You Know You’re From Westport If…

Facebook pages usually have the shelf life of a Kim Kardashian marriage.

But for weeks, “You Know You’re From Westport, CT … If…” has roared along, gathering comments and steam.

Long-gone stores, dimly remembered teachers, beloved events — they’re all mentioned (and oohed and aahed over). It’s a random potpourri of long-ago Westport memories — I sure as hell wasn’t around in World War II — and those that are long-ago only if you’re still in your 20s.

In no order whatsoever, here are some recollections of people from Westport:

  • The Crest Drive-In
  • Caldors
  • Coach Ed Hall, including his trampolines at the golf driving range, his posing as the Marlboro Man, and his frequent sightings at Bunyan’s and Crossroads
Coach Ed Hall

Coach Ed Hall

  • The fire station whistle blowing every day at 5 p.m.
  • Growing up with Gene Tierney
  • Bill’s Smoke Shop
  • Mark’s Place disco, complete with go-go girls
  • The Sanitarium on what is now Winslow Park, complete with strait jackets and restraining cuffs
  • The Ship’s Lantern on the Post Road, which then moved a few doors west to take over the old Buffalo store
  • Teachers like Mr. Birnbaum, Mr. Marciano, Mrs. Wachob, Mrs. Crews, Mr. Lomnitzer and Mr. Morrison
  • The house on Gorham Island, where a murder led to a shootout at the police station on July 4, 1961
The old Victorian house on Gorham Island. Today there's an office building.

The old Victorian house on Gorham Island. It’s been replced by an office building.

  • Skating ponds, fishing ponds, and the rope swing at Nash’s Pond
  • Davy Jones’ Locker — the predecessor to the Black Duck
  • Grub’s — the predecessor to Elvira’s
  • CApital 7 phone prefixes
  • Cannonballs by the Compo Beach marina
  • Assumption School, with uniforms
  • The Penguin (allegedly a whorehouse), with Top Hat mini-golf across the street on Hillspoint
  • Working at Trendex — an early market research firm — and tabulating surveys by hand
  • Rob Carlson and the Triumvirate band
  • Bringing apples to Rippe’s Farm, and getting apple cider in return
  • Lester Lanin’s Nines Club, on the site of the old skating rink
  • The Troll Bridge next to Devil’s Den
The "troll bridge."

The “troll bridge.” There are warnings: “Beware of Trolls.”

  • The Ice Cream Parlor
  • Milkmen
  • Bonanza Steak Pit
  • Ben Franklin’s
  • Being called a “walker” at school
  • The ping pong factory on Riverside Avenue
  • Buying beer at Vista Market, just over the New York line past New Canaan
  • The African Room
  • A choice for Chinese food: Golden House or Westlake?
  • Waterskiing in the salt marsh between Bermuda Lagoon and Calf Pasture
  • Chez Pierre
  • The Holly Ball — a formal dance for 9th graders
  • Bessie Jennings’ historical bus tour of Westport for elementary school students
  • Players’ Tavern, with bands like White Chocolate
  • Monday night dances at Longshore
  • Saturday matinees at the Fine Arts Theater — and what went on in the balcony during them
  • Rocks — not sand — at Compo Beach, and floats offshore.
The rocks at Compo were no fun. But the floats offshore were.

The rocks at Compo were no fun. But the floats offshore were.

You get the idea. If you lived in Westport then, you’re probably OD’ing on nostalgia.

If you didn’t, you may wish you did.

Click “Comments” to add your own “You Know You’re From Westport If…” memories. There must be millions.

72 responses to “You Know You’re From Westport If…

  1. I remember the Greyhound Bus Station where the old Peppermill used to be. I remember the crowning of the Post Rd across from where the Westport Golf Range was located, before it was built in 1954, and before I-95, when you’d see a dozen 18 wheelers parked on the side of the Post Road as their drivers went into the diner for coffee and a bite to eat. I also remember the town dump where Landsdowne Condominiums are located. I remember going there with my father when he’d dump used car batteries off there to be buried in the landfill.I believe that location was a town dump since the Civil War. I also remember Backiel’s Roadside Stand on the corner of South Maple Ave and the Post Rd. I was from that part of Westport so my early to mid 1950s memories are from that area. Does anyone remember Elwood’s Diner near where Landsdown is now? Walt Elwood, a WWI vet, made the best pancakes. I remember he had a breathing problem because he was the victim of a mustard gas attack during the WWI.

