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Vilvoorde Prison: as many as 12,000 tramps, drunks, and prostitutes, all those that the society of the time considered a nuisance, were crammed in on four floors. The vaulted cells had narrow slits as the only source of light. A perpetual gloom reigned along the corridors that led to the many workshops... [Read more...]

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Recent comments list

bomb – lollololol
February 10, 2016 - 13:15
nothing more

its all gone the beast is dead!!!!!

Rick – Overseas
February 10, 2016 - 06:34
Normandy Cafe

Fernando, as soon as you emerged from under the bridge, there was the river and on the left side of Clark Road if headed into the Harbor was the Normandy. And you're correct, they fire works from out in front of the building because when the Garcia family owned it, it had already boarded up and nearly burned down.

Across the street, there still is a gravel area and as far as I can remember, only one building has ever stood there and still there as of last year, but it was a strip joint back in 2010. It wasn't underground but I bet you it has a basement which is what you might be remembering. And if you veered right instead of proceeding North on Clark Road, you went down a road that led to a dead end which was fenced off. I believe that the big pond you see on the right side of the road off of Clark or maybe even Lake Michigan was at the end of that road.

We used to fish in the small ponds to either side of that road but one day in 74, they found two bodies dumped there with their heads shot off so we never went back. They used to call that area Cow Boy Town, why I don't know. The only other thing I remember about that area was a guy named Chavez who use to sell cars and I think later on moved to Black Oak.

I know exactly the bike you described, my friend Bobby Ramirez who grew up on 11th and Burr had one just like that. My brother Jorge had a Schwinn three speed, purple with a banana seat and a tall sissy bar. I remember on time we were riding bikes and we were both on the bike flying down the street near Ivanhoe and in the distance we saw two thugs about half a block a head of us blocking the road, and one had a knife in his hand and the other a rope. We knew that they wanted, the bike. We were moving so fast towards them that to stop might have caused us to wreck and they could have ran towards us and in the time it took us to turn the bike around and get any speed they would have been upon us. So we decided to plow straight at them. The smartest of the two, caught the sissy bar with a rope that for some unknown reason, had tied to wrist (not the smartest thing to do) and you can only imagine how that worked out for him. The bike is moving at about 20 miles per hour, with the weight of two people on it, and this idiot lassos the bike from a stationary position and he only weighed about 110 lbs. By the time the bike stopped moving about a half a block later, the kid was nearly skinned alive. I jumped off of the bike, and was going to beat him with a short 2 x 4 board I had with me in case of dogs, but there was no need to, he had no fight left in him. The guy with the knife was running so fast in the opposite direction that he was no threat. To show you how cruel kids can be, within minutes there were a crowd of about 10 kids all standing around this tough guy laughing their butts off while this genius laid there with his arm dislocated and looking like he had just escaped the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

February 08, 2016 - 08:23
Rick Vargas

Hi Rick, I don't have facebook so I cant guide you on that one but I remember the Normandy being there but never knew what it was, I used buy fireworks from there in the mid to late seventies but they were outside in front of the building. Do you maybe remember something that I do about a place that was directly across from there? I was just a 7 or 8 year old kid but some of the older kids I hung out with took me to place that was underground as soon you crossed the bridge on Clark road going northbound. I remember riding my new candy apple red Schwinn Stingray with the small front tire that looked like a motorcycle tire and the 3-speed shifter on the frame by the handlebars the were high up and it also had a sissy bar and fat slick tire in the back with one groove in the middle that would kick up the dirt because it had ridges inside the I loved that bike and I felt like a king with it. My dad bought it for me from somebody for 20 bucks! anyway I got lost here from my question but when we crossed the bridge we would turn towards the right I think even before we got to rejoin Clark road and there was a gravel circle road that would slope gradually downward and end up at a restaurant or diner that was underground and seemed to be directly underneath Clark road! When I think of it now it is like wow! that is a strange place but it was cool even though I only went there once and there was a pool table we played on and the waitress gave me a piece of some good might have been LLoyd J. Harriss pie anybody remember this place or Harriss pies? They also had pinball machines we played and people were very friendly...mostly white people. This must have been such a great place to hang out in and too bad that I never went again but I think it was covered up by the time the mid 70's rolled around.

