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Christine Morrison Mulligan Christine Morrison Mulligan wrote on January 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm
Chris Stergiou Chris Stergiou from United States wrote on January 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm
Joan Fischer Joan Fischer from United States wrote on January 13, 2015 at 12:21 am
We moved to Hillcrest Heights in 1966, but I was born in Philadelphia. It was a big change for us, but we made friends fast and ended up loving Maryland. My brother and I both went to Holy Family and then he went to Potomac and I went to LaReine. We lived on the corner of Foster Place and 23rd Parkway and I can still remember sitting in front of my neighbor's house and watching the cars. I ended up staying in Maryland until the early 80's, but the rest of my family moved back to Philadelphia and New Jersey. I lived in the apartments behind the Hillcrest Heights shopping center for a while (can't remember the name) and then moved to Temple Hills. I still stay in touch with a lot of people that I went to grade and high school with. I know the area has changed a lot, but I have great memories. Even though I was born in PA, I consider myself a Maryland girl ;)! I live in NJ now (ugh), but I certainly don't plan on staying here for the rest of my life. Oh, Fischer is my ex married name. When I was in Maryland I was Joani Ciaccia and my brother was Jimmy.
Florence Canter Brandstetter Florence Canter Brandstetter from Marlow Heights, Hillcest Heights & Temple Hills wrote on January 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm
Mary mayes Mary mayes from Calvert county wrote on January 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm
Happy memories of being a young teenager... Riding around in muscle cars ..listening to real music...making out places....just having the time of my life..
Phillip mark Snyder Phillip mark Snyder from United States wrote on January 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm
I remember the Lanham, Seabrook Area. I went to school from 1966-1976. Riverdale Hills Elem, Gaywood, Robert Frost Elem, Robert Goddard Jr High, Bused to Kent Jr High, Duval...
Paul Scimonelli Paul Scimonelli from United States wrote on January 6, 2015 at 9:49 am
I have had a band "Street Life" for 35 years. We would like to play for the next party. Please call me at 301-596-1134 to we can organize it. Please!
Valorie Poust - Shields Valorie Poust - Shields from Northern Virginia wrote on January 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Karen (DeMattia) Anderson Karen (DeMattia) Anderson from Bel Alton, MD wrote on January 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm
Kathy Kirschner Kathy Kirschner from Bridgeville, De wrote on January 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm
Thank for keeping the memories alive
Roger Cabana Roger Cabana from Lothian MD wrote on January 2, 2015 at 10:38 am
Hi Chuck and Happy New Year! Thank you for creating and maintaining the Marlow Heights 60s and 70s site and for continuing to promote all that it has become. This has enabled so many of us to embrace so many wonderful memories that otherwise could have easily disappeared through life. It has also given so many the opportunity to re-connect after 30-50 years. Without you, none of this would have ever happened for so many people like myself. How fortunate we all are to 'keep the memories alive' while creating 'new memories' while we can re-gain tight friendships in adulthood(still a scarey word)! It was such a special time of life for us all. To keep that feeling 'alive' with great memories of when we all lived in an awesome place and time called childhood/teen years is absolutely priceless. Thank You Very Much, Roger
Chuck Fraley Chuck Fraley from MD wrote on January 1, 2015 at 8:59 am
In late 2004, while living in Palm Bay, Florida, I was getting homesick for the DC area in general, and was finding myself reminiscing more and more about growing up in Marlow Heights of the 60s and 70s. I saw an ad for web site hosting and thought, hmmm, I've been an IT guy for quite a few years, I can probably create my own web site. After all, NO ONE would think of creating a web site about Marlow Heights during the 60s and 70s, right? So after acquiring some old photos and entering information about the area from memory, Marlow Heights 60s and 70s was launched officially on January 1, 2005. The site soon found a niche with Baby Boomers who grew up in not only Marlow Heights, but the nearby communities of Hillcrest Heights, Temple Hills, Suitland, Oxon Hill, District Heights, Camp Springs, Capitol Heights, and Morningside. The site received the attention of people not specifically from those communities; in late 2005 a DC newspaper did a feature article on the Marlow Heights 60s and 70s web site. As the web site grew, more and more web site followers began requesting an in person get together of people who grew up in Marlow Heights and the vicinity, of the 60s and 70s. However, no one could agree where to meet. In March 2008, while having lunch at the old Steak in a Sack (a Marlow Heights institution since 1962, owned, and still owned, by the Khalid family) to celebrate my birthday, the idea just came to me to have get togethers there at Steak in a Sack. After all, it was one of the few places in or around Marlow Heights that was one, still open, and two, a place that just about everyone from the area remembered and could identify with. So on March 29, 2008, I hosted our first ever get together at Steak in a Sack. While we didn't have a huge turnout (perhaps a total of 10 people showed up), we not only enjoyed the get together at Steak in a Sack, but were also able to visit the old Sandymount Elementary, Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High, Potomac Senior High, Hillcrest Heights Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Panorama Elementary, G. Gardner Shugart Jr. High, and Overlook Elementary. That lead to these Steak in a Sack get togethers becoming regular occurrences during the year; a total of four are held each year. The first one each year is always held on the last Saturday in March, to commemorate the first ever get together in March 2008. Another get together is next held in May or June, one in August or September, and the last one of the year is usually the first or second week of December. On March 27, 2010, we held our largest gathering at Steak in a Sack ever, and since then, with a total of approximately 60 people jam packed into the restaurant. There was also a local newspaper reporter and their photographer on hand, in what became the second newspaper article written on the web site. Up 'til now, I have hosted almost 30 of these get togethers at Steak in a Sack, and they have become a tradition. Former Sandymount, Stoddert, and Potomac classmate Billie Martin has every single get together at Steak in a Sack. You just never know who you'll see at Steak in a Sack. Even people who were initially skeptical about coming to Marlow Heights, in fact, paranoid (Come to Marlow Heights? Oh, no way I'm coming back to the 'hood!) have pushed those unfounded fears aside and come out to enjoy a nice nostalgic visit. 