  2. The big top! Chubby lanes and those red plastic monkey things they put on the cups of your soda ! Barkers? Sam goody, Sport Mart,. Carousel toy store and of course Bedford elementary school, which is now town hall,

  3. Give credit to Chou Chou for starting the group!

    It has been lots of fun.

  4. I was a good friend of Ed Hall, although I never had him as a teacher. His license plate GATOR reflected his Floridian roots. He grew up in St. Augustine, and worked as a lineman for Florida, Power & Light (FPL) before coming up north. The Norwalk Hour had a great article about him in 1991 or 1992. Some of the teachers I remember were Mr Jack from Greens Farms. I had Miss Spencer in First grade there. In 1952, when I started Kindergarten, Miss Leary was in her last year before Mr Ready replaced her as Principal. Does anyone remember Mr Pierce from Burr Farms School? He was my Fifth grade teacher there.

    • Eric William Buchroeder

      I played for Coach Hall. I think he was over 40 in ’66-’67 when he tried out for the NY Jets and may have gotten to the last cut I don’t remember but he probably would have taken a sabbatical to play in the pros. A rite of passage for his BJHS football teams was for The Coach to take the football, stay behind the line of scrimmage and dare THE WHOLE TEAM to try to catch him while he scrambled. I know that my year (’67) maybe 25-30 players all trying at once, could not touch him he was so fast. I think that was also true for other teams that tried. He was a wonderful teacher and coach. He had a beagle dog named Gator and was over 35-40 when his son was born.

      • Ed Hall made the final cut to play for the Jets. ( I think it was for the Jets, but it could have been the Giants.) Everything was fine until they found out his age. That ended it. I believe in that Norwalk Hour newspaper article about him, the complete story is in there.

    • Playing for Coach Hall’s Bedford Jr. High undefeated basketball team in 1978-79 was the pinnacle of my athletic career. “McCarthy, don’t shoot!” is what I remember him saying to me in his quiet and calm voice from the bench……

    • Eric William Buchroeder

      Mr. Ready. What a guy. I hated milk especially when it had gotten tepid by the time we kids got to it.. He would check everybody’s milk cartons and if they weren’t empty, they weren’t excused from the table. I would complain that mine was sour, he would take a sip of it (can you imagine that today????), wince, struggle to not retch and then pronounce it fine to drink. He had eyes in the back of his head. There was this tough kid, I think his name was Barry Mills, who let the air out of dear, sweet Miss Gorham’s tires (she was 70 if she was a day old). Mr. Ready catches him in the act, produces a hand pump and made him pump them up and then for a week would let out the air and make him pump them up again. By hand.

      • I remember Barry Mills very well. I was in Greens Farms School with him and the poor guy used to get tormented about his weight. I really feel sorry for the way everyone treated him. It got so bad that his mother would walk him to school so he wouldn’t get picked on. I know he died at an early age, maybe in his 40s. I’m not certain about how old he was when he died, but he was young.

    • I do remember Mr. Pierce (1st name was Ed?), he was my 6th grade teacher the year Burr Farms opened. Mr. Metelits (i’m sure that’s not the correct spelling) was Principal. Many if not most of us had been students @ Coleytown until then.

      • That was his name, Ed Pierce. Somewhere I had heard that he went to Australia to teach. Wherever he went, I don’t think he stayed long in the Westport School System. I do remember he used to bite his nails. I have to laugh at some of the crazy things one remembers about their former teachers. I think I started at Burr Farms the first year it opened and went into Fifth grade. Mr Metelits seemed very erudite, but it didn’t strike fear into students like a Mr Ready and Mr Koehler did. The kids used to call Mr Metelits “Chicken Head.” I remember a black kid who practically used to call him that to his face. His name was Howie Fuller. Do you remember Howie Fuller? Jack

        • “Chicken Head”? You were very kind. In my era (and those that followed), Mr. Metelits was known as “Metal Tits.” Ah, elementary school humor.

        • Mr. Koehler: nowTHERE was a man who knew how to instill fear!!! And yes, I remember Howie: he died – in a hunting accident? at least, that’s how the death was presented to us – and I think we included a dedication to his memory in the yearbook. He would have been Staples Class of 1964. Mr. Pierce had the dubious distinction of being the first teacher that I absolutely could not respect. I had been so fortunate up til then, then … Mr. Pierce. I used to march up to correct his errors (uninvited) on the blackboard with evident malice, horrid child that I was. And, in hindsight, he wasn’t that bad, just weak and indecisive. The Aussies probably ate him alive!

