More ‘likes’ and ‘memories’ from you, the readers

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In two previous columns, I listed some things I like about our community and some things from history that I liked and really missed.

You readers out there were happy to send along some of your current and historic favorites.

Judge Newt Jackson sent five:

Getting a fountain Coke and listening to 45-rpm records at Watson’s Smoke House in the 1950s.

Playing golf at Green Hill Yacht & Country Club in the 1950s before there were golf carts.

Playing tennis under the lights on the City Park tennis courts on summer evenings in the 1960s.

Eating crabs and drinking beer at Elmer Lowe’s Hangover Tavern just south of Fruitland in the mid-1960s

Watching the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Tournament every February, from 1964 until 1976, at the old quonset hut-style Civic Center.

Robin Holloway of Salisbury sent a memory and a list of current likes:

Going to Salisbury Cinema 6 on Main Street — I remember feeling excited when I learned that the movie I was seeing was in the upstairs theater — with the “light-up stairs.”

DeVages donuts.

The Wicomico County Library.

People who step up to the plate to help nonprofits.

Being able to see NASA rockets take off from Wallops.

Phyllis Cooper of Salisbury wrote, telling me that she graduated from Wi-Hi in 1947 and went to work as Mr. James Bennett’s secretary — Bennett had a drug store at the corner of Main and North Division.

“How lucky can you get?”, Ms. Cooper wrote.

She said she fondly remembers Woolworth’s, McCroy’s, Newberry’s and the four downtown movie theaters — plus the Boulevard Theater.

Ann B. Suthkowski sent a letter recounting how she used to work at the soda fountain in Woolworth’s as a high school senior in the summer of 1955. She said that on Saturdays, she and another teen-ager woked the sub counter at the front of the store.

Mrs. Suthkowski recalls the subs being served on hot dog rolls with “Eastern Shore lunch meats,” adding, “they must have been good because we sold a lot of them.”

One anonymous writer sent a note of complaint, insisting a sentimental column I wrote about Woolworth’s was off the mark.

“Read’s was the better store. They had better merchandise and friendlier employees.” The writer added: “And they had real food, like in a real restaurant. Woolworth’s didn’t.”

Sounds like I’ve been officially “told.”

Greg Bassett is editor of the Salisbury Independent. Contact him at

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