all they get is a small obituary in the paper, if that. Best wishes to you and yours! Don
Guest 26-Aug-2006 17:35
You have a great family and I think you should be proud of them all and they must love your pages as I have gazing through them...

Also the amount of work you have done to show all from years gone by, it was a pleasure to look at your photo`s. I lost my Mother to Cancer 17 years ago and never thought of doing what you have done, so I thank you for giving me the idea of a photo gallery for my Mum..

I have also been to your and viewed.. Excellent...

Best Wishes to you all..

Nigel Ritchie
Don Boyd27-Apr-2006 21:36
Thank you David T - appreciate your comments. Don
David T.27-Apr-2006 21:34
Great collection of work you have.
Nice looking family too.
David T
jerry warren 16-Apr-2006 13:40
class of 65, old friend of pete's