          • KG, If you want, you can E-mail me directly at JohnBackiel@aol.com. Your read on Ed Pierce is spot on! He was unbelievably naive, and it wouldn’t surprise me if his contract wasn’t renewed. I actually liked him, but looking back, he wasn’t that good of a teacher.

  5. jebby40@aol.com

    Was a greAt man.

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. I grew up in Saugatuck, where the Turtle Pond was a daily skating spot for us. Nestled in the “woods” of Saugatuck, now gone to make room for I95. We played in the park near the RR station, and always went to Frannies, now the new Gault buildings, The Evergreen now Terintno’s, for hot chocolate after a long day out doors in the winter. We ate ice cream at the counter at Bears, still in the same spon on the corner at the RR station, but no more ice cream.
    We also skated behind the wall at the RR station, and played in the abandoned houses on the property. Can you imagine we had all that to ourselves. Now it it a private road with only a few of the old estate home left and lots of beautiful new homes.
    We warmed ourselves, after a hard day of skating, near the pot belly stove in the RR station waiting room, New Haven side. They actually let us build fires in it.
    And we too went home when the five o’clock whistle blew at the Saugatuck Hose Company. Dinner was always served around five.
    Saugatuck School on Bridge Street was our beloved school. Six years of the best education one could ask for. Walt Mellilo and Coach Lou Dorsey who are still with us, were local Saugatuck men who became wonderful teachers, knew our parents and made sure we did the best we could in school. Yes Vivian Testa is over 100 years old and lives in town. She was the best art teacher too. I could go on and on but these are the memories that stand out in my mind today.

    • Have to agree with Cathy Romano on Saugatuck El — excellent education — although I think I attended later in the 60’s after 2 years at Bedford EL — with Mrs. Gordon and Miss Huck, then on to the hilarious, brilliant, although a bit good crazy 2nd grade Mrs. Sheets with her “Mrs. Sheets very fussy” song to the “Lemon Tree” song. She could throw a reading workbook all the way across the room but we learned from her. That wouldn’t fly these days so I’m glad we got to experience the authentic. She was a favorite. And for art, Mrs. Fox, also co-owner of Selective Eye who told us not to draw “lollipops” for trees and to study live trees more. Good to know Coach Dorsey still with us — he was great. He was really into teaching about fitness.

      What about the mysterious Jockey Club? What was that place really? And Porky Manero’s in the neighborhood and Peter’s Bridge. How about the silver domed steaming dishes coming out of the West Lake kitchen on a winter night? And the girls who danced in cages at the Ice Cream Parlor?

      Different days now but those were some wondrous years of Westport. I’m sure this generation now will look back and think the same, hopefully.

    • Cathy, Lou Dorsey was at Burr Farms School when I was there. I remember during gym, when playing softball, he’d get up to bat. He was a left-handed batter. Everyone would back up in the outfield as far as they could and he’d whallop that ball well over their heads. He could hit a sofball as far as anyone I’ve ever seen. (By the way, I remember a Mike Romano who I think lived in Saugatuck. He had a brother too, but I can’t think of his name. Are you related to him/them?)

  7. Gloria Goodenough

    Shopping at Greenbergs for almost anything while toddlers hid in the deep drawers

  8. …long before Pele helped popularize soccer in this country, you saw your first-ever soccer game on the Hill at Staples, which as a college teammate of mine from Brazil once observed, is one of the best non-professional venues anywhere to see a game.

  9. Nancy Powers Conklin

    I have been addicted to the Facebook page for over a week just loving all the memories. So much so, that I had been afraid to leave it for fear that I would miss an “important” memory. But, best of all, I am forever indebted to Jim Warner for posting pictures of my mother and his mother, when they were on the 1937 Staples Ladies Bowling Team! These were pictures that I had NEVER seen before. Another picture was posted that had my father in it with the PAL Midget Football team, that was from the local newspaper. Another one that I had never seen. I am so grateful to all who have shared a memory, person or picture on that page. The thread goes on forever and may we never forget our roots in this town!

