Maybe I had too many cocktails with Ethel Fiddler at the Polish Day Parade roast last night, but I’m feeling nostalgic. The city seems to change so rapidly at times. In the last month, Joan Borushko resigned from the school board, and Betty Zwolak and Sean Kowalski moved out of town. I attended William Hood’s funeral, drank sliwowica with Dave Puls at Mark Swider’s retirement party, and witnessed the swearing in of two chiefs, Paul Wilk and Max Garbarino, in one 24-hour period. At the same time, there is another rush of people moving in, many just for the short term, and I often find myself on the other end of confusing conversations from 7+ years ago.
Nostalgia leads to looking through old photos, so below are some of our earliest, January through June of 2005.
The old Mother’s bar isn’t quite in the city, but I still tend to use the angel of Alfred E. Neuman as a reference point when giving directions in that area. Conant at Evaline, when Skipper’s was between being Cactus Pete’s and Chill and Mingle, Tri-State Karate was a Bollywood video rental, and the 8-Ball pool hall was a kabob shop.
White Star club and a fresh anarchist stencil across the alley from Polonia. (The last of these was painted over on the viaduct just last winter.)
Pope John Paul II bookstore on the day that John Paul passed away, and the stained-glass window of the restaurant
he George Bush Sr ate at, Under the Eagle.
Brownie Rootbeer ad at one of the former Atlas buildings on Conant and Disneyland.
Genie’s Wienies and Salvador Deli
Shahi Tandoori/Bengal Masala/Al’s Corral and everyone’s favorite, Norwalk bar.
The end of the Holbrook ditch on Joseph Campau and Holbrook. (The old clock at People’s State bank is in the background.) A mural at Wafa grocery on the south end.
This corner lot was empty for 30 years before Royal Kabob. (The Johnson Creamery was on this corner until a fire in 1970, and older residents remember being able to watch bottles being filling in the front window.) An inspirational flier in Hannah’s Cafe advertising for a clean-up.