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.....
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
I would Like to have a Marlow Heights reunion
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
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
Thanks for the memories. Those were amazing times of music, love, laughs, and courage.