    • Speaking of which, Nancy herself posted a fascinating photo of Babe Ruth signing a baseball for her dad at Norwalk Hospital after her dad, a volunteer Westport firefighter, was injured with other volunteers in battling a Westport fire. The Babe had been playing golf at Longshore when someone told him about it, and he went over to help cheer up the firemen in the hospital.

  10. Dan, I signed up with the New Canaan FaceBook equivalent and the funny thing is, aside from the same local reminiscences of schools, teachers and locals, there was a thread or two about our New Canaan ties to Westport. In our teen eyes, Westport was a great place to visit, shop, hang out…and several of us liked it so much, we moved here.

  11. First – Thank you to my childhood friend, Chou Chou Merrill, who had the heart felt and brilliant idea to put this group together for us!!!

    It has been a wonderful experience, catching up with classmates from Coleytown El on and connecting with fellow Westporters. As many of us live all over the USA, Canada and the world – it has been a great time to catch up, share memories that many beloved friends and colleagues in our lives now don’t have any association with – – -but have huge meaning for us! As a long term Jungian Psychotherapist – I know how important it is for memories and one’s life story to be shared with others who care – – Carl Jung, M.D. would go on for hours letting us know how valuable this has been for us.

    “Newbie” Westporters might not understand — but even though many of our hang outs, schools, teachers, play spots and artists, actors are gone – and we are not all together – – we have seen that the “old” Westport has not gone – – it is like Avalon – -it has faded into the mists but by connecting in together with our hearts and memories we have a bridge to our beloved home. It has been a special, fun and healing time for me – – and most who have participated.

  12. Ummmm….Arnies Place? Hello people?

  13. I guess remembering Post Corner Pizza makes me a newbie?

  14. Eric William Buchroeder

    The ’56 flood and the Bailey bridges from the national guard going into Norwalk that seemed to be there forever.

  15. Eric William Buchroeder

    Meeting Charlene Chou Chou Raum Merrill in JHS in ’67 and thinking to myself “no one THAT cute is THAT nice” and then feeling happy in 2013 that at least ONE real thing from Old Westport hasn’t changed for the worse or disappeared.

  16. Dorain’s Drug Store, Atticus Bookstore, Functional Clothing are all places i frequented weekly. Army and Navy store with Ticketron inside. (I slept of the street to be first in line to buy Who tickets.

  17. I’m fixated on the teachers here. How about Mrs Asquith from Greens Farms School. Does anyone remember her? I had her in Fourth grade. I remember a Miss Teeves ( most likely spelled wrong) who married Mr. Jack. They both taught at Greens Farms School in the 1950s. There was a Mrs Hoganauer ( I’m sure I butchered that spelling) that I had in Second grade. Do these names ring a bell with anyone? At Burr Farms I remember Mrs Carpenter and Miss Fournier. Another teacher was Mr Itner. I believe he was at Greens Farms School. Mr Finn was the gym teacher at Greens Farms School back then too. Does anyone remember these teachers?

    • I had Annette Fournier in Burr Farms. A wonderful, gifted teacher who had a tremendous influence on me. She died way too young of a brain tumor.

    • I had Mrs. Hogenauer for kidergarten and loved her. she had a daughter who was ten years older than us who was DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (and I was 5 so you KNOW she was)

  18. I remember arriving in Westport in 1959 from Israel and being taught speed reading and sentence diagramming (all the wrong things) because Westport did not know what to do with foreign students.

    I remember coach Parker in the early ’60. Ms. Parker was at Staples for many years. She worked us hard not matter what sport. She said we were the first women’s track team in the state. I hope that is true because I have been passing it on ever since. I remember during hockey practice (were we wearing blue uniforms?),she had all of us run up and down the hill by the side of the field until we were exhausted. Are they still running up that hill?

    And of course, I remember in 1963 standing in the Staples hall, by the main office, excited that I got second honers and then the shock, two minutes later, hearing over the intercom that president Kennedy had been shot.

    Diagraming or not, I am thankful that my first experiences in this country was in Westport, CT.

  19. This is bringing back so many memories. By the way, for those who may want to E-mail me, my E-mail is Johnbackiel@Aol.com. I do recognize a few names on here, but it seems to be the same people who comment all the time. How can we broaden this so more people receive this particular posting? Back in the mid to late 1950s and early 1960s, I was friends with a lot of people and I have no idea what happened to them. Although I didn’t graduate from Staples, my class would have been the Class of 1965. I keep in touch with two from that class, and I identify with those from that class because I did go up to 9th grade in the Westport Public School System.

