July 17th, 2006

conquest macdonald

my hometown's web site

My sister forwarded me the URL for the Laurelton web site. I found many interesting things there, such as pictures taken during the 1950s and 1970s, and personal anecdotes from former (and a few current) residents. Many of the people who posted anecdotes seem to be from the early baby boom generation, although there were a couple of names I recognized.

I can recall doing a lot of things many of the people posted. Running an errand to Zickerman's hardware store for my father to pick up nails. (It all sorts of ladders leading to lofts, etc.) Picking up prescriptions at Marder's. Going to Stanley's for school supplies (including this funny looking clay that came in rectangular blocks) and Spalding balls. Seeing Conquest of the Planet of the Apes at the Laurelton theater. (The icon is from the movie.) It's interesting that in the movie describing the making of the Planet of the Apes movies, one of the producers tells how in one showing in the Los Angeles area to a predominantly African-American audience, practically the whole theater was cheering for the apes to kill the humans. Same thing happened in my neighborhood theater.

BTW, Noah and Vanessa, do either of you remember a Mr. Rabinowitz who I think taught history at Stuy for a while? He lived across the street from me.
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