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100 Milwaukee memories: Are you old school?




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Are you "old school," Milwaukee? You are if you remember the ice rink at Mayfair Mall. Or Samson, the Milwaukee County Zoo's fallen gorilla. The Green Sheet. The Belmont Hotel bar. Howard and Rosemary. Ah, the Milwaukee memories ...

So many memories, so little time! Thankfully, OnMilwaukee.com, with the help of many of its friends, has compiled hundreds of Milwaukee memories. All of them are 100% Milwaukee. Many will make you say, "I remember that," or "gosh, what happened to him or her?" Heck, a few of these might even bring a tear to your Milwaukee eye.

After you read the list, pass it along to friend and be sure to use the feedback button to give us your best Milwaukee memories. And, be sure to watch for our 100 More Memories of Milwaukee, coming soon!

  1. Samson
  2. The ice skating rink at Mayfair
  3. Gimbel's
  4. The "Milwaukee Clipper" ferry to Muskegon, Michigan!
  5. Ald. Michael McGee
  6. Albert the Alleycat
  7. The Oriental Pharmacy
  8. Howard and Rosemary
  9. Treasure Island
  10. Jay Marvin, former WTMJ radio talk show host
  11. The Bowling Game
  12. The Channel 18 news with Liz Talbot
  13. The U2 and Police concerts at The Palms
  14. Crazy TV Lenny
  15. The Starship
  16. The Belmont Hotel bar
  17. Love Rock
  18. The Pabst Brewery tour
  19. Radio Doctors
  20. Jazz with Scat Johnson on Front Street
  21. Bobby Rivers
  22. Rod Luck
  23. Farrell's at Northridge and Southridge
  24. The Green Sheet
  25. WQFM
  26. Did you miss OnMilwaukee.com's list of "100 Things to do in Milwaukee"? Click here, http://www.onmilwaukee.com/entertainment/articles/100things.html

  27. Showbiz Pizza
  28. Public Natatorium (remember the dolphins?)
  29. The old Kopp's Frozen Custard on Appleton
  30. Larry the Legend
  31. Jim Irwin
  32. Harvey's Wallbangers
  33. Alan Kulwicki
  34. Cryptosporidium
  35. Miller's Clear Beer
  36. Stormin' & Vukes
  37. MECCA
  38. Someplace Else
  39. Beer Barons
  40. Slightly Kloss Eyed
  41. The alternative newspaper, Kaleidoscope
  42. "Nelson Brothers loves you and you'll love them too"
  43. Webster's and Brewster's on Downer
  44. Coffee Trader
  45. Century Hall
  46. Great Place on a Great Lake
  47. Marc's Big Boy
  48. Schuster's Department Store
  49. The Scene
  50. Old Smokey
  51. Layton School of Art
  52. Miss our list of "100 Things NOT to do in Milwaukee"? Click here for the famous list, http://www.onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/dontdoit.html

  53. '82 World Series
  54. The Submarine at the end of Russell St.
  55. Milwaukee Road Train Station
  56. Bill Carlson- the Channel 4 weatherman
  57. Borchert Field
  58. Crazy Jim's Demolition Derbies
  59. Earl Gillespie
  60. Miller Maritime Days
  61. South Division Dome
  62. Washington Park Zoo
  63. Harold Breier
  64. When Bluemound Road was in the country
  65. Tarzana
  66. Bob Kasten
  67. Outdoor Capitol Court
  68. The Milwaukee Road
  69. Schlitz Brewery
  70. Southgate Mall
  71. Pink Floyd at County Stadium
  72. Tim The Rock & Roll Animal on his ledge lobbying for The Who to come to Milwaukee.
  73. Peaches Records and Tapes
  74. Dave Schulz and his jams
  75. Mamie's Grotto (down in the Third Ward)
  76. The real Pig n' Whistle
  77. The Grand (women's clothing store with ad that said "She gets her clothes at The Grand")
  78. Read OnMilwaukee.com everyday! It's your "in click" to what's happening in Milwaukee! Click here, http://www.onmilwaukee.com/

  79. The Bluemound Drive in
  80. The Melody Top
  81. Kressge's Dime Store
  82. Jojo's (where one could get jello)
  83. Pipkorn Sand and Gravel
  84. Milwaukee Journal (daily and Sunday)
  85. The Uptown Theater
  86. The Avant Garde
  87. Schwabbenhof's Restaurant
  88. Joe Deutsche's
  89. County Stadium
  90. The flood at Summerfest
  91. Blatz
  92. "The Carpets here at Hermax...."
  93. King Braeger
  94. Fruit Boat
  95. Dick Bacon
  96. Milwaukee Sentinel (daily and Sunday)
  97. The Bugle American
  98. Bonnie Brewer
  99. Schwartz downtown bookshop
  100. The Pillsbury silo
  101. Laurencia Bemebenik
  102. Sally's
  103. Pinky's Bowl

We hope you enjoy this installment. Click here to read the second 100 memories. Click here to read the third 100 memories.

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dantanna | Sept. 8, 2011 at 6:14 a.m. (report)

How about your "milk chute" .... your "ash cans"..... do you remember the "alley cats" it was kids bowling on channel 4 just before "bowling with the champs" the kids bowled according to age groups and bowled only the 8th,9th, and 10th frames.... WRIT had "name it. claim it" weekends and you won the 45rpm record.... The Electric Ballroom on State St.... Flanner and Hafsoos Stores.... General Lumber 91st near Florist... Al McQuire and the '77 Marquette Warriors NCAA Champions.... Don Parcher on Wtmj RADIO.... Bob Barry on WOKY the "mighty 92".... Old McDonlds little farm north on 41

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dantanna | Sept. 8, 2011 at 5:11 a.m. (report)

how about... Robbies Hamburger Stand on 63rd & Silver Spring Fritz Dienezen Furniture in South Milwaukee... The Circle Inn bar near Marquette Univ.... Father James Groppi.... AMC Plant on Holton & Capitol Dr... Dandelion Park on Little Muskego Lake.... The Kookie cookie house at fabulous Capitol Court Iam definitly old school

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Kim5263 | May 9, 2011 at 4:09 p.m. (report)

How about the Starlight Drive in? Amusement Park for kids on Capital Drive? Sorry can't recall the name. I have some home movies with my brother and I riding the rides. Muskegan Beach? Ice Skating at Brown Deer Park. Block Parties.

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Dan_Berman4 | May 3, 2011 at 7:54 p.m. (report)

How about the Braves and the the thrill of the Brewers bringing baseball back? http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/05/braves-brewers-and-memory.html

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Pattycake | April 1, 2011 at 3:14 p.m. (report)

How about the old Blue Canary on the south side for their regular dances and buffets, and remember shopping at Three Sisters on the avenue.

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