  20. I am having a great time wandering down Memory Lane and catching up with old friends! Wow!

  21. Eric William Buchroeder

    I forgot to say that Coach Hall was also an amazing gymnast.

    • Bonnie Scott Connolly

      I had a lot of fun doing gymnastics with Coach Hall at Bedford Jr High. He had me do a handstand at an assembly in the gym one time and I held it for about 2 minutes. Silly the things you remember.

  22. Lesley Hodgkinson Anderson '60

    I remember all the interesting fun shops on Main Street. Isabel Eland, Hart’s 5 and Dime, The Dress Box, Gristedes. We also had Colgan’s Pharmacy with a soda fountain! And no Parker Harding, just the river! We walked everywhere. Oh and who can forget Morin’s, best for school supplies.

  23. Susan Parise McManus

    So nice to walk down memory lane!! Besides all the above mentioned, I remember the Arrow Restaurant in Saugatuck!! Many delicious meals after sporting events – especially football games with my family and the wonderful Nistico family who owned the restaurant at that time.
    So Many wonderful teachers in Greens Farms, Long Lots and Staples!!
    Bless you all!!

  24. Miss Como’s dancing school. You had to interview to be accepted. White gloves and dance cards. I once danced with a much shorter boy who was looking up into my mouth. I thought he said “Are you getting a filling” and I told him “No, my teeth are fine.” He had said “Are you getting the feeling..”

    • The dancing school (“Assembly”:we were there to learn much more than just dancing: Proper Behavior!!) met in the old Y on Friday nights, if I recall; her sister Miss Elsie played the piano. We trooped in from the hallway, in boy-girl pairs with measured tread, made our bows/curtseys to Miss Comer (I think her first name was Irene but no one would have dreamed of addressing her informally), then retired to sit until all had been admitted. Remember her shoes with the transparent tops and 3″ heels? And her smile: she NEVER stopped smiling, even if some young man whom she had partnered had brutally traumatized her toes …

  25. Paul Newman and his boat, filled with Coors (which you could not get back then) at the Compo Marina.
    Rodney Dangerfield in line at Chubby’s at Compo Beach.
    Diana Ross waiting for her children in front of Compo
    Jim McKay taking walks around Longshore
    Charlie from the Westport Y, I am sure Dan DeVito remembers him!
    Pete Benedetti, former Basketball coach at Long Lots, running the beach basketball league in the summer.

  26. How many still remember when there were three pharmacies; Colgan’s,
    Achorn’s and Gray’s? And each had soda fountains. The original soda fountain at Gray’s is now a lunch counter at the Westport Pizzeria. The original Ie Cream Parlor preceded Chez Pierre. Greenbergs, Kleins, Shilepskys, Westport Hardware, Town ‘n Tweed, all on the street that is now Rodeo Drive East. And can anyone over 70 forget driving to Lenny’s Wagon Wheel in Vista so we could drink like the old folks? I took a Greyhound bus from the Post House (before it became The Peppermill) to Miami. It took 52 hours, all on Rt 1. There were no Interstate highways, or “facilities” on the bus. Also tennis lessons from Doc Marshall. And anxiously awaiting the opening of the Merritt Parkway ( 1939, I think ). And the Westporter Herald (I was Sports Editor ). Although Carl Addison Swanson’s wonderful coming of age in Westport book ,”Double Parked in the Twilight Zone,” depicted life in an era long after my youth, I could picture all of the locales about which he wrote. And thanks, Dan, for yet
    another opportunity to relive life in Westport many years ago.

  27. Lesley Hodgkinson Anderson '60

    Sorry, Klein’s for school supplies and they even sold toys and records. Also, loved ice skating on the pond behind the old sanatarium, now Winslow Park. We also had a NYC department store, Franklin Simon! Now its Joseph A Banks.

  28. Eric William Buchroeder

    Carousel toys when it was underneath the Westport Bank on Church Street
    It It was replaced by a typewriter place also called McPherson’s office supplies.

  29. Richie Brunetti

    Three hardware stores on Main Street (name them). “Pig’s Trough” at the Ice Cream Parlor (not at Chez Pierre, but down below it?). The Red Galleon. Purcell’s. Greenwich always kicking our ass in football. The toll booth before X17 on the “Thruway.” “Downshifters.” The Party Barn as a major stop on Main Street. Le Chambord – generally recognized by the culinary cogniscenti as the best restaurant in town (if it had been in NYC it would have been just another French restaurant).

