Saturday, May 12, 2007

Parrot Jungle

This is a picture of me and the grandson of the original owners of the Parrot Jungle.

Friday, May 11, 2007

I'm not the only one who remembers...

My friend Dave sent me an email:
"I remember the Red Road & Sunset 5 & 10 buying model airplane kits,
model monster kits. Sunset drug store that had a soda fountain and
grill. We also used to go fishing in Snapper Creek by the dam near the
old Parrot Jungle and buy candy & sodas @ the little Parrot Jungle gift
shop on Red Road.

This might be before your time but there was a Jeffersons Dept store
where K-mart is now on 104th & US 1 near the old Black Angus. I can
remember the old AM rock radio stations WQAM 560( Rick Shaw) and WFUN
940 and even calling the Fun Phone with Don Wright.

Channel 7 had a TV program called The Dungeon that starred Charlie
Baxter as M.T. Graves (Unibrow bucktooth fiend inmate with a hook) who
would host a B&W horror film each week. We kids loved the comical
situations he got himself into and the Warden would always howl like a
wolf to signal a commercial.

There were 4 Royal Castles, we would go to while growing up. One on
Ave & Bird, One on Coral Way and 70 ave near the old Central Stadium,
one on US 1 and 27th ave, and one that was less than block from my
grandparents on SW 13th Street and South Miami Avenue. After eating a
couple of those little hamburgers with onions and drinking ice cold
of birch beer, walking to Simpson Park with my Dad and playing hide &
seek! Those were great times.

Going to Lums and eating an Ollie
burger! There used to be a bowling alley in South Miami, and one near
132nd & US 1. and of course Western Sunset Bowl. Great Fun! I remember
the Drive ins- going in my older brother's '62 corvair on friday or
saturday nights and watching Elvis movies because his girlfriend loved
Elvis. Remember the old movie theaters that had only one screen and
actually had curtains that would close and open for each movie. Riviera
Theater, Miracle, Caribe, Sunset.
Do you remember the old Grove Cinema that would play off-beat &
movies and of course Rocky Horror Picture Show! Drinking red zinger
nd eating butter popcorn!"

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Old Airstrips

This is an link to some old airports/airstrips of the past.

When I was little, they used to have great airshows at Tamiami Airport, Homestead Airforce Base and even Opa Locka. Now all we have is the Air & Sea Show in Ft. Lauderdale. What the hell happened?

Saturday, May 5, 2007


A few posts ago I said that Kermit Week's air museum was gone. It's not! WooHoo!!! Now I have another place to go to once of these weekends :)