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Marc Mendez Marc Mendez from Columbus, Ohio wrote on April 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Lived, worked and attended school as Marc Mendez. Changed last name to Dickson later in life. Graduated Potomac in 1969. Lived in Maryland until my induction into the US Air Force in 1971, after which I ended up in Columbus Ohio where I met my wife of 41 years where we raised our 3 children into successful adulthood. Now a grandfather and retired, I look back to my younger days and lmao at what I did or didn't do with my life. No regrets whatsoever. Retired police lieutenant and private security professional. Wife is retired US Government. Still keep in contact with my old buddy Ron Hicks who lives in the Baltimore area. Best job I had was as an usher at the Marlow Theater. Now a much larger venue, I recall changing the movie marquee every Wed night, which meant walking along a 10" ledge in front of the marquee while hooking and unhooking the 12" letters one by one. Oh my... no LED marquees back then folks. We had some movies up to 10 weeks or more ("Oliver", "2001 A Space Odyssey", etc). Can still hear those tunes in my head to this day. Working wage was $1.40 per hour, and I was glad to get that after having worked at Jr. Hot Shoppes for $1.25 per hour. Life is good as I enjoy my retirement. Everyday is Saturday!
Jesse Jesse from Norfolk va wrote on March 31, 2017 at 2:03 am
Does anyone remember patting the upper level stair rails at iverson mall and it made a cool echoing sound? Got caught shoplifting a peace sign at sumis and owners forced me to buy a lot of love beads to not call the cops! This wa 1969. Age of Aquarius and tie dyeing parties!
Clayton Unger Clayton Unger from Crownsville, MD wrote on March 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm
Colebrooke Drive 1960-68, played till dark every day. Best times, best memories. 23rd Pkwy 1968-71, last years of High School, so many adventures, so many stories, could write a book! (Can't though,I'd get locked up!) Best friends were Terry Bradfield, Glen, Keith, Leon, Jack, John, the Hattons, the Van Landinghams, the Hukes, the Ross's. The Captain Cook in HHE woods at the creek and the walking sticks and drinking clean stream water. HH shopping center in the early 60's with handouts of Silver Dollars and the 10 cent bag of popcorn at G.C. Murphey's. Yes! Candy bars were a nickel, soda's at the fountain were 5 and 10 cents! 3 phone booths at the front of the Rexall Drug store, calls were a dime. Jr. Hot Shoppes had hamburgers for 15 cents,fries 15, and a coke was 10. All 3 for 40 cents! Remember the ORANGE FREEZES? And the FR- FR- FRIED CHICKEN! With Pappy Parkers. Hanging out in their parking lot till way past closing time, hoping to score or to score (wink). In late 72, I met Jodie (Potomac '74), we married in 73, still married after 44 years. Life is good. 😉 I may update in the future.....
Alan Chaillet Alan Chaillet from Dallas, TX wrote on March 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm
I am really a child of the 60s and 70s and what an era - the whole culture was so vastly different from today. So my memories were of the simpler times, shopping with my mom at Hecht's and the other stores at Marlow Heights, hanging out at Iverson Mall, to going to the old Gem store and bowling alley on Branch Avenue near the DC line. One of my 1st jobs was working at the old PG Motor Hotel across from the shopping center. My sister worked at the Fleischman's Village cleaners. You could drive around many areas of the southern half of PG County in the late 60s and into the 70s and of course see the cars of that era and the food establishments. People knew their neighbors as well as the store keepers for years on end. Summers were nice and remember going to the drive in movie theaters including the one in Oxon Hill. My grandmother lived in SE DC and we would visit her on many Sundays. It felt like crime was almost non existent.
Yvonne Hughson Yvonne Hughson from Cleveland, Ohio wrote on February 10, 2017 at 8:02 pm
Lived on Kirby Drive in Hillcrest Heights. Most of my memories are around playing in the woods, building forts and exploring along "Old Farmers Rd.". I remember the climbing ropes back in the quarry and the waterfalls on the crick. My closest friends were Patti and Bobbi Coleman who lived across the street. So many kids to play hide and go seek, kick the can. Wonderful summers, the Prince George County Fair. I lived in Hillcrest Heights 1963 - 1966. Such a very different world from today, I feel so fortunate to have been a child back then and enjoyed the freedom of those times.
Craig Donnelly Craig Donnelly from Norwich, Vermont wrote on January 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm
Hi Chuck, I think I know you. I had Mrs Weiner in 4th, Mr Rich and Mr Yates 5th and 6th. Do you remember Bonnie Obright, Chuck Pounds, Graham Bartholomew, Brenda Lippert, Susan Dipalma, Maria Cruz, Nancy Deeb, Cheryl Kidwell, Richard Johnson, Laura Gubisch, Wendy van Blarcum, Mr Zeeman..any of those names ring a bell? I played for silver hill boys club and got the award for the 65 lb team Mr Matthews the coach (pictures you have listed). Wow, such a great web site. Are you in the area still? I am head of child psychiatry up at Dartmouth in NH, live in Norwich Vermont, parents in Fairfax so I get down from time to time. All the best, Craig
Laura Bush Laura Bush from Thurmont wrote on January 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm
I often think of my growing up years as I grow older. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if we had not moved out of PG County in 1974. I fondly remember playing with my friends in our neighborhood.