  30. Elisabeth Keane

    And then there was Frank Gorshin who rode around in car whose license plates said Stolen.

  31. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    I must admit that there have been times that I was embarrassed to admit that I grew up in such a “perfect” town.

  32. David Schaffer

    Not yet mentioned: The Farm Shop (later Friendly’s), Barker’s, McClellen’s, Oscar’s Deli, of course the Clam Box, Beefsteak Charlie’s, Baskin-Robbins.

    Minibuses and MaxiTaxis.

  33. Cathy Smith Barnett '66

    We are not only fondly remembering Westport on this FB page, but Paul Ehrismann(sp) has been coming up with some wonderful photos of places outside of town like Old McDonalds Farm in Norwalk, The Indian Trading Post in Danbury, and Playland in Rye, NY. We all have huge memory banks full of these places out of our past. Many of us are having trouble getting off FB to eat, sleep and take care of the other petty tasks of adult living!

  34. Barbara Wanamaker

    How about Saugatuck El? Miss King, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Dunnigan, Mr. Pike (principal) and before him Mr. Craig and Kaye Coley the school secretary, as well as countless others who were great. That was an awesome school with a real family feel to it.
    Skating on McCormick’s Pond (now Round Pond) and at the gravel pit off Imperial. Double sessions at Bedford Junior High (now Kings Highway) while Long Lots was being built. Temporary buildings at Staples on Riverside before “new” Staples was built and the original really old building was taken down. Riding bikes everywhere. Feeling safe all the time.

    • Cathy Smith Barnett '66

      Barbara, you and I are from the same era! I certainly do remember Mrs. Dunnigan, my sixth grade teacher at Saugatuck El. She deserves her own FB thread.

      • Funny thing. When we “townies” get together we still refer to new places by their old names, and we all know what we are talking about.

  35. Eric William Buchroeder

    Dr. Neil Lebhar and his wonderful nurse, Betty Godfrey who had both been “top of the heap” at Norwalk Hospital when he formed his practice in Westport. There have GOT to be a million memories of the classic small-town pediatrician, Dr. Lebhar. I could go on forever!!!!!! His partners, Drs. Lynch and Shiller were almost as amazing. I’d love to hear their views on contemporary healthcare.

  36. All these places mentioned are dear to my heart…all the more so after all these years!.
    The irony: my daughter’s sweetheart is from Westport!

  37. Lesley Hodgkinson Anderson '60

    I worked for Neil Lebhar and Betty Godfrey, both wonderful humanitarians! He was an incredible,kind, smart and generous man. He never lost his temper and always managed to find good in people, even the crabby ones. He was a class act. And Betty was always fun! I stayed there for 28 years and watched so many children grow up. You don’t find doctors like that anymore.

    • Dr Lebhar was my doctor for 16 years and betty administered all those shots as i watched
      the cats eyes open and close

  38. There is an ongoing debate about what the spot was called on Valley Forge Rd in Weston. I remember it always being called Devil’s Den, but now am told it is called Devil’s Glen…To me, Devil’s Den is where we all jumped off those big rocks into the pool after the waterfalls. I lived in Westport from 1966-67, moved to Weston in 1967-1969 and back to Westport for 1970 onwards… All my friends and family have always known it as Devil’s Den…
    I see nowadays there is a Devil’s Den Preserve located somewhere other then Valley Forge Rd. and has no waterfalls and on a new map the other spot is now called Devil’s Den. Does anybody else remember it just being Devil’s Den?

  39. It was Devil’s Den. I lived in Weston from 1958-1964 and used to go there and jump into the water myself from those heights. Even dove once, but narrowly missed an underwater boulder and never did that again.

  40. Kim Englander Leonard

    remember Greenburg’s Dept. store and Franklin Simon? Who remembers swimming at the secret swimming hole known as Hemlock, over by my house(Hermit Lane & Cavalry RD. intersection?)Any of the Parrington Gang reading this???

