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.
Marlow Heights was such a great place to grow up. We stayed outside as much as possible and neighbors were really neighbors. Summer evenings we visited from porch to porch...no one had A/C and it was cooler and more fun that way. We rode bikes and roller skated out on the street our doors were not locked with fear of crime ever.
More memories....Woolworth spending allowance with a friend to share a strawberry sundae, Hot Shops on Sunday, Hobby Shop...The park making summer crafts with friends, walking home from school in the spring from Hillcrest Heights...it was the kind of childhood everyone should have!
Before Iverson mall was there I remember the circus elephants were kept in the field tied to tree stumps.
At Easter, the baby ducks and chicks at G.C.Murphys.
Sandymount Elementary. We made a time capsule and buried it under a tree in the yard.
I would love to reconnect with the friends I had back at Sandymount Elementary (1964-65) Sandymount gave me so great memories.
Lived in the area from 1971 to 1996. I worked at the K Mart at Marlow Heights center 1975 to 76 and if you walked in there you most likely saw me as I was the assistant manager of the midway and often stood at the security podium at the front door... pumped gas at the Amaco across from the pizza hut and the kenneys shoe store just down from the fire dept on Woodyard road in clinton and its sister station down 301 where rt a and 401 joined up, just on the right across from the Sunoco station. K Mart was its' own little Payton Place.... we dated, loved and hated each other over the 1 1/2 years I was there and I am sure it didn't change! We went streaking down at Tantalon Estates near Ft Washington... did a lot of necking there,too. I remember in 72 when we marched from Decatur Jr High to Crossland HS to demonstrate against bussing... we burned a small bus in protest. I was on the bullhorn a few times to rouse up the crowd. Got a 3 day suspension from Decatur too! If you remember the Donkey Basketball Game in 76 at CHS then you saw me score the winning basket against the faculty! I was looking for a few good names on here, but this is cool to wander back in time.