February 08, 2016 - 07:55

Hi Al, Im sorry I was misunderstanding you I guess. A "drive-in" is what I think about for movies and those do need quite a bit of acreage, but a drive-in for food like a Sonic or something would definitely fit that spot. I was only wondering about the Movie kind on that subject but I did also wonder about that star looking sign on 5th and maybe Dallas or Thompkins st....I think it is two blocks east of Colfax on the northeast corner. If you say that is a former food place then you probably are right, but maybe they also had something to do with Spratts because I cant shake that name away from that sign...maybe they sold some of it by contract at that eatery in fact that signage has been covered over by a sign for the "new" owners for many years and I think I will call the number on the sign to see if they can confirm what the sign says cuz it is bugging me and I can get one track minded sometimes. He Al, where was the Alcoa plant? Is that the old J.M. Foster co. on 5th and Cline or is it the scrap metal place on Cline avenue about a quarter mile north of 5th ave and north of the river? Also I remember a Skyline Motel on 4th ave. behind KFC that is still there but is now a trucking yard of some type. Was there a Movie Drive-in there or are you talking about the Dog n Suds food dense sometimes..ha ha. Thanks for the imfo as I am trying to picture and understand my old neighborhood and your help and everybody else's is greatly appreiciated my friend.

Fran Scott – Kentucky
February 07, 2016 - 23:46

I was raised in Brunswick, 2nd and Burr Streets; and lived there until 1963. Dad worked at Gary Springs & Alignment on 19th and Broadway; he grew up at 45th & Harrison. Mom grew up 42nd and Massachusettes. An aunt taught at Lew Wallace. Grandmothers lived in Glen Park until their deaths in the 1980s. Mom worked at Goldblatts (downtown) and as a young woman worked at the ice cream parlor in Tolleston (Jack Spratt's ???). There was a 5th Avenue Star grocery store about 5th and Mathews Street. There was no White Castle - one had to go to Hammond, Sibley Street & Hohman area. - it was nearly across from the Wonder Bread Factory. In the Tri-State Shopping Center was Lytton's (equivalent to Carson's) and I remember them having an animal display in the show window - for some reason I seem to think it was Monkeys. The bowling alley anchored the other end of the shopping center. What I seem to remember and cannot document was a gas station, near 5th and Colfax, specifically a Sinclair station. I believe Al Malinowski was the owner. I seem to remember 2 children, Mikey and Sandy (??) who would be 65-ish now. My dad was often there, working on stock cars. Can anyone document this? I also worked downtown Gary in the 1970s - at an attorney's office and later at Gary Transit. Any clarification would be nice! Thanks.

l.ransome – great yarmouth
February 04, 2016 - 19:08
fond memories

I trained at Hellingly. I left in 1981, in all the time I was there I never felt afraid or spooked and those corridors were very dark and very long on night duty. The wards were warm and airy, the grounds were something else, I remember the greenhouses where the plants and veg were grown. It was a wonderful place and we all loved our work and did our best for our patients. My goodness there were some characters amongst them and the staff.
The driveway was long and very cold in the winter, many a good night held in the social club, I remember the first computer game that was in a table and there was always a queue to play it. I used to phone home from the old damp phone boxes dotted about in the corridors, whilst rolling a "fag " for a patient who was having wander.
It is so sad to see the old building replaced with ticky tacky houses that all look just the same.
Still I have my memories in my head and would do it all again if I had the chance.
RIP Hellingly sadly missed but not forgotten

Al – Tn
February 04, 2016 - 12:26
Starlight Drive In

Just how much room is needed for a drive in? If I remember correctly they never had over three carhops and no eating area inside. East of Edison Dog'nSuds was the drive in and west of Edison it was the Starlight.

Paul Hill – East Lyme CT
February 02, 2016 - 22:11

You know Fernando, you could be right. I remember seeing VIcki at that house on Burr Street a couple of times, but that doesn't mean she lived there. I'll defer to your knowledge. However, I clearly remember this. My sister Kathy died in October of 1981, and I flew home from my home in Orlando FL for her funeral. I accidentally brought two different shoes home, and went to the mall out on U.S. 30 in Merrillville to get a new pair. While walking in, I ran into Vicki just outside Sears. I had not seen her in 15 years (I moved to Hobart in 1966), and we knew each other instantly. We spoke briefly, and she knew my sister from Girl Scouts. Vicki told me she was married and living out near Lakes of the Four Seasons. She looked EXACTLY the same as I remembered her. A nice girl.

February 02, 2016 - 15:51
The Lure

Hey all, I now live in South Haven....sound familiar Dan? Brunswick to SH?....but I pass up the old Lure in Portage a lot and I would go there on occasion before it closed in 2012 and I have noticed that it is being worked on since about last November I have seen them cleaning it up shining up the big Lure sign and laying down new stripes and Handicapped signage on the asphalt in the parking lot. I guess it will reopen soon huh...just a guess. Wayne...PJ... I think I remember you live in this area, have any of you noticed the activity there....take a look please. If it does open we should all meet up there and talk old times...also we should support it instead of McDonalds or BK's and such.

February 02, 2016 - 15:24

Hi George, my dad owned Baldazo's produce and the Sinclaire gas station on 5th ave. and my brothers are Bob, Hector, Raphael and Gerardo. We lived on Durbin st. and I remember your brother Jimmy...he was a friend of mine until he moved to Texas in the late 60's or early 70's. Man good to hear of your last is he doing?