Charles Sidwell Charles Sidwell from Waldorf wrote on January 3, 2017 at 4:01 am
Growing up in Brandywine, I remember going to Iverson mall as a kid in the 70s and 80s.. i remember the tiled fountains in tne mall, and always like throwing pennies into the fountains for good luck. I remember the arcade in the mall in the early 80s. I remember going to the movies there.. I saw Star Wars at that theater for the first time in like 1977. I remember the old Ihop, which is still there. I remember the old Ponderosa in Camp Springs in the 70s, and the old Andrews movie theater there as well.. My first job was working at Zayres as young teenager.. so many fond memories.. i miss those days
Vicki Parnell Vicki Parnell from Woodbridge, VA wrote on November 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm
Kevin Laurie Kevin Laurie from Boise, Idaho wrote on November 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm
I am looking for photos of the way we dressed, 3, 5, 7 plus pairs of the colorful sweatsocks, banlon shirts, works or bags pants, chucks (chuck Taylor shoes, Peters jaccess, slicked back hair! 2nd the other side- long hair, bellbottom jeans, silk (nylon ) shirts ect...
Cindy D Beck Cindy D Beck from Thurmont wrote on September 26, 2016 at 8:09 am
I remember Roy Roger's in the Mall and it was cafeteria style. My son now works at Roy Roger's here in Thurmont, Maryland. My grandparents lived down from Iverson Mall. Across from a shopping center, can't remember the name. But it had Woolworth on the end. When I was little me and granddad would walk over to bakery and get me 6 glazed donuts and then in afternoon would walk back over to get me Lemon Custard ice cream cone from Highs. My granddad would say scan the parking lot for coins. To this day I do that. I also remember a little restaurant right next to Hecht Company store on bottom level next to garden center of Hecht Company. All I can say is those were the Good Days. Many many GREAT memories I was always told that my cousins the Latimers owned all that land where the Mall and Shopping Center are before they sold it to them. Also remember my Dad went to bank on Friday night, Citizens Bank. Still remember their catchy radio tune. Sheehy Ford is where we bought our cars. Remember the big Cougar at dealership too.
Larry Medley Larry Medley from Bowie, Md. wrote on September 18, 2016 at 5:09 pm
The era that we grew up in was the BEST. We had the best music, the best trends, the best parents, the best neighborhoods, the best amusement parks, the best everything.
Jerry Policicchio Jerry Policicchio from Williamsburg Va wrote on July 4, 2016 at 12:07 am
I would Like to have a Marlow Heights reunion
Mark williams Mark williams from Burtonsville, Md wrote on June 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm
I lived in Birchwood city and went to Potomac Sr High school graduated in 1976. Best time ever alot of good memories looking forward to seeing everyone at are reunion
Sara Sara from NULL wrote on February 27, 2016 at 4:02 am
Helen Mull Helen Mull from Deltona, Florida wrote on February 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm
Love your site
Michael W Stillwell Michael W Stillwell wrote on February 3, 2016 at 10:02 pm
Tom Trezise Tom Trezise from NULL wrote on January 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm
Jan Hensley Bentley Jan Hensley Bentley from West Melbourne, Florida wrote on January 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm
Hi Chuck, I just joined your Marlow Heights group and in one of your post you asked, "Whatever happened to the Blocks?" In my opinion it was drugs, the summer of Woodstock and Vietnam. I went to Potomac in 70 and 71 (in 72, my parents sent me to live in Florida for my senior year). I lived at Marlow Madison apartments and went to Hillcrest Heights (4th & 5th) and Silver Hill elementary (6th), Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High (7th) and then John Hanson Jr. High (8th & 9th), when we moved to the Alpine apartments. In my opinion, things started changing when we saw the older guys, who we had looked up to and emulated, go from recreational drugs (pot) to Quaaludes, Reds and shooting heroin. Driving a friend to the Methadone clinic was an everyday occurrence back then. Things got really bad drug-wise in Hillcrest around 70-72 and I believe the younger ones, like myself, saw it as a dead-end street and we wanted out. I also believe that our parents, most of whom were blue collar workers, wanted us to go to college and create a better life for ourselves. Both of my parents worked outside the home and we lived in a rented apartment! After the summer of Woodstock (August 1969), when the infamous Life magazine issue came out and going forward to the Kent State shootings (May 1970) things really started changing. Literally overnight the Blocks and Collegians merged. We started listening to rock in addition to our beloved Motown. The school dress codes were dropped and we (girls and boys) were allowed to wear jeans (before girls had to wear dresses). With Viet Nam raging, going to anti-war protest in DC took center stage over rumbles/fights in front of Murphy's with baseball bats. We weren't really becoming hippies, but we'd found a new way of expressing ourselves and we started channeling our teenage angst in a different direction. The world changed and Hillcrest Heights and Marlow Heights changed with it (we were no longer an insulated little neighborhood). Personally, I believe we remember those times as the best years of our lives because it's the only time in our lives when our friends knew us for who we truly were and still accepted us. You can take the girl out of Hillcrest Heights, but you can't take the Hillcrest Heights out of the girl! Jan Hensley Bentley
John Hutton John Hutton from New Mexico wrote on January 9, 2016 at 12:01 am
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