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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Ice Cream Parlor
- 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.
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.
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