  41. Kim Englander Leonard

    Dr. Lehbar was also my family Dr.-God love Betty!! I can still see the star on the ceiling you looked at if you were getting a shot…

  42. Playing pool at the YMCA

    “Whenever you express a wish, doubt or possibility, use the subjunctive” –
    Mr. McKelvey

    Mrs. Learns Latin

    Meatball grinders at the Arrow

  43. Adam Schwartz '75

    I’m glad someone mentioned good old Charlie from the “Y” and my old hang, Rye Playland. Can’t tell you how many summer nights we spent there. Anyone remember Mrs. Resco at Coleytown ES? How about Cafe De La Plage down near Mill Pond? Best salad bar ever! How about the plastic tape foul lines on the Little League Field behind Coleytown that were held down with nails so when you slid into third base or home plate you would either tear your pants or rip your leg open. I still have scars. And my all time favorite activity growing up in Westport. Having the Phonebook out and ready to figure out where the next fire call was when the Fire Horns went off. Remember the pages in the back of the Phonebook with the Morse Code like deciphers and the street intersections they represented? Oh, almost forgot, my mother driving my brother and I to McDonalds in Norwalk, closest one at the time in the mid 60’s. I can remember like it was yesterday the time the Big Mac first came out and they would place a cardboard paper ring around the sandwich then serve them in a plain cardboard box. And it was one of the original stores that only had like two cement benches on each side of the store. So almost everyone ate in their car. Wetson’s on the Post Road in Norwalk? Best fries!

  44. I will never forget playing in the Watermelon Cup all summer long in ’79-’80 on the Coleytown Jr. High football field with some of the greatest Westport soccer players ever. Also, getting my first pair of Gerd Mueller soccer shoes at Schaefer’s, taking the Minny Bus to main street and blowing all my lawn mowing money on candy at Bill’s Smoke Shop, Kiawanis Pancake Breakfast before the Memorial Day parade, Saugatuck, Rogers and Coleytown LL baseball fields (how did my LL team get sponsored by the 6:05 poker game?), most of all remembering my dad, Ken Brummel, and the impact he had on Westport schools and education.

    • Eric William Buchroeder

      Hi Pete,
      I was a BJHS 7th grader during your dad’s 1st year in Westport. He was a fine man and gifted beyond comparison. I had a long history of “personality clashes” with principals in school. your dad was the type of person who made “problem kids” such as me clean up their act quickly because he was so likable, so obviously competent and most of all, he really took an interest in each and every kid in his charge. I never had a disciplinary problem at Bedford and that says volumes about your dad.

  45. David Schaffer

    Back for more: The Bowling Alley! I guess it was called “Westport Lanes” but I can’t remember and we referred to it generically anyway. Didn’t go there often but have a few special memories from there.

  46. Don’t forget the Westport Golf Range next door. When playing miniature golf, if you got the golf ball in the clown’s nose on the 18th hole, you got a free game ticket. If you were hitting golf balls, and the jeep was out in the field picking up golf balls, you tried to hit it. If you go back to the very early 1960s and 1950s, there were Batting Cages just behind the Stage Door restaurant. At the batting cages, you paid a quarter to hit 12 baseballs hurled at you from a machine. Sodas were ten cents in the soda machine.

  47. FYI, the “Beware of Trolls” is/was in Weston, where Davis Hill goes over the Saugatuck. The bridge was replaced 20-25 years ago (because it was not “sound.” But of course when they tried to demolish it, it would not go easily because it was strong/well built). Someone then repainted the troll warnings.

  48. Kathleen M. Stuart

    I too was a patient of Dr. Neil Lebhar. My 6 other siblings all went there for years and when I had my first child I took my 9 month old feverish child and in the same office on Bay Street my son Ernie was bathed by the new covering doctor, Dr. Isis Bartels. Wow, such memories, Betty gave me weekly allergy shots and the receptionist Mrs. Betts with her short white hair was always so kind and understanding. I remember Betty’s home being on North Avenue up by Staples.

  49. Cyndi Antonio Crabbe

    I remember the day Westport Pizzeria opened and a slice was 25 cents. It was so big it didn’t fit on the paper plate. We would go there every day after school then head down to needle park, pizza in hand and hang out.

    • I also remember 25 cents a slice, must have been 1968 ish the grease would kind of dissolve the paper plate and make it a bit fluorescent, mouse pinto would always be in there as well as an old senile man drinking coffee and smoking

  50. Cyndi Antonio Crabbe

    Jill,
    I too remember it being called Devil’s Den, not Devil’s Glen. Did we have it wrong all those years? Hey Matt, you know the answer?