Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Another book purchased at one of the book fairs at Memphis. Please consider sending in your Memphis School photos and story. I would also like to take this time to wish all of my fellow Memphis School alums a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Movie Theaters around Old Brooklyn

Does anyone remember the movie houses in our neighborhood? We once had a field trip from Memphis School 3rd grade to see a matinee movie at the old Lyceum Theater on Fulton Road. I can't remember the film we saw, but I do remember going back to the Lyceum to see a Vincent Price movie called the Wax Museum. Here's an image of the old Lyceum. As most of you know, there is a library there now. Click on any image to enlarge.
That's me in the projection booth of the old Broadview Theater on Pearl Road. It was taken just before it was torn down in the late 80's. I was able to purchase the 3-movie projectors from the old Broadview. I'm checking with the Old Brooklyn Development Corporation to see if they have any images of the Broadview. I can't seem to find any on the web. If you have any images of our old school or our neighborhood, please send them in.

Monday, December 14, 2015

A fun story from Memphis Alum, Ron Szudy

Dear Greg:
This morning I found your blog dedicated to Memphis School. HOW GREAT!  

I graduated (from Memphis to Harper) in January of 1961. That makes me a classmate of Jim Ledyard. What great memories were evoked when I went through your posts. Jim Ledyard had schoolyard marbles perfectly described. Jim do you remember each spring the Duncan yo-yo sales guy would set up across the street from the school and we'd all watch his tricks in amazement? During the winters of 1959 and 1960, we played a great (and rough) game of tackle tag on the snow-covered basketball court. I probably still have some scrapes from that! 

The basement classroom, boiler room and gym also brought back lots of memories. I remember our teachers as very strict but what a great educational foundation they gave us all for later years. We were very lucky to have those teachers in that era. Lots of friends' faces come to mind. Mike Gillotti, Bill Tash etc. Does anyone remember them?  Each fall I still remember the school bazaars. Games, trinkets, good food and lots of fun! Best wishes and God's blessings to all who read this and share some of these memories of a great school that shaped our lives.
                                                                                                Ron Szudy