R. A. Long High School Class of 1963
Memory is a funny thing. Sometimes all it takes is just a word or a phrase and a flood of memories comes rushing in.
Here are some things that may trigger a wash of reverie for you.
If you have something you want to add to this list please
me and I will add it.
- Irby's Drive-In on 15th
- A&W Root Beer across the street
- Two Clowns Drive-In on Washington Way
- DJ's Drive-In on 15th
- Yost's across the street, which became
- Captain Yoby's
- Captain Yoby's West Kelso (opened in 1962)
(both purveyors of "fish and chips worth rowin' ashore for" along with Schoolboy Specials and Fatboy Specials)
- Pietro's Pizza at the foot of Commerce
- The Longview Restaurant uptown on Commerce (owned by Melody Nolte's parents)
- The Arctic Circle on Washington Way
- The Saint Helens Inns on Oregon Way
- Listening to 45s at Korten's in the listening booths before you bought them
- KWLK Radio (became KEDO circa 1958)
- Ross Davis on KEDO playing records live and reading dedications from a booth at Capt Yoby's West
- Danny and the Seniors (Dan White, Chuck Reed, Larry Price) playing dances in the RAL cafeteria
- The Trespassers (Doug Black plus band members from Mark Morris and Kelso) playing in other venues, including the infamous Glide Hall in S. Kelso
- The Furys (RAL 62's Rich Brown, Roger Huycke, Ray Kennedy and Norm Lacoursiere) playing at the Y and various other locations (see Pacific NW Bands: The Furys)
For more memory jolts, take a walk up Commerce in 1963 and see how many businesses you remember, and take a look at some Historical Photos of Commerce Ave from 1923 to 1961.
- Park Hill Drive on Columbia Heights
- Swimming at Catlin Pool and eating Soft-Serv ice cream cones at Dairy King afterwards
- Skating at the Rol-o-Way at the foot of Vandercook Way
- Swimming at Crystal Pool, at the end of Allen Street Road in Kelso
- The Highland Dairy Fun Gang at the Columbia Theater every Saturday
- Mister Moon on KOIN-TV Channel 6 at 4:30 Monday through Friday
- Tarantula Ghoul presenting classic tacky horror films on KPTV television, Channel 12.
- Driving to Woodland to buy "unsafe and insame" fireworks for the Fourth of July after Cowlitz County made them illegal