2009 saw two articles published in the Washington Post related to my web site, back to back. The first article was about Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High's, "Peppermint Pipers", a phenomenal performance group that existed for two years during the late 60s. The second article appeared the next day, and was about my web site itself. October 2009 saw another first for the web site--the inaugural, "Marlow Heights 60s and 70s Back to School Dance", held at the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach, attended by approximately 300 people. The success of this dance convinced me that there was a desire by many people who grew up in PG County during the 60s and 70s to have a dance once a year, to see others who grew up during the same time period, in the same or similar communities. Since then that's exactly what I have done. Beginning with 2015's dance (October 3, at the Upper Marlboro Moose Lodge), it has been renamed the, "PG County 60s and 70s Back to School Dance", recognizing the web site's broader appeal beyond just Marlow Heights and the immediate area. Finally, 2009 also saw the first school tour, beyond impromptu visits to Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High and Sandymount Elementary, in which an employee of Potomac took a group of us on a tour of the school. Go Braves! With all the web site related get togethers, many, many people have been able to reconnect with lots of old friends and former classmates. I have also seen myself: my 5th Grade teacher from Sandymount Elementary, Ms. Doyle; my 8th Grade English teacher from Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High, Mrs. Marshall; former Principal from Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High, Mr. Moran; and former Potomac Senior High Vice Principal and later Principal, Suitland Senior High, Mr. Suhr. People have asked me more than a couple of times, why the abiding devotion to my Marlow Heights web site, the Steak in a Sack get togethers, the dances? Surely it involves a lot of time, expense, and effort. Well, yes it does. But when I see someone who recognizes an old friend, classmate, or teacher at one of my web site related events, and I know they have not seen one another in many years, I feel an extreme sense of joy and satisfaction knowing that I had a hand in bringing so many back together again. So what does the future hold as Marlow Heights 60s and 70s embarks on its next 10 years? Well, the web site itself will be redesigned again this year, to make it more compliant with current web technologies, more interactive for visitors, and to include a great deal more content for everyone to see. For example, I plan to put up more than 20 school yearbooks that I had professionally scanned into digital files, so that everyone could see them for free. People should be able to leave comments on the web site itself, as well as linking to social networks, such as Facebook. Beyond that? Well, in a web site that has continually produced many firsts, I guarantee you that I've got more up my sleeve, so stay tuned! The Marlow Heights 60s and 70s web site has always been free, and will remain free. I've always strived to provide a place for people to travel back down Memory Lane of those PG County 60s and 70s neighborhoods, schools, hangouts, etc. Remember, "Keep the Memories Alive!"
Eric Mercker Eric Mercker from Virginia beach wrote on December 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm
I was a young police officer in 1969 in Hampton Virginia and remember Casey Chevrolet commercials featuring Susan Gailey. When I returned to the area flying for the Navy in 73 I think she was still doing commercials. She was a treat and a great on screen sales girl. Thanks, Ms Gailey. 🙂
Tracy Palmer Silva Tracy Palmer Silva from Oxon Hill wrote on December 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm
kevin cash kevin cash from saint petersburg,florida wrote on December 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm
Daniel Mayes Daniel Mayes from United States wrote on December 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm
My old roaming grounds near where I grew up.....
DEBY GOULD DEBY GOULD from CT wrote on December 15, 2014 at 1:30 am
Started in Highcrest in 1st grade. Moved from 24th Ave. to 29th Place and attended Sandy Mount in 6th grade. My first job was at Jr. Hot Shoppes. The parking lot had as many stoned people as Dupont Circle. They would get the munchies and buy a lot of food. Won an internal contest for selling the most chicken dinners and ended up getting hired by a manager from a store inside the mall. He liked the way I sold those chicken dinners! Left after graduating in 1970. My parents actually moved to Rockville in the middle of my senior year. I drove the beltway every day so I could graduate from Potomac. I was the President of the Student Council at Stoddert, VP of the Class of '70 and a cheerleader. Basically, I joined everything I could to get out of classes legally. Most of the teachers were sub par and the quality of our education was poor. It was a great place to grow up. Lots and lots of kids our age. Too bad we didn't have more academic resources. Graduated from the U of MD. Worked 2 jobs during the school years and a ton of hours over the summer. Graduated with a job! Worked for CBS Records during college covering MD, Georgetown, GW and American's radio, newspapers and concert boards. CBS gave me a shot and moved me to CT and then NYC. I've had my own business for 20 years. Advertising, promotion, marketing and big venue events focused on diversity. Finding this site has been fun and I thank you for all you've done to get it up. When I have time, I'll dig up some old stuff I have in a suitcase. It will bring the '68 - '70 era in for those interested in our space and time at Potomac. Thanks again for this site and your efforts, Deby
Randy Knuckles Randy Knuckles from Vista California wrote on November 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Chris Krik Chris Krik wrote on November 14, 2014 at 8:07 am
Those were the best of times.
ray stiver ray stiver from reston VA wrote on October 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm
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