Roseland Golden Years "GUEST BOOK"
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on Jul/29/2007 at 14:08

WOW! Talk about a blast from the past. I was particularly interested in the short videos shot by Wally Rodzen, whose family lived across the street from me on 117th and Princeton for years. (I lived upstairs from the Rigoni's tavern and was friends with Patti Rodzen.) The tavern is still there, but alas, the cute green house with gingerbread trim that belonged to the Rodzens is gone. I was interested to see St. Anthony's where I went to school for 9 years, including Kindergarten with Mrs. Tribbia! I graduated St. Anthony's in 1970, then attended freshman year at the Fenger's West Pullman branch of freshman classes, before moving to the dreaded and foreign "suburbs"! I seem to be a bit younger than most of the people who have signed the book here, so I don't remember some of the stuff mentioned, but I still have many great and wonderful memories of that area. - Roller skating at St. Louis school on Saturdays, walking the Ave. over and over and over and NEVER getting tired of it, Palmer Park and West Pullman Park swimming pools in summer. (Palmer Park's pool had a real gritty bottom that hurt!) St. Anthony's carnivals and trying to win that elusive stuffed POODLE!, the local theaters - the Normal, the State, and the Roseland. Does anyone remember that little train carrying donuts in Gately's basement??? To see the area as it is now is really bittersweet; brings back the great memories, but is so disturbing at the same time to see that it is true that you can never go home again. We really felt a true sense of community in Roseland, one that I haven't quite found again. Roseland is definitely a part of me still; heck, I even married a Roseland guy from 115th & Wentworth! Well, if anyone remembers this old gal or any of my family (Schofro's from 105th Pl going waaaaaay back - that's my dad's family - and me from 117th & Princeton and St. Anthony's, drop me a line! And hosts, thanks for the momories!!!!!!!!!!!!
   
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